Raymond A. DiGiuseppe

B.A., 1971, Villanova University, PsychologyM.S., 1973, SUNY College at Brockport, General/Experimental PsychologyPh.D., 1975, Hofstra University, PsychologyPost Doctoral Fellowship, 1977 Albert Ellis Institute

Raymond A. DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., ABPP is Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Institutional Review Board, and studies anger as a clinical problem. He has promoted the recognition of anger as a form of psychopathology, and studies the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of persons with anger problems. He has developed standards for identifying anger diagnostic disorders. Dr. DiGiuseppe has published two psychological tests assessing dysfunctional anger: the Anger Disorders Scale (ADS) for adults and the Anger Regulation and Expression Scale (ARES) for children and adolescents. He works on the development of the theory, practice, and empirical research support of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapies. He is presently developing measures of Ellis’ concept of irrational and rational beliefs and their relationship to other cognitive behavior constructs and emotional disturbance.  

After earning a B.S. degree from Villanova University, Ray received his Ph.D. from Hofstra University in 1975. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Albert Ellis Institute in 1977. Ray joined St. John's in 1987, where he developed the doctoral program in school psychology and received the University's Faculty Achievement Medal. He served as Department Chairperson from 2001 until 2014. He is presently Professor in the psychology department.

Ray received the Jack Krasner Early Career Contribution Award from APA's Division of Psychotherapy (29). He was elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association's divisions of Psychotherapy (29), Clinical Psychology (12), School Psychology (16), and Family Psychology (41). He served two terms as a representative and then one term as chair of Division 29’s Publication Board. He then was elected president of Division 29 – the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy for 2014.

Ray has been active in the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT). He helped develop the Diplomat in Behavioral Psychology (1986-87) and served on the Diplomat board. He was the ABCT associate program chair (1995), and program chair (1996). He served as ABCT convention coordinator (1997 - 2000) and associate convener for the 2001 World Congress for Behavior Therapy. Dr. DiGiuseppe was elected ABCT representative-at-large in 2001 and served as President in 2006-2007. 

Ray has studied anger and is one of the world’s leading experts on anger. He has co-authored with Chip Tafrate the book Understanding Anger Disorders, the Anger Disorder Scale, and the Anger Regulation and Expression Scale.  He is a Distinguished Diplomate of the National Anger Management Association (NAMA).

Ray is a recognized expert in Rational-Emotive Therapy. Since 1980, He has served as Director of Professional Education of the Albert Ellis Institute where he worked with the famous psychologist Albert Ellis from 1975 until his death in 2007. He has trained hundreds of therapists in REBT and CBT throughout the world. He is Coeditor of the Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapies and co-authored the Practitioners Guide to Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, now in its third editions.

He has four children ages 21 – 36, and two grandchildren ages 5 and 6 and lives with his wife, Roseanne. He cooks great risotto, pizza and pasta.

His academic genealogy, which appears below, goes back to Wilhelm Wundt.

Raymond DiGiuseppe

Ph.D., 1975, Hofstra U.

Howard Kassinove

Ph.D., 1970, Adelphi U.

Gordon F. Derner


PhD, 1950, Columbia U.

Laurence F. Shaffer


Ph.D., 1930, Columbia U.

APA President, 1952.

Harold O. Rugg


Ph.D., 1915, U. Illinois

William C. Bagley


Ph.D., 1900, Cornell U.

Edward B. Titchener


Ph.D., 1892, U. Leipzig

Wilhelm Wundt

(1832-1920)MD, 1856, U. Heidelberg



DiGiuseppe, R. & Tafrate, R. (2007). Understanding Anger and Anger Disorders. New York: Oxford University Press.

Dryden, W., DiGiuseppe, R., & Neenan, M. (2010). A Primer on Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Third Edition. Champaign, Illinois: Research Press.

DiGiuseppe, R., Doyle, K., Dryden, W., & Backx, W. (2014).A Practitioners Guide to Rational Emotive Therapy, 3rd Ed. New York: Oxford University Press

DiGiuseppe R.A., Doyle K. A., Dryden W., Backx W. (2014). Manuale di terapia razionale emotiva comportamentale. Milano, IT: Raffaello Cortina Editore.  ISBN: 978-88-6030-680-7

David, O. A., & DiGiuseppe, R. (2016). The Rational Positive Parenting Program. New York, NY, US: Springer Science + Business Media. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-22339-1

Psychological Tests

DiGiuseppe, R., & Tafrate, R. (2005). The Anger Disorder Scale: Manual. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Multi-Health Systems.

DiGiuseppe, R., & Tafrate, R. (2011). The Anger Regulation and Expression Scale for Youth: Manual. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Multi-Health Systems.


DiGiuseppe, R. (2009). Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. In N. Kazantzis, M. A. Reinecke, & A. Freeman, (Eds.). Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Using Theory and Philosophy to Strengthen Science and Practice.).

David, D., & DiGiuseppe, R. (2009). Social and cultural aspect of rational and irrational beliefs. In D. David, S. J. Lynn, &A. Ellis (Eds.). Rational and irrational beliefs in human functioning and disturbances; Implication for research, theory, and practice. New York Oxford University Press.

