St. John’s Psychology Chair Named an APA
Members of the American
Psychological Association (APA) have elected Raymond
DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department
of Psychology, to serve as president of the organization’s Division of
The APA, with more than 137,000 members, including researchers,
educators, clinicians, consultants and students, is the largest
scientific and professional association representing psychology in
the United States.
“The members of APA recognize what we at St. John's have known
for many years — that
Dr. DiGiuseppe is an expert on empirically supported therapies
for a variety of psychological disturbances,” said
Jeffrey Fagen, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Dean of St. John’s College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dr. DiGiuseppe’s election marks the third time that St. John’s
psychology faculty have served as president of an APA division. The
late Virginia Sexton, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, was president
of its Society for the History of Psychology and Society for
General Psychology. John D. Hogan, Ph.D., Professor, headed the
Societies for General and International Psychology.
"Ray has an international reputation and is a terrific role
model for our students,” said Dr. Hogan. “I'm not surprised that
his colleagues have honored him with the presidency of the
“I’m very proud to be selected by my colleagues — and to
represent the field of applied psychology and St. John’s
University,” said Dr. DiGiuseppe. “I wish to express my gratitude
to the University’s administration as well as my colleagues and
graduate students in the psychology department, whose support has
been vital to my scholarly work and that of other faculty.”
A past recipient of the University’s Faculty Achievement Award,
Dr. DiGiuseppe began teaching at St. John’s in 1987. In 2005, he
was elected president of the Association for the Advancement of
Behavior Therapy, now known as the Association for Behavioral and
Cognitive Therapies. Since 1985, he has also served as director
of professional education at the Albert
Ellis Institute in New York City. Dr. DiGiuseppe is the author
of six books, more than 120 scholarly articles and book chapters,
as well as hundreds of conference presentations.
His current work focuses on clinical aspects of anger, and
rational emotive and cognitive behavior therapies.