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Marco J. Mariotto, Ph.D.

Marco J Mariotto, PhD

Professor of Psychology (College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences)
Professor of Information and Logistics Technology (College of Technology)
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Heyne Building, Room 230

Biographical Summary

After obtaining his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and service in the U.S. Army, he spent several years on the faculty at Purdue University before coming to the University of Houston in 1979. At the University of Houston he was Chairman of the Department of Psychology from 1994 to 1999 and Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies from 1999 to 2010. His major scholarly interests are in the development, evaluation, and utilization of assessment and measurement procedures in clinical and health psychology. He has served on the editorial boards and as a consulting editor for the major journals in the assessment and mental health area and has authored more than 100 papers and publications as well as being the recipient of multiple grants from federal, state and foundation sources. Besides his academic and administrative appointments, he has been a clinical and research consultant to federal, state and local health and mental health agencies as well as a consultant expert to legal organizations and firms. He was in private practice in clinical and forensic psychology for over 35 years and holds several clinical practice Board Diplomates.

Research Interests

  • Clinical assessment and measurement
  • Observational measurement
  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Decision Theory
  • Forensic Psychology


  • Undergraduate: Tests and Assessment
  • Graduate: Clinical Assessment, Forensic Psychology

Representative Publications

Mariotto, M. J., Paul, G. L., & Licht M. H. (2002). Assessment in inpatient and residential settings. In J. N. Butcher (Ed.). Clinical personality assessment: Practical approaches. 2nd Ed., 466-490. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Mariotto, M.J. & Paul, G.L. (1984). The utility of assessment for different purposes. In M. Mirabi (Ed.), The chronically mentally ill: Research and services. New York: S.P. Medical and Scientific Books, 73-82.

Czyzewski, D. I., Mariotto, M.J., Bartholomew, L.K., LeCompte, S. L., & Sockrider, M.M. (1994). Measurement of quality of well-being in a child and adolescent cystic fibrosis population. Medical Care, 32(9), 965-972.

Farrell, A.D. & Mariotto, M.J. (1982). A multimethod validation of two psychiatric rating scales. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 50, 273-280.

Lindsey, K.L., Paul, G. L. & Mariotto, M.J. (1989). Urban psychiatric commitments: Disability and dangerous behavior of black and white recent admissions. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 40, 286-294.

Mariotto, M.J. (1979). Observational assessment systems use in basic and applied research. Journal of Behavioral Assessment, 1, 239-250.

Mariotto, M.J. (1978). Interaction of person and situation effects for chronic mental patients; a two-year followup. (1978). Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 87, 676-679.

Mariotto, M.J. & Paul, G.L. (1975). Persons versus situations in the real-life functioning of chronically institutionalized mental patients. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 84, 483-493. The above article reprinted in Franks, C.M. & Wilson, G.T. (Eds.). (1976). Annual Review of Behavior Therapy: Theory and Practice.

Curran, J.P. & Mariotto, M.J. (1980). A conceptual structure for the assessment of social skills. In M. Hersen, R.M. Eisler, & P. Miller (Eds.), Progress in behavior modification, Vol. 10, New York: Academic Press, 1-37.