Christine Nezu, PhD, ABPP

Professor of Psychology; Professor of Medicine

Christine Nezu
Office: Stratton 278
Phone: 215.553.7112

Laboratory at Drexel
Clinical Practice & Consultation

Curriculum Vitae: Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests

  • Cognitive behavioral assessment and treatment

  • PST (Problem-Solving Therapy) for mood, personality, stress-related disorders in the veterans and their families
  • Psychosocial treatment for persons with heart disease and cancer
  • Clinical case formulation
  • Integrative psychotherapy approaches
  • Emotionally focused interventions and CBT
  • Departmental concentration areas of cognitive behavioral and health psychology


Professor Maguth Nezu is Professor of Psychology (College of Arts and Sciences) and Professor of Medicine (College of Medicine) at Drexel University. In addition, Maguth Nezu holds appointments as an Honorary Professor of Community Mental Health at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, and as a Health Science Specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Professor Maguth Nezu is a past President of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a member of its Board of Directors. She is 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 Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Psychology Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the promotion of competencies in professional psychology. 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. 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 has received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research from MCP Hahnemann University and was a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. More recently, 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, and highlighted Nezu's contributions and work toward establishing recognition of the specialty in APA.

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 and health journals, including Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, Clinical Psychology: Research & Practice, Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 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 15 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 the soon to be published Competency in Professional Psychology Series from Oxford. 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 clinical intervention and advocates the use of an individual approach to 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.

Her 10-year history of work with the American Board of Professional Psychology has focused on the development of competency standards in professional practice and psychology specialization. She has collaborated with Arthur Nezu, PhD, for the past two decades concerning the development and applications of Problem Solving Therapy (PST), a cognitive behavioral psychotherapy intervention that has strong empirical support for a wide range of populations including mood, behavior, personality disorders, and psychsocial aspects of medical illness.