Anthony Mancini

Anthony Mancini

Associate Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology - PLV

Anthony Mancini



Faculty Bio

Anthony Mancini is a clinical psychologist who studies a variety of potentially traumatic events, including interpersonal loss, military deployment, mass trauma, traumatic injury, and life-threatening illness. He also examines the ways acute adversity stimulates social behavior, increases trust and cooperation at a group level, and can, under some conditions, directly improve psychological functioning.

Awards and Honors

  • APA, Division 22, 2011, Harold Yuker Award for Research Excellence (awarded to the best paper published in Psychological Rehabilitation)
  • National Institutes of Health, 2011, Loan Repayment Grant Program (renewal)
  • National Institutes of Health, 2009, Loan Repayment Grant Program


PhD, Columbia University, 2004

MS, Columbia University, 1999

M.Phil, Columbia University, 1999

BA, Hunter College, City University of New York, 1995

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

Three primary inter-related questions have guided his research thus far: 1) What are the varieties of people’s reactions to acute stress? 2) Why does one person manage the storms of acute stress, while another struggles and, in some cases, succumbs to posttraumatic stress disorder or prolonged grief? 3) Why, in some cases, does acute stress stimulate psychological improvement among people who were struggling? To answer these questions, he has worked on longitudinal datasets to better understand individually varying patterns of response. He has also used experimental designs and analogue stressors to identify underlying mechanisms of adaptive stress responses and changes in social behavior, including other-focused emotions, reductions in self-focus, and feelings of awe. He recently developed a theoretical model to better understand these effects or "psychosocial gains from adversity." A description of the model, published in Psychological Review, is here:

Courses Taught

Past Courses

MHC 613: Prsptvs on Psttrmtc Strs Dsrdr
MHC 614: Crrnt Prspctvs on Grief Cnslng
MHC 622: Trauma & Loss: Empirical Prspc
MHC 677: Research & Program Evaluation
MHC 741: Threat Mgt:Clinical Approachs
MHC 830: Rsrch Dsgn: Spec Tpcs Semnr
MHC 831: Doctoral Dissertation Sem I
MHC 832: Doctoral Dissertation Sem II
MM 802: Maintain Matriculation-PhD
MM 802: Maintain Matriculation-Phd
PSY 112: Introduction to Psychology
PSY 230: Personality and Social Psych:
PSY 327: Mentored Lab Class Semester 1
PSY 328: Mentored Lab Class Semester 2
PSY 395: Indpndnt Study in Psychology
PSY 600: Grad Psy / Indpndnt Study
PSY 614: Crrnt Prspctvs on Grief Cnslng
PSY 622: Trauma & Loss: Empirical Prspc
PSY 630: Cnslng Theories and Tchnqs I
PSY 631: Cnslng Theories & Tchnqs II
PSY 651: Post Traumatic Stress & Cnslng
PSY 651: Topics in Psychology
PSY 658: Group Dynamics
PSY 660: Death, Loss, and Bereavement
PSY 661: Grief Counseling
PSY 677: Research & Program Evaluation
PSY 686: Appraisal and Assessment
PSY 689: Psychological Resilience
PSY 693: Rsrch Smnr in Mntl Hlth Cnslng

Publications and Presentations


(in press). When acute adversity improves psychological health: A social-contextual framework
Psychological Review.

Can people benefit from acute stress? Social support, psychological improvement, and resilience after the Virginia Tech campus shootings
(2016). Clinical Psychological Science.

Are positive appraisals always adaptive?
(2015). Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Predictors of prolonged grief, resilience, and recovery among bereaved spouses
(2015). Journal of Clinical Psychology. Vol 71 (Issue 12) , pages 1245-1258.

Disambiguating dependency and attachment among conjugally bereaved adults
(2014). Journal of Loss and Trauma. , pages 1-16.

Extending the nomological net of dependency, coping, and health outcomes for conjugally bereaved adults using a multi-method approach
(2014). Assessment. , pages 1-9.

Resilience and other reactions to military deployment: The complex task of identifying distinct adjustment trajectories
(2014). Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Vol 75 , pages e956-957.

Attachment and attentional biases for facial expressions of disgust
(2014, February). Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Vol 33 (Issue 2) , pages 149-166.

Predictors of positive outcomes in offspring of depressed parents and non-depressed parents across 20 years
(2013). Journal of Child and Family Studies. Vol 5 , pages 1-12.

The persistence of attachment: Prolonged grief, threat, and mental representations of the deceased
(2012). Journal of Affective Disorders. Vol 139 , pages 256-263.

Trajectories of trauma symptoms and resilience in deployed U.S. Military service members: A prospective cohort study
(2012). The British Journal of Psychiatry. Vol 200 , pages 1-7.

A postwar picture of resilience. (Op-ed article.)
(2012, February). Vol February 6th , pages A23.

Recent trends in the treatment of prolonged grief
(2011). Current Opinion in Psychiatry. Vol 25 , pages 46-51.

Self-worth mediates the effects of violent loss on PTSD symptoms
(2011). Journal of Traumatic Stress. Vol 24 , pages 116-120.

Stepping off the hedonic treadmill: Individual differences in response to major life events. Journal of Individual Differences, 32, 144-152.
(2011). Journal of Individual Differences. Vol 32 , pages 144-152.

Toward a lifespan approach to resilience and trauma.
(2011, September). Cambridge , England:Cambridge University Press. , pages 120-134.

Related News and Stories

In the Media

"People are considerably more resilient than is commonly assumed, so I did not anticipate substantial mental health effects," said Anthony Mancini (opens in new tab), a clinical psychologist at Pace University who was not involved in the current study but who published similar findings in the journal Psychological Medicine (opens in new tab) in 2021. Lockdowns may have cut both ways on mental health, Mancini added. Although they ripped people from their daily routines and increased isolation, they also cut down on stressful day-to-day hassles like commuting.

In the Media

Every human being will experience grief at some point in their lives — it’s a fundamental human experience. “I think it’s important to underscore that people are equipped to grieve, and for the most part people do it OK,” says Anthony Mancini, a psychological researcher at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York.