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John E. Calamari, PhD


John E. Calamari is a Professor of Psychology. He obtained his PhD 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 psychology department in 1994.

Dr. Calamari will not be accepting students for the 2022/2023 academic year.

Research Program

Dr. Calamari's research program focuses on the identification of risk factors for the development of anxiety and fear related conditions, and for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and OCD-related disorders. Studies focus on the evaluation of condition-related cognition, cognitive processing, and cognitive functioning differences and how these differences might function as mechanisms responsible for symptom development over time. Recent studies have focused on these issues in older adults, a significantly understudied age group.

Research Lab

Current Graduate Students:

  Robert Banty, M.A.
  Gregory Dams, M.S.
Greg is a fourth-year student in the PhD program. His research interests include cognitive risk factors for anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and advances in mixture modeling methods. This year, Greg is completing a clinical practicum at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he is practicing outpatient therapy and health and behavior consultation. In his free time, Greg enjoys playing tabletop games and training his dog Tito.
  Adam Mathy, M.S.
Amanda Messerlie, M.S.
Amanda Messerlie is a second year PhD student in Dr. Calamari's lab. Her research interests include cognitive dysfunction in obsessive-compulsive disorder and comorbidities of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Amanda is currently completing a practicum in adult neuropsychological assessment at NorthShore University Health System. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her husband and their rescue dogs.
  Megan Shambaugh
  Sibel Sarac

Recent Lab Alumni:

  • Brandon DeJong, PhD
  • Katherine Derbyshire, PhD
  • Kathleen Long, PhD
  • Ashley Makulowich, PhD
  • Noelle Pontarelli, PhD
  • Caroline Prouvost, PhD
  • Jami Socha, PhD
  • Chelsey M. Wilkes, PhD

Select publications and presentations

*Dams, G., Calamari, J. E., Rector, N. A., & Riemann, B. C. (2020). Identification of Belief- Based Subtypes in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder using Latent Profile Analysis. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 26,100555

Longley, S. L., Holm-Denoma, J., Allan, N., Calamari, J. E., Armstrong, K. M., Wainwright, A., & Hasan, N. (2019). A Quantitative Study of Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Latent Structure and Correlates. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 21,82-90.

Norman, A. L., Woodard, J. L., Calamari. J. E., Pontarelli, N., Socha, J., DeJong, B., & Armstrong, K. M. (2018). The Fear of Alzheimer’s Disease: Effects on Subjective and Objective Memory. Aging and Mental Health. Advance online publication.

*Prouvost C., Calamari, J. E., & Woodard, J. W. (2016). Cognitive Self-Consciousness: The Link between Cognitive Functioning and Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms in Older Adults? Behaviour Research and Therapy, 85, 23- 32.

Calamari, J. E., & Dams, G. M. (in press). Phenomenology and epidemiology of obsessive compulsive disorder. In D. F. Tolin (Ed.), Oxford handbook of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. New York: NY. Oxford University Press. [Manuscript submitted for publication.]

Calamari, J. E., Carmin, C. N., Messerlie, A., & Sarac, S. (2020). Obsessive-Compulsive and  Related Disorders in Older Adults. In D. F. Tolin (Ed.), Oxford handbook of obsessive- compulsive and related disorders. New York: NY. Oxford University Press. [Manuscript submitted for publication.]

Calamari, J. E., Wilkes, C. M., & Prouvost C. (2017). The Nature and Management of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the Obsessive Compulsive Related Disorders Experienced by Older Adults. In J. Abramowitz, D. McKay and E. Storch (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders, Volume 2. (pp. 1097 – 1118). New York, NY: Wiley.

* Studies conducted in Dr. Calamari’s laboratory


Invited Presentations

Calamari, J. E. (2020, April). Uncontrollable Worry in Worrisome Times: Conceptualization and  Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Presentation to the Allendale Association,  Lake Villa, Illinois.

Calamari, J. E. (2019, May). Hoarding Disorder, Its Nature, and Its Impact on Older Adults Presentation to Kenosha Human Development Services, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Presentations (*theses, dissertations, or other work supervised and conducted in my laboratory)

Longley, S., Calamari, J. E., & Sarac, S. (under review). Internalizing Syndromes Include  Body-Image Disturbance Syndromes. Poster submitted for presentation at the 54th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sarac, S., Calamari, J. E., & Woodard, J. W. Subjective Memory Complaints in Cognitively Healthy Older Adults: Psychological, Physical, and Demographic Correlates. Poster presented at the 40th Annual Conference of the Anxiety Disorder Association of America, San Antonia, Texas.

Rosenblatt, N. J., Duncan, J. C., Kent, J. A., Schneider, K., Calamari, J. E., Henderson, R., Reddin, C., Stachowiak, A., Major, M. (2020, March). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy  with Physical Therapy to Address Balance Confidence Following Transtibial  Amputation. Symposium presentation 46th Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, Chicago, Illinois.