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Pictured is Joseph DeFazio, CRPC, Ph.D., full-time instructor of business at Point Park University. | Photo by John Altdorfer

Contact Information


  • B.A., Business Administration with concentrations in finance, marketing and management, Mercyhurst College
  • M.S., Business Administration, California University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D., Business Administration with a concentration in financial management, Northcentral University

Courses Taught

  • Corporate Finance
  • Business Finance
  • Introduction to Business
  • Oral Communication


Joseph DeFazio, CRPC®, Ph.D., is a full-time instructor for the Rowland School of Business. At Northcentral University, DeFazio focused his dissertation on "The Relationship of a Match and Mismatch of the Social Style Profile on Practices of Communication and Counseling in the Financial Planner-Client Relationship." DeFazio currently works as an associate financial planner for Pittsburgh Financial Planners in Bridgeville, Pa. Prior to this position, he was a financial consultant for National City Bank and a financial advisor for Amerprise Financial.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Behavioral Finance
  • Financial Psychology

Professional Licenses and Affiliations 

  • Designated as a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor®
  • Member of Mercyhurst College tennis team and named Academic All-American, 2001-2005
  • Member of Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society

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