Clinical Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jerome Short

Jerome Short

Jerome Short

Associate Professor

developing and evaluating mental health promotion programs for college students and older adults; social support; substance abuse prevention; and mental health policy

Professor Short is a licensed clinical psychologist and conducts research on the prevention of psychological disorders and the promotion of mental health for adolescents, college students, and older adults. He has written a book entitled Psychological Fitness that describes cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and interpersonal exercises to improve mental health and decrease psychological symptoms.

He has taught more than 165 course sections to more than 3,000 students during the past 27 years at GMU. He has chaired 22 completed dissertations by his doctoral student advisees. His courses focus on understanding, assessing, treating, and preventing psychological disorders. He formerly served as the Director of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program and prior to that was the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in Psychology.

He is currently maintaining a list of doctoral externships in Clinical Psychology for the Washington, DC area.

Current Research

Evaluation of a Psychological Fitness Intervention for College Students and Older Adults. Aim: Conduct and evaluate a 3-hour experimental intervention that teaches cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and emotion-focused exercises to adults in college or a retirement community.

Daily Experience Sampling of College Students' Health Behaviors, Self-Perceptions, Mood, and Life Satisfaction. Aim: Understand daily patterns of health behaviors and psychological well-being over 5 weeks.

Predictors of Help-seeking by College Students. Aim: Understand facilitators and barriers to help-seeking.

Meta-analysis of Brief Positive Psychological Interventions as a Supplement to Psychotherapy. Aim: Understand the relative value of positive interventions for those treated for psychological disorders.

His current doctoral student advisees are: Jason Feinberg and Diane Lameira.

Selected Publications

*Denotes students under my supervision.

*Disabato, D. J., Kashdan, T. B., Short, J. L., & Jarden, A. (2017). What predicts positive life events that influence the course of depression? A longitudinal examination of gratitude and meaning in life. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 41(3), 444-458.

*Disabato, D. J., Goodman, F. R., Kashdan, T. B., Short, J .L., & Jarden, A. (2016). Different types of well-being? A cross-cultural examination of hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. Psychological Assessment, 28(5), 471-482.

*Machell, K.A., Kashdan, T.B., Short, J.L., & Nezlek, J.B. (2015). Relationships between meaning in life, social and achievement events, and positive and negative affect in daily life. Journal of Personality, 83(3), 287-298.

*Wagner, D.C., & Short, J.L. (2014). Longitudinal predictors of self-rated health and mortality in older adults. Preventing Chronic Disease, 11:130241, 1-8.

*Erb, S.E., Renshaw, K.D., Short, J.L., & Pollard, J.W. (2014). The importance of college roommate relationships: A review and systemic conceptualization. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 51(1), 43-55.

Short, J.L. (2012). Psychological fitness for older adults: A pilot intervention. Seniors Housing & Care Journal, 20(1), 71-84.

Courses Taught

PSYC 321 - Clinical Psychology

PSYC 325 - Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 408 - Psychological Fitness

PSYC 417 - Science of Well Being

PSYC 810 - Psychological Assessment I

PSYC 811 - Psychological Assessment II

PSYC 881 - Practicum in Clinical Psychology


Ph.D., Arizona State University

Recent Presentations

Short, J.L. (2016, October). Memory, mood, mild activity, and longevity. Greenspring Village; Address to Residents and Staff of a Retirement Community, Springfield, VA.

Short, J.L. (2015, October). Ten advantages of aging for psychological health. GMU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Fairfax, VA.

Short, J.L. (2015, June). Practicing life boosting skills. Greenspring Village; Workshop for Residents of a Retirement Community, Springfield, VA.

Short, J.L. (2014, October)Ten advantages of aging for psychological health. GMU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Sterling, VA. 

Short, J.L.  (2013, April). Practicing a healthy mindfulness. Greenspring Village; Address to Residents and Staff of a Retirement Community, Springfield, VA.

Short, J.L.  (2012, May). Brief evidence based psychotherapy for palliative care. Capital Caring; Address to Hospice Social Workers and Counselors, Falls Church, VA.

Short, J.L.  (2012, January). Psychological fitness. Fairfax County Public Schools; Address to School Psychologists and Social Workers, Fairfax, VA. 

In the Media

The Psychology of Color. The Connection Newspapers. September 11, 2017.

Finding the Right Mentor. The Connection Newspapers. June 21, 2017.

Depression and Loneliness in Older Adults. Aging Right at Home TV program. Fairfax Public Access-TV-10. March 21, 2017. Website: Youtube video link:

Holiday Grief. The Connection Newspapers. December 19, 2016.

Additional Factors Impede Efforts to Quit Smoking. The Connection Newspapers. November 14, 2016.

Create a Back-to-School Gameplan. The Connection Newspapers. August 16, 2016.

The Many Benefits of Attending College Reunions, by Reunion Year. Quartz. May 15, 2016.


Dissertations Supervised

Lucy Buchholz Leibowitz, The Influence of Daily Hassles, Maternal Attributions, Optimism, and Child Symptoms on the Mental Health of Mothers of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (2013)

Sarah Elizabeth Erb, The Role of Roommate Relationships and Family of Origin Functioning in Students’ Mental Health and College Adjustment Outcomes (2013)

Kyla Machell, Adolescent Well-Being: The Role of Life Events and Grit (2016)

Diane Wagner, The Role of Negative Cognitions in Depression, Functional Limitations, and Activity: A National Longitudinal Study of Older Adults (2015)