Dr. Manzi has a Master's and Doctorate from the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. He grew up in the Boston area and moved to Rochester, NY in 1978. He is of Italian descent (all grandparents born in Italy). He has an older brother and a younger sister(single mom) with three kids nearby, Henry (28), Bennett (26) and Elise (22). Elise is multi-racial, including Italian American, African American, Native American and Latino backgrounds. Henry and Bennett are of German and Irish American background. Dr. Manzi's mother passed away in October 2006 at age 79 and his dad passed away in March of 2017 at age 91 after he had relocated to Rochester. Dr. Manzi has Type II diabetes and seven years ago completed a swim to raise money for diabetes research.He recently hooked up with a trainer at the YMCA and his weight is now at its lowest in over 25 years. Exercise , diet and medication are the key to diabetes management.
Dr. Manzi has taught on-line courses at Walden for 14 years. He currently teaches courses in academic and vocational counseling, and helped to develop course curricula for two of these courses. Prior to this, he taught psychology (Rochester Institute of Technology), counseling (school, community and mental health) programs at MSU (SW Missouri State University), SUNY Oneonta (NY), and the University of Rochester (NY). Dr. Manzi also works as a vocational consultant for the Social Security Administration. His interests include health psychology (addiction), career/vocational counseling, school counseling, disability and multiculturalism . He studied with Rogerian/Humanistic professors like Harold Munson, Gerald Gladstein and Howie Kirschenbaum at the University of Rochester. Dr. Manzi has a good deal of experience in vocational counseling and assessment. I have been a member of ACA (American Counseling Association), AMCD, NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors) and NCDA (National Career Development Association) for over 30 years. He is a member of New York Mental Health Counseling Association (NYMHCA) and the New York Career Development Association (NYCDA), state level organizations.
Dr Manzi is committed to student success at Walden and goes the extra mile to help students succeed in their program, one course at a time.