Clinical Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

James E Maddux

James E Maddux

James E Maddux

Emeritus Faculty

Clinical Psychology: My major scholarly interest is the interface of social, clinical, and health psychology, which is concerned with the ways that theory and research from social psychology can help us understand psychological adjustment, psychological disorders, and health-related behavior.

I earned my Ph.D in clinical psychology (with a minor in social psychology from the University of Alabama in 1981. I am the former director of the clinical doctoral program at George Mason and former editor of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. For ten years I was a member of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards' Examination Committee, which is responsible for the Examination for the Practice of Professional Psychology used throughout the US and Canada as a requirement for licensure in psychology.

I am a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in the Divisions of General, Clinical, and Health Psychology and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. In 2007 I received the College of Humanities and Social Science's Celebration of Scholarship Award, and in 2008 I was named a University Professor. In September of 2013 I was appointed a Senior Scholar in George Mason University's Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.  

I was a Guest Professor in 2012 - 2013 at the Free University in Berlin, Germany and have been a guest lecturer at Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Austria. I am currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology at Klaipeda University in Lithuania, where for the past four years I have taught cognitive-behavioral therapy in their masters' program in counseling psychology and consulted on program development.

I retired from full-time employment at George Mason in May, 2011. My major professional activities since then have included lecturing, organizing and giving workshops, and teaching on evidence-based practice and supervision primarily in--but not limited to--the former communist bloc countries of Eastern Europe.  I also offer workshops on publishing in English-language psychology journals for psychologists for whom English is a second language. These activities have been funded by George Mason University, the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, the European Union via the Lithuanian Science Foundation, the Fulbright Specialist Program, the various universities I have visited, and my own wallet. All of this work is pro bono.  I believe very strongly in "giving psychology away." 

Another recent activity was organizing, along with Helena Marujo at the University of Lisbon, the first International Symposium on the Well-Being University that was held in Borba, Portugal in June of 2016--an event co-sponsored by Mason's Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and the Executive Master's Program in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Lisbon. We are now planning a larger international conference on the well-being university tentatively set for June of 2019.

I am also involved in planning a September 2017 conference on innovations in the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in conjunction with the Lithuanian Ministry of Health, which will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Finally, I am editing a volume tentatively titled Social Psychological Foundations of Well-Being and Life Satisfaction for the Psychology Press series on "Frontiers in Social Psychology," which should be published in 2017.

Selected Publications

Maddux, J.E., & Tangney, J. P. (Eds). (2010). Social psychological foundations of clinical psychology. New York: Guilford.

Maddux, J. E., & Volkmann, J. R. (2010). Self-efficacy and self-regulation. In R. Hoyle (Ed.), Handbook of personality and self-regulation. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Maddux, J.E., & Gosselin, J.T.(2012). Self-efficacy. In M. R. Leary & J. P. Tangney (Eds.), Handbook of self and identity (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford.

Maddux, J.E., Feldman, D. B., & Snyder, C.R. (2014). Promoting mental health and psychological well-being. In T. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds), Encyclopedia of primary prevention and health promotion(2nd ed.). New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

Maddux, J.E., & Dawson, K. (2014). Promoting physical fitness in adulthood: A focus on exercise. In T. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds), Encyclopedia of primary prevention and health promotion (2nd ed.). New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

Maddux J. E. (2014). Mental health and self-esteem. In W. C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall, & S. Quah (Eds.). Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior and Society. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Maddux, J. E., & Dawson, K. (2014).  Psychological models of exercise behavior:  How to reduce the information-intention-behavior gap.  In R. Gomes, R. Resende, & A. Albuquerque (Eds.), Positive human functioning from a multdimensional perspective. New York: Nova Science Publishers. 

Gelo, O. C. G., Vilei, A., Maddux, J. E., & Gennaro, A. (2015). Psychopathology as social construction: The case of anorexia nervosa. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 28 (2), 105-125.

Maddux, J.E., & Winstead, B.A. (Eds.) (2016). Psychopathology: Foundations for a contemporary understanding (4th edition.). New York: Routledge.

Maddux, J. E., & Kleiman, E. (2016). Self-efficacy. In A. Wood & J. Johnson (Eds.), Handbook of positive clinical psychology. New York: Wiley

Maddux, J. E. (2016). Toward a more positive clinical psychology: Deconstructing the illness ideology and psychiatric diagnosis. In A. Wood & J. Johnson (Eds.), Handbook of positive clinical psychology. New York: Wiley.

Gomes, A. R., Gonçalves, A. M., Maddux, J. E., & Carneiro, L. (2017). The intention-behavior gap: An empirical examination of an integrative perspective to explain exercise behavior. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 32(2), 167-172. 

Maddux, J. E. (in press). Forward. In S. J. Lopez, L. M. Edwards, & S. C. Marques (Eds.), Oxford handbook of positive psychology (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Maddux, J. E. (Ed.) (in preparation). Social psychological foundations of well-being and life satisfaction. New York: Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis.



B.A., University of Richmond (1976).

M.A., University of Alabama (1979)

Ph.D., University of Alabama (1981)

Recent Presentations


Maddux, J. E. (2013, July). Social psychological foundations of clinical psychology: Basic principles and applications. Invited address at Department of Psychology, Titu Maiorescu University, Bucharest, Romania.

Maddux, J. E. (2013, July). (Chair). The science of well-being: Evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents, and families. (Three-day workshop series.) Department of Psychology, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Maddux, J. E. (2015, August). The social psychology of clinical perception and judgment: The inconvenient truth. Invited keynote address (Division 8: Society of Personality and Social Psychology), Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association; Toronto, Canada.

 Maddux, J. E. (2015, July). Writing for and publishing in English-language psychology journals. Workshop presented at Summer Institute for Clinical Psychological Science, University of Porto, Portugal.

Saunders, S., & Maddux, J. E. (2015, July). Clinical supervision: Theory, research, and what we think we’ve learned form 50+ years of doing it. Workshop presented at Summer Institute for Clinical Psychological Science, University of Porto, Portugal.

Maddux, J. E. (2015, November). Clinical psychology in the United States: History, training models, and standards of practice. Invited lecture at Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Saunders, S., & Maddux, J. E. (2016, February). Clinical supervision: Theory, research, and what we think we’ve learned form 50+ years of doing it. One-day workshop presented at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.



Dissertations Supervised

Anne Marie Strauss, The Relationship Between Premarital Sexual History and Marital Satisfaction for Men (2011)