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Christine Nezu, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology, Professor of Medicine, Drexel University

Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, ABPP

Professor of Psychology
Professor of Medicine
Department of Psychology
Office: Stratton 278
Phone: 215.553.7112

Additional Sites: Nezu Stress and Coping Research Lab

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae (Google)


Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology (College of Arts and Sciences) and Professor of Medicine (College of Medicine) at Drexel University. She has maintained a private practice as a licensed psychologist for over 25 years and is board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in clinical as well as cognitive & behavioral psychology. She has maintained her clinical privileges with Hahnemann University Hospital as a psychologist for over twenty years. Professor Maguth Nezu is also a Program Consultant to the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington DC and a Program Consultant for the Joint Programs of the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense.

She is a past President of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, the Academy of Clinical Psychology, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is the recipient of numerous grant awards supporting her research and program development, particularly in the area of clinical interventions, and her psychotherapy work has been featured in the Systems in Psychotherapy Series published by the American Psychological Association (APA). Over the years, she has developed many clinical training practicum opportunities for our department’s clinical psychology graduate programs. Consistent with her role as a scientist-practitioner, she is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Society for Clinical Psychology), has received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research from MCP Hahnemann University and was a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, she was the recipient of an award for Outstanding Contributions to the Specialty of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, jointly sponsored by the American Board of Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology and the Academy of Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology. More recently, she was awarded the Russell J. Bent Award for Distinguished Contributions to the ABPP. Maguth Nezu’s commitment to competency standards in professional practice and psychology specialization are evident among her many publications, including a twelve volume set of books she co-edited with Art Nezu, PhD, DHL, ABPP, subsumed under the title:  Series in Specialty Competencies in Professional Psychology, published by Oxford University Press. She was the lead author on the volume dedicated to cognitive and behavioral psychology. She also co-edited Becoming Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, published by Oxford University Press. For the past 15 years she has served as a mentor and examiner for ABPP, and she is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the ABPP Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the promotion of competencies in professional psychology.

Professor Maguth Nezu has served as the North American Representative to the World Congress of Cognitive & Behavior Therapy, a member of International Advisory Committee for the International Association Cognitive Psychotherapy Congress (ICCP), and chaired site visits for APA accreditation of internship and residency programs. She serves on the editorial boards of leading psychology journals, including Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, Clinical Psychology: Research & Practice, Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, the Mexican Journal of Psychology, and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She also served on the Scientific Advisory Board for Oxford University Press regarding their Treatments That Work series.

Maguth Nezu has contributed to over 150 scholarly publications, including 16 books and co-editor of several distinguished book series. Several titles include: Problem-Solving for Depression, Helping Cancer Patients Cope, Health Psychology, Awakening Self-esteem, Becoming Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, The Emotional Wellness Way to Cardiac Health, Cognitive Behavioral Case Formulation and Treatment Design, Evidence-based Outcome Research: A Practical Guide to Conducting Randomized Controlled Trials for Psychosocial Interventions, and Competencies in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. Her publications cover a wide range of topics in mental health and behavioral medicine, many of which have been translated into a variety of foreign languages. She is considered an international expert regarding cognitive behavioral assessment and treatment. She embraces an evidence-based approach to clinical intervention and advocates the use of an individual case formulation as a bridge between science and practice. Her expertise in clinical research is demonstrated by her previous administrative positions as Associate Provost for Research at MCP Hahnemann University, as well as her role as Scientific Integrity Officer for the university.

Professor Maguth Nezu has collaborated with Arthur Nezu for the past two decades concerning the continued development, applications and effectiveness of Problem Solving Therapy (Contemporary PST), a cognitive behavioral psychotherapy intervention that has strong empirical support for a wide range of clinical syndromes. Although her contributions cover many areas of clinical psychology, it is her collective work as the co-developer of Contemporary PST and its current application to programs for both active US Service Members and Veterans that have brought her national and international recognition. With regard to this level of recognition, Nezu has served as a distinguished visiting professor, consultant and trainer for the US Air Force, the FBI, as well as universities and health systems around the world.