Department of Medical Humanities
Vice President for Graduate Programs and Planning

Robert Cuzzolino, Ed.D.


Office: 215-871-6780

Dr. Cuzzolino’s graduate program academic responsibilities focus on leadership of the College's graduate programs (doctoral and master’s programs in clinical, counseling and school psychology, biomedical science, physician assistant studies, organizational development and forensic medicine) and the development of new degree offerings at Philadelphia and Georgia campuses, including the Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Dr. Cuzzolino also develops partnerships with other institutions, and has created dual-degree programs (MBA, MPH, PhD in Health Policy, PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology). His position also supervises the Clinical Learning and Assessment Laboratory, Registrar, Library/Educational Media and all graduate departmental chairs and program directors

His responsibilities also involve oversight of all academic planning for the College, including outcomes assessment plans, SWOT analyses, strategic plan, institutional self-study and all matters related to institutional accreditation, program approval and related governmental relations, including HEOA compliance.

Dr. Cuzzolino’s teaching duties have included serving as lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law (Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), and lecturer in administration, consultation, supervision and health policy (Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology).

  • Education

    Dr. Cuzzolino earned an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Temple University in 1988 and a M.Ed. in Counseling in Higher Education from Kutztown University in 1977. In 1974, he graduated with an A.B. in Psychology and English from Muhlenberg College.

  • Research

    Dr. Cuzzolino’s research interests have focused on predictors of academic success and board performance in graduate and professional study, personal background characteristics as predictors of future medical practice type, and empathy in medical students.

  • Publications

    “Predictors of Medical School Performance, COMSAE Performance and COMLEX-USA Level 1 Performance,” fellowship presentation, Costin Institute for Leadership, October 2014, Mary P. Owen, J.D., Ph.D., Stephen R. Poteau, Ph.D., Robert A. DiTomasso, Ph.D., and Robert G. Cuzzolino, Ed.D.

    “A-OMEC: The Assessment of Osteopathic Medical Student Empathy in the Cultural Context – A Structured Approach to Osteopathic Core Competencies,” poster presentation, American
    Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Washington, D.C., April 2014, Bettina Bernstein, D.O., Dr. Stephen Poteau, Ph.D., Robert Cuzzolino, Ed.D., Mary-Catherine Rensko, B.A., Morgan Lewis, B.S.

    "Use of Early Indicators to Predict Success on COMLEX," American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Baltimore, MD, April 2013.

    “Self-assessed Learning Style Correlates to Use of Supplemental Learning Materials in an Online Course Management System,” Caitlin Halbert, D.O., Richard Kriebel,Ph.D., Robert Cuzzolino, Ed.D., Patrick Coughlin, Ph.D., and Kerin Fresa-Dillon, Ph.D., Medical Teacher, April, 2011.

    "Professionalism: Orientation Exercises for Incoming Osteopathic Medical Students and Developing Class Vision Statements," K. Fresa, Ph.D., R. Cuzzolino, Ed.D. and K. Veit, D.O.,
    Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, vol. 104, No.6, June, 2003.

    “Measuring and Documenting Institutional Effectiveness in Non-teaching Units,” Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Philadelphia, December, 2010.

    “An Analysis of the Use of Web-Based Materials by Medical Students and it’s Relationship to Learning Style,” Caitlin Halbert, M.S., Richard Kriebel, Ph.D., Robert Cuzzolino, Ed.D., Kerin Fresa-Dillon, Ph.D., & Patrick Coughlin, Ph.D., poster presentation - American Osteopathic Association Annual Meeting, 2008.

    “Best Practices in Developing a High-Quality Self Study,” Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, American Osteopathic Association, Scottsdale, AZ, 2008

    “Using Technology to Improve Course and Lecturer Evaluations,”
    Poster Presentation, American Assn. of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2006