Joe Rizzo

Core Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Rizzo earned his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of Akron. He has been licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory endorsement (PCC-S) in Ohio since 1999. He has practiced in community mental health, private practice, and in residential treatment for youth. He has taught at Walden University since 2014 in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.
His teaching, professional, and research interests include: counseling adults, adolescents and children; trauma; chronic pain; counselor preparation and supervision; and performance & quality improvement.

Courses Taught

COUN 6360 - Assessment in Counseling

COUN 6101 - Foundations in Counseling

COUN 6782 - Internship

COUN 6100 - Introduction to Mental Health Counseling

COUN 6326 - Research and Evaluation

COUN 6621 - Residency

COUN 6316 - Techniques of Counseling


PhD, The University of Akron

MA, The University of Akron

BA, The University of Akron


Rizzo, J. M. (2021). The Effect of Mindfulness, Psychological Flexibility, and Emotional Intelligence on Self-Efficacy and Functional Outcomes Among Chronic Pain Clients. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy