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Arthur M. Nezu, Ph.D., ABPP

Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, ABPP

Art Nezu, PhD is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Community Health & Prevention at Drexel. He also serves as the Coordinator of the Clinical Health Psychology concentration for the clinical psychology doctoral program. He is currently Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Associate Editor for Archives of Scientific Psychology, and on the editorial boards of numerous additional scientific and professional journals in psychology and behavioral medicine. Dr. Nezu is a consultant to the Office of Mental Health Services of the Veterans Health Administration and a Health Sciences Specialist (WOC) for the Philadelphia VAMC.

Complete Bio | Art Nezu's CV

Christine Maguth Nezu, Ph.D., ABPP

Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, ABPP

Maguth Nezu, PhD is Professor of Psychology and Professor of Medicine at Drexel. She is also a Health Sciences Specialist (WOC) at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center and a consultant to the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health Services. She serves on the editorial boards of several leading psychology journals, is a Past President of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), and is Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Psychology Foundation.

Complete Bio | Maguth Nezu's CV

Visiting Fellow

Junko Enomoto 

Junko Enomoto, PhD

Junko is an Associate Professor at Toyo University in Tokyo, Japan. Also, she works as a clinical psychologist. She is currently studying how Problem-Solving Therapy (PST) can be best applied to Japanese patients with congenital heart disease. She is interested in how PST can be used to enhance or maintain a patient's mental health.
Email: enomoto@toyo.jp

Doctoral Students in Clinical Psychology

Kristin Salber

Kristin Salber, MS

Kristin is in her seventh year of the clinical psychology doctoral program, and is specializing in health psychology. She is currently completing her predoctoral internship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. Before coming to Drexel, she earned a dual B.A. in psychology and honors (thesis track) from Villanova University and worked as a research assistant at the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia. Her research and clinical interests include studying the effects of experiential avoidance and avoidant coping among individuals with cancer and heart disease, and exploring the use of Problem Solving Therapy and other evidence-based psychotherapies to improve quality of life in these populations. Additionally, she is interested in utilizing these interventions to treat veterans in a primary care setting. Kristin's master's thesis examined family caregiver social problem solving as a predictor of depression in heart failure patients. Her dissertation explores the factor structure of various measures of avoidance (including experiential avoidance, avoidant coping, and avoidant problem solving style), and the relationship between these measures of avoidance and distress among individuals with breast cancer. In her free time, Kristin enjoys photography, exploring Philadelphia and Syracuse, and going to the park with her dog, Oliver.
Email: kes77@drexel.edu

Lauren Greenberg

Lauren Greenberg, MS

Lauren is in her sixth year of the clinical psychology doctoral program and is specializing in clinical and health psychology. She obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from Drexel University. Lauren's research interests include examining the effects of psychosocial stress on individuals with chronic illness (e.g., cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes) and exploring the use of evidence-based interventions, especially Problem-Solving Therapy, to prevent and attenuate the psychological sequelae of chronic disease and promote health behavior change, particularly among underserved populations. After finishing her predoctoral internship at the VA in Palo Alto, CA (Behavioral Medicine track), she will continue her dissertation study on the effects of Problem-Solving Therapy on biopsychosocial outcomes in a population of patients with persistently high blood pressure. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, outdoor activities, art/music performances and the restaurants in Philadelphia and the Bay Area, and traveling.
Email: lmg42@drexel.edu

Sarah Ricelli

Sarah Ricelli, MS

Sarah is currently in her fourth year of the clinical psychology Ph.D. program, with concentrations in cognitive behavioral therapy and health psychology. As an undergraduate, she studied psychology and biology at the University of Delaware, and then gained clinical experience counseling individuals with chronic mental and physical health conditions at an integrative medicine practice. Prior to starting the doctoral program, she earned her M.S. in psychology at Drexel. Her research interests include studying the mechanisms by which stress impacts health, the use of evidence-based interventions, particularly Problem-Solving Therapy, to improve coping among individuals with chronic illnesses and military Veterans reintegrating into civilian life, and improving the dissemination of effective treatments. Her thesis examined the interaction of personality traits and problem-solving coping in predicting emotional distress, and she is currently conducting her dissertation, which is investigating the efficacy of Problem-Solving Therapy for fostering resilience among Veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness. Sarah enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, live music, and great food.
Email: sarah.ricelli@drexel.edu

