A three-day workshop "Mentalization-Based Therapy for Children-Time Limited (MBT-C)" is held on April 25, 2019. This workshop was presented by Dr. Norka Mailberg. Dr. Mailberg introduced participants to the theoretical and research foundations of a short term therapeutic intervention with school-age children and discussed the concept of mentalizing and its use in clinical work with children in... read more
On April 1st, the event "A Conversation with Malin Fors: A Grammar of Power in Psychotherapy" was held at GSAPP Room A317. Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Marlin Fors discussed her research on social privilege and their practical implications for psychotherapists. Dr. Fors posited a matrix of relative privilege that includes four core patient–therapist dynamics: similarity of... read more
On February 26, 2019, Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, who is Dean and Professor of Biostatistics and Urban-Global Public Health at the School of Public Health at Rutgers University, gave the presentation on how biological, psychological, and social determinants impact the health of young sexual minority men at GSAPP.
Dr. Perry N. Halkitis and GSAPP Dean Francine Conway
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One of GSAPP’s most distinguished awards, the Peterson Prize, has been bestowed upon David B. Sacks, PsyD, ABPP. This award was named for Donald R. Peterson, the first dean of GSAPP, to recognize an alumnus for outstanding contributions to the profession. On February 19, 2019, Dr. Sacks gave a presentation on "Music, Psychology, and a Quest for Community" and gave a fantastic trombone... read more
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:00pm
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), in collaboration with the School Climate Transformation Project (SCTP) at GSAPP, will be hosting SEL FORWARD: NJDOE Conference on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) on May 23, 2019. The event will bring together school personnel and professionals from across the state to highlight and celebrate SEL and positive school climate programs and initiatives in schools.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Alcohol, Drugs, Addiction, and Health
The 2019 CAS Poster Session will highlight the breadth of alcohol, drug, and related health research across all Rutgers Units and Departments. It is a fantastic opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students, post-baccalaureate research staff, and post-doctoral fellows to share their latest work, as well as to interact with and receive feedback from faculty from multiple... read more
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:00pm
Location: Smithers Hall (Room 200), 607 Allison Rd, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854; Parking available on site
Is your school exploring, or planning to implement Multi-Tiered Systems of Service (MTSS) for reading? In this session, we will provide practical guidance and hands-on activities geared toward enhancing reading interventions, with a focus on evidence-based intervention strategies in elementary reading. We will... read more
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 4:45pm to 6:45pm
GSAPP’s students invite you to participate in Self Karen Day!
- A FREE 10-minute massage
- Guided Meditation
- A video in memory of Dr. Karen Haboush and other fun wellness activities!
Pizza will be served.
In memory of Karen’s legacy of home-baked bread, feel free to bring a sweet treat to... read more
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Welcome to Rutgers Day!
Join us for Rutgers Day, a free day-long event where you can explore your state university. Experience hands-on learning activities, enjoy entertaining stage performances and see exhibitions and demonstrations hosted by our accomplished professors, staff, and students from Rutgers.
DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 27, 2109 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Passion Puddle Area (... read more
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 9:00am to Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 4:30pm
*Time: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day
Presented by: Norka T. Malberg, PsyD
19.5 CE Credits
Instructional Level: Intermediate
This is a three-day workshop that introduces participants to the theoretical and research foundations of a short term therapeutic intervention with school age children. This course covers an introduction to the concept of mentalizing, and its use... read more
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
PCAR Presents: EARLY CAREER PANEL
Join PCAR for a panel discussion with GSAPP Early Career Alumni!
Featuring GSAPP Alumni
- Binyamin Kagedan, PsyD, CHT | Clinical PsyD 2017
- Nathan Hilton, PsyD | Clinical PsyD 2009
- Lauren Poleyeff, PsyD, LCSW | School PsyD 2015
- Jeff Brand, PsyD, CGP | Clinical PsyD 2015
Date & Time:
April... read more
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Two Treatment Approaches for Borderline Personality Disorder: Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Transference-Focused Psychotherapy
Date & Time
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Room A317, 152 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ
Nicole M. Cain
Nicole M. Cain is an... read more
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
GSAPP Faculty Authors Autograph Their Recent Publications!
Refreshments will be served!
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
The New Jersey Chapter Association of Black Psychologists (NJABPsi), the Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey (LMHANJ), and the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) present two workshops to shine a light on Multicultural Health Awareness in New Jersey. Rutgers University is graciously sponsoring the venue for this important event. As the Inter-Mental Health and Psychological Associations Coalition (IMPAC), NJABPsi, LMHANJ,... read more
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pmCenter of Alcohol Studies Presents: An Emerging Addictions Science Seminar EventPresenter: Dr. Anne WagnerAdjunct Professor in Department of Psychology at Ryerson UniversityDr. Anne Wagner is a clinical psychologist and researcher who is committed to helping understand and improve trauma recovery. She is the founder of Remedy, a mental health innovation community... read more
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
GSAPP’s Applied and Academic Autism Services presents A conference focusing on adults with autism spectrum disorder
3 A’s of Autism: Awareness to Acceptance to Appreciation as a Pathway to Fulfilling and Productive Lives
Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore... read more
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Dean’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (DMAC) and Minority & International Alumni Dinner (MIAD)
ALL ARE WELCOME!
