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2024 Peterson Prize and AO Awards

Congratulations to our esteemed award recipients!

gsapp interns

The Clinical PsyD Program has achieved a 100% match rate for the 2024 internship application cycle! Congratulations to Dr. Angelica Diaz-Martinez, Director of Training, Teaching Professor, Clinical Department, for this multi-year feat, and KUDOS to the nineteen 4th- and 5th-year Clinical Students listed below who matched to amazing APA-accredited internship sites!

Dr. German Cadenas

Dr. Cadenas will discuss how he uses psychological science and practice to promote the well-being of immigrant youth in higher education and share about the work being done at CYSEW.

Dr. Louis Sass 2024 Rollo May Award

We are proud to recognize Dr. Louis Sass for an outstanding accomplishment- being unanimously voted the 2024 Rollo May Award recipient by the APA, Division 32!

Dr. Ragusa CDC

Dr. Elena Ragusa, (Organizational PsyD, 2010) was appointed as a faculty partner to evaluate the CDC federally-funded Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) Education and Leadership Program (HELP)


Dr. Emily Graybill (Associate Professor, School Psychology Department, GSAPP) Wins 2023-2024 Innovative Teaching Award for Health Equity in a System of Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs.

Corey Bryant

Congratulations to Corey for being honored as a Scholar Recipient by APA's Division 39: Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology Subcommittee on Sexuality and Gender Issues (SGI)!

LifeSPAN Lab

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

Dr. Cadenas at the White House

Congratulations to Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology Department, GSAPP; Associate Director, CYSEW, Dr. Germán Cadenas for being honored with an invitation to "Venezuelan Day at the White House," a briefing for Venezuelan-American stakeholders.


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! 🏆



The New Jersey School Climate Improvement (NJ SCI) Platform is a free and anonymous, multilingual, online tool for data-guided school climate improvement that is currently used by a growing network of over 150 districts and 500 schools throughout the state!

Denise Hien

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

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)!

Dr. 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. 

Dr. Timothy Cleary.JPG

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! 


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). 



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. 

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