Maria Fracasso


Professor, Developmental Psychology; Positive Psychology


Contact Info

LA 2138


Ph.D. & M.A. in Psychology, Fordham Graduate School
of Arts & Sciences

B.S. in Psychology and Spanish, Fordham College

Dr. Fracasso completed her Post-Doctoral training at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Services as a National Research Council Associate.

Areas of Expertise

Positive Psychology

Social & Emotional Development



Cultural Diversity


Dr. Fracasso came to Towson University in 1994 after completing her Post-Doc at NIH and adjunct teaching at UMCP.


Research Interests

Dr. Fracasso's research has focused on the development of culture-centered measures for the assessment of social and emotional development of young Hispanic children. Her current research is addressing the role of Positive Parenting in Predicting Positive Child and Adolescent Emotional Development.


Selected Publications:

Fracasso, M.P. (2013). “Using Movies to Teach Positive Psychology.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Society. Washington, DC.

Busch-Rossnagel, N.A. and Fracasso, M.P. (2005). Latino Families in America. In C.B. Fisher and R. Lerner (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.