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Faculty & Staff

The Department of Psychology has 20 full-time faculty members who are active teachers, scholars, and mentors. Click here to see the faculty office hours.


Faculty Profiles

Dr. Jessica Barnack-Tavlaris

(Assistant Professor)

Jessica Barnack

Specialization:  Social Psychology

Education: Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; MPH – San Diego State University

Contact: tavlarij@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2439

Office: Social Science Building 138,

Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:00- 12:00pm

Courses: Methods and Tools; Health Psychology; Social Psychology of Power; Oppression and Privilege

Research Interests: Reproductive and Sexual Health; Health Disparities; Cancer Prevention; Health-related Stigma and Coping

Reproductive and Sexual Health Lab


Dr. Tamra Bireta

(Associate Professor)

Tamra Bireta

Cognitive Coordinator

Specialization: Cognitive, Developmental

Education: Ph. D. – Purdue University

Contact: tbireta@tcnj.edu (609) 771-3069

Office – Social Science Building 108

Office Hours:  Tuesdays and Fridays, 12:30-2:00 pm

Courses: Cognitive Psychology; Methods and Tools; Sensation and Perception; Research Seminar; Memory over the Lifespan

Research Interest: Memorability of different types of information; Age-related differences in patterns of memory performance

Memory and Aging Lab: SSB 003

Dr. Bireta’s CV

 


Dr. Ashley Borders

(Assistant Professor)

Ashley Borders

Specialization: Clinical & Counseling

Education: Ph.D. – University of Southern California

Contact: borders@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2291

Office – Social Science Building 117

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10:00 am-12:00pm

Courses: Abnormal Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Design and Analysis; Psychology of Mindfulness and Meditation

Research Interest: The causes and consequences of rumination; Anger, hostility, and aggressive behavior; Mindfulness and meditation.

COP Lab


Dr. Ted Cascio

(Visiting Assistant Professor)

Ted Cascio 

Specialization: Social and Personality Psychology

Education: Ph.D.- University of Georgia

Contact: casciot@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2427

Office – Social Science Building 135

Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 8:00-11:55am; Monday-Friday, 4:05-6:00pm

Courses: General Psychology; Methods and Tools; Research Seminar in Social Psychology; Psychology of Happiness and Adjustment

Research Interest: Secure vs. Fragile Self-Esteem; Individual Differences in Authentic Functioning; Mindfulness; Narcissism

 


Dr. He Len Chung

(Associate Professor)

He Len Chung

Specialization: Counseling & Clinical, Developmental

Education: Ph.D. – Temple University

Contact: chung@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2646
Office – Social Science Building 114

Office Hours: Mondays, 3:00-4:00pm; Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30pm (2:00pm-4:00pm on second Wednesday of every month)

Courses: Counseling & Clinical Seminar: Poverty and Well-Being; Collaborative Research: REACH Lab; Methods and Tools; Abnormal Psychology; Psychosocial Interventions for Children and Adolescents; Internship in Psychology; Independent Study in Psychology; Senior Honors Thesis

Research Interest: Positive Youth Development; Resilience During the Transition to Adulthood; Community-Based Research

REACH lab: Social Science Building 3F

Dr. Chung’s CV


Dr. Jarret Crawford

(Associate Professor)

Jarret Crawford 

Specialization: Social

Education: Ph.D. – Rutgers University

Contact: crawford@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2117
Office – Social Science Building 111

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 11:00-12:00pm; Thursdays, 10:00-12:00pm

Courses: Methods & Tools; Design & Statistical Analysis; Research Seminar in Social Psychology; Classic & Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology; Political Psychology; Psychology of Bias

Research Interest: Political attitudes; political judgment and decision-making

Political Psychology Lab: SSB 2

Dr. Crawford’s Home Page


Dr. Jason Dahling

(Associate Professor)

Jason Dahling

Specialization: Industrial / Organizational

Education: Ph.D. – University of Akron

Contact: dahling@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2582
Office – Social Science Building 121

Office Hours: Mondays, 1:00-3:00pm, Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00pm

Courses Organizational Psychology; Industrial Psychology; Research Seminar; and Senior Capstone on Self-Regulation.

