Leonard A. Jason, Ph.D.
DePaul University
Center for Community Research

990 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614-3504
Telephone: (773) 325-2018
Fax: (773) 325-4923
Email: ljason@depaul.edu

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Major Areas of Interest


B.A., Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1971.

Major: Psychology


Ph.D., University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, 1975

            Major: Clinical/Community Psychology

Academic Appointments

Instructor, Psychology Department, University of Rochester, 1973 - 1975.

Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, DePaul University, Chicago, 1975 - 1980.

Associate Professor, Psychology Department, DePaul University, Chicago, 1980 - 1983.

Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago, 1983 - 1987.

Professor, Psychology Department, DePaul University, Chicago, 1984-present.

Director, Center for Community Research, DePaul University, 2001-present.

Representative Grants

National Institute of Mental Health. Evaluating a preventive orientation program, 1980-1981.

National Institute on Drug Abuse. Smoking cessation involving the media and social support, 1985-1986.

National Institute of Mental Health. A preventive intervention for high risk transfer children, 1986-1993.

National Institute on Drug Abuse. A worksite smoking cessation program, 1987-1989.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Worksite incentives for becoming a nonsmoker, 1990-1995.

Thrasher Foundation. Reducing the sale of cigarettes to minors, 1993-1995.

The Chicago Community Trust. The Oxford House model for empowerment, 1993-1994.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Estimating rates of CFS in a community sample, 1995-2001.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The effects of enforcement and possession laws on youth prevalence, 1998-2001.

U.S. Department of Education, A field-initiated research project to determine the effectiveness of a capacity-building program for individuals with CFS, Co-Investigator, 2000-2003.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Abstinent social support in Oxford House, 2000-2006.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, An evaluation of the Oxford House model, 2000-2006.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Activity intervention for chronic fatigue syndrome, 2000-2007.

National Cancer Institute, The effects of laws on youth prevalence, 2001-2008.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Risk factors associated with CFS and CF prognosis, 2005-2011.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Evaluating a bilingual voluntary community-based healthcare organization. 2008-2013.


National Institute on Drug Abuse, Evaluating alternative aftercare models for ex-offenders, 2007-2014.

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Community participatory intervention with high-risk African-American women, 2008-2014.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Social Ecology and the Prevention of Suicide and Aggression in African American Youth. 2013-2019.


Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Pediatric CFS in a Community-based Sample. 2013-2019.


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  A prospective study of CFS following infectious mononucleosis in college students. 12/01/2013 – 11/30/2019.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Emergent social environments as predictors of recovery resident outcomes. 2015-2020.


Professional Activities and Awards

Current Editorial Board Member

Journal of Community Psychology, 1983-1986, 2007-present.

Prevention in Human Services, 1986-1995. Renamed Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 1996-present.

Journal of Health Psychology, 2008-present.

Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, 2013-present.


Past Editorial Board Member

Professional Psychology, 1978-1991.

American Journal of Community Psychology, 1978-1991. Associate Editor, 1983-1987.

Behaviorists for Social Action, 1983-1991. Renamed Behavior and Social Issues, 1992-1994.

The Journal of Primary Prevention, 1983-1986. Appointed Associate Editor, 1986-2007.

Special Services in the Schools, 1984-2008.

Editor, The Community Psychologist, 1985-1988.

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 1986-1991.

Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 1997-2008.

The CIFDS Research Letter, 1999-2010.

Bulletin of the IACFS/ME, 2007-2010.

Other Committees and Organizations

National Coordinator, Division of Community Psychology of the American Psychological Association, 1980-1983.

President, Behavior Analysis Society of Illinois, 1985-87.

Member of the Child and Family and Prevention Subcommittee, Life Course and Prevention Research Review Committee of the National Institute of Mental Health, 1987-1991.

Member of the Board of Trustees, Illinois Self-Help Clearinghouse, 1987-1991 (Vice Chairperson, 1988, Chairperson, 1989-90).

President, Division of Community Psychology of the American Psychological Association, 1989-90.

Mentorship Award from the Society for Community Research and Action of the American Psychological Association, 1991.

United States Patent (Number 5,142,358), "Earn per view television viewing regulation device," Aug. 25, 1992.

Society for Community Research and Action's 1997 Distinguished Contributions to Theory and Research Award.

