Name: Dr. John A. Scileppi
Title: Professor, Psychology
Office Location: Dyson 328
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2961
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Degrees Held: B.A., Psychology, Marist College
M.A., Ph.D., Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago

Certifications: Dr. Scileppi obtained his NYS Psychologist License in 1983.

Bio: As a graduate of Marist College, Dr. Scileppi remembers what it is like to be a student at the college. Since returning to Marist, he teaches Theories of Personality, Psychological Systems, Community Psychology, Psychology Seminar and the Psychology of Communication. In 2009, Dr. Scileppi was honored to receive the Marist Board of Trustees Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, recognizing his dedication to the teaching profession. He is active in the community and has served on the Boards of Trustees of Rehabilitation Programs of Dutchess County, the Hyde Park Free Library, the Dutchess County Mental Health America Compeer Program and the Anderson Center for Autism. He has also served on numerous agency advisory boards.

Awards & Honors: Valedictorian, Marist College

NDEA Fellowship, Loyola University of Chicago

Faculty Distinguished Service Award, Marist College

Publications: Teed, E.L., Scileppi, J.A., Boeckmann, M., Crispi, E.L., Regan, J, & Whitehouse, D.J.M. (2007). The community mental health system: A navigational guide for providers. NY.: Allyn & Bacon.

Dunn, K., Scileppi, J. A., Zerillo, V., Averna, L.M. & Skelding, M. (2008). Contemporary applications of a systems approach to education: Models for effective reform. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Scileppi, J.A, Teed, E.L. & Torres, R.D. (2000) Community psychology: A common sense approach to mental health. Upper Saddle, N.J: Prentice Hall

Scileppi, J.A. (1984, Revised 1988) A systems view of education: A model for change. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Dr. Scileppi is also published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a journal sponsored by the American Psychological Association, and in Research in Education, a publication of the ERIC system. He is currently writing a book on education and empowerment.

Research Interests: All aspects of community psychology. Currently, he is most involved in four areas: reverse culture shock experienced by those returning from study or travel abroad, the relationship between social support and quality of life, Carebanking and applications of the systems perspective to education, especially empowerment through education. Carebanking is a proposal to develop a national volunteer self insurance plan to provide caregivers in the homes of elderly persons. In this proposed program, local civic and religious groups would recruit, screen, train, place and supervise volunteers who will assist homebound individuals. The volunteers would 'bank' their hours to be drawn upon when they need similar care. For more information see:
Affiliations: American Psychological Association
Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action
Presentations: Quinn. E., Scileppi, J.A., Butler, A., McCauley, K. and Quinn, T. (2008). The relationship of social support, overall functioning and quality of life across various populations including combat veterans, individuals with chemical dependency and the persistently severe mentally ill. A poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston.

Scileppi, J.A., Liotta, L., Figueras, A.J. and Laera, A. V. (2008). The use of Bushman�s Speed-of-Association Test to measure aggressive tendencies in response to violent movies in men and women. A poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston.

McCauley, K. W., Teed, E. L. & Scileppi, J.A.(2007). The ideal family social support scale: A reliability study. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia.

With Ucci, J. & Caccamo, T. (2002) Perceived quality of life among Compeer Program participants: Enhancing community re-entry of adults with psychiatric conditions. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The American Association for the Advancement of Science, Boston, MA.

Scileppi, J.A. (1999). A proposal for a national self-insurance plan to provide volunteer caregivers for the homebound elderly. A presentation at the Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27) Seventh Biennial Convention, held at Yale University, New Haven, CT.