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.


Wondolowski, Susan

Susan Wondolowski

Adjunct Professor, Applied Psychology
Faculty Suite C

Beginning in high school, I became interested in anything psychology(!) and my career has taken a series of unexpected twists and turns. As I was earning my B.A. in Psychology at Fairfield University (1976), I became a Certified Crisis Intervention Counselor, learning skills that have served me well for decades. My interest, though, was to work clinically with children, which led me to positions as child care worker/classroom aide, in various settings, with physically, emotionally and intellectually challenged children, as well as with children with normal development. While earning my M.A. in Experimental Psychology at Adelphi University (1981) and studying in Adelphi’s Ph.D. program in Experimental Psychology (1981-1989), I took advantage of a variety of opportunities and found myself most interested in teaching, researching parent-child interaction and conducting stress management workshops. These ultimately led me to a position as Behavior Specialist with The Institute for Behavior Therapy in NY, where I developed and implemented individual cognitive-behavioral programs for stress and anxiety reduction, phobias, effective parenting and child behavior problems. Now in RI, I consult for parents and child care centers for child behavior problems, parent and staff training, workshops (stress management, effective communication/assertiveness) and support groups. My interests of late, however, have turned to issues of the geriatric population. Finally, I joined the team at Bryant University in 1996 and love every minute in the classroom, interacting with my students and sharing my experiences with them!

At this time, my primary interest is in teaching Intro to Psych, although I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching Child Development, Adult Development & Aging and Abnormal Psych.