Psychology is the study of mental and behavioral processes. Psychologists investigate fundamental questions such as, “How do emotion and reasoning influence one another?”, “What is the relationship between the mind and the brain?”, “How does learning occur?”, “What factors promote and hinder successful interpersonal and group interactions?” and many more. Scholars in the Psychology Department engage in nationally and internationally renowned research, training, and teaching. Unique in its combination of small size and high-impact scholarship, the Psychology Department provides students with a variety of opportunities to gain hands-on experience at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.


For general queries, please email nwk_psych_staff@psychology.rutgers.edu and we will respond as soon as possible.  Alternatively, please feel free to contact the relevant faculty below.  Finally, for advising and mentoring, current undergraduate students are encouraged to attend office hours or arrange an appointment via email with faculty members.  Contact information and virtual office hour times and links are available here.

Leadership Team and Faculty

Leadership Team

Chair: Mauricio Delgado (delgado@psychology.rutgers.edu)

Undergraduate Director: Gretchen Van de Walle (g.vandewalle@rutgers.edu)

Graduate Director: Vanessa LoBue (vlobue@psychology.rutgers.edu)


Undergraduate and Graduate Program Information

Assistant Undergraduate Director: Ramona Ross (ramross@psychology.rutgers.edu)

Assistant Graduate Director: Jamil Bhanji (bhanji@psychology.rutgers.edu)

Graduation Certifier: Jamie Gorman (gormanj1@psychology.rutgers.edu)

Neuroscience Major Coordinator: Michael Shiflett (shiflett@psychology.rutgers.edu)

Cognitive Neuroscience Minor Coordinator: Michael Shiflett (shiflett@psychology.rutgers.edu)

Youth Development and Juvenile Justice Minor: Paul Boxer (pboxer@psychology.rutgers.edu)


How You Will Learn

Our students learn how to conceptualize a wide range of questions from a theoretical and empirical perspective, acquiring the ability to bring real data to bear on pressing social and cultural issues of our time. Many of our students go on to pursue clinical, applied, or research-oriented graduate degrees in psychology, counseling, education, or health-related professions. The analytic and critical thinking skills our students acquire also enable students to pursue a wide variety of careers that value innovative, evidence-based thinking. Psychology is proud to offer our students opportunities to conduct research side by side with our outstanding faculty and to be the only undergraduate major program at Rutgers University-Newark to offer students the opportunity to earn Honors in the major. Students in our nationally ranked doctoral program pursue successful careers in higher education as well as industry and business. Come learn with us!


Mauricio Delgado           10:00-11:00 AM, Smith 324

Gretchen Van de Walle  12:00-2:00pm via Zoom

Barry Komisaruk               1:00-2:00 PM, Smith 327

Harold Siegel                     1:00-2:20pm via Zoom



Gretchen Van de Walle   11:30 AM-12:30 PM, Smith 335

Kent Harber                       2:00-3:00 PM, Smith 352

Paul Boxer                          9:00-10:00 AM, Smith 333

Michael Shiflett                11:30am-1pm via Zoom



Elizabeth Tricomi             10:00-11:20am via Zoom

Ramona Ross                     11:00a-2:00pm via Zoom

Stephen Jose Hanson     12:00pm via Zoom

Vanessa LoBue                  1:00-2:00pm via Zoom

Samantha Heintzelman  On Sabbatical Leave Spring 2022

Christina Zambrano         3:30-5:00pm via Zoom

Miriam Rosenberg-Lee   4:00-5:00pm via Zoom

Gerard LaMorte                4:45-5:45 pm via Zoom

Paul Boxer                           11:30am-12:30pm via Zoom

Jamie Gorman                   2:00-4:00pm via Zoom



Jamil Bhanji                       2:00-3:00 PM, Smith 4th floor, room 110

Samantha Heintzelman        4:00-5:00 PM, Smith 354




Luis Rivera         8:45-9:45am via Zoom

Kimele Persaud        10-11am via Zoom



Psychology Department

101 Warren Street, Smith Hall
Room 301
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Tel: 973-353-3935
Fax: 973-353-1171


Miriam Rosenberg-Lee

Miriam Rosenberg-Lee

Assistant Professor

Ramona Ross

Ramona Ross

Teaching Instructor and Assistant Undergraduate Director

Elizabeth Bonawitz

Elizabeth Bonawitz

Associate Professor

Kent Harber

Kent Harber

Professor and Graduate Director