Dr. Richard Dell’Isola

Dr. Richard Dell’Isola
Dr. Richard Dell’Isola
Assistant Professor,

Meet Dr. Richard Dell'Isola

Considers it a great joy and honor to teach at the undergraduate level because it is a time of great educational, professional, and spiritual formation for students.

Loving the Abbey’s small class sizes and its Christ-centered, classical approach to learning.

I love long-distance running and ran a 50-mile ultramarathon in 2018.

Examples of classes taught by Dr. Richard Dell’Isola:

Introduction to Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Statistics for Psychology; Testing and Assessment; Seminar in Counseling; Practicum in Applied Psychology

  • Ph.D. in Human Ecology, Couple and Family Therapy emphasis, Kansas State University
  • Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, Lipscomb University
  • B.A. in Psychology, Providence College


  • Dell’Isola, R., Durtschi, J.A, Topham, G., & Gimarc, C. (2020). A new approach to marriage preparation: The attachment-differentiation premarital model. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 1-25.
  • Morgan, P., Dell’Isola, R., Stanfield, M.H., & Durtschi, J.A. (2020). Gender differences in classes of married men’s and women’s depression. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 1-22.
  • Morgan, P., Dell’Isola, R., Nicholson, B., & Spencer, C. (2020). Stress generation theory in couples with depression: A latent profile analysis. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 37(7), 2205-2228.
  • Dell’Isola, R., Durtschi, J.A., & Morgan, P. (2019). Underlying mechanisms explaining the link between differentiation and romantic relationship outcomes. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 47(5), 293-310.
  • My primary research interest is in marital relationship formation and functioning. Much of my research is focused on pre- and early-marital factors that protect couples from divorce.
  • Additionally, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate in the state of North Carolina. I work with individuals, couples, and families to help with various presenting issues such marital conflict, family conflict, depression, anxiety, trauma, and more. I am also passionate about facilitating premarital counseling.

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