Research Interest: Emotional Labor in customer service settings; Feedback and performance appraisal; Deviance from organizational rules

Organizational Psychology Lab: SSB 5/6A

Website: Dr. Dahling’s Homepage


Dr. Candice Feiring

(Senior Research Scholar)

Candice Feiring

Director of the Center for Youth Relationship Development

Editor-in-Chief of Child Maltreatment, The Journal of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

Specialization: Developmental, Counseling & Clinical

Education: Ph.D. – University of Pittsburgh

Contact: feiring@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2649
Office – Social Science Building 139

Courses: Lab Learning: The Romantic Relationships Research Lab; Senior Seminar in Childhood Sexual Abuse

Research Interest: Quality of Romantic Relationships in Adolescents and Young Adults; Meaning Making Processes in close relationships; Narrative Methodology; Adaptation to Childhood Sexual Abuse over time; Self-conscious Emotions; Gender

Romantic Relationship Research Lab: SSB 18-19


Dr. James A. Graham

(Professor)

James A. Graham

Developmental Psychology Coordinator

Specialization: Developmental

Education: Ph.D. – University of Memphis

Contact: jgraham@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2638
Office – Social Science Building 122

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 9:30-10:00am & 3:30-4:30pm and Fridays, 9:30-10:00am & 2:00-3:00pm.

Courses: Development across the Lifespan; Research Seminar; Seminar in Child Development; Senior Seminar in Cross-Cultural Child Development

Research Interest: Empathy and prosocial behavior in peer relationships; School/Community-based research partnerships; Program evaluation

Children’s Social Developmental Lab: SSB 10B & KidsBridge Museum

Webpage: Dr. Graham’s Homepage *

Dr. Graham’s CV


Dr. Lisa Grimm

(Assistant Professor)

Lisa Grimm

Specialization: Cognitive, Social

Education: Ph.D. – The University of Texas at Austin

Contact: grimm@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2787
Office – Social Science Building 126

Office hours: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00-1:50 pm

Courses: Cognitive Psychology; Design and Statistical Analysis; Research Seminar; Gender Gap in Science Careers

Research Interest: Motivation, stereotypes, and individual differences; Procedural learning, such as required in golf putting; Standardized testing; Explicit and implicit learning systems

Motivation, Individual differences & Stereotypes in Cognition Lab (MISC Lab): SSB 14 A, D, and E

Website: Dr. Grimm’s Homepage


Dr. Ruth Hall

(Professor)

Ruth Hall

Specialization: Counseling & Clinical

Education: Ph.D. – Boston University, Clinical; M.Ed – Temple University, Sport Psychology

Contact: ruthhall@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2643
Office – Social Science Building 123

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00pm; Fridays 9:00-10:00am

Courses: Sport Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Personality Psychology; Abnormal Psychology

Research Interest: Privilege and oppression regarding (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and age); Coping styles of perceived marginal groups; Sport and exercise psychology: performance enhancement, social and health related concerns; Appearance and aging

Clinical Lab: Social Science Building 10A, 11, 17

Dr. Hall’s CV


Dr. Arthur Hohmuth

(Professor)

Arthur Hohmuth

Specialization: Counseling & Clinical

Education: Ph.D. – University of Delaware, General Experimental Psychology; MA – University of Delaware

Contact: hohmuth@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2620
Office – Social Science Building 115

Office Hours: Mondays & Thursdays, 1:00-2:00pm; All days from 5:30-6:00pm.

Courses: Abnormal Psychology; General Psychology; Personality Theory; Independent Internships

Club Involvement: Aikido Club – Instructor; Psychology Club – Co-Advisor

Dr. Hohmuth’s CV

 

Dr. Julie Hughes

(Associate Professor)

Julie Hughes

Specialization: Developmental

Education: Ph.D. – University of Texas

Contact: jhughes@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2430
Office – Social Science Building 112

Office Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 2:30-3:30pm

Courses: Methods and Tools; Development Across the Lifespan; Research Seminar; and Developmental Seminar

Research Interest: Children’s attitudes and reasoning about race, social inequality, and race-related social and educational policy.

