Faculty Profiles

Dana E Boccio

Assistant Professor

Hy Weinberg Center Room 322

General Information



Ph.D., Hofstra University (2006)

M.A., Hofstra University (2001)

B.A., Hofstra University (2000)

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

It’s such a wonderful feeling to be able to say that I love what I do. Teaching is truly my passion and I look at each lecture as a chance to share my enthusiasm for the field of psychology. As an educator, I pride myself on my ability to keep abreast of the empirical literature and convey this information to my students in a manner that fuels their excitement to learn more. My own enthusiasm for the profession comes from my diverse experiences, including my previous work as a graduate professor, full-time school psychologist, and staff psychotherapist in two college counseling centers. I have always found it extremely rewarding to help students take full advantage of their educational opportunities and assist them in overcoming obstacles to their success. I believe that academic achievement is fostered by the creation of supportive learning environments that promote open discourse and allow for individualized attention. Thus, in my teaching I strive to establish an atmosphere that favors scholarly dialogue and encourages students to ask questions and express their opinions freely and candidly. Maintaining an approachable and accessible demeanor is critical to uninhibited inquiry and I work to establish a spontaneous, collaborative, and creative educational environment in all of my classes. Learning extends beyond the boundaries of the classroom and academic discourse is not restricted to scheduled lectures and discussion. Thus, I encourage my students to conduct psychological research so that they may discover novel ways of applying their knowledge to real-world practice. I enjoy embarking on joint research endeavors with my students and routinely present at national conferences, often with my students as co-presenters. These experiences are extremely enriching for all involved and are vital supplements to in-class learning, especially at the graduate level.

Courses taught:
PIA 101: General Psychology
SPY 614: Proseminar in School Psychology
SPY 612: Clinical Interventions in School Settings
SPY 613: Implementing School-Based Prevention Programs
SPY 616: Consultation in School Settings

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