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Christine Nezu, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology, Professor of Medicine, Drexel University

Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, ABPP

Professor of Psychology
Professor of Medicine
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Office: Stratton 278
Phone: 215.553.7112
Additional Sites: Nezu Stress and Coping Research Lab
Nezu New Beginnings


  • Fairleigh Dickinson University BA (Fine Arts/Psychology) (1977) Fairleigh Dickinson University M.A. (Clinical Psychology) (1981) Fairleigh Dickinson University PhD (Clinical Psychology), (1987) American Psychological Association-accredited program
  • Clinical Psychology Internship/Residency: Beth Israel Medical Center/Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, New York, NY (1985-86). American Psychological Association-accredited program
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Division of Psychological Services, Teaneck, NJ (1986-1987)
  • Professional Licenses: Pennsylvania (1991) #PS-006015-L (active), New York (1987; inactive) #9583, New Jersey (1989; inactive) #2583
  • Board Certification: American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) (1998), #5160, Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology (2008), #6458, Clinical Psychology
  • Other Clinical Certification: Certified in Penile Plethysmosgraphy, Monarch Systems, Behavioral Technology Institute, Salt Lake City, UT. (2002); Level II Clinician Certification (2004 re-certification)

How I Make a Difference in Psychotherapy Research and the Veteran Community

Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, and the lab members working with her and Arthur Nezu, PhD, make a difference by developing effective psychotherapy interventions. The treatment that they co-developed, Emotion-Centered Problem-Solving Therapy (EC-PST), has been shown to be a brief, practical and user-friendly treatment for many different types of problems and populations. It is currently available to Veterans across the country, who are managing stressful life problems and is available through in-person, computer and iPhone formats. EC-PST has been adopted by the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense as an evidence-based program.

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Emotion-centered Problem-Solving Therapy (PST) for mood, personality, stress-related disorders
  • EC-PST as an evidence-based, trans-diagnostic intervention across many clinical problem areas and populations including Veterans/US Service Members, and their families
  • Clinical case formulation
  • Integrative psychotherapy approaches
  • Emotionally-focused interventions and CBT
  • Departmental concentration areas of cognitive behavioral and clinical health psychology


Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, is a professor of psychology and professor of medicine at Drexel University. She is a past-president of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Society for Clinical Psychology), and maintained her clinical practice for three decades, often serving as a site for Drexel PhD students to train. She is a current member of the editorial board for the American Psychologist and a past editorial board member of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, she has also been a consulting editorial board member of numerous additional scientific and professional journals. She has received numerous awards from various university and professional organizations, including the 2015 Russell J. Bent Distinguished Service and Contributions to the American Board of Professional Psychology Award, and the 2016 Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Education and Training Activities Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She was recently spotlighted on ABCT’s webpage as one of a small number of elite “pioneers” of behavioral and cognitive therapy.

She is best known for her work as the co-developer of Emotion-Centered Problem-Solving Therapy (EC-PST), a clinical intervention designated by numerous professional organizations and professional treatment guidelines as an evidenced-based, trans-diagnostic psychotherapy approach. She co-developed a PST-based therapy program for the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) that is currently being implemented across the U.S. As a consultant to the U.S. Air Force, she recently co-developed a problem-solving skills training program.

In addition to the professional leadership roles described above, Nezu has held several other positions in various private and professional organizations, including Director of Training for an APA-accredited Internship/Residency program (Hahnemann University Hospital), Associate Provost for Research (MCP and Hahnemann University), Board Member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Deputy Chair of the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, and Board Member of the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. She has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters, as well as 22 books. Many of her scholarly writings have been translated into various foreign languages.

Nezu’s clinical research collaboration and program development activities have been funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Justice, the DVA, the DoD, the U.S. Air Force, the Philadelphia Department of Mental Health and the Pew Charities Trust. She has held honorary and visiting faculty appointments in Japan and the United Kingdom and has presented numerous invited workshops around the world. Her current clinical and research interests involve suicide treatment and prevention, particularly regarding Veterans and college student populations, assessment of adaptive functioning in persons with intellectual disability, and integrative psychotherapy.