David, D., Freeman, A., DiGiuseppe, R. (2009). Rational and Irrational Beliefs: Implication for clinical conceptualization and practice in psychotherapy. In D. David, S. J. Lynn, & A. Ellis (Eds.). Rational and irrational beliefs in human functioning and disturbances; Implication for research, theory, and practice. New York Oxford University Press.

DiGiuseppe, R., & Tafrate, R. (2010). Anger: How it differs from other emotions. In Irving Weiner & Ed Craighead (Eds.). Corsini’s encyclopedia of psychology. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Hollon, S. D., & DiGiuseppe, R, (2010). Cognitive psychotherapies. In J. C. Norcross, & G. VandenBos (Eds.)History of psychotherapy: Continuity and change (2nd ed.).Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Gavita, O., DiGiuseppe, R., & David, D. (2013). Self-acceptance and raising children: The case of parental unconditional acceptance. In M. E. Bernard (Ed.). The Strength of Self-Acceptance. New York: Springer

DiGiuseppe, R. (2013). Assessment and treatment of anger as a clinical problem. In G. P. Koocher, J. C. Norcross, B. A. Greene (Eds.) , Psychologists' desk reference (3rd ed.) (pp. 210-214). New York, NY US: Oxford University Press.

Seeler, L., Freeman, A., DiGiuseppe, R., & Mitchell, D. (2014). Traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy models for antisocial patterns. In R. C. Tafrate, D. Mitchell (Eds.), Forensic CBT: A handbook for clinical practice (pp. 15-42). Wiley-Blackwell.

DiGiuseppe, R., & David, O. (2015). Rational Emotive Behavioral Approaches. In H. T. Prout, & (Eds.). Counseling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents: Theory and Practice for School and Clinical Settings, Fifth Edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Maclaren, K., Doyle, K. & DiGiuseppe, R. (2015). Albert Ellis and Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy. In H. E. A. Tinsley, S. H. Lease, and N. S. Giffin-Wiersma (Eds.). Contemporary Theory and Practice in Counseling and Psychotherapy. New York: Sage.

DiGiuseppe, R., David, D., & Venzia, R. (2016). Cognitive Theories. In J.C. Norcross, G.R. VandenBos, & D.F. Freedheim (Eds.). The Handbook of Clinical Psychology Volume II of V: Theory and Research. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. The Associate Editor for this volume II is Bunmi O. Olatunji.

DiGiuseppe, R., Barnea, M., Duke, G., Murphy, B., Brewer, W. (2016). Assessment and intervention for anger in school psychology. In M. Terjesen & M. Thielking  (Eds.). Handbook of Australian School Psychology International: Research, Practice and Policy. New York: Springer.

DiGiuseppe, R., Venezia, R., & Gotterbarn, R. (2017). What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy? (pp. 1-36) In A. Vernon, & K. Doyle (Eds.). Cognitive Behavior Therapies: A Guidebook For Practitioners.  Alexandra, VA: American Counseling Association.

DiGiuseppe, R., Venezia, R., & Gotterbarn, R. (2019). Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy. In S. Little, A. Aiken-Little (Eds.). Behavioral Interventions in Schools: Evidence-Based Positive Strategies, Second Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

DiGiuseppe, R. & Doyle, K. (2019). Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. In K. Dobson (Eds.). Handbook of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 4th Edition. New York; Guilford

David, D. DiGiuseppe,, R., Dobrean, A. Păsărelu, C. R., & Balazsi, R. (2019). The Measurement of Irrationality.  In M. E. Bernard and W. Dryden (Eds.). REBT: Advances in Theory, Research and Practice. New York: Springer-Nature

Matweychuk, W., DiGiuseppe, R, & Gulyayeva, O. (2019). A Comparison of REBT with Other Cognitive Behavior Therapies. In M. E. Bernard and W. Dryden (Eds.). REBT: Advances in Theory, Research and Practice. New York: Springer-Nature

DiGiuseppe, R. & Ammendola, E. (2019). REBT and Personality Disorders. In Dryden, W., & Bernard, M. E. (Eds.) REBT: Best Practice and Applications. NY: Springer/Nature.


Deffenbacher, J. L., Oetting, E. R., & DiGiuseppe, R. A. (2002). Principles of empirically supported interventions applied to anger management. The Counseling Psychologist, 30(2), 262-280.

DiGiuseppe, R. A., & Froh, J. J. (2002). What cognitions predict state anger? Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 20(2), 133-150.

DiGiuseppe, R. & Tafrate, R. C.  (2003). Anger treatment for adults: a meta-analytic review.  Clinical Psychology, 10, 70 - 84.

Carmony, T. M., & DiGiuseppe, R. (2003). Cognitive induction of anger and depression: The role of power, attribution, and gender. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapies, 21(2), 105-118.

Terjesen, M.D., Jacofsky, M., Froh, J., & DiGiuseppe, R. (2004). Integrating positive psychology into schools: Implications for practice.  Psychology in the Schools, 41 (1), 163-172.

Lachmund, E., DiGiuseppe, R., & Fuller, J. R.(2005). Clinicians' diagnosis of a case with anger problems. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 39(4),  439-447.

