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Frank De Piano, Ph.D.

Frank De Piano
Professor Emeritus
Adjunct Professor
Part-Time Faculty, Department of Counseling
(954) 262-3766


  • Ph.D. University of South Carolina
  • B.A. Montclair State University

Professional Interests

Frank De Piano, Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary Professor with appointments in psychology as well as in the Department of Justice and Human Services.  He has taught at the undergraduate, master of science and doctoral levels across several disciplines throughout the university. During his tenure at the University, Dr. De Piano has served in many capacities and levels since 1980 when he joined the faculty as an assistant professor.  Among them are: 

  • University Provost and Executive Vice President
  • Professor
  • Founding Dean of the Center for Psychological Studies
  • Associate Dean, Behavioral Sciences Center
  • Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, College of Dental Medicine
  • Associate Dean for Administration, College of Dental Medicine
  • Director of the Criminal Justice Institute 
  • Chair, New Program Consultations and Review
  • Chair, Academic Review
  • Program Administrator, Master's Forensic Psychology Program
  • Head Cross Country Coach 

Dr. De Piano’s professional interests include the study of professional training models in mental health and psychology; Human Factors and Psychology in Aviation; and hypnosis and memory and in clinical practice. A neuropsychologist, De Piano has published on the clinical applications of hypnosis and assessment among others. He was editor of Psychotherapy in Independent Practice, Co-Editor of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse and was on 4 editorial boards. He has served as a consultant to the Florida Department of Professional Regulation, Board of Psychological Examiners where he has site visited doctoral training programs and provided expert testimony regarding quality of training programs for the State of Florida. Dr. De Piano received several major grants, including 4 million dollars from Housing and Urban Development that established services for chronically mentally ill, homeless, elderly patients in Broward County. He has made numerous Professional Invited Addresses, published peer reviewed articles and book chapters and has written a text related to clinical applications of hypnosis.  

De Piano served as the University Provost and Executive Vice President from 2004-2013. During his tenure, he was responsible for the academic development and quality assurance of university wide programs and oversight of research, libraries, health services, K-12 programs and athletics and representing academic needs to the President and Board of Trustees. He participated in 4 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) university reaccreditations and provided leadership for the development of NSU’s Academic Review process.

Professional activities include serving on the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs – Executive Committee, the Association’s Membership Committee, and President of Division 30, Psychological Hypnosis. In addition, he has chaired and/or served on more than a dozen APA accreditation site visits of training programs, post-doctoral training programs and internships. Over his years at the University, Dr. De Piano was instrumental in several million dollars of federal, state, and local grants/contracts and was responsible for planning and identifying funding for two buildings including the Maxwell Maltz Building.

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