Gloria Petruzzelli, Psy.D. for UC Davis Health

Gloria Petruzzelli, Psy.D.


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Clinical Psychology

Health Psychology

Locations and Contact

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Behavioral Health Center
2230 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Philosophy of Care

Dr. Petruzzelli has a commitment to fostering healing, growth, and sustaining healthy lifestyle behaviors for every individual on their unique journey toward holistic well-being. Dr. Petruzzelli believes in a collaborative and team-based treatment approach of care that draws from the rich tapestry of positive psychology techniques, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral approaches, and integrative methods.  Dr. Petruzzelli deeply values identity as integral components of the healing process, fostering a safe and inclusive space where individuals' multifaceted identities are acknowledged, respected, and thoughtfully explored. Her aim is to empower individuals to thrive and flourish, transcending challenges to live a life of purpose, fulfillment, and resilience.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Petruzzelli is a clinical psychologist committed to delivering evidence-based psychotherapy to empower adults in effectively managing mental health disorders. Her therapeutic approach integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal techniques, and Mindfulness-Based practices, facilitating a comprehensive and personalized treatment journey that fosters lasting transformation. She helps equip individuals with the skills, knowledge, and practical tools needed to be active participants in their own well-being journey and navigate their mental health challenges with resilience and holistic well-being.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Petruzzelli’s interests lies at the intersection of mindfulness, resilience, and healthy lifestyle behaviors, focusing on understanding their collective impact on mental health. Dr. Petruzzelli aspires to understand effective interventions that empower individuals to navigate life's challenges with greater psychological strength and embrace sustainable mental wellness practices.


Adult Psychiatry

Center/Program Affiliation

Behavioral Health Center

Undergraduate School

B.S., Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, 2003

Other School

Psy.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2009


Predoctoral Psychology Internship, Wichita State University Counseling and Testing Center, 2008-09


Psychology, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2009-10


Research Training Fellow, NIDA, NIMH, 2003-2004

National Institutes of Health, Post-bac Intramural Research Training Award, 2003

Sacramento Business Journal 40-Under-40 Award Winner, 2015

Faculty Advisor of The Year, Sacramento State University, 2021

Lehrmann, E., Afanador, Z. R., Deep-Soboslay, A., Gallegos, G., Darwin, W. D., Lowe, R. H., Barnes, A. J., Huestis, M. A., Cadet, J. L., Herman, M. M., Hyde, T. M., Kleinman, J. E., & Freed, W. J. (2008). Postmortem diagnosis and toxicological validation of illicit substance use. Addiction Biology, 13(1), 105–117.