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Arthur Nezu

Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, DHL, ABPP

Distinguished University Professor of Psychology
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Community Health and Prevention
Department of Psychology
Office: Stratton 268
Phone: 215.553.7115

Additional Sites: Nezu Stress and Coping Research Lab, New Beginnings Project

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Social Problem Solving as a Moderator/Mediator of Stress
  • Applications of (Emotion-Centered) Problem-Solving Therapy
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • 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.


Major Editorial Positions

  • Editor, the Behavior Therapist (1996-99)
  • Series Co-Editor, Specialty Competencies in Professional Psychology, Oxford University Press (2008-15)
  • Editor,J ournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (2011-16)
  • Associate Editor, Archives of Scientific Psychology (2012-16)
  • Associate Editor, American Psychologist (2016-)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice (2019-)
  • Series Editor, APA’s Concise Guides to Research in the Behavioral, Health, and Social Sciences (2017-)

Major Awards & Honors

  • Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession of Clinical Psychology, Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of APA)
  • Distinguished Contributions to the Profession of Psychology Award, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
  • Art Nezu Dissertation Diversity Award, ABPP(annual award named in his honor given each year)
  • Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa), Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Board Certification, ABPP (Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Clinical Health Psychology)
  • Fellow, APA, APS, SBM, ABCT, ABCBP

Major Professional Activities

  • President, Association of Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies, American Board of Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology, World Congress of Behavioural & Cognitive Therapies
  • Board of Trustees & Secretary, ABPP
  • NIMH Study Section on Interventions for Mood Disorders
  • APA working group to revise Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) for Quantitative Research
  • APA working group to revise Publication Manual (7th ed)
  • APA's expert panel to develop Clinical Practice Guidelines for the treatment of depression
  • Consultant, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force.
  • Research and program development activities funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force, and the Pew Charities Trusts
  • Special Professor of Forensic Mental Health & Psychiatry and Honorary Professor of Community Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, U.K.
  • 23 books and 225+ journal articles and book chapters