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Arthur M. Nezu, Ph.D., ABPP

Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, ABPP

Art Nezu is a Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Community Health & Prevention at Drexel. He also serves as the Coordinator of the Clinical Health Psychology concentration for the clinical psychology doctoral program. He is currently Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Associate Editor for Archives of Scientific Psychology, and on the editorial boards of numerous additional scientific and professional journals in psychology and behavioral medicine. Nezu is a consultant to the Office of Mental Health Services of the Veterans Health Administration and a Health Sciences Specialist (WOC) for the Philadelphia VAMC.

Complete Bio | Art Nezu's CV

Christine Maguth Nezu, Ph.D., ABPP

Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, ABPP

Maguth Nezu is Professor of Psychology and Professor of Medicine at Drexel. She is also a Health Sciences Specialist (WOC) at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center and a consultant to the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health Services. She serves on the editorial boards of several leading psychology journals, is a Past President of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), and is Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Psychology Foundation.

Complete Bio | Maguth Nezu's CV

Doctoral Students in Clinical Psychology

Kristin Salber

Kristin Salber

Kristin is a sixth year PhD student from Brooklyn, NY. Before coming to Drexel, she earned a dual BA in psychology and honors from Villanova University and worked as a research assistant at the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia. Her research interests include improving the identification and treatment of anxiety and depression in medical populations – particularly among individuals with cancer, heart disease, and traumatic brain injury. For her dissertation, she is examining the factor structure of various measures of avoidance (including experiential avoidance, avoidant coping, and avoidant problem solving style), and the relationship between these measures of avoidance and distress among individuals with breast cancer. In her free time, Kristin enjoys photography, exploring Philadelphia, and going to the park with her dog, Oliver.
Email: kes77@drexel.edu

Lauren Greenberg

Lauren Greenberg

Lauren is currently in her fifth year of the clinical psychology doctoral program and is specializing in clinical and health psychology. She is currently on her predoctoral internship at the VA in Palo Alto, CA (Behavioral Medicine track). She obtained her BS and MS degrees in psychology from Drexel University. Lauren is the editorial assistant for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the student representative for her cohort and a member of various professional organizations. Lauren's research interests include examining the effects of psychosocial stress on individuals with chronic illness (e.g., cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes) and exploring the use of evidence-based interventions, especially Problem-Solving Therapy, to prevent and attenuate the psychological sequelae of chronic disease and promote health behavior change, particularly among underserved minority populations. For her dissertation, she is studying the effects of Problem-Solving Therapy on blood pressure and other biopsychosocial outcomes in a population of patients with persistently high blood pressure. In her free time, she enjoys sports/outdoor activities, art/music performances and the restaurants in Philadelphia (and now, in the Bay Area), traveling, and spending time with friends and family (especially her adorable nephews).
Email: lmg42@drexel.edu

Sarah Ricelli

Sarah Ricelli

Sarah is currently in her third year of the clinical psychology PhD program. As an undergraduate, she studied psychology and biology at the University of Delaware and then gained clinical experience working with a psychiatrist before coming to Drexel. Her thesis examined the interaction of personality traits and problem solving coping in predicting emotional distress, and she earned an MS in psychology at Drexel prior to starting the doctoral program. Her research interests include studying the mechanisms by which stress impacts health, investigating the use of evidence-based interventions, particularly Problem-Solving Therapy, to improve coping among individuals with chronic illnesses and to foster psychological resilience among veterans reintegrating into civilian life, and improving the dissemination of effective treatments. Sarah enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, live music, and great food.
Email: sarah.ricelli@drexel.edu

Jessica Stern 

Jessica Stern

Jessica is a second year Clinical Psychology PhD student in the Health and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy concentrations. Before coming to Drexel, Jessica received her BA in Psychology at New York University and then worked at a Clinical Research Coordinator at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. As a research coordinator at Mount Sinai, she coordinated therapy, pharmaceutical and device based treatment studies for individuals with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her current research and clinical interests include the use of Problem Solving, and other evidence-based psychotherapy therapy interventions for people with mood and anxiety disorders, particularly in patients with chronic illness, such as heart disease and cancer. Additionally, Jessica is very interested in using these treatment modalities in the treatment and study of current members of the military and veterans who are struggling to re-integrate into civilian life or cope with trauma. Outside of her research and clinical interests Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring new places, traveling, good cuisine and photography.
Email: jessicastern01@gmail.com

