Patricia Marten DiBartolo

Associate Dean of the Faculty; Dean for Academic Development; Caroline L. Wall ’27 Professor of Psychology

Patty DiBartolo

Contact & Office Hours

No formal office hours, but students can contact Patty Tran to schedule an appointment.

College Hall 206



Ph.D., M.A., State University of New York at Albany

A.B., Smith College


Patricia DiBartolo teaches several courses, including clinical psychology, developmental psychopathology, advanced research methods, and child and adolescent anxiety disorders. In 2008, she was the recipient of Smith’s Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

DiBartolo has longstanding research interests in investigating the phenomenology of perfectionism and its clinical correlates, especially anxiety, in both adult and youth samples. More recently, her research interests have expanded to include teaching and learning about the scientific method. She has published three books and 40 articles and chapters on these topics.

Currently serving as associate dean of the faculty/dean for academic development, DiBartolo works with the faculty to shape the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and to advance their professional development through all stages of their careers. She previously served as faculty director of the sciences and as program director for the college’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant to support transforming pedagogy through early course-based research experiences.

Selected Publications

Burgess, A.M., DiBartolo, P.M., & Rendón, M.J. (in press). Can the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale assess perfeccionismo? Psychological Assessment.

Katz, L.A., Aloisio, K.M., Horton, N.J., Ly, M., Pruss, S., Queeney, K., Rowen, C., & DiBartolo, P.M. (2017). A program aimed toward inclusive excellence for underrepresented undergraduate women in the sciences. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 16:ar11, 1-9. doi: 10.1187/cbe.16-01-0029.

DiBartolo, P.M., Gregg-Jolly, L., Gross, D., Manduca, C., Iverson, E., Cooke, D., Davis, G.K., Davidson, C., Hertz, P.E., Hibbard, L., Ireland, S.K., Mader, C., Pai, A., Raps, S., Siwicki, K., & Swartz, J.E. (2016). Principles and practices fostering inclusive excellence: Lessons from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Capstone Institutions. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 15:ar44, 1-11. doi: 10.1187/cbe.16-01-0028.

Burgess, A. & DiBartolo, P.M. (2015). Anxiety and perfectionism: Relationships and mechanisms. In F. Sirois & D. Molnar (Eds.), Perfectionism, health, and well-being (pp. 177-203). New York: Springer.

Hofmann, S.G., & DiBartolo, P.M.  (Eds.). (2014). Social anxiety: Clinical, developmental, and social perspectives (3rd ed.). Waltham, MA: Academic Press/Elsevier.

Rudnitsky, A., Ellis, G., DiBartolo, P.M., & Shea, K. (2013). Developing a faculty learning community grounded in the science of how people learn: A year-long, faculty-led teaching and learning seminar.  In Groccia, J.E., & Cruz, L. (Eds.), To improve the academy: Resources for faculty, instructional, and organizational development, Vol. 32 (pp. 127-143). Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.

DiBartolo, P.M., & Rendón, M.J. (2012). A critical examination of the construct of perfectionism and its relationship to mental health in Asian and African Americans using a cross-cultural framework. Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 139-152. 

DiBartolo, P.M., & Varner, S.P.  (2012). How children’s cognitive and affective responses to a novel task relate to the dimensions of perfectionism. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, 30, 62-76.

Albano, A.M., & DiBartolo, P.M.  (2007). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for social phobia in adolescents: Stand up, speak out—Therapist guide. New York: Oxford University Press.—Also translated and published in Korean (2013).

Albano, A.M., & DiBartolo, P.M.  (2007). Stand up, speak out: Youth workbook. New York: Oxford University Press.

DiBartolo, P.M., Frost, R.O., Dixon, A., & Almodovar, S. (2001). Can cognitive restructuring inoculate against perfectionistic concerns? Behavior Therapy, 32, 167-184.           

Hofmann, S.G., & DiBartolo, P.M. (2000). An instrument to assess self-statements during public speaking:  Scale development and preliminary psychometric data. Behavior Therapy, 31, 499-515.

Frost, R.O., & Marten, P.A. (1990). Perfectionism and evaluative threat. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 14, 559-572.

Frost, R.O., Marten, P.A., Lahart, C., & Rosenblate, R. (1990). The dimensions of perfectionism. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 14, 449-468.


When the Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

The dark underbelly of perfectionism and its crippling side effects can take a significant toll on the human mind, says Smith psychology professor Patricia DiBartolo.

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