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Arthur Nezu

Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, DHL, ABPP

Distinguished University Professor of Psychology
Co-Director, Nezu Stress and Coping Lab
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Community Health and Prevention
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook. 1979
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook. 1976
  • BA, Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook. 1974

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests:

  • Stress
  • Coping
  • Emotion-centered Problem-solving Therapy
  • Suicide
  • Depression
  • Veterans Mental Health
  • Scientific Publishing


Throughout my career, I have been passionate about developing programs that help people cope more effectively with stressful life events to prevent and decrease consequential psychological problems and emotional difficulties, especially depression. In particular, I co-developed an evidenced-based, psychosocial intervention, called Problem-Solving Therapy, which has recently been revised and renamed Emotion-Centered Problem-Solving Therapy. We have effectively applied these interventions to a wide variety of populations, including depressed adults, cancer patients and their caregivers, intellectually disabled adults experiencing psychological difficulties, sex offenders, and adults suffering from heart disease. During the past several years, as a consultant to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the U.S Air Force, I co-developed various versions of Moving Forward, a problem-solving based therapy geared to enhance the mental health of Veteran and active service member populations. More recently, I have become interested in the treatment and prevention of suicide, particularly among these two military groups, as well as among college students.

I have also been heavily involved as an editor of scientific journals. For example, currently I am the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice and Associate Editor of American Psychologist. In addition, I previously served as Editor of both the Behavior Therapist and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, as well as Associate Editor of the Archives of Scientific Psychology. I also served as Chair of the Council of Editors of the American Psychological Association (APA). In addition, I was Co-editor of a book series on various professional psychological specialties, as well as Editor of a book series on conducting psychological research. In a related vein, I served on the Task Force to Revise the 7th edition of APA’s Publication Manual, as well as the Task Force to Revise APA’s Journal Article Reporting Standards for Quantitative Research.

Selected Publications:


Book Chapters and Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Nezu, C. M., Nezu, A. M., Damico, J., & Geber, H. R. (2023). Ineffective social problem solving. In D. J. Dozois & K. S. Dobson (Eds.), Treatment of psychosocial risk factors in depression (pp. 333-358). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Beaudreau, S. A., Lutz, J., Wetherell, J. L., Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M., O’Hara, R., Gould, C. E., Roelk, B., Hernandez, B., Samarina, V., Otero, M. C., Gallagher, A., Hirsch, J., Funderburk, J., & Pigeon, W. R. (2023). Beyond maintaining safety: Examining the benefit of emotion-centered problem-solving therapy added to safety planning for reducing late life suicide risk. Contemporary Clinical Trials. Published online March 2023.
  • Beaudreau, S. A., Karel, M. J., Funderburk, J. S., Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M., Aspnes, A., & Wetherell, J. L. (2022). Problem-solving training for Veterans in home based primary care: An evaluation of intervention effectiveness. International Psychogeriatrics, 34, 165-176.
  • Guideline Development Panel for the Treatment of Depressive Disorders (American Psychological Association). (2022). Summary of the clinical practice guideline for the treatment of depression across three age cohorts. , 77, 770-780.
  • Nezu, A. M. & Nezu, C. M. (2021). Emotion-centered problem-solving therapy. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), Handbook of cognitive behavioral therapy (pp. 463-489). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • 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. (2021). Reducing mental health disparities by increasing the personal relevance of interventions. American Psychologist, 76, 91-103.
  • Nezu, A. M. (2020). When psychotherapy is not working: Ethical considerations. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 27, 417-425.
  • 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. & Gerber, H. R. (2019). (Emotion-centered) problem-solving therapy: An update. Australian Psychologist, 54, 361-371.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tenhula, W. N., Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M., Stewart, M. O., Miller, S. A., Steele, J., & Karlin, B. E. (2014). Moving Forward: A problem-solving training program to foster Veteran resilience. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 45, 416-424.