DePaul University's Cortelyou-Lowery Award for Excellence, 1998.

The American Psychological Association's Karl F. Heiser Award for Advocacy, 1998.

Member of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Coordinating Committee, 2000-2003.

Member of the Board of Directors, International Association for CFS/ME, 2001-2009, 2012. Vice President, 2004-2009.

Member of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee, 2006-2012.

Dutch ME-Foundation International ME-Award for outstanding work in the past ten years in the field of CFS, 2003.

Perpich award for distinguished service to the IACFS/ME and the CFS/ME community, 2011.


Tom Fellows award for outstanding contributions to the Oxford House organization, 2011.

DePaul University College of Science and Health award for Excellence in Research, 2013.

American Psychological Association’s award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research, 2015.

Professional Associations

Representative Publications (Over 800 publications)

Google Scholar






Gesten, E. L., & Jason, L. A. (1987). Social and community interventions. In M. R. Rosenzweig & L. W. Porter (Eds.) Annual Review of Psychology. (pp. 427-460). Palo Alto, CA: Annual Reviews, Inc.

Jason, L. A., McMahon, S. D., Salina, D., Hedeker, D., Stockton, M., Dunson, K., Kimball, P. (1995). Assessing a smoking cessation intervention involving groups, incentives, and self-help manuals. Behavior Therapy, 26, 393-408.

Jason, L. A., Billows, W., Schnopp-Wyatt, D., & King, C. (1996). Reducing the illegal sales of cigarettes to minors: Analysis of alternative enforcement schedules. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 29, 333-344.

Jason, L. A., Richman, J. A., Friedberg, F., Wagner, L., Taylor, R., & Jordan, K. M. (1997). Politics, science, and the emergence of a new disease: The case of chronic fatigue syndrome. American Psychologist, 52, 973-983.

Jason, L. A., & Barnes, H. E. (1997). Substance abuse prevention: Beyond the schoolyard. Applied and Preventive  Psychology, 6, 211-220.

Jason, L. A. (1998). Tobacco, drug, and HIV preventive media interventions. American Journal of Community Psychology, 26, 145-187.

Jason, L. A., Richman, J. A., Rademaker, A. W., Jordan, K. M., Plioplys, A. V., Taylor, R. R., McCready, W., Huang,C., & Plioplys, S. (1999). A community-based study of chronic fatigue syndrome. Archives of Internal Medicine, 159, 2129-2137.

Jason, L. A., Taylor, R. R., & Kennedy, B. A. (2000).  Chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities in a community-based sample of persons with chronic fatigue syndrome-like symptoms. Psychosomatic Medicine, 62, 655-663.

Jason, L. A., Pokorny, S. B. & Schoeny, M. E. (2003). It is premature to abandon youth access to tobacco programs. Pediatrics, 111(4 Pt 1), 920-921.

Jason, L. A., Holbert, C., Torres-Harding, S., & Taylor, R. R. (2004).  Stigma and chronic fatigue syndrome: Surveying a name change. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 14, 222-228.

Jason, L. A., Olson, B. D., Ferrari, J. R., & Lo Sasso, A. T. (2006). Communal housing settings enhance substance abuse recovery. American Journal of Public Health, 96, 1727-1729.


Jason, L. A.,  Olson, B. D., Ferrari, J. R., Majer, J. M.,  Alvarez, J., & Stout, J. (2007). An examination of main and interactive effects of substance abuse recovery. Addiction, 102, 1114–1121.

Jason, L. A., Unger, E.R., Dimitrakoff, J. D., Fagin, A.P., Houghton, M., Cook, D., Marshall Jr., G. D., Klimas, N., &  Snell, C. (2012). Minimum data elements for research reports on CFS. Brain, Behavior and Immunity. 26. 401-406.

Jason, L.A. (2012). Small wins matter in advocacy movements: Giving voice to patients. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49, 307-316.

Jason, L. A., Brown, M., Brown, A., Evans, M., Flores, S., Grant-Holler, E., & Sunnquist, M. (2013). Energy Conservation/Envelope Theory interventions to help patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. Fatigue:  Biomedicine, Health, & Behavior, 1, 27-42. doi:10.1080/21641846.2012.733602.


Jason, L. A., Light, J. M., Stevens, E. B., & Beers, K. (2014). Dynamic social networks in recovery homes. American Journal of Community Psychology, 53, 324-334.


