Arthur Nezu, PhD, DHL (HON.), ABPP

Distinguished University Professor of Psychology; Professor of Medicine; Professor of Community Health and Prevention

Arthur Nezu
Office: Stratton 268
Phone: 215.629.6275 (cell)

Stress & Coping Lab @ Drexel:
Problem-Solving Therapy:

Curriculum Vitae: Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests

  • Biopsychosocial models of stress and coping, particularly the role of social problem solving

  • Applications of Problem-Solving Therapy for chronic illness (e.g., heart failure), particularly comorbid with depression
  • Treatment and prevention of suicide
  • Prevention and treatment of behavioral health problems of Veterans and Service Members


At Drexel, Dr. Nezu is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology (College of Arts & Sciences), Professor of Medicine (College of Medicine), and Professor of Community Health and Prevention (School of Public Health), as well as Director of the Clinical Health Psychology concentration within the department’s doctoral program in clinical psychology. Previous major appointments include Senior Associate Dean for Research,  Psychology Professor and Department Chair, and Director of Clinical Training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Director of Psychology and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center/Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training for the Pre-doctoral Internship Program in Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He also served as Special Professor of Forensic Mental Health & Psychiatry and Honorary Professor of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham in England.

As a clinical researcher, Dr. Nezu has published over 200 articles and book chapters and 22 books on a wide variety of topics, including research methodology, cognitive and behavioral therapies, clinical case formulation, stress and coping, readjustment problems of Veterans, depression treatment, clinical health psychology/behavioral medicine, developmental disabilities, sex-offender treatment, multicultural issues in therapy, and unexplained medical symptoms. Several of his writings have been translated into various foreign languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, and Portuguese. His research has been supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Mental Health. He frequently serves as a grant reviewer for NIH and was a member of two NIMH study sections.

Dr. Nezu’s most significant professional contribution is as the co-developer of contemporary Problem-Solving Therapy (PST), a cognitive-behavioral intervention that has been designated an evidenced-based psychosocial treatment by multiple national and international professional organizations. His research and program development regarding PST has inspired numerous other researchers around the world to apply this intervention to a wide variety of psychological problems, medical illnesses, and patient populations. He also co-developed the Social Problem-Solving Inventory and Social Problem-Solving Inventory-Revised, which has become the gold standard measure of the construct of social problem solving. An additional extension of this work involves his having co-developed a model of case formulation based on problem-solving principles that is frequently taught in psychology and psychiatry training programs.

More recently, he has co-developed several PST-based programs for the Department of Veterans Affairs  and the Department of Defense that are currently being disseminated throughout the United States in various VA and DoD sites, including specialty mental health clinics, primary care clinics, and home-based primary care programs. The VA and DoD, with Dr. Nezu serving as a lead consultant, have further developed an award-winning web-based course, a smartphone app, and an educational videotape series for chaplains based on these various PST programs.

Further major professional contributions involve Art’s service as a journal editor. He is currently the Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, an Associate Editor of the Archives of Scientific Psychology, and an Editorial Advisor for Translational Behavior Medicine. He was previously Editor of the Behavior Therapist and Section Editor on Diversity for The Clinical Psychologist. In addition, he is a Consulting Editor/Editorial Board Member for several additional scientific and professional journals. He is also Chair of the Council of Editors of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Nezu is an elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Behavior Medicine, the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and the Society of Clinical Psychology. In addition, he is recognized by the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Scholar/Practitioner of Psychology. He has served in a number of key positions in various professional organizations, including President of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, and the Behavioral Psychology Specialty Council. He also served as Member-at-Large for the Society of Clinical Psychology. He is triple-board certified (Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology) by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and previously served as a Trustee and Secretary for their board. The annual Dissertation Award for Research in Diversity offered by ABPP has been named in his honor.

Additional current professional service on key committees and panels include the Scientific Advisory Board for the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families at the University of Southern California, the VA’s Special Medical Advisory Group, which is the interdisciplinary committee that advises the Under Secretary of Health of the VA, the APA Panel on the Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Depression, and the International Consensus Panel for the development of the CONSORT Statement extension for Social and Psychological Interventions.

Dr. Nezu has received awards for his professional and scientific contributions from several organizations, including the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in 2014 (Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa) by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.