Dr. Hughes’ Home Page

Prejudice and Development Lab


Dr. Chu Kim-Prieto

(Associate Professor)

Chu Kim-Prieto

Social Coordinator

Specialization: Social

Education: Ph.D. – University of Illinois

Contact: kim@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2695
Office – Social Science Building 118

Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 3:20-4:40pm

Courses: Methods and Tools; Emotion; Research Seminar; Power Oppression and Privilege; Social Seminar; Senior Capstone

Research Interest: Culture and Emotion; Subjective Well-Being; Cultural Psychology

Emotion Lab: SSB 017

http://emotion.pages.tcnj.edu/


Dr. Jean Kirnan

(Professor)

Jean Kirnan

i/o Coordinator

Specialization: Industrial / Organizational

Education: Ph.D. – Fordham University

Contact: jkirnan@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2637
Office – Social Science Building 113

Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 2:00-4:00pm

Courses: Methods & Tools; Personnel Selection & Placement; Consumer Psychology; Research Seminar: Applied Psychology; Psychological Testing; Seminar in I/O:Psychology of Ethics; Organizational Psychology; Industrial Psychology

Research Interest: Using biodata to predict first year college success; Everyday ethical case studies; Development of department assessment tools; Assisting community partners with assessment

TAP Lab: SSB 22

Dr. Kirnan’s CV


Dr. Andrew Leynes

(Professor)

Andrew Leynes

Specialization: Biopsychology, Cognitive

Education: Ph.D. – University of Georgia

Contact: leynes@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2624
Office: Social Science Building 125

Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:00am; Fridays, 3:00-4:00pm.

Courses: Biopsychology; Learning & Memory; Cognitive Neuroscience; Research Seminar; Design and Statistical Analysis

Research Interest: Neuroscience; Memory

ERP Lab: Social Science Building 14B

Website: Dr. Leynes’ Homepage

Dr. Leynes’ CV


Dr. Margaret Martinetti

(Associate Professor)

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Biopsychology Coordinator

Specialization: Biopsychology

Education: Ph.D. – Temple University

Contact: martinet@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2640
Office – Social Science Building 116

Office Hours: Mondays & Thursdays, 2:00-2:30pm; Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00pm

Courses: Biopsychology; Design & Analysis; Behavioral Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse (BPDA); Senior Seminar in Behavioral Pharmacology; Lab Learning:  The Alcohol Lab at TCNJ; Research Seminar

Research Interest: Animal models of alcohol abuse; Quantitative analyses of choice behavior; Behavioral economics of drug abuse; Cross-cultural differences in alcohol consumption

Alcohol Lab: Biology Building 113

Dr. Martinetti’s CV


Dr. Margaret (Betsy) Ruddy

(Assistant Professor)

Margaret (Betsy) Ruddy

Associate Chair

Specialization: Biopsychology, Counseling & Clinical, Developmental

Education: Ph.D. – Princeton University

Contact: ruddy@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2630
Office – Social Science Building 119

Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:50am & 1:00-2:00pm; Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00pm

Courses: Biopsychology; Psychopharmacology; Research Seminar in Developmental Psychology; Research Methods; Student-Faculty Research (Infant-Child Studies)

Research Interest: Attention, Temperament, Imagination, and Play in Infancy and Early Childhood; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Parenting; Psychopathology

Infant and Child Studies Lab: Social Science Building 142


Dr. John Ruscio

(Professor)

John Ruscio

Specialization: Industrial / Organizational

Education: Ph.D. – Brandeis University

Contact: ruscio@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2919
Office – Social Science Building 110

Office Hours: Tuesdays & Fridays, 11:30-12:00pm; Thursdays, 10:00-1:00pm.

Courses: Design and Statistical Analysis; Seminar in Applied Psychology; The Price of Everything (FSP); Senior Seminar in Behavioral Economics

Research Interest: Behavioral economics; modern and robust statistical methods; citation-based indices of scholarly impact; taxometric analysis.

