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Anthony Scioli, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Keene State College
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Health Provider

Department of Psychology
233 Rhodes Hall
Keene State College
Keene, NH 03431

I would like to hear your thoughts, reactions or suggestions as they relate to this site, our upcoming book, or hope in general. Feel free to write to me at the above address. Alternatively, you may send me an email message. Thanks for visiting this site and I hope you gained something of value from the experience.

I would be more than happy to discuss any aspect of hope (or the hope test) with individuals or groups, members of the media, or scientists interested in collaborative hope research. For a quicker response, please send an e-mail to tscioli@keene.edu.

Dr. Anthony Scioli is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Keene State College. 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 eminent authority on achievement motivation, Dr. 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.

Education and Training

B.S., University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Honors Program, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Psi Chi, Alumni Scholar; major: psychology; minor: philosophy)

Clinical Psychology Internship, Worcester Youth Guidance Center

Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, University Graduate Scholar

Harvard University, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Motivation and Health

Harvard Medical School, Behavioral Medicine Clinic, Advanced Clinical Fellow

Academic and Research Positions

Professor (current), University of New Hampshire at Keene State College
Visiting Professor, Suffolk University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program
Instructor: Providence College, Northeastern University, Framingham State College
Research Assistant, Brown Medical School, Emma Pendelton Bradley Hospital

Clinical Positions

Metropolitan State Hospital
University of Rhode Island Psychological Consultation Center
Worcester Youth Guidance Center
Behavioral Medicine Clinic, Cambridge Health Alliance

Selected Scholarly Contributions

Grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. Journal reviewer for Psychological Reports and The North American Journal of Psychology. Over sixty presentations and publications focusing on emotions and stress, including the following selected publications:

Scioli, A. & Biller, H. B. (2009). Hope in the Age of Anxiety. New York: Oxford University Press.

Scioli, A. (2007). Hope and spirituality in the age of anxiety. In R. J. Estes (Ed.), Advancing Quality of Life in a Turbulent World (pp. 135 - 150). New York: Springer

Scioli, A., McClelland, D.C., Weaver, S.L., & Madden, E.M. (2000). Coping strategies and integrative meaning as moderators of chronic illness. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 5 (2), 115 - 136.

Scioli, A., & Averill, J.R. (1998). Emotion and Cognition. In H.S. Friedman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mental Health. NY, Academic Press.

Scioli, A., Chamberlin, C., Samor, C.S., Lapointe, A., Campbell, T.L., Macleod, A., & Mclenon, J. (1997). A prospective study of hope, optimism, and health. Psychological Reports, 81, 723-733.

Nurcombe, B., Seifer, R., Scioli, A., Tramontana, M.G., Grapentine, W.L., & Beauchesne, H.C. (1989). Is major depressive disorder in adolescence a distinct diagnostic entity? Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 28, 3, 333-342. (Finalist: Reiger Award for outstanding journal of the year).

Sommers, S., & Scioli, A. (1986). Emotional range and value orientation: Toward a cognitive view of emotionality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 50,392-402.


Henry B. Biller, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
University of Rhode Island
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Health Provider

Henry B. Biller is a Professor of Psychology at The University of Rhode Island. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown in 1962 and a United States Public Health Service Predoctoral Fellow at Duke, receiving his Ph.D. in 1967. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, he has served on the advisory board of the Men's Health Network and the editorial board of the Archives of Sexual Behavior. He is listed in The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Who's Who in America.

Among his many publications are contributions to The Nebraska Symposium on Motivation and The Handbook of Developmental Psychology. In addition to Creative Fitness, his books include Father, Child and Sex Role, Paternal Deprivation, Father Power, The Other Helpers, Parental Death and Psychological Development, Child Maltreatment and Paternal Deprivation, Stature and Stigma, Fathers and Families, and The Father Factor.

Dr. Biller has given invited presentations to The Medical Research Council of Ireland, The Johnson and Johnson Institute of Pediatric Services and The Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. House of Representatives. He has appeared on the Phil Donahue Show and The Today Show and has contributed to family life education films sponsored by Parents Magazine and Lamaze. He is especially interested in how exercising in a playful and positive manner can stimulate a hopeful attitude. In his own life, he has found that playing with his children and grandchildren has helped him to maintain a lifelong passion for exercise and sports. Although he is in his sixties, keeping highly fit makes him feel less than half his age.

Education and Training

B.A., 1962, Brown University, (Honors in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Clinical Psychology Internship, 1966, Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital (NIMH Fellowship)

Ph.D., 1976, Duke University (USPHS Predoctoral Clinical and Research Fellowships, Sigma Xi)

Academic Positions

Professor of Psychology (1975-present, initial appointment, 1970), University of Rhode Island, Kingston Teaching developmental and clinical courses, supervising graduate student research, Member of Clinical Training Committee, Instructor at the College of Continuing Education (University of Rhode Island)

Assistant Professor (1969-1970), George Peabody College/Vanderbilt University

Assistant Professor (1967-1969), University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Teaching Fellowship (1967), Duke University

Clinical Positions

Consultant: Communities for People (1997-1998), John E. Fogarty Center Group Home Program (1982-1997), St. Joseph's Hospital Center for Family Clinical Services (1993-1994), Newport County Regional Special Education Program (1993-1994), Elmwood Community Center (1992-1993), Northern RI Community Mental Health Center (1980-1982), Providence VA Hospital (1972-1976), Bradley Hospital (1970- 1980), Northampton Welfare Department (1968-1969); Private practice: including consultation with individuals, couples, families, parents and children (1970-present)

Scholarly Contributions

More than 100 publications, most concerning family development issues, including: articles in various journals and chapters in The Annual Review of Child Psychiatry and Child Development, Lamb's The Role of the Father in Child Development, Wolman's Handbook of Developmental Psychology and The International Encyclopedia of Neurology, Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology


Father, Child and Sex Role (Lexington Books, D.C. Heath, 1971)

Paternal Deprivation (Lexington Books, D.C. Heath, 1974)

Father Power (with D.L. Meredith, McKay, 1974; Doubleday, Paperback Edition, 1975)

The Other Helpers (with M. Gershon, Lexington Books, D.C. Heath, 1977)

Paternal Death and Psychological Development (with E.B. Berlinsky, Lexington Books, 1982)

Child Maltreatment and Paternal Deprivation (with R.S. Solomon, Lexington books, 1986)

Stature and Stigma (with L.F. Martel, Lexington Books, D.C. Health, 1987)

Father and Families: Paternal factors in Child Development (Greenwood Publishing, 1993)

The Father Factor: What You Need to Know to Make a Difference (with R.J. Trotter, Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, 1994)

Creative Fitness: Applying Health Psychology and Exercise Science to Everyday Life (Auburn House, Greenwood Publishing, 2002)

The Two Parent Advantage: Maximizing Positive Development for Children, Fathers and Mothers (in preparation)

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