- Transgender Youth
- Racial Microaggressions in Therapy
- Issues Facing Immigrant Clients
Date & Time:
Friday, April 5, 2019
5:00-6:00 pm - Dean’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (DMAC)... read more
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 5:00pm
In New Jersey, approximately 1 in 34 families are raising a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Professionals treating individuals with ASD must not only provide high-quality services to the individuals with ASD, but also support to their families. Teachers, psychologists, behavior analysts, medical personnel, and other professionals can benefit from an understanding of the family experience and its impact on their... read more
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 12:00pm
A Conversation with Malin Fors: A Grammar of Power in Psychotherapy
Societal issues based in power and privilege inevitably enter the therapy room. Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Malin Fors addresses disparities in social privilege and their practical implications for psychotherapists. Fors posits a matrix of relative privilege that includes four core patient–therapist dynamics: similarity of privilege,... read more
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Bring your family, friends, and colleagues to reconnect with GSAPP alumni, faculty, staff and students for an afternoon of fun at TopGolf! This game is for everyone regardless of your skill level! No prior golf experience is necessary! TopGolf technology and a golf pro will be available for assistance.
Ticket prices include great food, non-alcoholic beverages, a small donation to our beloved graduate school, and a fun and competitive... read more
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 9:30am to 5:00pm
Scarlet Day of Service is one of the largest service events of the year at Rutgers University planned by the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) and Rutgers Student Affairs. On this day, students and alumni come together as part of the State University of New Jersey to volunteer at different community organizations throughout central New Jersey. This event provides over 500 students and alumni the opportunity to serve New Jersey... read more
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:45pm
Keynote Presentation: The Link Between Complex Trauma and Addictions: Treatment Implications
Dr. Courtois is retired from clinical practice in Washington, DC, and is now a consultant/trainer on topics on trauma psychology and treatment. She has co-authored Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with Dr. Julian Ford and others; with Dr. Ford, she has coauthored one book for clinicians on the treatment of complex trauma and co-... read more
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 12:00am to 1:30pm
Location: Room A317
The prevalence of ASD is at an all-time high, with 1 in 34 8-year-olds having the diagnosis in NJ! The faculty and staff of GSAPP's Applied and Academic Autism Services Division want to help prepare you to support these important members of our diverse communities. Please join us for an interactive Q & A session, geared toward professionals and trainees who do not specialize in ASD. Some of the questions to be... read more
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Talk Topic: “MIND, MAGIC, AND MENTAL DISORDER: Ways of Knowing Among Traditional Healers in Mexico”
Date & Time
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
GSAPP – Room A317, 152 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ
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Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:45am to 1:00pm
Individuals who present with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have complex clinical symptom presentations with diverse etiologies. Treatment requires a sophisticated understanding of the complexity of the client's difficulties but more importantly, an empathic approach. Although, most individuals who present with ADHD initially illicit empathy, the persistence of the behaviors such as the... read more
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 12:00pm
“The Biological, Psychological, and Social Determinants that Undermine the Health of Sexual Minority Men:
A Call to Action for Clinicians, Researchers, and Activists”
Date & Time
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:00pm-1:30pm
GSAPP - A317, 152 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH
Perry N Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH is... read more
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 4:00pm
Open to GSAPP Faculty, Alumni, Students & Staff!
Bring Your Family & Friends!
•Food & Drinks will be served
•Tickets included for GSAPP Faculty, Alumni, Students & Staff
•Reduced rates for Family & Friends$15.00 per ticket for family and friends after giveaway tickets run out.
SEATS ARE LIMITED!
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
This one-day workshop provides the knowledge and resources to help establish and sustain comprehensive school safety and crisis prevention and preparedness efforts. With updated research and strategies, this workshop makes a clear connection between ongoing school safety and crisis preparedness. It also emphasizes the unique needs and functions of school teams and the steps involved in developing these teams, including a model that integrates... read more
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 12:00pm
Location: Rutgers psychology building, Room A317
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
A colloquium focusing on Dr. Dan Fishman’s work in developing and editing the Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy (PCSP) journal and the contributions to it by many students over the years. Learn more about the PCSP at ... read more
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 4:00pm
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol and other drug (AOD) use disorders are frequently co-occurring disorders. Individually, they each pose significant public health problems, which are substantially exacerbated by their comorbidity. The PTSD/AOD Virtual Clinical Trials (VCT) study is a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism funded integrative data analysis project that will synthesize disparate data from 50 existing... read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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 life span perspective in the understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in adulthood. Dr. Bal has established herself as a scholar with a unique and specific focus on adults with autism, examining both biological... read more
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
A featured 45th anniversary event is GSAPP’s 13th annual Culture Conference, which will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018, at the Busch Campus Center. The symposium will provide a very unique opportunity for human service professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, family therapists and educators, to increase their cultural competence. This year’s conference, “Working with African American Clients and Families,” will... read more
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center will hold an alumni reception immediately following the conclusion of the 2018 Autism NJ Annual Conference at the Eden Lounge at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. As GSAPP celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, all DDDC alumni (past fieldwork students, interns, graduate students, staff members, and faculty members) are invited to reconnect, hear about new and future directions for... read more
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
The Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) is pleased to participate
in the Rutgers Catalyst: Healthy Aging Symposium sponsored by the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health
Care Policy and Aging Research. The initiative fosters a platform to ignite interdisciplinary and
translational aging research initiatives across Rutgers University. Dean Francine Conway is a co-chair of
the event and... read more
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
The first of the Let's Talk series of conversations will take place on Friday, September 28, when Dean Francine Conway sits down with Dr. Jean Lau Chin of Adelphi University to discuss what we must do in the Digital Age to be culturally competent across international groups and within minority and subgroups within a country or culture, among other questions. The event is free and a free lunch will be provided. Read more about this... read more
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
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
David Austern, PsyD
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, PsyD
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, PsyD
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, PsyD
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, PsyD, BCBA
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, PsyD
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
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 ‘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, CTT
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, PsyD
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 Pienkos, PsyD
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