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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Afton Kapuscinski

Kapuscinski portrait

Associate Teaching Professor

Director of the Psychological Services Center




Ph.D. Syracuse University (2012)

B.A. Roberts Wesleyan College (2005)

Licensed Psychologist, State of New York

Clinical and Teaching Interests

My clinical experiences and interests focus on the treatment and prevention of mental health issues in adults, and college students in particular.  I am especially interested in the treatment of mood, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, as well as other concerns that are particularly relevant to the young adult population, including body image, disordered eating, and religious/spiritual issues. In my clinical work and supervision, I utilize an integrative approach to treatment that emphasizes psychodynamic and humanistic therapy models. Additionally, I provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults.  

Professional Affiliations/Service

I am currently serving as the Academic Liaison on the Central New York Psychological Association’s (CNYPA’s) Board of Directors and will serve as President of the organization in 2018.  I am also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Association of Psychology Training Clinics (APTC).  

Research and Representative Publications

I am interested in the conceptualization and measurement of spirituality and religiousness, and in particular the meaning of these terms within the college student population. 

Kapuscinski, A. N. (2013).  Spiritual beliefs.  In M. D. Gellman & J. R. Turner (Eds.),

Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine.  New York: Springer. 

Kapuscinski, A. N. (2013).  Spirituality, measurement of.  In M. D. Gellman & J. R. Turner

(Eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine.  New York: Springer.

Kapuscinski, A. N., & Masters, K. S. (2010). The current status of measures of spirituality:

A critical review of scale development. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2(4), 191-205. doi: 10.1037/a0020498

Bassett, R. L., Garrick, I., Fogarty, M., Giacalone, S., Kapuscinki, A. Olmstead, M., McRae, M., Claes, N., Birrittella, D., Mogle, A., O’Connor, K. & Distaffen, R. (2008). Walking down the sunny side of the street: Three studies developing a spiritually-nuanced measure of optimism. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 18 (4), 330-352.