Smithfield, RI - Bryant University Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology Joseph Trunzo, Ph.D., has been tapped to head the Rhode Island Psychological Association. This year, he will serve as President Elect before starting a two-year term as President in 2024.
The Rhode Island Psychological Association, founded in 1954, promotes the application of scientifically based psychological principles, and advances research in the field of psychology as well as education, training, and professional development. It serves as a strong voice for legislative and regulatory mental health advocacy.
The role is a natural extension of Trunzo’s work at Bryant. Through both his research and teaching, he advances the practice and profession of psychology both in Rhode Island and nationwide. His research and clinical work focus on treating anxiety and mood disorders, especially in those suffering from chronic medical illnesses. He is dedicated to bringing innovative treatment models to those who suffer from chronic illness, to reclaim their vitality and have fulfilling lives.
Joseph Trunzo, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Bryant University and the Associate Director of the School of Health & Behavioral Sciences. A licensed, practicing clinical psychologist and founder of Providence Psychology Services in Providence, RI, he earned his Ph.D. at Drexel University, completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Vermont, and completed his postdoctoral training at the Centers for Behavioral & Preventive Medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He has written for and appeared in publications including Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Yahoo! Life, Aeon, Rhode Island Monthly, and The Morning News. He’s the author of Living Beyond Lyme and co-authored Long Haul Covid: A Survivor’s Guide.
The psychology program at Bryant University is part of the School of Health and Behavioral Sciences, which offers a unique interdisciplinary education, integrating studies in health sciences, cognitive and behavioral sciences, data analytics and business.
Beginning with a strong foundation in psychological theory, Bryant’s psychology majors learn through experiential applications like fieldwork, student/faculty-led research opportunities, and internships. The varied fields include neuroscience, clinical settings, sports psychology, legal systems, education, business, health promotion, decision-making, testing, the environment, and more. Learn more about psychology at Bryant.