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Vincent Granito, PhD

Vincent J. Granito, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology 

Head Women's Basketball Coach

Social Science and Human Service Division

Lorain County Community College

At LCCC Since 2004 

Dr. Granito has been a professor of psychology in the Social Science and Human Service Division at Lorain County Community College since 2004.  


Dr. Granito received his M.A. in Consulting Psychology, with a specialization in Sport Psychology, from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University in San Francisco.  His prior teaching experiences include John Carroll University, Hiram College, John F. Kennedy University, and Dominican College. 


Dr. Granito is also a member in several national teaching and psychology organizations, and has been awarded numerous grants for innovations in teaching, including leading the State Psychology Open Educational Resource Group through the Ohio Department of Higher Education Innovation Grant.  He is the Past President of the Society for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology through the American Psychological Association, and the current President of the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges. Dr. Granito has received several awards including:

  • Alumnus of the Year from John F. Kennedy University (2005)
  • LCCC Faculty Excellence Award (2010)
  • LCCC Outstanding Faculty Award (2011)
  • National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Award (2011)
  • Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award from the American Psychological Association (2013)
  • Wickliffe High School Achievement Hall of Fame (2014)


He has published a number of articles, including a chapter in The Teaching of Psychology in Autobiography: Perspectives from Exemplary Psychology Teachers published by Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and a chapter on the history of sport psychology in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology.  He has been quoted in several articles that have appeared in Women’s Health Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Daily Burn, and Aaptiv. He has also made numerous presentations throughout the country and abroad in the field of psychology and sport psychology, and is a Microsoft Educator where he speaks to students around the world via Skype in the Classroom on the field of Sport Psychology. 

Classes Taught 

Courses that Dr. Granito has taught include classes on social psychology, sports psychology, exercise psychology, personality theories, industrial/organizational psychology, psychology of injury and theory and practice of sport camps.  Other classes speak to sport psychology approaches to child, adolescent & family counseling while some of his seminars have addressed dilemmas, controversies, ethics and theory in sports psychology. Add to that classes on adolescent development, quantitative methods of behavioral sciences, sports psychology assessment, research methods in psychology, advanced research methods and masters thesis direction and you get a sense of the breadth of Dr. Granito's interests.

Athlete and Coach

Dr. Granito also has an extensive background as an athlete and coach.  He was a two-year letter winner for the varsity football team at John Carroll University and winner of the Loyalty Award in his senior year (1986).  He is currently the Women’s Basketball Coach at Lorain County Community College.  From 1989 to 2015, he was a boys and girls high school basketball coach at various schools in Ohio and California.  During his high school coaching career, he coached several players who won all-league, all-district and all-state honors; was named Lake County News Herald and Associated Press All-District “Coach of the Year” in 2007 leading his team to a school record number of wins; coached the team that won the Academic All-Ohio Team award from the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association for having the highest GPA in the state of Ohio; was selected to coach the Lake County Senior All-Star Basketball team; and chosen as the National Federation of State High School Association’s Ohio Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 2009.  He also works for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their youth development program, where he coaches clinics and camps throughout the year. He is an avid runner who has competed in several half marathons.

About Dr. Granito's presentation on November 7,  2018

How Psychology Can Help Your Performance: The Science of Sport Psychology

The field of sport, exercise and performance psychology has discovered great ways to improve the physical aspects of sport by training the brain to enhance the skills.  This presentation will look at the relatively new science of sport psychology and the different techniques that world class athletes utilized to improve the mental part of participation.  Sport psychologists teach athletes to use visualization, meditation, relaxation, goal setting, concentration improvement, and restructured thinking to help the athletes get the most out of their sport experience.  These skills have been used with a wide range of performers including athletes, exercise participants, military, first responders, CEOs, students, dancers and artists.  The discussion will center on what the techniques are and the science behind why they work, while allowing audience members to try the skills themselves.

Dr. Vincent Granito, Jr., professor in the LCCC Social Sciences and Human Services Division, will host the forum, How Psychology Can Help Your Performance: The Science of Sport Psychology, in LC 209 on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, during the noon hour, 12-1. Enjoy light refreshments during this next installment of the Bass Library’s Focus on Faculty series. Again the Library will be highlighting the special talents and contributions of our outstanding LCCC faculty.

For more information

Please contact reference librarian Rita Blanford at 440-366-7289 or via email at



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