Wesleyan portrait of David J. Finitsis

David J. Finitsis

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology


PHD University of Connecticut

David J. Finitsis

Dr. Finitsis' program of research seeks to understand our engagement in healthcare from a bio-psycho-social perspective.  His research focuses broadly on stress, anxiety and health behavior both among the general population and within specific medical patient populations. At the core of Dr. Finitsis' research philosophy is the belief that new investigations are best guided by rigorous systematic review of existing research. So his work combines high quality meta-analytic projects with primary research in his field. 

Dr. Finitsis completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Bowdoin College in 1995 and continued to live in Maine thereafter, working a truly breathtaking variety of jobs from organic farming and commercial fishing to adventure based counseling and 911 first response. It was ambulance work in particular that first granted him insight into the psychology of heath, illness, and injury. After marrying and moving to Connecticut in 2010, he returned to school as a graduate student in Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Finitsis received his PhD in 2016 and completed an internship in Clinical and Community Psychology at the Yale School of Medicine. A New England native, Dr. Finitsis has an abiding love of the outdoors that he frequently persues both on foot and by bicycle. He is a happy husband and father of two children. 

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fall 2022 

Wednesdays and Fridays 10:50-11:50 or by appointment


Spring 2023
PSYC 211 - 01
Rsch Mthds in Clinical Psych

PSYC 362 - 01
Health Psychology