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Gary Bruss

Associate professor




  • Ph.D., Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Clinical Psychology, 1990. (APA accredited)
  • M.A., Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. Clinical Psychology, 1986.
  • B.A., Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. 1982


Dr. Bruss completed a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at The Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He spent an additional nine years as a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Pennsylvania hospital where he functioned as a teacher, clinician, and researcher. He also held the position of Associate Director of the Acute Inpatient Psychiatry Unit for several years. His clinical research background includes working as an Associate in the Dave Garroway Laboratory for the Study of Depression. He has published and presented his findings at several national scientific conferences. He also held an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His professional experience also includes his work as a psychotherapist, psychodiagnostician, and consultant. His interests include psychopathology, psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychological testing, and infertility medicine. Dr. Bruss joined Argosy University in 2001, and has served the program in an administrative and teaching capacity since that time.


  • Moderate to severe psychopathology
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Psychological aspects of infertility medicine

Selected Publications

  • Bruss, G.S., & Nunno, K.M. (2002). Axis I and Personality Profiles of Gestational Surrogates. Fertility and Sterility, 77 (1003), S18.


  • American Psychological Association


  • Colvin, J., Bruss, G.S., & Parekh, B. (2011). The Implications of Introducing Dimensional Models in the DSM. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), Los Angeles, CA.
  • Bruss, G.S. (Chair), Hedges, L. (Discussant), Lubin, M, I. (Presenter), Tobin, J. (Presenter), Davidtz, J. (Presenter). (2011). Symposium on Countertransference. Argosy University, Orange County Master Lecture Series (CE event co-sponsored by the Orange County Psychological Association and Argosy University, Orange County), Orange, CA.
  • Tobin, J., Bruss, G.S., Parekh, B., & Lopez, T. (2011). Socializing Clinical Psychology Students to Life-Long Learning at the Predoctoral Level: A Pilot Program. Poster presented at the annual winter meeting of the National Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Bruss, G.S. & Nunno, K.M. (2002). Axis I and Personality Profiles of Gestational Surrogates. Poster presented at the Annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, Rancho Mirage, CA.
  • Bruss, G.S., Gruenberg, A.M., Goldstein, R.D., Sudak, H.S., & Barber, J.P. (1998, June). Dissociative Identity Disorder: Axis I and II Comorbidity-Update. Poster presented at the 151st annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Selected Lectures

  • Bruss, G.S. (2011). Dissociative Identity Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder: Distinct Entities or Epiphenomena . Paper presented at the Orange County Psychological Association/Argosy University Master Lecture Series, Orange, CA.
  • Bruss, G.S. (2011). Grief and Infertility. Paper presented at the Argosy University Working with Grief Summer Speaker Series, Orange, CA
  • Bruss, G.S. (June, 2001). The psychiatric and psychosocial sequelae of perimenopause. Paper presented at scientific session meeting of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Continuing Education Lecture Series, Sharps Hospital, San Diego, Ca.
  • Bruss, G.S. (June, 1997). Psychosocial risk factors and sequelae of cardiac disease : Implications for future research. Paper presented at the Thomas Bond Symposium, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Bruss, G.S. (June, 1996). The role of inpatient primary therapist: Managing, anticipating and responding to death threats to the clinician-a case discussion. Paper presented at the meeting of the Psychology Department Continuing Education Lecture Series, Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.