Arthur Nezu, PhD, ABPP

Distinguished University Professor of Psychology; Professor of Medicine; Professor of Public Health

Arthur Nezu
Office: Stratton 268
Phone: 215.553.7115

Laboratory at Drexel:
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Curriculum Vitae: Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests

  • Applications of Problem-Solving Therapy to treat a variety of health and mental health problems, particularly depression comorbid with a medical disorder (e.g., heart failure, cancer, diabetes)

  • Stress and coping, particularly the role of social problem solving as a mediator and moderator of the relationship between stress and negative health/mental health outcomes
  • Prevention of psychopathology and enhancement of well-being among Veterans and their families


Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, ABPP is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Drexel University, as well as Professor in the Departments of Medicine (College of Medicine) and Community Health and Prevention (School of Public Health). He also serves as the Coordinator of the Clinical Health Concentration for the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and the Coordinator of Diversity for the Psychology Department. Nezu also holds the title of Honorary Professor of Community Health Sciences at The University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. He has been elected Fellow of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Behavior Medicine, the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in three specialties-Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Clinical Health Psychology. Professor Nezu has also served as President of several professional associations, including the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, and the Behavioral Psychology Specialty Council. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of APA) and previously served as Secretary and Trustee of the American Board of Professional Psychology. In addition, he is recognized by the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Scholar/Practitioner of Psychology.

Active in clinical research and therapy, Nezu has published over 200 articles, book chapters, and books on a wide variety of topics, including research methodology, clinical case formulation, stress and coping, depression treatment, clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine, developmental disabilities, sex-offender treatment, and the integration of spiritual and psychological approaches to therapy. Several of his writings have been translated into several foreign languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, and Portuguese. He is the co-developer of contemporary Problem-Solving Therapy (PST), a cognitive-behavioral intervention that has been identified as an evidenced-based psychosocial treatment by multiple national and international organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, as well as the National Health Services of the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. His research has been supported by the Veterans Administration, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Mental Health. He frequently serves as a grant reviewer for NIH and was a member of two NIMH study sections. Professor Nezu was previously Editor of the Behavior Therapist and serves on 11 editorial boards of scientific and professional journals. He is currently Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and Co-Editor of the Oxford University Press Series on Specialty Competencies in Professional Psychology. For his contributions, Nezu has received awards from the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. He is currently a consultant to the Office of Mental Health Services of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a Health Sciences Specialist at the Philadelphia VAMC, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families at the University of Southern California.

Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, was recently appointed to two national committees. The first is the Clinical Treatment Guideline Development Panel for Depressive Disorders for the American Psychological Association (APA). This is the first time the APA will delineate evidenced-based treatment guidelines for specific disorders. The second is the Special Medical Advisory Group for the Department of Veterans Affairs. This Federally-chartered committee advises the Secretary of Veteran Affairs, through the Under Secretary for Health, on matters related to the care and treatment of Veterans and other matters pertinent to the Veterans Health Administration.