Jason, L.A. (2015). Ethical and diversity challenges in ecologically sensitive systems-oriented interventions.  American Psychologist, 70, 762-775.


Jason, L. A., Beasley, C. R., & Hunter, B.A. (2015). Advocacy and social justice. In V. Chien & S.M. Wolfe (Ed.). Foundations of Community Psychology Practice. (pp. 262-289) New York: Sage.


Jason, L.A., Stevens, E., Ram, D. Miller, S.A., Beasley, C.R., & Gleason, K., (2016). Theories in the field of community psychology. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 7(2), 1-27.  


Jason, L.A., Stevens, E., & Light, J.M. (2016). The relationship of sense of community and trust to hope. Journal of Community Psychology, 44, 334–341. 


Jason, L.A., & Stevens, E. (2017). The reliability and reciprocity of a social network measure. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 35, 317–327. PMCID:PMC6145821 doi: 10.1080/07347324.2017.1355220

Jason, L.A. (2017). To serve or not to serve: Ethical and policy implications. American Journal of Community Psychology, 60, 406-413.

Jason, L.A., Fox, P.A., & Gleason, K. D. (2018). The importance of a research case definition. Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, 6, 52-58. doi: 10.1080/21641846.2018.1389336


Jason, L.A., & Sunnquist, M. (2018). The development of the DePaul Symptom Questionnaire:  Original, expanded, brief and pediatric versions. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 6:330. doi: 10.3389/fped.2018.00330



Glenwick, D. S., & Jason, L. A. (Eds.). (1980). Behavioral community psychology: Progress and prospects. New York, NY: Praeger.

Felner, R. D., Jason, L. A., Moritsugu, J., & Farber, S. S. (Eds.). (1983). Preventive psychology: Theory, research and practice. New York, NY: Pergamon.

Jason, L. A., Hess, R., Felner, R. D., & Moritsugu, J. N. (Eds.). (1987). Prevention: Toward a multidisciplinary approach. New York, NY: Haworth Press.

Rhodes, J. E., & Jason, L. A. (1988). Preventing substance abuse among children and adolescents . New York, N.Y: Pergamon.

Tolan, P., Keys, C., Chertok, F., & Jason, L. (Eds.). (1990). Researching community psychology: Issues of theories and methods. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Jason, L. A., Weine, A. M., Johnson, J. H., Warren-Sohlberg, L., Filippelli, L. A., Turner, E. Y., & Lardon, C. (1992). Helping transfer students: Strategies for educational and social readjustment. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Glenwick, D. S., & Jason, L. A. (Eds.). (1993). Promoting health and mental health with children, youth, and families. New York, NY: Springer.

Jason, L. A., Danner, K. E., & Kurasaki, K. (Eds.). (1993). Prevention and school transitions. New York, NY: Haworth.

Jason, L.A., & Hanaway, E.K. (1997). Remote control: A sensible approach to kids, TV, and the new electronic media. Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.

Jason, L.A. (1997). Community building. Values for a sustainable future. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Friedberg, F., & Jason, L.A. (1998). Understanding chronic fatigue syndrome: An empirical guide to assessment and treatment. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Taylor, R.R., Friedberg, F., & Jason, L.A. (2001). A clinician's guide to controversial illnesses:  Chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. Sarasota, Fl: Professional Resource Press.

Jason, L.A., & Glenwick, D.S. (Eds.). (2002).  Innovative strategies for promoting health and mental health across the lifespan. New York, NY: Springer.

Jason, L.A., & Pokorny, S.B.  (Eds.). (2002). Preventing youth access to tobacco. New York, NY: Haworth.

Jason, L.A., Fennell, P., & Taylor, R.R. (Eds.). (2003). Handbook of chronic fatigue syndrome. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Jason, L.A., Keys, C.B., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Taylor, R.R., Davis, M., Durlak, J., Isenberg, D. (Eds.). (2004).  Participatory community research: Theories and methods in action. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Jason, L.A., & Perdoux, M. (2004). Havens: True stories of community healing. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Jason, L.A., Ferrari, J.R., Davis, M.I., & Olson, B.D. (2006). Creating communities for addiction recovery: The Oxford House model. New York, NY: Haworth.

