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John E. Calamari, PhD

Professor and Chair

John E. Calamari is a Professor of Psychology and serves as the department chair. He obtained his Ph.D. in psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and completed clinical psychology respecialization training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in the late nineteen eighties and a clinical psychology internship at the North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Calamari is Board Certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is licensed to practice clinical psychology in Illinois and Wisconsin. He joined RFUMS in 1994.

Research

Dr. Calamari's research interests focus on cognitive risk factors for the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders. Current interests include the identification of risk factors for anxiety problems in older adults, and the development and validation of OCD subtype taxonomies.

Graduate Student Involvement

Current Students

  • Brandon DeJong, M.S., is an advanced doctoral student in John Calamari's lab. His clinical training has focused on the use of cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He has completed clinical training in private practice settings, university clinics, and outpatient behavioral health hospitals. His research foci include successful aging in older adults and the cognitive and behavioral phenomenology of hoarding. He is currently on internship at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, and working with several populations: adults with primary depression diagnoses as well as individuals of all ages with chemical dependency.
  • Noelle Pontarelli, M.S. is an advanced doctoral candidate at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science working in the lab of Dr. John Calamari. She received her M.S. in clinical psychology from Rosalind Franklin University. A native Chicagoan, Noelle graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with B.A.s in psychology and English literature. Since beginning graduate school at Rosalind Franklin, she has received clinical training in a variety of settings in the Chicagoland area, culminating in the completion of her predoctoral internship at Regional Mental Health Center, a community mental health center serving Northwest Indiana. Her research interests include understanding obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptom motivation in adolescents (i.e. “just right” feelings, metacognition, dysfunctional beliefs, and harm avoidance), and her dissertation examines the phenomenology of OCD with pediatric onset. Noelle is currently a clinical fellow at the Pediatric Consultation Center, a private pediatric neuropsychology practice located in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
  • Kathleen Long, M.S. is a seventh year doctoral candidate in the psychopathology tract. She completed her under graduate training in 2009 and received a B.S. in psychology with a minor in neuroscience. Her research and clinical interests are focused on anxiety disorders, and more specifically obsessive-compulsive disorder and the related problem, compulsive hoarding.
  • Chelsey M. Wilkes, M.S. is currently a 6th year clinical psychology doctoral student. Her main interests are in anxiety disorders research investigating cognitive risk factors (e.g., anxiety sensitivity) for the development of late-life anxiety symptoms and disorders. She is presently developing a dissertation study, which will examine the relationship between executive functioning and anxiety symptom and disorder development in older adults. Chelsey has collaborated with other lab members on several projects, posters, and manuscripts. Chelsey is originally from upstate New York and graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and social sciences.
  • Caroline Prouvost, M.S. is currently a 5th year clinical psychology doctoral student. Caroline has collaborated with other lab members on several projects, posters, and manuscripts. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego.
  • Ashley Makulowich is a 4th year clinical psychology doctoral student in the Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Treatment and Research Program Laboratory. Her research and clinical interests include risk factors for the development of anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and related disorders, as well as the prevention and treatment of these conditions. In 2013, she received the Franklin Fellowship to develop interprofessionally led psychoeducational support groups at the Rosalind Franklin University Interprofessional Community Clinic (ICC). She also helped to develop and implement the psychology program at the ICC and is a member of the panel.
  • Katherine Derbyshire Katie Derbyshire is a 2nd year clinical psychology doctoral student. She graduated from the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities with a B.S. in psychology and spent two years between undergrad and grad school working at the University of Chicago as a psychiatric research specialist. Her research and clinical interests include risk factors, development and treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, and impulse control disorders (e.g., trichotillomania, excoriation disorder, ect.). She also works closely with the Interprofessional Community Clinic (ICC) as an executive officer of research and is currently the treasurer/secretary of GASP.
  • Robert Banty is a 1st year clinical psychology doctoral student
  • Adam Mathy is a 1st year clinical psychology doctoral student

Lab Alumni

  • A native Midwesterner, Jami Socha, M.S., PhD spent several years in New York City working as a research assistant in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University. During that time she developed a passion for studying the phenomenology and treatment of anxiety disorders. Since coming to Rosalind Franklin University, she has received clinical training in a variety of settings in the Chicagoland area, including a private practice outpatient clinic, a forensic facility, a community mental health center, and a university medical center. Her research interests include: understanding and identifying differences in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptom motivation (i.e. “just right” feelings vs. harm avoidance); factors influencing adherence to empirically-supported treatments for OCD; and the relationship between family functioning and anxiety disorder symptoms. Her dissertation examines metacognitive experiences in OCD. Jami is currently a predoctoral intern at the Institute for Human Adjustment at the University of Michigan.