Quantitative Psychology Lab: SSB 110

Website: Dr. Ruscio’s Home Page

Dr. Ruscio’s CV


Dr. Jeanine Vivona

(Professor)

Jeanine Vivona

Psychology Chair

Counseling and Clinical Coordinator

Specialization: Counseling & Clinical, Developmental

Education: Ph.D. – University of Massachusetts

Contact: jvivona@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2634
Office – Social Science Building 120

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm; Wednesdays, 11:00-12:00pm; Fridays, 9:30-11:00am

Courses: Abnormal Psychology; Research Seminar in Clinical Psychology;
Clinical Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology; Collaborative Research
Course; Counseling & Clinical Field Study Seminar; Senior Topics Study
Group

Research Interests: Psychotherapy process; Language; Identity Development;
Sibling Relationships

Clinical Lab: Social Science Building 10A, 11, 17

Dr. Vivona’s CV


Dr. Shaun Wiley

(Assistant Professor)

Shaun Wiley

Specialization: Social

Education: Ph.D. – City University of New York

Contact: swiley@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2645
Office – Social Science Building 107

Office Hours: Mondays, 1:30-3:30pm; Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm

Courses: General Psychology; Methods & Tools; Social Seminar: Psychology and Diversity

Research Interest: How group members respond to disadvantage; Immigration and cultural diversity; Group identity and intergroup relations; Collective action

Social Change and Collective Identity Lab (SCCI)

Dr. Wiley’s CV


Adjunct Faculty

Steven Barnhart

Steven Barnhart Phone: (609) 771-2435
Email: barnhart@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 136

Keiko Brynildsen

 Keiko Brynildsen Phone: (609) 771-2435
Email: brynildk@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 136

Joshua Camins

  Phone:
Email: caminsj@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 140

John Cook

John Cook Phone: (609) 771-2736
Email: cookj@tcnj.eduOffice: Social Science Building

Dr. Heather Corcoran Ponisciak

Heather Corcoran Ponisciak

Phone: (609) 771-2736
Email: corcoran@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 136

Drew D’Amore

  Phone: (609) 771-3386
Email: damore4@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 141

Tiara Falcone, MS

Tiara Falcone, MS Phone: (609) 771- 2736
Email: tfalcone@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 136

Melissa Greiner

Melissa Greiner  Phone: (609) 771-3386
Email: greiner4@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 141

Jonathan Hart

  Phone: (609) 771-3386
Email: hart8@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 140

David Krauss

David Krauss Phone: (609) 771-3386
Email: krauss@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 141

Callandra Peters

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Office: Social Science Building

Mindi Raggi

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Office: Social Science Building

Dr. Sandra Sepulveda-Kozakowski

Sandra Sepulveda-Kozakowski
 
Phone: (609) 771-2702
Email: kozakows@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 137

Kris Stankiewicz

  Phone:
Email: stankiek@tcnj.edu
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Gloria Wuhl

Gloria Wuhl Phone: (609) 771-3386
Email: wuhl@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 141

Dr. Pamela Zamel

  Phone: (609) 771 – 2485
Email: zamelp@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 137

Emeriti Faculty

Dr. Nancy Breland

Dr. Nancy Breland Contact: breland@tcnj.eduWebpage: http://nbreland.intrasun.tcnj.edu/

Dr. Joseph Gorcyznski

   Contact: gorcyzns@tcnj.edu

Dr. Karen Howe

Dr. Karen Howe Contact: howek@tcnj.edu

Dr. Edward Sarafino

 

 

 Contact: sarafino@tcnj.edu

 


Dr. Dan Phillips

Dr. Dan Phillips

 

 

Office Support Staff

Nadirah Shakir

(Administrative Assistant)

Nadirah Shakir Phone: (609) 771-2544
Email: nshakir@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 109

Madeline Weinland

(Program Coordinator)

 Maddie-Weinland Phone: (609) 771-2437
Email: weinlanm@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 109A

John Eldis

(Graduate Assistant)

 John Eldis Phone: (609) 771-2486
Email: eldis2@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 109

Clifford Weekes

(Research Assistant)

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Phone: (609) 771-2486
Email: weekesc1@tcnj.edu

Office: Social Science Building 109


Eva Carrara

(Office Assistant)

Eva Carrara 

Phone: (609) 771-2486

Email: carrara2@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 109


DeAnna Varilias

(Student Assistant)

 DeAnna Varilias

Phone: (609) 771-2486

Email: varilid1@tcnj.edu
Office: Social Science Building 109


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