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.