Anthony F. Tasso, Ph.D., ABPP

Professor of Psychology

Chair, Department of Psychology and Counseling

Co-Director, Master’s in Health Science – Gateway Program


  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology - University of Tennessee
  • Doctoral Internship - Pennsylvania Hospital/University of Pennsylvania
  • Licensed New Jersey psychologist
  • Diplomate in in Clinical Psychology
  • Private practice in psychotherapy

Classes Taught


General Psychology

Abnormal Psychology in Film

Theories of Personality


Appraisal of the Individual: Tests and Measurements

Crisis Intervention

Behavioral Research


Psychology for the Medical Sciences

Teaching Awards

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Outstanding Faculty Award (2010)

Publications: Articles & Book Chapters (most recent first)

*denotes current or former student

¹Coauthors after Gazzillo listed in alphabetical order


Gordon, R.M., Blake, A., Etzi, J., Rothery, C., & Tasso, A.F. (2017). Do practitioners find a psychodynamic taxonomy useful? Journal of Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry, 7, 5, 1-4.

Tasso, A.F. (2017). The application of psychodynamic psychotherapy within a preexisting primary care assessment and treatment approach. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 34, 4, 499-505.

Warrener, C.D. & Tasso, A.F. (2017). An empirical examination of the relationship between dating abuse and entitlement within a college population. Partner Abuse, 8, 4, 377-394.

*Drob, V., Tasso, A.F., & Griffo, R. (2016). Attitudes towards psychotherapy amongst immigrant Russian-speaking Jews from the Former Soviet Union. The Counseling Psychologist, 44, (6), 921-941.

¹Gordon, R.M., Blake, A., Bornstein, R.F., Gazzillo, F., Etzi, J., Lingiardi, V., McWilliams, N. Rothery, C. & Tasso, A.F. (2016). What do practitioners consider the most helpful personality taxa in understanding their patients? Division/Review: A Quarterly Psychoanalytic Forum, 14

Tasso, A.F. (2016). An examination of mafia spectatorship phenomena from a psychological perspective. Italian American Review, 6, 1, 76-87.

Tasso, A.F., Whitmarsh, L. & Ordway, A.M. (2016). Domestic violence within military families: Intervention guidelines for relational aggressors. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 24, 2, 114-121.

¹Gordon, R.M., Gazzillo, F., Blake, A., Bornstein, R.F., Etzi, J., Lingiardi, V., McWilliams, N., Rothery, C., & Tasso, A.F. (2015). The relationship between theoretical orientation and countertransference expectations: Implications for ethical dilemmas and risk management. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 23, 3, 236-245.

Tasso, A.F. (2014). Somatic disorder: Clinician application. In Grossman, L. & Walfish, S. (Eds.) Translating psychological research into practice (pp. 391-395). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

*Sussman, J.M. & Tasso, A.F. (2013). The Mesulam Continuous Performance Test (M-CPT): Age-related improvement and gender differences in a normative sample of children, New School Psychological Bulletin, 10, 2, 1-13.

Tasso, A.F., & Kaspereen-Guidicipietro, D., & *Tursi, J.L. (2013). Intimate partner violence within the Italian American community, D. Carielli & J. Grosso (Eds.) Benessere psicologico: Contemporary thought on Italian American mental health (pp. 135-152). New York, NY: The Calandra Institute.

Tasso, A.F., *DeGroat, J., *DiBella, F., & *Nunez, M. (2013). College and young adult bullying: Theory, research, and interventional implications. New Jersey Psychologist, 63, 3, 28-31. (Invited Author)

Tasso, A.F. & Moore, M. (2013). Clinical hypnosis: An overview. New Jersey Psychologist, 63, 4, 26-29. (Guest Editor)

Tasso, A.F., Brown, D., Griffo, R., & Saud Maxwell, K. (2012). The use of the Adult Attachment Scale with domestically violent men, Journal of Family Violence, 27, 8, 731-739.

Tasso, A.F. (2012). A case study of an integrative intervention with a domestic violence perpetrator. New Jersey Journal of Professional Counseling, 61, 2-13.

Murray, M.J., Tasso, A.F., & Rodgers, Y.H. (2011). Teen dating abuse. New Jersey Psychologist, 61, 3, 28-31. (Guest Editor)

Tasso, A.F. (2011). Domestic violence perpetrators: Theory, research, and intervention. New Jersey Psychologist, 61, 2, 20-24. (Guest Editor)

 Nash, M.R. & Tasso, A.F. (2010). The effectiveness of hypnosis in reducing pain and suffering among women with metastatic breast cancer and among women with temporomandibular disorder. International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis, 58, 4, 497-504.

