Dr. Bonato is the provost and vice-president for academic affairs for Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City. From 1995 to 2012, Dr. Bonato served Saint Peter’s in a variety of roles, including professor, director of faculty research and sponsored programs, senate president and chair of the psychology department. From 2013 until 2017 he served as the associate provost for academic affairs at Montclair State University before returning to Saint Peter’s in July 2017 to serve as university provost.
During his tenure at Montclair State University, Dr. Bonato had numerous accomplishments, including, co-leading a project for the creation of the School of Nursing and providing leadership for the development of the Center for Clinical Services that opened in 2016. In addition, Dr. Bonato oversaw the modernization of electronic systems for the Institutional Review Board, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Career Services. He also chaired the task force that resulted in Montclair State’s Carnegie Foundation classification as a Community Engaged Institution in 2015 as well as initiated the transition of the Office of Service Learning to the Center for Community Engagement.
Bonato earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He has published widely on aeromedical topics such as sensory interaction, motion sickness, space motion sickness, and commercial spaceflight. His work has been funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Department of Education. Media outlets including NBC and the Science Channel have covered his work. Since 2010, he has served as the editor-in-chief of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, the official journal of the Aerospace Medical Association.
Dr. Bonato is a past president (2016-2017) of the Eastern Psychological Association—the largest and oldest regional psychology association in the United States. He is a fellow of the Eastern Psychological Association and the Aerospace Medical Association. In 2015 he was nominated and elected to the International Academy for Aviation and Space Medicine. In 2018, Bonato was honored as the inaugural distinguished speaker at the Montclair State University School of Nursing’s first convocation, where he was also awarded the school’s first ‘nursing pin’ at its traditional pinning ceremony.