Joseph R. Ferrari, Ph.D.


Vincent DePaul Distinguished Professor of Psychology 

DePaul University 
Department of Psychology 
2219 North Kenmore Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60614-3504 
Phone: (773) 325-4244
Fax: (773) 325-7888 


Editor:   Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community


Major Areas of Interest
Academic Appointments
Representative Grants
Professional Activities and Awards
Representative Publications
Books and Book Chapters
Professional Links
DePaul Link

  Community Psychology Lab 



B.A., St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York, 1978.
Major: Psychology, "magna cum laude"

M.S., SUNY, College of Cortland, Cortland, New York, 1981.
Major: Experimental Psychology

M.A., Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, 1985.
Major: General Psychology

Ph.D., Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, 1989.
Major: Experimental (Social/Personality) Psychology

Major Areas of Interest

  • Chronic Procrastination 
  • Shame/Guilt as Moral Affects 
  • Impostor Phenomena 
  • Self-Handicapping & Attribution 
  • Attitude Change & Persuasion 
  • Community-based Service-Learning & Volunteerism 
  • Community Building & Sense of Community 
  • Recovery from Addiction 
  • Health Psychology and Program Evaluation 
  • Behavior Analysis in the Community

Academic Appointments

Undergraduate Department Assistant, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY, 1976-1978.

Research Assistant, SUNY, College at Cortland, Cortland, NY, 1978-1980.

Instructor, Psychology & Sociology, Elizabeth Seton College, Yonkers, NY, 1980-1983.

Teaching/Research Assistant, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, 1983-1985.

Assistant Professor, Psychology & Human Services, Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY, 1985-1988.

Visiting Assistant Professor, CUNY/Baruch College, New York, NY, 1989-1990.

Assistant Professor & Director of Psychology, Center for Life Studies, Cazenovia College, Cazonovia, NY, 1990-1993.

Research Scientist, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 1993-1994.

Visiting Assistant Professor, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 1994-1998.

Associate Professor,  DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 1998-2001.

Associate Professor with Tenure, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2001-2003.

Professor of Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2003-present.

Representative Grants

National Institute of Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse, NIH; July, 2000- June 2006.
    "An evaluation of the Oxford House model," 5-year project, $2,533,675
    Co-Principal Investigator

National Institute of Drug Abuse, NIH; September, 2000- June 2005.
    "Abstinence and social support in Oxford House," 4-year project, $2,070,042
    Co-Principal Investigator

U.S. Department of Labor
    "Welfare-to-Work Employment Training Project"
    October, 1999     $10,000

Grant Developer/Consultant: IL Department of Public Aid, IDPA
    "African-American Women with Children Recovering from
    Substance Abuse"     June, 1997    $10,000

"University Research Council-Competitive Research Grant"
    DePaul University, Chicago, IL     1993, 1994, 1996, 2002

Grant Proposal Reviewer, "Cognitive Processing and Procrastination"
    Scientific Grant Agency, Ministry of Education and Slovak
    Academy of Science, Slovak Republic, Europe
    July, 1997

Professional Activities and Awards

                            Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
                            Journal of Research in Personality
                            Journal of Personality
                            Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
                            Psychological Bulletin
                            Psychological Science
                            European Journal of Personality
                            Personality and Individual Differences
                            Journal of Research in Personality
                            Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
                            Journal of Primary Prevention
                           Journal of Community Psychology
                            American Journal of Community Psychology

Professional Associations

            Division 2, Society for the Teaching of Psychology
            Division 8, Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Representative Publications

Recent Books and Book Chapters

Jason, L.A., Ferrari, J.R., Davis, M.L., Olson, B.D. (2006). Oxford House: Creating Communities for Addiction Recovery. Binghamton. NY; Haworth Press.

Filkins, J.W., & Ferrari, J.R. (2004). The DePaul values project and the DeVI: A case study on assessing student’s perceptions of a private university’s core mission and values projects. In J. Dalton (Ed.). Assessing character outcome in college.  New Jersey: Jossey-Bass, Inc.

Ferrari, J.R. (2004).  Trait procrastination in academic settings: An overview of students who engage in task delays.  In H. Schowueburg, C. Lay, T.A. Psychl & J.R. Ferrari (Eds). Counseling the procrastinator in academic settings, pp.19-28.  Washington D.C.; American Psychological Association.

Ferrari, J.R. (2004).   Strangers in strange (foreign and friendly) lands.  Special issue of The Community Psychologist.  Washington, DC: Society for Community Research and Action.

Schowuenburg, H.C., Lay, C., Pychyl, T.A., & Ferrari, J.R. (2004).  Counseling the procrastinator in academic settings. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Ferrari, J.R. (2004). Caregiver Stress/Satisfaction Scale.  Measure and psychometric description reprinted in R. Bringle, M.A. Philips, & M. Hudson (Eds.).  The measurement of service learning: Research scales to assess student experiences (pp. 165-168).  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Davis, M.I., Ferrari, J.R., Nyden, P., Olson, B.D., & Alvarez, J. (2004). University-community partnerships: A framework and the Oxford House project:  In L.A. Jason, C. Keys, Y. Suarez-Balcazar, R. Taylor, M. Davis, J. Durlak, & D. Isenberg (Eds). Participatory community research: Theories and methods in action (pp. 105-120) Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Ferrari, J.R., Jason, L.A., Olson, B.D., & Alvarez, J. (2002).  Sense of community among Oxford House residents recovering from substance abuse: Making a house a home.  In A. Fischer (Ed). Psychological sense of community: Research, applications, and implications (pp. 109-122).  New York: Kluwer-Plenum, Inc.

Coe, M.S., & Ferrari, J.R. (2001). Halfway houses. In W.E. Craighead & C.B. Nemeroff (Eds.), The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science, Vol. 2, pp. 657-659. New York: Wiley & Sons.

Ferrari, J.R. (2001).  Getting things done on time: Conquering procrastination.  In C.R. Snyder (Ed). Coping and copers: Adaptive processes and people. (pp 30-46).  Oxford University Press.

Ferrari, J.R. (2000).  Hotline Services.  In A. Kazdin (Ed).   Encyclopedia of Psychology, (pp 165-167).  American Psychological Association.

Ferrari, J.R. & Psychl, T.A. (2000).  Procrastination: Current Issues and New Directions.  Special Issue: Journal of Social Behavior and Personality.  Corte Madera, CA: Select Press.

Ferrari, J.R. & Chapman, J.G. (1999). Educating students to make a difference: Community-based service learning. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.

Ferrari, J.R. (1998). Procrastination. In H. Friedman (Ed).  Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Vol. 3, (pp.281 - 287).  San Diego, CA:  Academic Press.

O'Donnell, C.R. & Ferrari, J.R. (1997).  Education in community psychology: Models for graduate and undergraduate programs.  Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.

Ferrari, J.R., Johnson, J.L., & McCown, W.G. (1995).  Procrastination and task avoidance: Theory, research, and treatment.  New York: Plenum Publications.

Ferarri, J.R. (1993). Procrastiantion and impulsiveness: Two sides of a coin? In W. McCrown, M.B. Shure, & J. Johnson (Eds.) The impulsive dient: Theory, research and treatment (pp. 265-276). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Professional Links

American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society
Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA)
Eastern Psychological Association (EPA)
Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)

DePaul Links

Psychology Department
News at dpu.psy.general
Frederick H. Heilizer, Ph.D.
Leonard A. Jason, Ph.D.

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