Applied Psychology

An understanding of psychology can be applied to every aspect of professional and personal life. The Department of Applied Psychology offers courses that provide a deep understanding of the self, other people, and how to apply that knowledge to a broad range of professional fields.


Trunzo, Joseph

Joseph J. Trunzo

Professor, Applied Psychology
Faculty Suite F, Room 2417

I am a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology at Bryant University. I am also a licensed, practicing clinical psychologist with expertise in the psychological management of chronic medical illnesses such as cancer and Lyme disease, as well as the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, especially OCD. I serve on several professional committees and belong to a number of professional organizations.

I have taught several courses over my career, including Introduction to Psychology, Health Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Drugs and Behavior, Abnormal Psychology, Counseling Theory and Practice, and Research Methods in Psychology. I enjoy being in the classroom with students, engaging them in the learning process, and helping them apply their knowledge to real world issues and problems.

College Students Health Behaviors, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Lyme Disease, Health and Clinical Psychology, Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer, ACT Based Approaches to Health, Smoking Cessation, Physical Activity, and Weight, Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness

  • Association of Contextual Behavioral Sciences
  • International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society
  • Rhode Island Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Psi Chi
  • 2000, Outstanding Student in Clinical and Health Psychology
  • 1993, Medal for Excellence in Psychology

Coleman, J., Trunzo, J., Personality, social stress, and drug use among college students, Psi Chi Journal, 2015.

Morse, C., Samter, W., Volkman, J., Trunzo, J., College students’ use of energy drinks, social problem solving and academic performance, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs/Taylor & Francis, 2014.

Trunzo, J., Smoking related cancers: A brief report on problem solving, distress, and risk behaviors in patients and caregivers, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology/Taylor & Francis, 2014.

McClure, K., Donahue, J., Trunzo, J., Samter, W., Morse, C., Volkman, J., An Examination of the Relationship between Social Problem Solving and Emotion Dysregulation: Implications for Problem-Solving Therapy., Journal of College Counseling.

Trunzo, J., Living Beyond Lyme: How Mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Can Help you Transcend Suffering from Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness, Changemaker Books.

Trunzo, J., Is Technology Altering Human Intelligence? More Negatives than Positives are Coming From this Technology, ABC-CLIO, 2014.

Morse, C., Volkman, J., Samter, W., Trunzo, J., The Influence of Uncertainty and Social Support on Information Seeking Concerning Illicit Stimulant Use Among Young Adults, Health Communication/Taylor & Francis, 2013.