For Drexel and Other University Faculty
Q: I am interested in some of the areas you are currently investigating— are you open to collaboration?
A: We are always open to working with other interested professionals—we have many collaborators of various disciplines, both nationally and internationally. Please feel free to contact us.
For Applicants to Our Graduate Programs
Q: I’m thinking of applying to Drexel and interested in working in your lab. Are you taking on any new students and what type of applicant are you looking for?
A: Each year, we are interested in taking on 1 new PhD student and 1 new MS student in our research lab. Please note that due to the large numbers of inquiries we receive each year, we are unable to answer every phone or email message. We hope these pages provide sufficient information ab0ut our research interests and activities.
For those applying to the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology, we are particularly interested in individuals who represent a very close match to our own research interests and activities. We believe that a “good fit” is essential, both for productivity and satisfaction. Successful applicants are likely to be those who easily meet our department’s high standards for GREs, undergraduate GPAs, and strong letters of recommendation. You should have documented experience in research and/or clinical experience related to many of our areas of interest. Since we strive to excel as “scientist-practitioners,” it is likely that successful applicants also have this model of aspiration. You should also be intellectually curious, conscientious, motivated, a team player, and “ready to pull up your sleeves.” Applicants who adopt a biopsychosocial model of health and mental health, as well as a “cognitive & behavioral” framework, are likely to “fit in” our lab.
We are looking for the same qualities in applicants interested in our Masters in Scientific Psychology program, but because even great students may not necessary have yet identified a strong area of interest, they should consider that being a member of our lab can serve as one means of helping to solidify a more concrete set of career goals. Many of our former MS students have gone on to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology.
Q: What are the primary projects your research team is currently working on?
A: Our primary focus involves evaluating and expanding the evidence base for Problem-Solving Therapy by adapting it to various populations, particularly individuals with co-morbid psychological (e.g., depression) and medical (e.g., cancer, heart disease) problems. In addition, we are heavily involved in developing and evaluating a variety of PST-based programs to enhance resilience and prevent psychopathology among Veterans and Active Duty Service Members. For specific information about our current research interests and projects, go to “Current Research Projects” page.
Q: How do the members of your team work together on research projects?
A: Team members share project-related responsibilities and collaborate with one another in conducting and presenting research. Weekly lab meetings provide a forum for the team to discuss projects and provide feedback for new ideas and proposals.
Q: Are there opportunities to be involved in publication and presentations?
A: Yes, there are various opportunities available at any given time. Students in our lab have been involved in coauthoring both journal articles and book chapters, as well as professional and scientific conference presentations. Students are also encouraged to submit their own research (i.e., theses and dissertations) for publication and presentation.
Q: What types of jobs have your students obtained after graduation?
A: Our students have sought both clinical and academic jobs. Some are employed by the Veterans Administration, university-affiliated medical centers, and various hospitals. Others have sought full-time academic positions. Several of our students over the years have become directors of clinical programs, as well as doctoral programs in psychology.
Q: Are there opportunities to become involved in various relevant professional organizations or activities outside of the university?
A: Both Drs. Nezu are very active in multiple organizations and have served as president or board member of several professional associations. In addition, they both serve on multiple editorial boards of scientific and professional journals. As such, there are frequent opportunities to become involved as a student member of various committees in a professional organization. Nezu lab students in the past have also served as editorial assistants for psychology journals.
For Drexel University Undergraduate Students
Q: Are you taking on any new undergrad research assistants?
A: We are always interested in taking on motivated research assistants at the undergraduate level. If you are interested, e-mail Dr. Art Nezu (email@example.com) indicating your specific research interests, why you would like to work in our lab, and your future career goals. Also attach a copy of your most recent CV/resume and a brief letter of recommendation (can be a brief email) from a current or previous instructor/job supervisor/employer attesting to your character.