Thomas Pruzinsky

Professor of Psychology

BA, University of Connecticut; MS, PhD, Pennsylvania State University


Psychology
College of Arts & Sciences 1  326

203-582-8223
Thomas.Pruzinsky@quinnipiac.edu
CL-AC1

PS 325Health Psychology   -   Fall 2014
PS 371Clinical Psychology   -   Spring 2015
PS 373Positive Psychology   -   Spring 2015

About

I have been blessed to be a part of the Quinnipiac faculty since 1991. It is special to be a member of this community for many reasons, including having the chance to work with colleagues who care deeply about their teaching and getting to know so many wonderful students. My wife and I live in Hamden with our fourteen year-old Golden Retriever Gracie.

Research Interests

My colleagues and I have focused primarily on three research topics: 1) Psychological perspectives on reconstructive plastic surgery; 2) Social and psychological adjustment to facial disfigurement and burn injury; 3) Development and change of body image. We have worked closely with members of the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors as well as numerous other organizations to try and raise the standards of care for patients and their families. As a clinical psychologist, my primary interest has been in understanding how we can facilitate the highest levels of adaptation and psychological growth in those individuals who have faced the challenge of disfigurement.

Courses Taught

I have taught many different courses including Abnormnal Psychology, Introductory Psychology, Introduction to Clinical Psychology. Currently, I primarily teach Health Psychology, Positive Psychology and Senior Seminar.

Work In Progress

Currently, my scholarship focuses on the psychological aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. I am particularly interested in the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, which takes a very scholarly approach to spiritual practice and which is the tradition of the current Dalai Lama. My primary interest is in the Lojong (Mind Training) and Lam Rim (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) scholarly traditions. These topics will be the focus of my work on sabbatical during the 2011-2012 academic year. I am also particularly interested in the cultivation of loving-kindness and compassion via meditation.

Work Experience

I have worked in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Virginia School of Medicine as well as the UVA Burn Center. I have also worked at New York University School of Medicine as an adjunct member of The Institute for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.