For the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year, we welcome back Dr. Rachel Annunziato to the Manresa faculty. As a faculty member in the program from 2015-2017 before she became an administrator, Dr. Annunziato currently serves as the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at FCRH and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. Given her participation in the recent Urban Immersion Service Project, we wanted to introduce her role in the Manresa Program, as well as preview her course for the fall.
When asked about her involvement in Manresa, Dr. Annunziato explained,
I love spending time with my students and colleagues outside of the classroom. I enjoy so much how these opportunities are seamlessly woven into the Manresa curriculum. It’s such a fun, rewarding teaching experience. I also am so grateful for the genuine emphasis on service that is a core part of Manresa programming. To me, there has been no better way to get to know my students than in participating in service activities together.
Her fall 2018 Manresa seminar is “The Mind-Body Connection: An Introduction to Behavioral Health.”
This course will offer a broad overview of psychological aspects of health as well as a focus on this relationship in specific, common illnesses. The overall goal of the course is to provide a comprehensive perspective on how psychology can augment the understanding and treatment of significant public health problems. In addition, this course will prepare students for future engagement in undergraduate research, she explains. In her experience with the course and Manresa Program in previous years, Dr. Annunziato excels in challenging the Scholars in a positive and fun way.
From Dr. Annunziato’s passion for teaching, enthusiasm for the program, and care for our Scholars, she is excited to return as part of our Program Faculty.
Lindsey Register, FCRH 2020
Manresa Programming & Marketing Fellow, 2017-2018