Alexandra Greenfield 

Alexandra Greenfield

Alexandra is currently in her first year of the clinical psychology PhD program. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Harvard with a concentration in social and cognitive neuroscience and a minor in health care policy. Before coming to Drexel, she served as Program Manager of the New York site of Health Leads, a public health organization that addresses social determinants of health in primary care settings. She also worked as a Research Coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her research interests include depression and its relationship with medical illness as well as the implementation and dissemination of mental health interventions. Alexandra loves to travel and enjoys great books, food, and movies.
Email: apgreenfield@gmail.com

Masters Students in Scientific Psychology

Meghan Colosimo 

Meghan Colosimo

Meghan is currently a first year student in the Master of Science program. She earned a distinguished Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Delaware, where she graduated Cum Laude. She is a member of both Psi Chi and Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to attending Drexel, Meghan worked as the Intake and Scheduling Coordinator at an outpatient mental health group practice. Her research interests lie broadly in the arena of stress and coping, with special interests in health psychology, trauma, and meaning-making processes. Her undergraduate thesis examined acceptance, stress-related growth, and psychological adjustment in the bereaved. Meghan enjoys reading, writing, attending concerts, and spending time with her dog, Roxy.
Email: meghanc@drexel.edu

Accelerated BS/MS Program Students

Chris Diaz 

Chris Diaz

After serving 6 years in the United States Navy and completing three deployments, Chris joined Drexel and is now a psychology major enrolled in the accelerated BS/MS program. He is an active member of the laboratory where he is a key member in several scientific investigations. Chris wishes to use the skills learned here at Drexel to help veterans and athletes as a sports psychologist. Chris was recently awarded the Pat Tillman Scholarship and the Jeanne D. Brugger Award for the most outstanding junior psychology major. Chris serves as the vice-president of the Drexel Veterans Association. He enjoys practicing Brazilian Jiujitsu and spending time with his wife, son, and puppy.
Email: keepreachin@gmail.com

Undergraduate Students

Khushbu Patel 

Khushbu Patel

Khushbu is a senior undergraduate psychology student at Drexel. She is currently working as a research assistant with the Nezu Clinical and Health Psychology Lab as well as with the Behavioral Health Department at CHOP. She is currently focusing on her undergraduate studies in psychology as well her interest in writing through work as a Peer Reader in the Drexel Writing Center and pursuing other independent writing projects. She hopes to continue with both of these pursuits in her post-graduate career. Outside of her academics, she really enjoys reading and writing, exploring the local food culture, and anything outdoors.
Email: kap337@drexel.edu

Devon McMahon 

Devon McMahon

Devon is a fourth year undergraduate psychology student at Drexel University with two minors, one in criminal justice and one in sociology. She is currently working as a research assistant in the Nezu lab. Devon is particularly interested in the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral interventions, especially Problem Solving Therapy, in various applications such as with veterans. After her studies are completed at Drexel, Devon plans to further her education by attending graduate school. In the meantime, Devon also enjoys partaking in various outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking, experimenting with new artistic mediums, and exploring new places and activities.
Email: drm75@drexel.edu

Samuel Farley 

Samuel Farley

Samuel is an undergraduate junior psychology major at Drexel University. Some research topics that he is interested in include social interaction and behavior as well as research involving canines and their relationship and bond with humans. After finishing his degree at Drexel, he hopes to continue his education in psychology and begin a masters program. During his free time he loves taking his dog, Dude, on walks to the Schuylkill River as well as playing golf, watching movies and hanging out with friends.
Email: samuellee1111@gmail.com

Rickie Miglin 

Rickie Miglin

Rickie is a junior undergraduate psychology major with a minor in biological sciences volunteering in the Nezu lab. She aspires to one day become a clinical psychologist. Rickie is currently the President of the Drexel Psychology Club and in her spare time enjoys reading, playing piano and watching movies.
Email: rickiemiglin@gmail.com

Volunteers

Anthony Basilovecchio 

Anthony Basilovecchio

Anthony has a BS in psychology from Drexel. While engaged in the ongoing projects of the lab, he is also working on publishing a literature review on social support and Veterans with PTSD. Continuing to volunteer for the lab, he plans to work in a research position and afterwards attend graduate school to seek a PhD in research psychology.
Email: basivecc@hotmail.com