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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 Psychological and Brain Sciences
Office: Stratton 268
Phone: 215.553.7115

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

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests:

  • Prevention and Treatment of Suicide
  • Social Problem Solving as a Moderator/Mediator of Stress and Psychopathology
  • Prevention and Treatment of Depression
  • Applications of Emotion-Centered Problem-Solving Therapy
  • Military Veterans Behavioral Health

Professional Activities:

APA Board of Scientific Affairs (2019-); APA Advisory Task Force on the Implementation of Evidenced-Based Practice in Health Service Psychology (2020-); Board of Directors, Society of Clinical Psychology (2019-); Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice (2019- ); Associate Editor, American Psychologist (2016-2018; 2021- )


How We Make A Difference

I am the co-developer of Problem-Solving Therapy (PST; recently updated and renamed Emotion-Centered Problem-Solving Therapy, EC-PST), 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, but also a transdiagnostic intervention. During the past several years, along with Dr. Christine Maguth Nezu, 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). We previously developed New Beginnings, a program initially funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, that provides free counseling services to veterans in the greater Philadelphia area who are at risk for suicide. Our current major project, funded by the Infinite Hero Foundation, is to develop a combined videotape/webpage program, New Pathways, that provides free information about EC-PST to veterans and active service members who are at risk for depression and suicide.

Selected Recent Publications:

  • Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M., Stern, J. B., Greenfield, A. P., Diaz, C., & Hays, A. (2017). Social problem solving moderates emotion reactivity in predicting suicide ideation among U.S. veterans. Military Behavioral Health, 5, 417-426.
  • Applebaum, M., Cooper, H., Kline, R. B., Mayo-Wilson, E, Nezu, A. M., & Rao, S. M. (2018). Journal article reporting standards for quantitative research in psychology: The APA Publications and Communications Board Task Force Report. American Psychologist, 73, 3-25. The order of authors is alphabetical. Ranked by Clarivate Analytics in the top 1% of articles of 2018 by citations in psychology/ psychiatry in Web of Science.
  • Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M., & Greenfield, A. P. (2018). Problem solving. In S. C. Hayes & S. G. Hofmann (Eds.), Process-based CBT: the science and core clinical competencies of behavioral cognitive therapy (pp. 273-284). Oakland, CA: Context Press.
  • Blanco, C., Markowitz, J., Hellerstein, D. J., Nezu, A. M., Wall, M., Oflson, M., Chen, Y., Onishi, M., Varona, C., Okuda, M., & Hershman, D. L. (2019). A randomized trial of interpersonal psychotherapy, problem-solving therapy, and supportive therapy for major depressive disorder in women with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 173, 353-364.
  • Nezu, A. M., & Nezu, C. M., & Hays, A. M. (2019). Emotion-centered problem-solving therapy. In K. Dobson & D. Dozois (Eds.).Handbook of cognitive-behavioral therapies (4th ed.; pp. 171-190). New York: Guilford.
  • Nezu, C. M., Nezu, A. M., & Colosimo, M. M. (2019). A “real-life” biopsychosocial psychotherapy case. In S. Dimidjian (Ed.), Evidenced-based practice in action: Bridging clinical science and intervention (pp. 321-335). New York: Guilford.
  • Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M. & Gerber, H. R. (2019). (Emotion-centered) problem-solving therapy: An update. Australian Psychologist, 54, 361-371.
  • Nezu, A. M., & Nezu, C. M. (2019). Emotion-centered problem-solving therapy: Treatment guidelines. New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Nezu, A. M., & Nezu, C. M. (2019). Emotion-centered problem-solving therapy: Client workbook. New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Hall, G. C. N., Berkman, E. T., Zane, N. W., Leong, F. T. L., Hwang, W. Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M., Hong, J. L., Chu, J. P., & Huang, E. R. (in press). Reducing mental health disparities by increasing the personal relevance of interventions. American Psychologist.
  • Nezu, A. M. & Nezu, C. M. (in press). Emotion-centered problem-solving therapy. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), Handbook of cognitive behavioral therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Nezu, A. M. (in press). When psychotherapy is not working: Ethical considerations. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
  • Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M., Stern, J. B., & Woods, A. P. Emotion reactivity and suicide ideation among college students: Social problem solving as a moderator. Manuscript under review.
  • Beaudreau, S. A., Karel, M. J., Funderburk, J. S., Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M., Aspnes, A., & Wetherell, J. L. Problem-solving training for veterans in home based primary care: An evaluation of intervention effectiveness. Manuscript under review.