Anniversary Memories

  • Happy 45th Anniversary from Dean Francine Conway

    The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology claims a rich history as a preeminent professional school of psychology. As we mark our 45th year, we also begin a new chapter guided by our strategic plan, Excellence: Inspire. Prepare. Excel.

    Over the past two years, we have come together as “One GSAPP,” and I am excited to continue our journey together as we work to retain... read more

  • The Welcome Back Picnic: A GSAPP Tradition

    An important GSAPP tradition is the annual Welcome Back Picnic for first-year students. This year’s event was held on the green outside the Psychology Building on Wednesday, September 5, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dean Conway kicked off the event with a welcome to the incoming class of students, wishing the group every success in their endeavors at GSAPP. The GSAPP faculty all introduced... read more

  • GSAPP is Founded, 1974

    The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology concept is approved by the New Jersey Department of Higher Education to be located at Rutgers University. GSAPP is the first university-based professional psychology school in the nation providing training for the Doctor of Psychology degree. Tenured full-time faculty include: Drs. Jack Bardon, Virginia Bennett, W. Donald Clark, Cyril... read more

  • GSAPP's Organizing Council is Incorporated, 1970

    GSAPP has its roots in the Organizing Council for a College of Professional Psychology. In the 1960’s the training of doctoral level psychologists as practitioners was a concept that was surfacing in academic psychology. During this time, Dr. Don Peterson at the University of Illinois and a number of other practitioners began describing new ways to train doctoral level professional... read more

Anniversary News

  • PTSD-AOD VCT Study Kick-Off in Washington, D.C.

    The executive team members of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Alcohol and Other Drug Virtual Clinical Trials (PTSD/AOD VCT) study hosted a kickoff party for this National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism-funded integrative data analysis project on November 9, 2018, in Washington, D.C., at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) convention. The study will... read more

  • Event Recap: The Installation of the Karmazin and Lillard Endowed Chair in Adult Autism Event

    The Rutgers Board of Governors awarded the Karmazin and Lillard Chair in Adult Autism to Vanessa Bal, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), whose unique research emphasizes a lifespan perspective in the understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in adulthood. On November 06, 2018, GSAPP hosted the Installation of the Karmazin and... read more

  • GSAPP at the Rutgers Catalyst: Healthy Aging Symposium

    Keynote speaker: Dr. Robin Barr 

    Dean Francine Conway was a co-chair of the Rutgers Catalyst: Healthy Aging Symposium held on Thursday, October 18, and sponsored by the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. The event fosters a platform to ignite interdisciplinary and translational aging research initiatives across Rutgers University. Dean... read more

  • Improvements Benefit the GSAPP Student Experience

    A foundational underpinning of GSAPP’s strategic plan calls for attention to the student experience.

    Over the summer leading up to the start of our 45th anniversary year, GSAPP implemented improvements to the physical environment for our students. Updates were made to the student lounge, including the addition o f new furniture pieces, a new computer lounge was installed, and... read more

  • 45 Years, 45 Events

    Throughout the coming year, GSAPP will mark its anniversary with a series of 45 special events—one event for each year of our illustrious history. The series of special events will culminate on October 26, 2019, with the GSAPP gala, which promises to be a festive night of reflection, connection and celebration.

    You’ll find updates on those events on this web page, so check back... read more

  • GSAPP 45th Anniversary Logo

    As part of our 45th anniversary celebration, GSAPP has introduced a new 45th anniversary logo. We have use of the logo for one year, per University Communications and Marketing policy, until our gala event on October 26, 2019. For information on the logo and its use, contact Wei Shi, marketing coordinator, at,

Alumni Stories

  • David Austern, Psy.D

    David Austern, PsyD

    Clinical, '15

    Since graduating from GSAPP’s clinical Psy.D. program, I have completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Baltimore VA’s Trauma Recovery Program and currently work at NYU Langone Health in the Military Family Clinic and in the Department of Psychiatry. In the Military Family... read more

  • David Goldstein, Psy.D.

    David Goldstein, PsyD

    School, '12

    I develop and implement programs for teens and adult students with special needs full time at a public school. I also have a part-time private practice that specializes in psychological assessment. My primary area of focus is forensic, which includes competency to stand trial... read more

  • Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D.

    Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD

    Clinical, '95

    I work with people who are stuck in a cycle of dieting, bingeing, purging, or over-exercising and who cannot figure out how to stop. I help adults with eating and body image issues to break the binge cycle, stop purging and over-exercising, achieve peace with food and their... read more

  • Jennifer Jones-Damis

    Jennifer Jones-Damis, PsyD

    School, '13

    After I graduated from the school program, I completed a highly competitive, two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Traumatic Stress at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York where I administered evidence-based treatment to youth in the juvenile justice system,... read more

  • Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

    Anton Shcherbakov, PsyD, BCBA

    Clinical '16

    I have been fortunate to find work that I find to be deeply meaningful and professionally satisfying. I currently work in two different settings because I like to have variety in my week, and it keeps me on my toes as a clinician. My first position is as a staff psychologist... read more

  • William Benson

    William Benson, PsyD

    Clinical, '16

    In 2017, I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Health. I am currently working as a staff psychologist at CBT/DBT Associates in New York, New York, where I focus on providing evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioral... read more

  • Mitchel Adler, PsyD

    Mitchel Adler, PsyD

    Clinical, '02

    After many years of being a certified group psychotherapist and an active member, presenter and leader within the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), I was recently made a fellow of the AGPA. I have an active private practice where I see individuals, and I... read more

  • Dorothy Cantor, PsyD

    Dorothy Cantor, PsyD ‘76

    School, '76

    My current position on the Rutgers University Board of Governors gives me a wonderful opportunity to exercise both my psychological and leadership skills. It gives me an inside look at the running of a major research university with an annual budget of almost $4 billion. I... read more

  • Chris Kotsen PsyD

    Chris Kotsen, PsyD, CTT

    Clinical, '94

    I am a licensed New Jersey psychologist and New Jersey-certified tobacco treatment specialist, and I have been on the medical and dental staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset since 1998. Since 2002, I have run all tobacco treatment services, which involve... read more

  • Nydia Y. Monagas

    Nydia Y. Monagas, PsyD

    Clinical, '06

    I have been a full-time faculty member at Montclair State University in the Center for Child Advocacy and Policy since September 2009. I am also the executive director of the New Jersey Children's Alliance, a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and... read more

  • Elizabeth Pienko

    Elizabeth Pienkos, PsyD

    Clinical, '14

    My graduate education at GSAPP provided me with excellent training in both clinical work and research, both of which have been essential to the development of my professional identity. In particular, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct research on... read more

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