Department of Psychology

Dr. Michael Anziano

Dr. Michael Anziano
Associate Professor of Psychology


  • Applied developmental psychology
  • Cognitive and emotional development
  • Child psychology
  • Early intervention
  • Early childhood education
  • Child clinical and diagnostic psychological testing
  • Child and family therapy
  • Administration of intelligence and projective tests


  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1984
  • M.A., Educational Psychology, University of Colorado at Denver, 1978
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Denver, 1971


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About Dr. Michael Anziano

Michael Anziano is an associate professor in and chair of the Department of Psychology at Fort Lewis College. He joined the college in 1990 as an adjunct and started full time in 1993. Dr. Anziano has a background in developmental and child psychology and in early intervention issues among at-risk children. Prior to Fort Lewis, he was the director of the early childhood education program and an associate professor of psychology at San Juan College. He started his post-graduate career as a psychologist at Centennial Mental Health Center in Elizabeth, Colorado. Dr. Anziano co-authored and administered a State of Colorado grant to promote social competence and reduce early antisocial and aggressive behaviors in preschool children at the Fort Lewis College Child Development Center.

He has 15 years of experience in federal program evaluation of preschool programs and Native American Head Start programs and has served as principal investigator and coordinator for numerous grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Education, New Mexico Human Services Department and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department and other organizations. In this work, he has studied child development, developed early childhood instruction programs, researched Head Start programs, and more. Dr. Anziano is a longtime member of the FLC Counseling Center advisory committee and past board member for the FLC Child Development Center.

Dr. Anziano was the 2000-2001 Featured Scholar. He has received several awards for exemplary teaching and scholarship. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. 

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Landing Your First Job: Finding Your Ideal Fit,” in Preparing the new psychology professoriate: Helping graduate students become competent teachers, 2nd edition, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, 2014

“Mothers' and fathers' involvement in school-aged children's care and academic activities in Navajo Indian families, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 2008

“The effects of Even Start on adult literacy and child language,” NHSA Dialog, 1998

“The role of the family service center demonstrations in the future of Head Start,” The Research Quarterly, 1997

“The effects of Even Start programs on literacy and child language,” paper presented at the National Head Start Conference: Research Track, Seattle, Washington, 1997

“Creating enriched language environments in Head Start:  Effects of home and school interventions, paper presented at the National Head Start Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1996

Approaches to Preschool Curriculum, Glencoe/McGraw Hill, 1995