Frank Muscarella, PhD

Frank Muscarella, PhD

Professor & Department Chair
LIB 148C
(305) 899-3275

Dr. Muscarella, a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Florida, joined the faculty at Barry in 1993. Prior to coming to Barry, he taught at Hanover College and the University of Louisville. Dr. Muscarella earned his B.A. in psychology from San Diego State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. (1991) from the University of Louisville. His area of clinical specialization is Geriatric Psychology.

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Human Sexuality

Selected Supervised Student Research

  • Bufford, C. (in progress) Social Media Use, Personal Dissatisfaction, and Thoughts of Violence. Master’s Thesis.
  • Moore, C. (2019). Stress, Mindfulness, and Female College Students. Master’s Thesis.
  • Prause, J. (2019). GPA and Stress Levels of Students with Combat Exposure. Master’s Thesis.
  • Alexis, I. (2018). The Impact of the Characteristics of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Psychological Functioning in Adulthood in Women. Master’s Thesis.
  • Williams, K. (2018). Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Women’s Coping Skills. Master’s Thesis.
  • Motes, M. (2017). Body Image and Sexual Activity Master’s Thesis.
  • Ponce, F. (2017). Factors that Contribute to Forgiving a Sexual Infidelity: What is the Best Predictor? Master’s Thesis.
  • Puleo, G. (2015). Relationship Satisfaction and Social Media Acknowledgment. Master's Thesis.
  • Pablos, J. (2015). Marital Satisfaction after Childbirth: Happily Ever After? Master's Thesis.
  • Garcia, M. (2015). Women's Satisfaction with Sexual Hookups. Master's Thesis.
  • Serpico, M. (2015). Sexual Hookups, Achievement Motivation, and Sexual Guilt in College Women. Master’s Thesis.
  • Angulo, L. (2013). Behavioral Masculinity and Sexual Promiscuity in Heterosexual Men. Master's Thesis.
  • Skelton, W. (2012). Spirituality and Self-Acceptance in Gay Men and Lesbians. Master's Thesis.
  • Petty. M. (2011). Monogamy and Promiscuity in the Sexual Relationships of Heterosexual and Lesbian Women. Master's Thesis.
  • Arantes, L. (2010). The Scent of Colognes: Preferences Based on Gender and Sexual Orientation. Master's Thesis.

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Rapalino, J. & Muscarella, F. (2019, November). The relationship between characteristics of masculinity and femininity and sexual behavior. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Denver, CO.
  • Zeigler, C. & Muscarella, F. (2019, November). Sex and sexual orientation differences in emotional expression. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Denver, CO.
  • Wehrle, L. & Muscarella, F. (2018, May). The relationship between masculinity, male pattern baldness, depression, and anxiety. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
  • Pablos, J. & Muscarella, F. (2017, November). Predictors of Marital Satisfaction in Women Post Childbirth. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Atlanta, GA.
  • Muscarella, F. (2016). Alliance Formation Theory. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Editors-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York: Springer. DOI: 10.10077/978-3-319-16999-6_44-1
  • Muscarella, F. (2016). Evolutionary theory. In A. E. Goldberg (Ed.), SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies, 381-384. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  • Muscarella, F. (2015). Homosexuality, psychiatry, and clinical psychology: Historical and contemporary issues. In James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Ed, vol 3, pp. 884-892, Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Muscarella, F. (2013). Love between men. In L. Bormans (Ed.) The World Book of Love (pp. 134-136). Brussels: Lanoo.
  • Muscarella, F., Arantes, L., & Koncsol, S. (2011). A rose by any other name: Scent preferences, gender, and sexual orientation. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 14, (
  • Castillo, Y. Muscarella, F., & Szuchman, L. (2011). Gender differences in college students' perceptions of same-sex harassment: The influence of physical attractiveness and attitudes toward lesbians and gay men. Journal of College Student Development, 52, 511-522.
  • Muscarella, F. (2006). The evolution of male-male sexual behavior in humans: The alliance theory. Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, 18, 275-311.
  • Muscarella, F., Cevallos, A. M., Siler-Knogl, A., & Peterson, L. (2005). The alliance theory of homosexual behavior and the perception of social status and reproductive opportunities. Neuroendocrinology Letters, 26(6), 771-774.
  • Muscarella, F., Elias, V. A.., & Szuchman, L. T. (2004). Brain differentiation and preferred partner characteristics in heterosexual and homosexual men and women. Neuroendocrinology Letters, 25, 305-309.
  • Muscarella, F. (2002). Preferred partner characteristics in homosexual men in relation to speculated patterns of brain differentiation. Neuroendocrinology Letters, 23, 299-302.
  • Szuchman, L. T. & Muscarella, F. (Eds.). (2000). Psychological perspectives on human sexuality. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Muscarella, F. (2000). The evolution of homoerotic behavior in humans. Journal of Homosexuality, 40, 51-77.
  • Muscarella, F. & Cunningham, M. R. (1996). The evolutionary significance and social perception of male pattern baldness and facial hair. Ethology and Sociobiology, 17, 99-117.

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • International Academy of Sex Research
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

Undergraduate Courses

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Human Sexuality
  • Theories of Personality

Graduate Courses

  • Advanced Personality
  • Human Sexuality
  • Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning
  • Clinical Psychology Practicum Supervision
  • Clinical Psychology Internship Supervision