Dr. Catanzaro is the Associate Vice President for Academic Administration, Policy, and Faculty Affairs at Illinois State University, having been Assistant Vice President for Academic Administration since June 2011. Previously, he served
as Executive Associate Dean in the ISU College of Arts and Sciences. As Associate Vice President, he provides
leadership on academic personnel matters, including the Appointment, Salary,
Promotion, and Tenure (ASPT) system, sabbaticals, and related policies. He is responsible for professional development programming, strategic planning, and policy review/federal compliance for the Division of Academic Affairs. He also supervises Conference Services.
Dr. Catanzaro completed
the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of
Education in July 2014. He represented
Illinois State University at the American Council on Education’s convening on
Faculty Diversity in American Higher Education in April 2016. He is a member of the 2017-18 cohort of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, a partnership between Arizona State University and Georgetown University.
In 2008, Dr. Catanzaro was elected to the Board of Directors of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, an international organization dedicated to networking arts and sciences deans through professional development opportunities. As a member of CCAS, he pioneered the organization of poster sessions at the annual meeting to facilitate more presentation and informal discussion opportunities for member deans. While on the Board, Dr. Catanzaro contributed to an extensive strategic planning process and developed the idea of a Dean’s Knowledge Base as an on-line resource. Dr. Catanzaro was re-elected to the Board in 2010 and served until he was appointed Assistant Vice President at Illinois State University.
Dr. Catanzaro received his
BA in Psychology from La Salle University in 1982, and his PhD in Clinical
Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1988. He is a tenured Professor of Psychology,
having served on the ISU faculty since 1988.
His teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of
personality and clinical psychology. He
has most frequently taught courses in personality psychology, psychopathology,
and research methods. His primary line
of research investigates individual differences in the regulation of negative
mood states, with a particular focus on how people’s general beliefs about
their ability to do something to help themselves feel better when they feel
upset influence coping and adaptation. Dr. Catanzaro and his long-time colleague,
Dr. Jack Mearns, have developed a measure of these generalized expectancies
that has been used extensively in research around the world, having been translated
into German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, and Hebrew. Higher scores on this measure predict more
adaptive coping responses under stress, better performance under stress, quicker
recovery from negative moods, and fewer symptoms of emotional distress and ill
health. Increases in NMR expectancies early in psychotherapy are predictive of better outcomes for at least two conditions, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. More information is available at
Dr. Mearns’s Negative
Mood Regulation Research website.
Dr. Catanzaro is a Charter
Member and Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.