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Dr. Polizzi has worked as a forensic psychotherapist in the Pittsburgh area since 1989. Prior to accepting his current position with Indiana State University, he was a full-time psychotherapist with the Center for Psychiatric and Chemical Dependency Services, a dual-diagnosed treatment facility that is a part of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
Dr. Polizzi has taught as an adjunct at a variety of Pittsburgh area colleges since 1990. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University in 2002 and completed a twelve-month clinical internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections beginning in July 1999. He has worked therapeutically with offender populations both in the community and in a maximum security penitentiary setting. He has also earned an M.A. in Humanistic Psychology from West Georgia College and an M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in American Foreign Policy and Latin America Politics from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 1988.