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John E. Calamari, PhD


John E. Calamari is a Professor of Psychology. 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.

Dr. Calamari will not be accepting students for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Research Program

Dr. Calamari's research program has broadly 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.
  Katherine Derbyshire, M.S.
  Adam Mathy, M.S.
Amanda Messerlie, M.S.
Amanda Messerlie is a first year PhD student in Dr. Calamari's lab. Her research interests include comorbidities of obsessive-compulsive disorder and the use of narrative exposure therapy in groups with complex and multiple trauma. This year, Amanda is completing a clinical practicum at both Head Start and Youth Build of Lake County, where she works with pre-school children and at risk emerging adults. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her husband and their rescue dogs.
  Sibel Sarac
Elaine Schultz
Elaine is a 4th year student in the PhD program. Her research interests include evaluating changes in emotional functioning seen among individuals with traumatic brain injury, stroke, or other brain damage, as well as how personality characteristics influence treatment outcomes. This year, she is completing a clinical practicum at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly RIC) where she works with an interdisciplinary team to provide comprehensive psychological care in the form of neuropsychological assessment and brief psychotherapeutic intervention to patients in a rehabilitation setting. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and spending time with friends and family.
  Megan Shambaugh
  Benjamin Taour


  • Brandon DeJong, Ph.D. 
  • Noelle Pontarelli, Ph.D. 
  • Kathleen Long, Ph.D.
  • Chelsey M. Wilkes, Ph.D.
  • Caroline Prouvost, Ph.D. 
  • Ashley Makulowich, Ph.D.
  • Jami Socha, Ph.D.
  • David Charles, Ph.D.

Select publications and presentations

* Studies conducted in Dr. Calamari’s laboratory

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.

*Armstrong, K. M., & Calamari, J. E. (2018, November). Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Metacognition in a College Population. Poster presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC.

*Dams, G., Calamari, J. E., Rector, N. A., & Riemann, B. C. (2018, November). Identification of Belief-Based Subtypes in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder using Latent Profile Analysis. Poster presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC.

*Mathy, A., Gerfen-Milligan, J. K., DeJong, B., & Calamari, J. E. (2018, November). The Relationships between Age, Hoarding Symptoms, and Implicit Procedural Learning. Poster presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC.

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.

Longley, S. L., Miller, S. A., Broman-Fulks, J., Calamari, J. E., Holm-Denoma, J. M., & Meyers, K. (2017). Taxometric analyses of higher-order personality domains. Personality and Individual Differences, 108, 207- 219.

*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., Woodard, J. L., Armstrong, K. M., Molino, A. Pontarelli, N. K., & Socha J. (2014). Assessing Older Adults’ Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Symptoms: Psychometric Characteristics of the Obsessive Compulsive Inventory-Revised. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3, 124-131

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.