Nicholas Mazza

Dean Emeritus, Patricia V. Vance Professor of Social Work Emeritus
Nicholas Mazza

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Office Location
University Center C2502
Resume / CV


Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D., is Dean Emeritus and Patricia V. Vance Professor of Social Work Emeritus. He served as a faculty member from 1981 through 2015, the last seven years as dean (2008-2015). He is a published poet, and the founding (1987) and continuing editor of the Journal of Poetry Therapy. He is currently serving a second term as president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (2022-2024). He holds Florida licenses in clinical social work, psychology, and marriage & family therapy.

Areas Of Focus 

  • Behavioral Health
  • Child Welfare
  • Clinical Social Work
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Gerontology
  • Healthcare
  • Homelessness
  • Human Rights
  • Intervention Research
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Loss/Bereavement
  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Reading/Language Development
  • Resilience
  • Social Justice
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Use/Misuse
  • Trauma
  • Well-being


  • PhD, 1981, Florida State University; Counseling & Human Systems
  • MSW, 1977, Rutgers University; Social Work
  • BA, 1971, Montclair State College; English

Selected Publications

Mazza, N., & McPherson, J. (2021). Using Poetry to Promote Reflection on Experiential

Learning. In J. M. Volpe White, K. L. Guthrie, & M. Torres (Eds.), Thinking with purpose:

Facilitating reflection in leadership learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Mazza, N. (2018) No place for indifference: poetry therapy and empowerment in clinical,

educational, and community practice, Journal of Poetry Therapy, 31:4,203-208.

Karpova, N.L., & Golzitskaya, A.A., & Czernianin, W., & Chatzipentidis, K & Mazza, N.

(2018). Bibliotherapy in Russia, in Poland, in USA. Voprosy Psikhologii. 2018. 136-144.

Mazza, N. (2016). Running marathons: A poetic approach to life transitions. In E.A. Kreuter

(Ed.), Chasing rainbows: An existential perspective of a marathon runner

(pp.163-167).New York: Nova.

Mazza, N., & Hayton, C. (2013). Poetry therapy: An investigation of a multidimensional clinical model. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 40, 53-60.

Mazza, N. (2012). Poetry/creative writing for an arts and athletics community outreach program for at-risk youth. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 25, 225-231.

Mazza, N. (2012). Therapy and poetry. In R. Greene & S. Cushman (Eds.), The Princeton encyclopedia of poetry and poetics (pp.1434-35). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Mazza, N. (2012). Poetry and Trauma. In C. Figley (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Trauma (pp. 445- 449). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Mazza, N. (2012). Homecoming. Journal of Family Social Work, 15, 96.

Books Published

Mazza, N. (2022). Poetry therapy: Theory and practice (3rd ed.).Routledge.

Mazza, N. (Ed.) (2017). Expressive therapies (Vols. 1-4). New York/London: Psychology

Press/ Routledge.

Mazza, N. (1999). Poetry therapy: Interface of the arts and psychology. Boca Raton/London: CRC Press.

Figley, C., Bride, B., & Mazza, N. (Eds.). (1997). Death and trauma: The traumatology of grieving. Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis.

Selected Grants

Mazza, N. (2014) Florida Institute for Child Welfare at the FSU College of Social Work.

Awarded by the Florida Legislature. Annual appropriation of


Mazza, N. (2014). FSU Operation Family Caregiver (FSU OFC) program (for veterans). Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) for Veterans. Total award $240,000.

Mazza, N. F. (2011–2013). CSW Arts and Athletics Community Outreach Program for At-Risk Youth. Funded by private donations. Total award $55,000.

Research Interests
Arts in Social Work
Clinical Social Work
Family Social Work
Group Work
Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Social Work Education
Social Work Practice