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.


Department Faculty

Adjunct Professors

  • Louis Cerbo
  • Bary R. Fleet
  • Laurie Hazard
  • Robert Masse
  • Jo-Anne Petrie
  • William Phillips
Trunzo, Joseph

Joseph Trunzo

Professor, Applied Psychology
Faculty Suite F, Room 2417
Ph D, MCP Hahnemann University
MA, MCP Hahnemann University
BS, Marywood College

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.

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.

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

Trunzo, J., Living Beyond Lyme: Reclaim Your Life From Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness, Changemaker Books, 2018.

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.