Jessica Stern 

Jessica Stern, BA

Jessica is a third year Clinical Psychology PhD student in the Health and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy concentrations. Before coming to Drexel, Jessica received her BA in Psychology at New York University and then worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. As a research coordinator at Mount Sinai, she coordinated therapy, pharmaceutical and device based treatment studies for individuals with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her current research and clinical interests include the use of Problem Solving, and other evidence-based psychotherapy therapy interventions for people with mood and anxiety disorders, particularly in patients with chronic illness, such as heart disease and cancer. Additionally, Jessica is very interested in using these treatment modalities in the treatment and study of current members of the military and veterans who are struggling to re-integrate into civilian life or cope with trauma. Outside of her research and clinical interests Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring new places, traveling, good cuisine and photography.
Email: jessicastern01@gmail.com

Alexandra Greenfield 

Alexandra Greenfield, BA

Alexandra is currently in her second year of the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Harvard with a concentration in Social and Cognitive Neuroscience and a minor in Health Care Policy. Before coming to Drexel, she served as Program Manager of the New York site of Health Leads, a public health organization that addresses social determinants of health in primary care settings. She also worked as a Research Coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her research interests include the use of evidence-based treatments such as Problem Solving Therapy to improve coping among individuals with chronic medical illnesses. She is also interested in the implementation and dissemination of mental health interventions, as well as psychological resilience among active Service Members and Veterans. Her thesis explores the relationship between social problem solving and posttraumatic stress symptomatology in Veterans. Alexandra loves to travel and enjoys great books, food, and movies.
Email: apgreenfield@gmail.com

Alexa Hayes 

Alexa Hays, BA

Alexa is currently in her first year of the clinical psychology PhD program. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a dual minor in Children's Studies and Legal Studies from Bucknell University. Before coming to Drexel, Alexa worked at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as a Research Assistant on a study seeking to improve the care of PTSD and depression among military personnel. Her research interests include exploring the use of evidence-based interventions, such as Problem-Solving Therapy, to treat service members and veterans struggling with symptoms of PTSD, depression, and other traumatic experiences and studying the integration of mental health services into primary care settings (collaborative care). In her free time, Alexa enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and participating in a wide variety of outdoor activities.
Email: amh474@drexel.edu

Masters Students in Scientific Psychology

Meghan Colosimo 

Meghan Colosimo, BS

Meghan is currently a second year student in the Master of Science program. She earned a distinguished Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Delaware, where she graduated Cum Laude. She is a member of both Psi Chi and Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to attending Drexel, Meghan worked as the Intake and Scheduling Coordinator at an outpatient mental health group practice. Her research interests lie broadly in the arena of stress and coping, with special interests in health psychology, trauma, and meaning-making processes. Her undergraduate thesis examined acceptance, stress-related growth, and psychological adjustment in the bereaved. Meghan's M.S. thesis is assessing the role of social problem solving as a potential moderator of the relationship between the experience and perception of daily life stress and physical symptomatology in males diagnosed with Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome. In the future, she hopes to investigate the efficacy of Problem Solving Therapy as a new, evidence-based treatment option for men managing stress and chronic pelvic pain. She enjoys reading, writing, attending concerts, and spending time with her dog, Roxy.
Email: meghanc@drexel.edu

Accelerated BS/MS Program Students

Chris Diaz 

Chris Diaz

After serving 6 years in the United States Navy and completing three deployments, Chris joined Drexel and is now in his second year of the accelerated BS/MS Clinical Psychology program. He is an active member of the laboratory where he is a key member in several scientific investigations. Chris wishes to use the skills learned here at Drexel to help veterans and athletes as a sports psychologist. Chris has received numerous awards including the Pat Tillman Scholarship and APA Division 19 Campus Representative. Chris serves as the president of the Drexel Veterans Association. He enjoys practicing Brazilian Jiujitsu and spending time with his wife, son, and puppy.
Email: ced64@drexel.edu

Undergraduate Students

Rickie Miglin 

Rickie Miglin

Rickie is a senior undergraduate psychology major with a minor in biological sciences volunteering in the Drs. Nezu lab. After graduating from Drexel she plans to pursue a position as a research assistant, and plans to eventually attend graduate school. She aspires to one day become a clinical psychologist. Rickie is currently the President of the Drexel Psychology Club. She is also an active volunteer with the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society and in her spare time enjoys fostering cats and kittens.
Email: rlm87@drexel.edu

