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Current Research & Program Development Activities

Behavioral Cardiology

  1. Problem-Solving Therapy (PST) for Depressed Heart Failure Patients
    • Developing and testing the potential efficacy of a telephone-based PST intervention for depressed heart failure patients
    • Developing and evaluating the psychometric properties of a measure assessing heart failure-specific stressful problems
  2. Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) Among Individuals with Heart Failure
    • Assessing the presence of PTG among this population
    • Testing the hypothesis that social problem solving is a mediator between PTG and quality of life among heart failure patients
  3. Caregiver Problem Solving and Depression in Heart Failure Patients
    • Kristin Salber’s M.S. thesis
    • Assessing the relationship between caregiver problem solving and heart failure patient’s depression
  4. Problem-Solving Therapy for Adults with Hypertension
    • Lauren Greenberg’s Ph.D. dissertation
    • Evaluating the efficacy of PST to reduce hypertension as compared to enhanced treatment as usual

Veterans & Active Duty Service Members

  1. PST-based program to prevent psychopathology and enhance resilience: Ongoing national program evaluation of 4-session protocol (entitled “Moving Forward”) targeted for OEF/OIF/OND Veterans in conjunction with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs/Veterans Health Administration (program developed by Drs. Art & Chris Nezu)
  1. Evaluate web-based Moving Forward program (web program launched last November) jointly developed with the VA and Department of Defense
  2. Develop and evaluate Moving Forward smartphone "app"
  3. Develop and evaluate joint VA/DoD PST-based program to be implemented in hospital-based primary care settings
  4. Develop and evaluate PST-based program to be implemented in VA home-based primary care settings
  5. Problem-Solving Therapy for Veterans who are Homeless or At-Risk for Homelessness
    • Sarah Ricelli’s Ph.D. dissertation
    • Evaluating the efficacy of PST to foster resilience as compared to treatment as usual wait-list control
  6. Social Problem Solving and Posttraumatic Stress Symptomatology
    • Alexandra Greenfield’s M.S. thesis
    • Examining the relationship between social problem solving and posttraumatic stress symptomatology in Veterans

Psychosocial Oncology

  1. Treating Depressed Breast Cancer Patients (@ New York State Psychiatric Institute/ Columbia University; Art Nezu, Consultant/Co-investigator)
    • Comparing the relative efficacy of 3 different psychosocial treatments for depression among breast cancer patients: Interpersonal Psychotherapy, PST, Supportive Psychotherapy
  2. Post-Cancer Treatment Distress
    • Kristin Salber’s Ph.D.dissertation
    • Examining the relationship between various measures of avoidance (including experiential avoidance, avoidant coping, and avoidant problem solving style) and distress among individuals who have been treated for breast cancer, and examining the underlying factor structure of these constructs

Problem Solving & Personality/Personality Disorders

  1. Social Problem Solving and Personality Characteristics
    • Sarah Ricelli's M.S. thesis
    • Examining the role of SPS regarding the relationship between personality characteristics and emotional distress

Problem Solving & Depression

  1. Social Problem Solving, Emotional Regulation, and Rumination in the Relationship between Stress and Depression
    • Jessica Stern’s MS thesis
    • Examining the role SPS, emotional regulation, and rumination play as factors in the relationship between stress and depression

Problem Solving & Gender

  1. Social Problem Solving Styles for Sociotropic vs. Autonomic Problems
    • Examining differences in SPS as a function of gender and type of problem

Problem Solving & Suicide

  1. Assessing the interaction between social problem solving and emotional reactivity in predicting suicidal ideation
  2. PST to prevent repeat suicidal attempts among recently hospitalized Veterans; consulting on the development of a VA multi-site research protocol

Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

  1. PST for Adults with ID (@Rush University Hospital, Chicago; Art Nezu, consultant)
    • Evaluating PST programs adapted for adults with ID and their residential treatment staff

Adults with Comorbid Diabetes and Depression

  1. PST for depressed diabetic patients (@ University of Southern California; Art Nezu, consultant/co-investigator)
    • Evaluating the impact of training diabetes primary care health care professionals in safety net hospitals in Los Angeles in PST

Problem Solving and Chronic Prostatitis

  1. The relationship between social problem solving and distress and pelvic pain among male urology patients