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Joseph D. Sclafani


Joseph D. Sclafani

Meet Joseph D. Sclafani

Professor, Psychology; Associate Director, TECO Energy Center for Leadership


1977 University of South Florida, B.A.
1981 University of South Florida, M.A.
1984 University of South Florida, Ph.D.

Courses Taught:

General Psychology
Child Psychology
The Great Psychologists
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology Senior Capstone

Career Specialties:

Joseph Sclafani's scholarly background is in child psychology, human development and family therapy. He completed post-graduate training, studying the Structural School of Family Therapy, at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic in 1985. He also completed post-doctoral Advanced Clinical Training in the Competency Based Model of family therapy. He owned a private practice from 1986-2001.

In 2001, Sclafani trained at the Summer Institute for Management & Leadership in Education at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education. He has two books on the topic of parenting published by Praeger. Along with his wife, he also has a book on re-marriage issues. He has been active in the University’s leadership initiatives and serves as associate director of the TECO Energy Center for Leadership. He is the coordinator of the minor in leadership studies.

Professional and Community Activities:

Sclafani first joined the University in August 1987 and has risen through the ranks, now serving as full professor of psychology, earned in 2008.

At the University, he has served as interim dean of the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education and as the final dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences before re-organization in 2007. He had previously worked as associate dean of CLAS from 1996-2003. Sclafani was also the director of re-affirmation for the SACSCOC decennial accreditation review in 2005 and 2015. 

He was one of the architects of the current QEP, Learning by Doing. Sclafani maintains his license as a psychologist in Florida, and he completed Florida Supreme Court certified family mediation training in 1986. With his wife, he conducts marriage preparation workshops for area couples as well as re-marriage groups.

Honors and Awards: Sclafani was awarded the Louise Loy Hunter Award as Outstanding Faculty in 2001. In 1998, he was chosen as recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Student Life award. In 2008, he was given the Unsung Hero Award for contributions to Student Affairs.

Sclafani was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society at the University of South Florida in 1977 and is a vice president in the University’s new chapter.