Nash, M. R., Perez, N., Tasso, A.F., Levy, J. J. (2009). Clinical research on the utility of hypnosis in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of medical and psychiatric disorders. International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis, 57, 4, 443-450.

 Nash, M.R., Levy, J.J., Tasso, A.F., & Perez, N. (2008). Neurophysiological attributes of the hypnotic state and the utility of hypnosis in pediatric medicine and burn care. International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis, 56, 4, 463-469.

 Moore, M. A. & Tasso, A.F. (2008). Clinical hypnosis: The empirical evidence. The Oxford handbook of hypnosis: Theory, research, and practice. (pp. 697-725). Nash, M.R. & Barnier, A. (Eds.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Tasso, A. F. & Perez, N. (2008) Parsing everyday suggestibility: What does it tell us about hypnosis? The Oxford handbook of hypnosis: Theory, research, and practice. (pp. 283-309). Nash, M.R. & Barnier, A. (Eds.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Younger, J.W., Rossetti, G.C., Borckardt, J.J., Smith, A.R., Tasso, A.F., & Nash, M.R. (2007). Hypnotizability and somatic complaints: A gender-specific phenomenon. International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis, 55, 1, 1-13.

Book Reviews (Most recent first)

 Tasso, A.F. (in press). Book Review: Price, A. (2017). He’s not lazy: Empowering your son to believe in himself. Toronto, Canada: Sterling Publishing Company. New Jersey Psychologist.

Tasso, A.F. (2018). Book review: Searls, D. (2017). The inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, his iconic test, and the power of seeing. New York, NY: Crown Publishing. New Jersey Psychologist, 68, 2, 24-25.

Tasso, A.F. (2018). Book review: Zimmerman, J. & Libby, D. (2015). Financial management for your mental health practice: Key concepts made simple. Camp Hill, PA: The Practice Institute. New Jersey Psychologist, 68, 1, 29-30.

Tasso, A.F. (2017). Book review:  Pirelli, G., Beattey, R.A. & Zapf, P.A. (2017). The ethical practice of forensic psychology: A casebook. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. New Jersey Psychologist, 67, 4, 29-30.

Tasso, A.F. (2017). Book review: Springsteen, B. (2016). Born to run. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. New Jersey Psychologist, 67, 2, 17-18.

Tasso, A.F. (2017). Book review: Luyten, P., Mayes, L., Fonagy, P., Target, M., & Blatt, S. (Eds.) (2015). Handbook of Psychodynamic Approaches to Psychopathology. New York, NY: Guilford Press. New Jersey Psychologist, 67, 1, 39-40.

Tasso, A.F. (2016). Book review: American Psychological Association’s addiction and substance abuse books – An aggregate review. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, New Jersey Psychologist, 66, 4, 34-35.

Tasso, A.F. (2016). Book review: Wong, Y.J. & Wester, S.R. (2016). APA handbook of men and masculinities. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. New Jersey Psychologist, 66, 2, 21-22.

Tasso, A.F. (2016). Book Review: Dodgen, C.E. (2015). Simple lessons for a better life: Unexpected inspiration from inside the nursing home. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. New Jersey Psychologist, 66, 1, 20-21.

Tasso, A.F. (2015). Book Review: Beebe, B. & Lachmann, F.M. (2014). The origins of attachment: Infant research and adult treatment. New York, NY: Routledge. Division/Review: A Quarterly Psychoanalytic Forum, 13, 5-6.

Tasso, A.F. (2015). Book Review:  Becker-Phelps, L. (2014). Insecure in love: How anxious attachment can make you feel jealous, needy, and worried and what you can do about it. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications. New Jersey Psychologist, 65, 3, 28-29.  

Tasso, A.F. (2015). Book Review: Kratochwill, T.R. & Levin, J.R. (2014). Single-case intervention research: Methodological and statistical advances. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. New Jersey Psychologist, 65, 2, 39-40.

 Tasso, A.F. (2015). Book Review: Bromberg, D.S. & O’Donohue, W.T. (2013). Handbook of child and adolescent sexuality: Developmental and forensic psychology. San Diego, CA: Elsevier and Bromberg, D.S. & O’Donohue, W.T. (2014). Toolkit for working with juvenile sex offenders. San Diego, CA: Elsevier. New Jersey Psychologist, 65, 1, 47-48.