Publications

  • Prouvost, C., Calamari, J. E., & Woodard, J. L. (2016). Does cognitive self-consciousness link older adults' cognitive functioning to obsessive-compulsive symptoms?. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 85, 23-32. Full text pdf
  • Calamari, J. E., Woodard, J. L., Armstrong, K. M., Molino, A., Pontarelli, N. K., Socha, J., & Longley, S. L. (2014). Assessing older adults◊≥ Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder symptoms: Psychometric characteristics of the Obsessive Compulsive Inventory-Revised. Journal of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, 3(2), 124-131.
  • Longley, S. L., Calamari, J. E., Noyes, R., Meyers, K., & McDowell, E. (2014). Health Anxiety (hypochondriasis): An Emotional Disorder in an Alternate Taxonomy. Current Psychiatry Reviews. Full text pdf
  • McKay, D., Crowe, K. B., Abramowitz, J. S., Conelea, C. A., Calamari, J. E., Sica, C. (2014). The sense of incompleteness as a motivator of Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms: An empirical analysis of concepts and correlates. Behavior Therapy, 45, 254–262.
  • Wilkes, C. M., Wilson, H. W., Woodard, J. L., & Calamari, J. E. (2013). Do Negative Affect Characteristics and Subjective Memory Concerns Increase Risk for Late Life Anxiety? Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 608-618.
  • Calamari, J. E., Pontarelli, N. K., BS; Armstrong, K. M., Salstrom, S. A. (2012). Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Late-Life. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19, 136-150.
  • Calamari, J. E., Chik, H.M., Pontarelli, N.K. & DeJong, B. (2012). Phenomenology and epidemiology of obsessive compulsive disorder. In G. Steketee (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders (pp. 11-47). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Carmin, C. N., Calamari, J. E., & Ownby, R. L. (2012). OCD and Spectrum Conditions in Older Adults. In G. Steketee (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders (pp. 453-468). New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press.
  • Calamari, J. E., Pontarelli, N. K., Armstrong, K. M., Salstrom, S. A. (2012). Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Late-Life. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19, 136-150.
  • Chik, H. M., Calamari, J. E., Rector, N. A., & Riemann, B. C. (2010). What do low beliefs obsessive-compulsive disorder subgroups believe? Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 837.
  • Longley, S. L., Broman-Fulks, J., Calamari, J. E., Noyes, R., & Wade, M. (2010). Taxometric Study of Hypochondriasis Tendencies. Behavior Therapy, 41, 505-514.
  • Longley, S. L., Calamari, J. E., Wu, K., & Wade, M. (2010). Anxiety as a context for understanding hypochondriasis, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety sensitivity symptoms. Behavior Therapy, 41, 461-474.
  • Calamari, J. E., Rector, N. A., Woodard, J. L., Cohen, R. J., & Chik, H. M. (2008). Anxiety sensitivity and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Assessment, 15, 351- 363.
  • Dux, M. C., Woodard, J. L., Calamari, J. E., Messina, M., Arora, S., Chik, H. M., & Pontarelli, N. K. (2008). The Moderating Role of Negative Affect on Objective Memory Performance and Subjective Memory Complaints. The Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14, 327-336.
  • Norberg, M. M., Calamari, J. E., Cohen, R. J., & Riemann, B. C. (2008). Quality of Life in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: An Evaluation of Impairment and a Preliminary Analysis of the Ameliorating Effects of Treatment. Depression and Anxiety, 25, 248-259
  • Goldman, B. L., Martin, E. D., Calamari, J. E., Woodard, J. L., Chik, H. M., Messina, M. G., Pontarelli, N. K., Marker, C. D., Riemann, B. C., & Wiegartz, P. S. (2008). Implicit Learning, Thought Focused Attention and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Replication and Extension. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 48-61.