Stacey Lau 

Stacey Lau

Stacey is a senior undergraduate student with a major in Psychology and minor in Biological Sciences at Drexel University. She is currently serving as a research assistant for her third co-op in the Nezu Stress and Coping lab. She plans to continue with the lab after her co-op is over in September 2014. Her main interests in the lab involve understanding the effectiveness of Problem Solving Therapy in various health populations such as high blood pressure and heart failure patients. Prior to the joining the Nezu lab, Stacey also served as a research assistant in the Noguchi Biochemistry and Molecular Biology lab at Drexel University College of Medicine. As part of the Noguchi lab, she actively worked with yeast cultures to investigate possible mutations in the Maf1 gene. Stacey has also volunteered as an intern at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, where she provided supportive encouragement and direction to geriatric patients through music, art, and verbal therapy. After Stacey obtains her undergraduate degree at Drexel, she plans apply to a masters program and thereafter pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. During her free time, Stacey enjoys reading, cooking, and going to concerts.
Email: sl698@drexel.edu

Alexandra Belo 

Alexandra Belo

Alexandra is a full-time senior undergraduate at Drexel University studying Psychology and minoring in Biological Sciences. She is currently volunteering as an undergraduate research assistant in the Nezu Stress and Coping laboratory. Alexandra is an active member of Drexel's Global Medical Brigades chapter and was recently in Piriati, Panama volunteering at a medical and dental clinic. She also works at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in the Integrative Medicine Department, which uses a more holistic approach to healing patients via mindfulness practices. She is starting her senior thesis in the fall of 2014 and is planning on concentrating her paper on neural plasticity and memory retention. After completing her Bachelor's degree, Alexandra hopes to continue onto graduate school and study neuroscience. Outside of academics, she enjoys practicing her violin, cooking exciting new food, and hiking.
Email: anb86@drexel.edu

Kirstie McClung 

Kirstie McClung

Kirstie is a junior undergraduate majoring in Psychology at Drexel University. Kirstie has had experience with program evaluation working at the School District of Philadelphia with the Office of Research and Evaluation, and gained skills in grant writing as a volunteer at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. Following graduation in 2016, Kirstie plans travel outside of her home state of Pennsylvania to attend a graduate program. Psychological research has been of particular interest to her, and she hopes to have her own research lab one day. In her free time, Kirstie enjoys rock climbing and playing with her puppy, Violet.
Email: km924@drexel.edu

Melinda Webster 

Melinda Webster

Melinda is a junior undergraduate psychology student at Drexel University, with interest in pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology. Currently, she is working as a research assistant in the Nezu lab. Within psychology, she is deeply interested in topics related to personality and approaching situations from a cross-cultural perspective, but generally enjoys examining the relatedness of different facets of mental and physical health. In her personal life, she is a classical pianist, an avid reader and hobbyist writer, and a minor caffeine addict.
Email: mjw377@drexel.edu

Kelan McKibben 

Kelan McKibben

Kelan is a pre-junior psychology major at Drexel University and is a volunteer in the Nezu lab. He is the Vice President of the Drexel Undergraduate Research Council. Although he is unsure where the future will take him, he hopes to attend graduate school and get a PhD in research psychology. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, bike riding, and longboarding.
Email: kelan.mckibben@drexel.edu

Volunteers

Khushbu Patel 

Khushbu Patel, BS

Khushbu is a recent graduate from Drexel's undergraduate Psychology program. For the last year, she has been serving as Coordinator for the Problem Solving Therapy in Adults with Hypertension study. Currently, she is working as a Clinical Research Assistant and Intervention Facilitator at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, with a focus on aggression in school-aged children. However, she is thankful to be able to simultaneously remain connected with the lab, especially with regards to the Hypertension study. Outside of her academics, she really enjoys reading and writing, exploring the local food culture, and spending time outdoors.
Email: khush.patel23@gmail.com

Devon McMahon 

Devon McMahon, BS

Devon is a recent graduate from Drexel University with a B.S. in psychology. She is currently working as a program assistant for an eating disorders treatment center and as a volunteer for the Nezu lab. Devon is particularly interested in the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral interventions, especially Problem Solving Therapy, in various applications such as with veterans and eating disorder patients. After expanding her level of experience within the field, Devon plans to further her education by attending graduate school. In the meantime, Devon also enjoys partaking in various outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking, experimenting with new artistic mediums, and exploring new places and activities.
Email: devmcmahon@gmail.com

Anthony Basilovecchio 

Anthony Basilovecchio, BS

Anthony graduated from Drexel with his BS in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude. While engaged in the ongoing projects of the lab, his main aims involve working with Veterans, along with a drive toward studying trauma – specifically PTSD. Still, his studies abroad in Australia continue to reinforce his desire to actively pursue even higher education and commitments in any and all arenas of psychological research. Continuing to volunteer as a research assistant, he also has work experience with dementia patients and actively contributes to the Drexel Veterans Association, and is in the process of re-entering into studying and gaining a graduate degree in the years to come.
Email: basivecc@hotmail.com