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Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology

St. John’s Psychology Chair Named an APA Division President

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 Psychotherapy.

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 psychotherapy division." 

“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.