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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


(609) 771-2439

Office: Social Science Building 138,

Office Hours: Tuesday, 10:00am-12:00pm; Wednesday & Thursday, 11:00am-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. Barnack-Tavlaris’s CV

Dr. Tamra Bireta

(Associate Professor)

Tamra Bireta

Specialization: Cognitive, Developmental

Education: Ph. D. – Purdue University


(609) 771-3069

Office – Social Science Building 108

Office Hours: Monday & Thursday, 11:00am-11:50am; Tuesday, 10:30am-11:30am

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

(Associate Professor)

Ashley Borders

Specialization: Clinical & Counseling

Education: Ph.D. – University of Southern California


(609) 771-2291

Office – Social Science Building 117

Office Hours: Friday, 9:30am-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.


Dr. Borders’s CV

Dr. He Len Chung

(Associate Professor)

He Len Chung

Counseling and Clinical Coordinator

Specialization: Counseling & Clinical, Developmental

Education: Ph.D. – Temple University


(609) 771-2646
Office – Social Science Building 114

Office Hours: Monday, 3:30pm-4:30pm; Thursday, 9:30am-11:30am

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


(609) 771-2117
Office – Social Science Building 111

Office Hours: On sabbatical

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

I/O Coordinator

Specialization: Industrial / Organizational

Education: Ph.D. – University of Akron


(609) 771-2582
Office – Social Science Building 121

Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00am-12:00pm; Wednesday, 11:00am-12:00pm

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


(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


James A. Graham

Developmental Psychology Coordinator

Specialization: Developmental

Education: Ph.D. – University of Memphis


(609) 771-2638
Office – Social Science Building 122

Office Hours: Tuesday, 1:00pm-2:00pm & 3:30pm-4:00pm; Friday, 1:00pm-2:30pm

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

(Associate Professor)

Lisa Grimm

Cognitive Coordinator

Specialization: Cognitive, Social

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


(609) 771-2787
Office – Social Science Building 126

Office hours: Tuesday & Friday, 9:00am-11:00am

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. Grimm’s CV

Dr. Ruth Hall


Ruth Hall

Specialization: Counseling & Clinical

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


(609) 771-2643
Office – Social Science Building 123

Office Hours:

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


Arthur Hohmuth

Specialization: Counseling & Clinical

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


(609) 771-2620
Office – Social Science Building 115

Office Hours: Monday & Thursday, 1:00pm-1:45pm & 4:00pm-5:00pm; Tuesday & Friday, 1:00pm-1:45pm

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


(609) 771-2430
Office – Social Science Building 112

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00am-12:00pm

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. Daniel Kaplin

Dan Kaplin Education: Ph.D. Walden UniversityContact:

(609) 771-2427
Office – Social Science Building 135

Office Hours: Monday & Thursday, 10:00am-12:00pm

Courses: Introduction to Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Personality Theory and Research
Research Interests: Religiosity/spirituality; multiculturalism; the advancement of the field of psychology through prescriptive authority.

Dr. Chu Kim-Prieto

(Associate Professor)

Chu Kim-Prieto

Specialization: Social

Education: Ph.D. – University of Illinois


(609) 771-2695
Office – Social Science Building 118

Office Hours:

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

Dr. Jean Kirnan


Specialization: Industrial / Organizational

Education: Ph.D. – Fordham University


(609) 771-2637
Office – Social Science Building 113

Office Hours: Monday & Thursday, 11:00am-12:00pm

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


Andrew Leynes

Specialization: Biopsychology, Cognitive

Education: Ph.D. – University of Georgia


(609) 771-2624
Office: Social Science Building 125

Office Hours: Monday, 1:00pm-3:00pm; Thursday, 1:00pm-1:50pm

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. Margaret Martinetti

(Associate Professor)


Biopsychology Coordinator

Specialization: Biopsychology

Education: Ph.D. – Temple University


(609) 771-2640
Office – Social Science Building 116

Office Hours: Monday & Tuesday, 1:30pm-3:00pm

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


(609) 771-2630
Office – Social Science Building 119

Office Hours: Monday, 10:00am-12:00pm; Tuesday, 1:00pm-2:00pm; Wednesday, 10:00am-12:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-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


John Ruscio

Specialization: Industrial / Organizational

Education: Ph.D. – Brandeis University


(609) 771-2919
Office – Social Science Building 110

Office Hours: Monday, 10:00am-11:00am; Tuesday, 10:00am-11:00am; Thursday, 10:00am-11:00am

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


Jeanine Vivona

Psychology Chair

Specialization: Counseling & Clinical, Developmental

Education: Ph.D. – University of Massachusetts


(609) 771-2634
Office – Social Science Building 120

Office Hours:

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

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

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

Dr. Vivona’s CV

Dr. Shaun Wiley

(Associate Professor)

Shaun Wiley

Social Coordinator

Specialization: Social

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


(609) 771-2645
Office – Social Science Building 107

Office Hours: Monday & Thursday, 2:00pm-4:00pm

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

Dr. Wiley’s Google Scholar Page

Adjunct Faculty

Steven Barnhart

Keiko Brynildsen

John Cook

Dr. Heather Corcoran Ponisciak

Drew D’Amore

Tiara Falcone, MS

Glenn Ferguson

Melissa Greiner

Abby Harvey

David Krauss

Sherry Schweighardt

Dr. Sandra Sepulveda-Kozakowski

Karen Skillings

Dr. Pamela Zamel

Emeriti Faculty

Dr. Nancy Breland

Dr. Nancy Breland Contact: breland@tcnj.eduWebpage:

Dr. Joseph Gorcyznski


Dr. Karen Howe

Dr. Karen Howe Contact:

Dr. Edward Sarafino


Dr. Dan Phillips

Dr. Dan Phillips

Office Support Staff

Nadirah Shakir

(Administrative Assistant)

Nadirah Shakir Phone: (609) 771-2544
Office: Social Science Building 109

Madeline Anthes

(Program Coordinator)

 Maddie-Weinland Phone: (609) 771-2437
Office: Social Science Building 109A

Kelly Burke

(Graduate Assistant)

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Office: Social Science Building 109

Clifford Weekes

(Research Assistant)

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Office: Social Science Building 109

Alexis Jaffe

(Office Assistant)

CLIP 2 Phone: (609) 771-2486
Office: Social Science Building 109

Kristina Malmstrom

(Office Assistant)

Phone: (609) 771-2486
Office: Social Science Building 109

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