Paul L. DeVito, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Paul L. DeVito, Associate Provost, Executive Director of the Early Responders Distance Learning Center (ERDLC) and Professor of Psychology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, is an experimental psychologist with research interests in the area of learning, motivation, risk communication and the psychological consequences of terrorism and natural disasters. Dr. DeVito, who served as chairperson of the psychology department from 1988-2003, received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Pittsburgh and he is the author of over 40 articles, chapters and research presentations. Dr DeVito recently published a graduate/trade-level textbook titled, Psychotherapy and Cognition (Springer, coauthored with Drs. Arthur Freeman, Michael Mahoney, and Donna Martin) and his most recent publication, The Secure Food Chain, was published in the 2005 winter edition of Homeland Science and Technology: US Food Solutions. During his 25+ year tenure at Saint Joseph's University, Dr. DeVito has received merit awards for teaching, scholarship, and service and he is the recipient of numerous extramural grants and contracts totaling over $11 million. Dr. DeVito also has extensive experience as a media spokesperson in discussing the psychological consequences of terrorism and natural disasters including several nationally broadcast appearances during the 9/11 and 2001 anthrax crises.
Faculty Expert Profile
Expertise: The Psychology of Terrorism