Joseph P. Fanelli


Dr. Fanelli has been a part of the Senior faculty at Syracuse University since 1984, teaching courses in human sexuality and relationships to over 47,000 students. After retiring in May 2018, he continued to teach HFS 425 Lust, Love & Relationship. After 30 years, he also retired from the Catholic Charities of Onondaga County in 2012 as the Director of Mental Health Services. Dr. Fanelli continues to work as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, primarily treating couples who are experiencing relational conflict or sexual dysfunctions. He has conducted hundreds of workshops in the areas of human sexuality, marriage and family life, stress and wellness, and the healing power of laughter. He has been married for 43 years and has 3 sons and 2 granddaughters.


Ph. D. Child & Family Studies, Syracuse University, 1980

M.A. Marriage & Family Therapy, Syracuse University, 1976

M.Div. St. Bernard's Seminary, Graduate School of Theology, Rochester, NY , 1973


Human sexuality; sexual development; sex therapy; relational conflict; marriage and family life, stress and wellness, and the healing power of laughter.


HFS 425 - Lust, Love and Relationships

CFS 388 - Human Sexuality (2 Sections)

HSH 101 - First Year Gateway

CFS 425 - Lust, Love and Relationships

MFT 567 - Sexual Issue for the Helping Professions

SPM 101 - Personal & Social Responsibility. Guest Lecturer, “Sexuality & Athletics.”

MFT 641 - Divorce Mediation Workshop, Guest Lecturer on “Marital and Family Dynamics in Divorce”

MFT 760 - Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum

MFT 625 - Family Systems and Therapy

CFS 865 - Advanced Family Therapy

CFS 672 - Couple Therapy

CFS 863 - Sex Therapy: Theory and Practice