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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
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology Senior Capstone

Career Specialties:

Joseph Sclafani's scholarly background is in child psychology and human development.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 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 as an assistant professor of psychology. Since then he has risen through the ranks and now serves as 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 SACS decennial accreditation review in 2005.

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.

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.

Sclafani was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi at the University of South Florida in 1977 and is active in the University’s new chapter.