- Social Problem Solving as a Moderator/Mediator of Stress
- Applications of (Emotion-Centered) Problem-Solving Therapy
- Veterans Behavioral Health
How We Make a Difference
I am the co-developer of Problem-Solving Therapy (PST; recently renamed Emotion-Centered Problem-Solving Therapy, EC-PST) which is a psychosocial intervention that has been found to be an effective therapy for a wide range of populations and psychological problems. As such, not only is it an evidenced-based therapy approach (as acknowledged by multiple professional organizations, such as the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, NIMH, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense), but also a transdiagnostic intervention. During the past several years, along with Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, I have been involved in adapting and evaluating this intervention for U.S. veteran and active service member groups. This adaptation has been named Moving Forward and is currently being implemented in VA hospitals and medical centers across the United States. We have also developed versions for VA home-based primary care settings and telehealth protocols (a web-based course; smartphone app). More recently, we have developed an EC-PST-based program to reduce suicide risk among vulnerable populations. Currently, we are funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts to provide free counseling services to veterans in the greater Philadelphia area who are at risk for suicide.