Anthony Scioli, Ph.D.

Anthony Scioli PhD

Anthony Scioli is the author of Hope in the Age of Anxiety and The Power of Hope. 

He is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Keene State College (University System of New Hampshire). He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in the honors program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi, Phi Kappa Phi, and was an Alumni Scholar. Prior to obtaining his doctorate in clinical psychology, Dr. Scioli served as a research assistant and statistician at Brown Medical School. His clinical internship was completed at the Worcester Youth Guidance Center. He received his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Rhode Island. Upon graduating, Dr. Scioli obtained a research fellowship at Harvard University where he trained with the authority on achievement motivation, David McClelland. From 1990 to 1998 he collaborated with Dr. McClelland on studies of emotion, motivation and health. In 2000 and 2001, Dr. Scioli was an advanced fellow in the Behavioral Medicine Clinic affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Scioli is an advocate of the classic scientist-practitioner model, combining a research career focusing on hope and spirituality with his clinical interests in stress management and coping. Dr. Scioli is currently involved in several large-scale hope projects, including the development of an interfaith hope test, creating a hope website, and studying hope at the end of life. He has worked in various clinical settings, including several adult psychiatric units, a juvenile court clinic, a university-based counseling center and a nonprofit agency for children and families. His clinical specialties include the assessment and treatment of anxiety and depression, development and evaluation of psychological tests (e.g., a hope scale and a hope index for the Rorschach), stress management and biofeedback.

Dr. Scioli serves on the editoral boards of the Journal of Positive Psychology and APA's Journal, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Psychological Association, and the Biofeedback Society of New England. He has evaluated grant proposals for the National Institutes of Health focusing on stress and emotion and been interviewed by local and national magazines as well as WebMD and various television news agencies. Dr. Scioli has more than 60 presentations and publications focusing on coping and health. He co-authored the chapter on theories of emotion for the Encyclopedia of Mental Health. Born in Italy, he has also been involved in international research on cancer prevention with colleagues at the Universities of Bologna and Catania. His interest in hope derives from many sources, including the immigrant experience, the New England weather and the Red Sox who (until 2004 ) had always kept their fans hoping for next year.

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Hope Today

Understanding and strengthening our most important virtue.