Professor- Clinical
Director of Psychological Services041608_Catherine_Panzarella_001
Psychological Services Center
4th Floor, 1509 Cecil B Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19121


Dr. Panzarella is a clinical psychologist who is dedicated to improving quality and effectiveness of services in the public sector and training future clinicians. Since receiving her doctorate in 1995, Dr. Panzarella has worked as a faculty member teaching in three doctoral programs and directing a masters program in clinical psychology. During the past decade, Dr. Panzarella has worked at the senior management level in public behavioral health services for the City of Philadelphia and the largest Mental Health Association affiliate in the Unites States covering four counties in southeastern Pennsylvania. Her previous research is on social support as a protective factor in risk for depression and her clinical interests emphasize empirically informed interventions for high-risk populations and the integration of clinical and peer models. Dr. Panzarella has over a dozen peer reviewed publications and over 20 conference presentations to her credit.

Dr. Panzarella is a diplomate and founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy since 1999 after training in cognitive therapy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Therapy and the Beck Institute in Bala Cynwyd.

Dr. Panzarella’s efforts to improve behavioral health services in Pennsylvania include serving as an Examiner for the City of Philadelphia Psychologist exam for civil servants, s on state level committees to determine performance-based contracting benchmarks for mental health & addictions services, as a team leader for writing a Call to Action to Philadelphia’s Office of Behavioral Health and for a task force to voice needs of homeless families in Philadelphia. She also served on Mayor Street’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Children’s Behavioral Health Work Group on High Risk Children and on the subsequent Philadelphia Compact Council of Advocates, a cooperative effort between executive, legislative and judicial branches of City government to improve behavioral health services for children.

Dr. Panzarella has also been active in developing peer services in behavioral health. She oversaw the development, implementation and evaluation of family and youth advocacy services in four counties of Southeastern Pennsylvania. She has been a team leader for the development of a new approach to the evaluation of children and adolescent behavioral health services by peers—a multi-method/multi-informant approach using an Appreciative Inquiry paradigm. She has also been a leader in bringing peer services to the Juvenile Justice System including the presence of peer advocates at Family Court in Philadelphia and a Youth Advocate in three Central Pennsylvania Youth Development Centers.

Currently, Dr. Panzarella directs the Psychological Services Center at Temple University which focuses on training clinical psychology doctoral students in therapy and assessment while providing low cost psychological services for the local community in north Philadelphia.

Selected Publications

  • Faith, J., Spencer, R., Panzarella, C., Williams, C., Covone, M. & Brewer, J. (2010). Use of performance-based contracting to improve effective use of resources for publicly funded residential services. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 37(3), 400-.
  • Dobkin, R.D., Allen, L.A., Alloy, L.B., Menza, M., Gara. M., & Panzarella, C. (2007). Adaptive inferential partner training for depression: A pilot study. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 14(4), 350-363.
  • Dobkin, R.D., Panzarella, C., Cascardi, M., Truesdell, K. & Alloy, L.B. (2007). The Social Feedback Questionnaire: A new measure for assessing a pernicious social risk factor for depression. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 24(5), 765-780.
  • Hughes, M.E., Panzarella, C., Alloy, L.G., Abramson, L.Y. (2007). A cognitive perspective on mental illness and mental health. In F.T. Durso, R.S. Nickerson, S. Dumais, D.S. Lewandowsky, & T. Perfect (Eds.) Handbook of Applied Cognition (2nd ed., pp. 629-658). New York: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • Panzarella, C., & Alloy, L.B., Whitehouse, W.G. (2006). Expanded hopelessness theory of depression: On the mechanisms by which social support protects against depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research,, 30, 307-333.