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Dr. Vanessa Bal's Research to Help Adults with Autism Thrive Inspires Surprise Financial Gift-  read the RUF article!


The SCI’s the Limit: How Data Can Help Build More Inclusive NJ Schools

Denise Hien

Dr. Denise Hien received the Award for Excellence in Trauma Services for the Underserved: Policy, Advocacy, Research, and Clinical (PARC)

Peter DeNigris

Congratulations to #GSAPP alum, Dr. Peter DeNigris (Clinical PsyD, 2004), recipient of the prestigious 2023 New Jersey Psychological Association’s Psychologist of the Year Award! 🏆


Anne Gregory

Congratulations to Dr. Anne Gregory for receiving the 2023 Torchbearer Award! 

Dr. Nicole Cain

Dr. Cain was recently awarded a one-year R56 grant from NIMH for a project examining social disconnection and suicide risk in older adults with the possibility of applying for additional NIMH funding after the one-year period. 

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We are proud to announce that Dr. Timothy Cleary's NSF grant won the Programs That Work Award from the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition (VMSC)! This award recognizes effective, innovative, exemplary student and teacher educational programs for which there is evidence of a positive impact on student or teacher learning. Congratulations to Dr. Cleary, Chair and Professor, Department of School Psychology at GSAPP, on this well-deserved honor!


Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Manente, RCAAS Executive Director; Associate Professor of Clinical Practice, GSAPP Applied Psychology Department, on being named a 2023 NJBIZ Veterans in Business Honoree! 

Dr. Angelica Diaz-Martinez

Dr. Angelica Diaz-Martinez appointed for a three-year term (January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2026) to the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA)!

Autism Awareness Panel

As part of RU's Disability Awareness Month, the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services and Rutgers Health co-hosted an Autism Awareness Panel that took place on October 12, at the RCAAS community center.


Congratulations to Zina Ogunnaya, #GSAPP Clinical PsyD Student and Global Student Prize Finalist! This award recognizes extraordinary achievements of young changemakers around the globe.

SouthStreetSchoolbuilding - Newark

The Newark Public School District, the state’s largest, serves over 6,000 students with special needs, and support services are in high demand. The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC), a community-based center under the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), may have the solution. It recently partnered with the district to develop an applied behavior analysis (ABA) model for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 



MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – Middlesex County partnered with Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) to host an event on Thursday, February 9, for school mental health professionals on the crisis of student mental health in the post-pandemic environment. The event was designed to share how to use multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to build school mental health programming, the importance of building trauma informed schools, and how schools can manage anxiety and high stress.


Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, and Rutgers researchers are at the forefront of addressing this public health crisis. Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) Professor, and Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic at Rutgers University (DBT-RU), Shireen L. Rizvi, Ph.D., ABPP, is one of four principal investigators (PI) in an innovative study that seeks to improve suicide prevention among this population. Rutgers University-Newark’s Counseling Center serves as one of the study sites. 

Jersey City Public Schools

Exposure to trauma is a major public health issue across the U.S., with significant impact on children and adolescents’ mental health and academic outcomes. Increasing access to high quality services and improving child-serving systems, particularly for families living in marginalized communities, is a national priority made even more urgent in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Congratulations to Kevin Eslava, a second-year Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) student at GSAPP, who was selected to serve a two-year term as Student Representative for the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP).  CUDCP's purpose is to promote the advancement of graduate education in clinical psychology that produces psychologists who are educated and trained to generate and integrate scientific and professional knowledge to further psychological science, the professional practice of psychology, and human welfare. 


Congrats to the 4th year Clinical Psy.D cohort on their 100% match in Phase 1 to APA-accredited internships!

Game of Life - Jesse

March 2022

Congratulations to GSAPP doctoral student Jesse Finkelstein on the second release of The Game of Real Lifea one-of-a-kind card game rooted in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which uses mindfulness to teach emotional problem-solving and interpersonal skills. This fun and easy game, which includes a 96-page pocket guide to DBT, was born out of Jesse's work at DBT-RU, an official practicum training site for students in the GSAPP Clinical PsyD Program, headed by Dr. Shireen Rizvi. 

Click here for more information on the game and to order your copy today!

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