Wilson McDermut

Associate ProfessorGraduate Director for M.A. Psychology
Ph.D., American University


Dr. McDermut received his PhD in clinical psychology from American University and completed his internship at Brown University’s Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium. He completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University’s School of Medicine and completed another post-doctoral fellowship in Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute from 2002 to 2004. He is Director of St. John's University's M.A. program in Psychology.

Research Interests

Comorbidity and the associations between personality, personality disorders, and psychopathology; psychological assessment; cognitive factors in psychopathology; the validity of psychiatric disorders.

McDermut, W., Pantoja, G., & Amrami, Y. (2018). Dysfunctional Beliefs and Personality Traits. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 1-20. Published online. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10942-019-00315-5

Walton, K. E., Pantoja, G., McDermut, W. H. (2017). Associations between lower order facets and personality and dimensions of mental disorder. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment/Springer, 40(3), 465-475.

Torstrick, A. M., McDermut, W., Gokberk, A, & Walton, K. (2015). Associations between the Rotter Incomplete Sentences Blank and measures of personality and psychopathology. Journal of Personality Assessment. 97:5, 494-505, DOI:10.1080/00223891.2015.1015679.

Schwehm, A., McDermut, W., & Thorpe, K. (2015). A gender study of personality and humor in comedians. Humor: International Journal of Humor Studies,28(3), 427–448.

Samar, S., Walton, K., & McDermut, W. (2013). Personality traits predict irrational beliefs. Journal of Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 31(4), 231-242.

Mora, L., Stavrinedes, P., & McDermut, W. (2013). Religious fundamentalism and religious orientation among Greek Orthodox. Journal of Religion and Health, May, 1-16. DOI 10.1007/s10943-013-9734-x

Mencia-Ripley, A., Fernandez Melo, J.E., Mora, L., McDermut, W., Thurston-Snoha, B., & Romero, P. (2012). Pilot study of a translation and cultural adaptation of the Anger Disorders Scale-Short Version. Humanities and Social Sciences Review, 1(4), 219-225.

DiGiuseppe, R., McDermut, W., Unger, F., Fuller, J. R., Zimmerman, M., & Chelminski, I. (2012). The comorbidity of anger symptoms with personality disorders in psychiatric outpatients. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67, 1-11.

Mora, L., & McDermut, W. (2010) Religious fundamentalism and predictors of psychopathology. Manuscript in press at Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.





Selected publications

McDermut, W., Fuller, J. R., DiGiuseppe, R., Chelminski, I., & Zimmerman, M. (2009). Trait anger and Axis I comorbidity: Implications for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Journal of Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy. 27(2), 79-82.

McDermut, W., & Haaga, D. (2009). Assessment and Diagnostic Issues in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: Introduction to the Special Issue. Journal of Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy. 27(2), 121-135.

Mneimne, M., McDermut, W. & Powers, A. (2008). Affect ratings and startle modulation in people with nonclinical depression. Emotion, 8(4), 552-559.

Zimmerman, M., Chelminski, I., & McDermut, W. (2002). Major Depressive Disorder and axis I diagnostic comorbidity. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 63, 187-193.

McDermut, W., Zimmerman, M. (2007) Personality disorders, personality traits, and defense mechanisms. In A. J. Rush, M. B. First, & D. Blacker [Eds.] Handbook of Psychiatric Measures. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Publishing,.

Rotenstein, O. H., McDermut, W., Bergman, A., Young, D., Zimmerman, M., & Chelminski, I. (2007). The validity of DSM-IV Passive Aggressive (Negativistic) Personality Disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 21(1), 30-43.

Gutman, J., McDermut, W, Miller, I.W., Zimmerman, M., & Chelminski, I. (2006) Personality and Couple Functioning. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62, 1275-1289.

McDermut, W., Zimmerman, M. (2005) Assessment instruments and standardized evaluation. In J.M. Oldham, A.E. Skodol, & D.S. Bender [Eds.] American Psychiatric Associations Textbook of Personality Disorders, pp. 89-102. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Publishing,.

McDermut, W., Chelminski, I., & Zimmerman, M. (2003). The construct validity of Depressive Personality Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 1, 49-60.

McDermut, W., Miller, I.W., & Brown, R.A. (2001). The efficacy of group psychotherapy for depression: A meta-analysis and review of the literature. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 8, 98-116.

McDermut, W., Mattia, J. I., & Zimmerman, M. (2000). Comorbidity burden and its impact on psychosocial morbidity in depressed outpatients. Journal of Affective Disorders,  65, 289-295.