Jack D. Maser, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
3350 La Jolla Villa Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
Phone #: 858-642-1248
FAX #: 858-642-6442
E-MAIL: Jmaser@VApop.UCSD.edu

Dr. Maser received his doctorate from Temple University in 1969 and accepted an Assistant Professorship at Tulane University in the Department of Psychology. There he taught physiological psychology, neuroscience and other courses as needed by the department. In 1975 he accepted an offer from the National Institute of Mental Health, and for the next 24 years, worked in both review and program components. While at the NIMH Dr. Maser’s interests shifted to clinical issues and he began publishing papers and books focused on anxiety and other clinical problems. In 1999 he retired from the federal government to accept an offer from UCSD. 

Research Focus 
His primary responsibility is to work with faculty and students to obtain extramural research funding. Twenty-four years experience at NIMH provides the background for his expertise. He also collaborates with researchers conducting a 22-year follow-up of depressed patients, and he has research projects in conjunction with the Psychiatry Department in Pisa, Italy. The research in Italy addresses a spectrum concept of psychopathology, as opposed to the DSM-IV’s categorized format. The spectrum project involves clinical investigators in the USA and Italy. In addition to the diagnostic criteria of DSM-IV, the group studies subthreshold conditions, non-criterion symptoms, and long-term traits. 

Selected Publications 

  • Maser, J.D., Patterson, T. (2002). Spectrum concepts and DSM-IV: Contrasts and Implications for DSM-V. Psychiatric Clinics of North America 25 (4), 855-885.
  • Maser, J. D., Akiskal, H. S. Zeller, P., Scheftner, W., Mueller, T., Endicott, J., Solomon, D., Clayton, P. (2002). Can Temperament Identify Depressives Who Complete or Seriously Attempt Suicide: A 14-Year Prospective Study? Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 32 (1), 10-32.
  • Rucci, P., Maser, J.D. (2000). Instrument development in the Italy-USA collaborative spectrum project. Epidemiologia e Psichiatria Sociale 4, 249-256.
  • Judd, L. L., Akiskal, H. S., Maser, J. D., Zeller, P., Endicott, J., Coryell, W., Paulus, M.P., Kunovac, J. L., Leon, A.C., Mueller, T.I., Rice, J.A., Keller, M.B. (1998). A prospective 12-year study of subsyndromal and syndromal depressive symptoms in unipolar major depressive disorders. Archives of General Psychiatry 55 (8), 694-700.
  • Akiskal, H. S., Maser, J. D., Zeller, P., Endicott, J., Coryell, W., Keller, M., Warshaw, M., Clayton, P., Goodwin, F. (1995). Switching from unipolar to bipolar II: An 11-year prospective study of clinical and temperamental predictors in 559 depressed patients. Archives of General Psychiatry 52 (2), 114-123.


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