Szentagotai, A., Schnur, J., DiGiuseppe, R., Macavei, B., Kallay, E., & David, D. (2005). The organization and the nature of irrational beliefs: Schemas or appraisal? Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies, 5(2), 139-158.

Li, C. E., DiGiuseppe, R., & Froh, J. (2006). The roles of sex, gender, and coping in adolescent depression. Adolescence, 41 (163), 409-415.

DiGiuseppe, R. (2006). The mission continues: The past, present, and future of behavior therapy. The Behavior Therapist, 29(7), 152-153.

DiGiuseppe, R. (2007). ABCT at 40: No mid-life crisis. The Behavior Therapist, 30(1), 1-3.

Macedonio, M. F., Parsons, T. D., DiGiuseppe, R. A., Weiderhold, B. K., & Rizzo, A. A. (2007). Immersiveness and physiological arousal within panoramic video-based virtual reality. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 10 (4), 508-515.

DiGiuseppe, R. (2007). Behavioral principles and public policy: Dissemination in actions. The Behavior Therapist, 30(6), 93-95.

DiGiuseppe, R. (2008). Surfing the waves of behavior therapy. The Behavior Therapist, 31(8), 154-155.

McDermut, W., Fuller, J. R., DiGiuseppe, R. A., Zimmerman, M. & Chelminski, I. (2009). Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapies, 27(2), 121-135.

Fives, C. J., Kong, G., Fuller, J. R., & DiGiuseppe, R. (2010). Anger, Aggression, and Irrational Beliefs in Adolescents. Cognitive Therapy and Research. DOI: 10.1007/s10608-009-9293-3.

Fuller, J. R., DiGiuseppe, R., O’Leary, S., Fountain, T (2011). An Open Trial of a Comprehensive Anger Treatment Program on an Outpatient Sample. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 38(4), 485-490. DOI:10.1017/S1352465810000019.

DiGiuseppe, R. (2011). A comprehensive treatment program for a case of disturbed anger. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 18, 235–240.

DiGiuseppe, R. (2011). Reflection on My 32 Years with Albert Ellis. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 29, 220–227. DOI:10.1007/s10942-010-0118-9.

Ahmed, A. G., Kingston, D. A., DiGiuseppe, R., Bradford, J. M., & Seto, M. C. (2012). Developing a clinical typology of dysfunctional anger. Journal of Affective Disorders, 136(1-2), 139-148. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2011.09.008

DiGiuseppe, R., McDermut, W., Unger, F., Fuller, J., Zimmerman, M., & Chelminski, I. (2012). The comorbidity of anger symptoms with personality disorders in psychiatric outpatients. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68(1), 67-77. doi:10.1002/jclp.20835

David, D., Coteț, C. D., Szentagotai, A., McMahon, J., & DiGiuseppe, R. (2013). Philosophical versus psychological unconditional acceptance: Implications for constructing the Unconditional Acceptance Questionnaire. Journal of Cognitive And Behavioral Psychotherapies, 13(2A), 445-464.

McMahon, J., & DiGiuseppe, R. (2013). A personal reprise of couple’s intervention. Journal Of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 31(2), 49-56. doi:10.1007/s10942-012-0155-7

Gavitz, O. A., David, D., & DiGiuseppe, R. (2014). You are Such a Bad Child! Appraisals as Mechanisms of Parental Negative and Positive Affect. The Journal of General Psychology, 141(2), 113-129. DOI:10.1080/00221309.2013.874971

Lee, A., & DiGiuseppe, R. (2017). Anger and aggression treatments: A review of meta-analyses. Current Opinion in Psychology, 19, 65–74. doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.04.004

Toohey, M. & DiGiuseppe, R. (2017). Defining and Measuring Irritability: Clarification and Differentiation of the Construct. Clinical Psychology Review. 5, 393-108. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2017.01.009

DelVecchio, T, Jablonka. O., DiGiuseppe, R., Notti, J. & David, O. (2017). Psychometric Evaluation of the Parent Anger Scale.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26 (11), 3013–3025. doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0824-3

DiGiuseppe, R. Leaf, R., Gorman, B., & Robin, R. (2018).  The Development of a Measure of Irrational/Rational Beliefs. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapies, 36(1), 47-79.

Tuceta, L., Tomba E, & DiGiuseppe, R. (2019). Irrational Beliefs, Cognitive Distortions, and Depressive Symptomatology in a College-Age Sample: A Mediational Analysis. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy.

DiGiuseppe, R., Gorman, B., & Raptis, J. (Accepted with revisions. Revisions made and resubmitted). The Factor Structure of a Measure of Ellis’ Irrational / Rational Beliefs.

Courses Taught at St. John’s University

Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Psychological Measurement

Graduate Courses

Assessment Laboratory I & II
Behavior Therapy: Assessment, Consultation, & Therapy
Clinical Practicum
Cognitive Psychotherapies
Personality Assessment of Children, and Adolescents
Psychopathology across the Life Span I
Psychopathology across the Life Span II
School Psychology Internship Seminar I: Professional and Legal Issues
Psychological Interventions Practicum I