Jason, L.A., Olson, B.D., & Foli, K. (2008). Rescued lives: The Oxford House approach to substance abuse. New York, NY: Haworth.

Yatanabe, Y., Evengard, B., Natelson, B.H., Jason, L.A., & Kuratsune, H. (Eds.). (2008). Fatigue science for human health. Tokyo, Japan: Springer.

Porter, N.S., Bothne, N., & Jason, L.A. (2008). Interconnectedness and the individual: New research. NewYork, NY: Nova Science.

Jason, L.A., & Ferrari, J.R. (2011). Recovery from Addictions in Communal Living Settings: The Oxford House Model. Oxford, England: Taylor & Francis.

Jason, L.A., & Glenwick, D.S. (2012).  Methodological approaches to community-based research.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Coffin Cabrera, N.,  Jason, L.A., Jimenez Renteria, M.de.L., Bejar Nava, C., Bejar Nava, F., Cedillo Lldefonso, B., Mirairio Medina, C., & Alvarez Zuniga, M. (2012). Sindrome de Fatigue Cronica. University Nacional Autonoma de Mexico: Estado de Mexico, Distrito Federal.

Friedberg, F., Bateman, L., Bested, A., Davenport, T., Friedman, K., Gurwitt, A., Jason, L.A., Lapp, C.W., Stevens, S.R., Underhill, R.A., & Vallings, R. (2012). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. A Primer for Clinical Practitioners. Scottsdale, AZ: Wilshire Press Inc.

Jason, L.A. (2013). Principles of Social Change. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Jason, L.A. & Glenwick, D.S. (Eds.). (2016). Handbook of Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Callahan, S. & Jason, L.A. (Eds.) (2016). Substance Abuse and Aftercare. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Njoku, M. G. C., Jason, L. A., & Johnson, R.B. (Eds.) (2019). The Psychology of Peace Promotion. NY: Springer.


Jason, L. A., Glantsman, O., O’Brien, J., & Ramian, K. (Eds.) (2019). Introduction to Community Psychology: Becoming an Agent of Changehttps://press.rebus.community/introductiontocommunitypsychology/


Academic Minute. Most people think of psychologists in very traditional ways.

Virology Blog. David Tuller. Trial By Error: A Q-and-A with Leonard Jason, on Case Definition.

Scientific progress stumbles without a valid case definition. Leonard Jason. Oxford University Press Blog

Comprehensive affordable solutions to a major health problem. Leonard Jason. Oxford University Press Blog

Dilemmas of a broken substance abuse system. Leonard A. Jason. Oxford University Press Blog

Virology Blog. Ronald W. Davis, Jonathan C.W. Edwards, Leonard A. Jason, Bruce Levin, Vincent R. Racaniello, Arthur L. Reingold. An open letter to Dr. Richard Horton and The Lancet


Oxford University Press Blog. Leonard A. Jason. Patients Battle for Justice


Oxford University Press Blog. IOM’s Effort to Dislodge Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Oxford University Press Blog. How Disease Names Can Stigmatize


Oxford University Press Blog. What is psychology’s greatest achievement?


Oxford University Press’ Blog. Diseases can stigmatize


Oxford University Press policy statement that was issued on Recovery Residences


Oxford University Press Blog: Even Small Government Incentives Can Help Tackle: Entrenched Social Problems   

Oxford University Press Blog is a reaction to a New York Times study titled: Humane, cost-effective systems for formerly incarcerated people

Oxford University Press Blog published this infographic on sequestration


Oxford University Press titled “the Art of Science”


Policy Statements:


SCRA policy statement on Recovery Residence


“NARR-SCRA policy statement moves ‘sober homes’ toward new legitimacy” in Alcoholism Drug Abuse Weekly


YouTube videos:

Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago. Leonard A. Jason. Understanding Unexplained Illness: From Knowledge to Action

Leonard Jason’s webinar for the Office of Disease Prevention NIH webinar on Mixed Methods in Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Research


Leonard Jason’s remarks at his surprise birthday celebration 


#MillionsMissing Protest in Chicago. Leonard Jason’s speech


Systems Science and Social Change. Lecture by Leonard Jason given in community psychology class at DePaul University


ME and CFS research and politics. Lecture by Leonard Jason given in community psychology class


The National Society for ME patients’ Fall 2015 conference "The Invisible - a conference on severe ME and CFS and the way forward", in Stockholm. Leonard A. Jason. Defining Essential Features of ME and CFS


Summit on Fatigue and Health


DePaul University Chili Challenge!


