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Robert Delprino

Robert P. Delprino

Professor and Assistant Dean
(716) 878-6434
Campus Address:
Classroom Building A113

Currently Dr. Delprino also serves as Assistant Dean for the School of Natural and Social Sciences.

Dr. Delprino earned his doctoral degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University and his master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  His applied research and work include work and family issues with a focus on organizational stress and first responders, and strategic planning in higher education.  He has extensive experience in both areas working with a variety of local, state, and national organizations in the design and implementation of applied research initiatives, as well as in the development and delivery of workshops and training programs.

His applied experiences include serving as the Corrections and Law Enforcement Family Support (CLEFS) Program Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice.  The aim of the CLEFS Program was to identify and understand the stressors faced by officers and their families, and identify innovative ways to prevent and treat the negative effects of those stressors.  Dr. Delprino has served as a volunteer member of a regional critical incident stress management support team for first responders and as an Employee Assistance Program Coordinator for New York State.  As an advisory board member for the former New York Disaster Counseling Coalition, he participated in the delivery of programs to first responder couples affected by the events and aftermath of 9/11.  He has developed a number of well-attended conferences focusing on occupational and family health for first responders and their family members.

As part of his interest in organizational change and strategic planning, Dr. Delprino serves as a faculty member for the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Planning Institute (PI).  The SCUP PI is an intensive, three-step strategic planning program tailored for the unique complexities and challenges of higher education institutions in order to provide a solid foundation for the strategic planning process.  Dr. Delprino has provided curriculum development expertise and training for the PI since 2009.  He has facilitated programs on strategic planning across the United States and Canada for higher education leaders responsible for the integration of planning on their campuses and for the professionals who support them.

Student Mentoring

With the goal of enhancing students’ educational experiences and career development, Dr. Delprino founded and served as advisor to the Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  He also serves as a mentor to students as part of the College’s Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship, McNair Scholars Program, and has regularly included students as collaborators in his funded grant activity.  He regularly works with students studying psychology, as well as other disciplines, and has co-presented with students at a number of professional conferences.

Representative Publications and Presentations

Books & Publications

Delprino, R. P. (2018).  Understanding and supporting law enforcement families: An applied research perspective. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Zhang, J., Qing, Q, Delprino, R. P. (2017). Psychological health among Chinese college students: A rural/urban comparison. Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 29(2), 179-186.

Hui, X., Cheng, C., Yisheng, T., Zhang, J., Delprino, R., Jihui, J. & Yonggang, S. (2016). Quality of life in Chinese family caregivers for elderly people with chronic diseases. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 14(1), 99-107.

Delprino, R. P. (2015).  [Review of the book Revolution in higher education:  How a small band of innovators will make college accessible and affordable by Richard DeMillo]. Planning for Higher Education, 44(1), 139-141.

Delprino, R.P. (2013).  The human side of the strategic planning process in higher education. Ann Arbor, MI: Society for College and University Planning.

Delprino, R. P. (2013).  [Review of the book Benchmarking and organizational change by Mohammad H. Qayoumi]. Planning for Higher Education, 42(2), 186-188.

Wiechelt, S. A., Delprino, R., & Swarthout, J. A. (2009). Characteristics of traumatic experience and survivor perceptions of mental health services: The 2004–2005 Erie county community trauma survey.  Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 18(5), 484-498.

Conference Presentations

* indicates student as co-presenter

Delprino, R. P. (session organizer and presenter), Lindstrom, M. A.& Braun, D. (2018, July).The planner as an influencer. Presented at the Society for College and University Planning 53th Annual International Conference, Nashville, TN.

Delprino, R. P. (session organizer and presenter), Askey, L., Dee, T. & Santilli, N. (2017, July).  Leading meaningful change in community, public and private institutions of higher education.  Presented at the Society for College and University Planning 52th Annual International Conference, Washington, DC.

Delprino, R. P. (2015, August). How changing benefits influence officers’ willingness to stay on the job. Presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Delprino, R.P. & Lindstrom, M.A. (2015, July). Overcoming conflicting goals during strategic planning. Presented at the Society for College and University Planning 50th Annual International Conference, Chicago, IL.

*Delprino, R.P. (Chair, presenter and discussant), Cimarelli, C., Moore, D. C., & Richardson, K. (2015, May). Symposium: First responder and public safety families.  Presented at the International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, "Work, Stress and Health 2015”, Atlanta, GA.

*Delprino, R.P. (Chair and presenter), Larson, C., Richardson, K., & Moore, D. C. (2014, August). Symposium: Providing support for public safety families: Research and practice. Presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

*Miller, C. & Delprino, R.P. (2014, March). Comparison of working students’ and working adults’ work life orientation. Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Delprino, R. P. (2013, July).  Sponsorship mapping: Supporting integrated planning. Ideas to Action Session presented at the Society for College and University Planning 48th Annual International Conference. San Diego, CA.

Professional Conferences Organized

The following are representative of the series of professional conferences and workshop that were developed with support from private and public organizations in both the United States and Canada. Support included monetary contributions as well as personnel who served as conference steering committee members, speakers, group facilitators, or conference/workshop volunteers.

Renewing Relationships: Enriching, Reconnecting, and Rebuilding Intimate Partnerships.  A couple’s communication weekend for first responders and their spouse or domestic partner. Java Center, NY. Sponsored by Public Safety Family Support Center, New York Disaster Counseling Coalition, Buffalo State College Research Foundation, TOPS Markets, and Seneca Nation of Indians, October 28-29, 2006, Java, NY.

9/11 One Year Later: Wellness in the Aftermath. State University of New York Conversations in the Disciplines. September 6, 2002, Buffalo, NY.

Invited Training Seminars and Workshops Presented

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). Invited trainer for all three steps of the SCUP Planning Institute.

Planning Institute 1: Laying the Groundwork for Strategic Planning. PI1 is a one-day program that provides an orientation to the strategic planning process.  Through a collaborative workshop environment participants apply the basic elements of integrated planning. 

Planning Institute 2: Developing and Implementing a Strategic Plan. PI2 is a two-day program that utilizes a case study approach to provide training in the creation of a strategic plan as well as a deeper understanding of the needs and issues confronting key functional areas on campus during a planning initiative. In particular, the intersection of academic, resource/budget, and facilities planning defines a nexus for learning specific planning tactics.

Planning Institute 3: Building and Sustaining a Strategic Culture. PI3, a two-day program, views integrated planning through the lens of change management. This workshop weaves the technical planning for change with the realities of the people and relationships that already exist on the College and University campus. Techniques, tools, and skills are provided to sustain integrated planning and build a strategic culture that is ready for change.

Courses Usually Taught

  • PSY 365 Psychology in the Workplace
  • PSY 367 Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 375 Forensic Psychology
  • PSY 466 Personnel Psychology
  • PSY 472 Psychology Seminar (Topics: Work and Family Issues, Occupational Health Psychology, Workplace Stress)

Research Interests

Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Work and Family Issues, Occupational Health and Workplace Stress, Law Enforcement and Emergency Service Organizations. Also Strategic Planning processes, implementation, trends and organizational issues.  


  • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, SUNY College at Buffalo
  • President's Award for Excellence as an Undergraduate Research Mentor, SUNY College at Buffalo

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