Tasso, A.F. (2014). Book Review:  Bram, A.D., & Peebles, M.J. (2014). Psychological Testing that Matters: Creating a Roadmap for Effective Treatment. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. New Jersey Psychologist, 64, 4, 28-29.

Tasso, A.F. (2014). Book review: Scolaro Moser, R. (2012). Ahead of the game: The parents’ guide to youth sports concussion. United States: Dartmouth University Press. New Jersey Psychologist, 64, 2, 25-26.

Tasso, A.F. (2014). Book review: Tolman, D. & Diamond, L. (Eds.). APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology (Volumes 1 & 2). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. New Jersey Psychologist, 64, 2, 27-28.

Tasso, A.F. (2014). Book review: Berger, B. & Newman, S. (Eds.) (2012). Money talks in therapy, society, and life. New York, NY: Routledge Books. Division/Review, 9, 20-23.

Tasso, A.F. (2014). Book review: Pankseep, J. & Biven, L. (2012). The archaeology of mind: Neuroevolutionary origins of human emotions. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. New Jersey Psychologist, 64, 1, 25-26.

Tasso, A.F. (2013). Book review: Goldberg, K. (2012). The homework trap: How to save the sanity of parents, students and teachers. New Jersey: Wyndmoor Press. New Jersey Psychologist, 63, 4, 40-41

Tasso, A.F. (2013). Book review: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5 (DSM-5): An aggregate book review. New Jersey Psychologist, 63, 3, 43-44.

Tasso, A.F. (2013). Book review: Akhtar, S. (Ed.) (2011). Unusual interventions: Alterations of the frame, method, and relationship in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. London: Karnac Books. Division/Review, 7, 4-6.

Tasso, A.F. (2013). DVD review: Three approaches to psychotherapy with a male/female client: The next Generation. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, New Jersey Psychologist, 63, 2, 46-47.

Tasso, A.F. (2012). Book review: Kendall-Tackett, K. (Ed.) (2009). The Psychoneuroimmunology of Chronic Disease: Exploring the Links Between Inflammation, Stress, and Illness. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. New Jersey Psychologist, 62, 4, 49-50.

Tasso, A.F. (2012). Book review: Bach, S. (2011). The how-to book for students of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. London: Karnac Books. Busch, F.N., Milrod, B.L., Singer, M.B. & Aronson, A.C. (2012). Manual of panic focused psychodynamic psychotherapy – extended range. New York, NY: Routledge Books. Division/Review, 5, 15-17.

Tasso, A.F. (2011). Book review: Reis, B. & Grossmark, R. (Eds.) (2009). Heterosexual masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory. New York: Routledge Books. Division/Review, 1, 3, 19-21.

Tasso, A.F. (2011). Book review: Person, E.S., Cooper, A.M., & Gabbard, G.O. (Eds.) (2005). Textbook of Psychoanalysis. Washington, DC: The American Psychiatric Publishing. Division/Review, 1, 2, 14-16.

Tasso, A.F. (2011). Book review: Dutton, D.G. (2007). The abusive personality: Violence and control in intimate relationships (2nd edition). New York: The Guilford Press. Child and Family Behavioral Therapy, 33, 1, 89-95.

Tasso, A.F. (2011). Book review:  Merlino, J.P., Jacobs, M.S., Kaplan, J.A., & Moritz, K.L. (Eds.) (2008). Freud at 150: 21st-century essays on a man of genius. U.S.A.: Aronson Books. Division/Review, 1, 1, 17-19.

Tasso, A.F. (2010). Book review: Mancia, M. (Ed.) (2006). Psychoanalysis and neuroscience. New York, NY: Springer Books. Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, XXX, 2, 34-37.

Tasso, A.F. (2009). Book Review: Brodie, B. (2007). Adolescence and delinquency: An object relations theory approach. New York: NY. Jason Aronson Books. Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, XXIX, 4, 31-34.

Tasso, A.F. (2009). Book review: Greenspan, S.I. (2007). Great kids: Helping your baby and child develop the 10 essential qualities for a healthy, happy life. Da Capo Press. Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, XXIX, 2, 23-25.

Tasso, A.F. (2009). Book review: Ansermet, F. & Magistretti, P. (2007). Biology of freedom: Neural plasticity, experience, and the unconscious. New York: Other Press. Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, XXIX, 1, 27-30.

Tasso, A.F. (2008). Book review: Watkins, J.G. & Barabasz, A. (2008). Advanced hypnotherapy: Hypnodynamic techniques. USA: Routledge Books. Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, XXVIII, 4, 52-55.

Short Abstract


  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Tennessee
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University