WVUM 90.5FM.  We Are The Voice

Where are the patients? The role of community psychology in engaging patients in their own lives.


Presentation on the Case Definition at the 2014 NIH P2P Workshop titled: “Advancing the Research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”


SCRA webinar on Social Change through Social Policy, by Ken Maton and Leonard Jason


Social action: A fundamental value of community psychology


Jason live keynote on Principles of Social Change at the Miami Biennial


Funny segment on dog feces within the keynote Principles of Social Change Biennial talk


YouTube video on Oxford House collaboration titled: “Community Psychology: Partnerships for Social Justice”


YouTube video gives prospective graduate students more information about Leonard Jason, a member of the community faculty at DePaul University


YouTube introduction to the Center for Community Research


8 broadcasts out of the Netherlands regarding a patient program called: Science to Patients   

In this first webinar, Jason discusses some of his current research with ME

In the second webinar, Jason discusses the name and case definition

The third webinar covers what might cause ME, the stigma associate with ME   

The fourth webinar explains the difference between ME and Major Depressive Disorders  

The fifth webinar involves treating and managing of ME

The sixth webinar involves symptoms of ME and treatments

The seventh webinar involves the need for services and social action

The last webinar involves future directions for ME research


Llewellyn King’s White House Chronicle Television show


Llewellyn King interviews of Leonard Jason for ME/CFS Alert:

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3


Other Media


APA Monitor. Becoming a great mentor.


DePaul Magazine. Abby Pickus. The Myth of “It’s All in Your Head”


Lifeline Crisis Centers. Lily Chu, Jose Montoya and Lenny Jason, How Chronic Illness Can Influence Suicide Risk


Reader. Megan Doherty. The hidden ME too: 100,000 people in Illinois could suffer from debilitating disease.


Virology Blog. David Tuller. Trial By Error: A Q-and-A with Leonard Jason, on Case Definition.

 WORT Madison, WI radio. Jonathan Zarov. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Is Controversial To Some, And Very Real For Sufferers


Nature. Emily Sohn. When sickness interrupts science. How to balance a long-term illness and a research career.


Neighbors, drug rehab group clash on South Bend sober home proposal. Jeff Parrott. South Bend Tribune.


Oxford House Shows Promise in Maintaining Sobriety. Community Psychology. Social Justice through Collaborative Research and Action. Leonard Jason, Carleigh Turner with Ashley Simons-Rudolph


CBS Chicago. Lisa Fielding. Dozens rally to bring attention to incurable disease.


Chicago Tribune. Matt Lindner. Can we really trust anyone anymore?


Mosaic. The Science of Life. Virginia Gewin. Fighting over fatigue.


Mosaic. The Science of Life. Virginia Gewin. How to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome.


DePaul Distinctions. Margaret Hoag. Radical Research


The Best Treatment For Drug Addicts Is Community. CJ Arlotta. Forbes 


Substance abuse recovery odds increase in a community setting.  Jon Cecero. DePaul News Releases.


Nature. Virginia Gewin. Medical research: Subject to reflection


Rochester Review. Maya Dukmasova. “A different type of group therapy”


Nature magazine. Sarah Reardon Chronic-Fatigue Syndrome Gets Controversial Redefinition An HHS panel recommends changing the condition's name to "systemic exertion intolerance disease"


New York Times. David Tuller. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Gets a New Name


America.Aljazeera.com  Natasha Sheriff  Institute of Medicine calls for renaming chronic fatigue syndrome


Narratively  Em DeMarco  The Brotherhood of Recovering Addicts  

New York Times. David Tuller. Brains of People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Offer Clues About Disorder


American Psychological Association’s Monitor: Beyond Tired: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome remains misunderstood and understudied. Psychologists are among those trying to change that


Buzzfeed. David Tuller. IACFS/ME San Francisco conference


Kent, England news story on the first OH in England


Portland Tribune story on OHs in Portland, Oregon 


Professional Links

American Psychological Association

Association for Psychological Science

Society for Community Research and Action

International Association for CFS/ME

Midwestern Psychological Association

DePaul Links

Psychology Department


Courses Previously Taught