James McCullough, Ph.D., in front of a grey screen

James McCullough, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor

(804) 740-7646

Clinical Psychology




  • Ph.D.: University of Georgia, 1970

Research Interests

Dr. James McCullough trained and supervised psychotherapists in VCU's Clinical Psychology Program, in the United States and abroad to treat the persistently (chronically) depressed patient. McCullough served as Principal Investigator in four multi-site clinical trials enrolling over 2,200 chronically depressed outpatients. Major interests include psychotherapy research with CBASP and secondly, conducting diagnostic research with DSM-5 Persistent Depressive Disorder (chronic depressive) unipolar patients. McCullough was a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia

Select Publications

  • McCullough, Jr., J. P., & Clark, S. W. (2017). Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) and its treatment. In D. McKay, J. S. Abramowitz, & E. A. Storch (Eds.), Treatments for psychological problems and syndromes (pp. 153-167). Chichester, UK: Wiley.
  • McCullough, Jr., J. P., & Clark, S. W. (2017). Cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology (Vol. 7). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. pp. 722-725.
  • McCullough, Jr., J. P., Clark, S. W., Klein, D. N. & First, M. B. (2016). A procedure to graph the quality of psychosocial functioning affected by symptom severity. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 70, 222-231.
  • McCullough, Jr., J. P., Clark, S. W., Klein, D. N. & First, M. B. (2016). Introducing a clinical course graphing scale for DSM-5 mood disorders. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 70, 383-392.
  • McCullough, Jr., J. P., Schramm, E., & Penberthy, J. K. (2015). CBASP as a distinctive treatment of Persistent Depressive Disorder: CBT distinctive feature series. London: Routledge Press.


  • Abnormal Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Clinical Practicum, graduate level
  • Psychopathology, graduate level


  • Fellow, American Psychological Association (Division 12: Clinical Psychology, Division 29: Psychotherapy)


  • College of Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Scholar Award, 2006