Congratulations Class of 2021! The Department of Psychology extends congratulations to all graduating students.  It has been a privilege to be a part of your journey and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Undergraduate Awards:

Joel Girgus Memorial Award: Valentina Serna Castrillon & Kira Jones

Lourdes Casal Award: Taisha Blanc

Lillian Robbins Award: Taisha Blanc & Kawanda Gupton

Senior Honors Thesis:  Brian Barylski, Taisha Blanc, Bryant Gomez, Jesse Hilario, Eshrat Oyeshee, Raquel Queiruga, Dakota Reis, Umhrada Shievkumar, Viridiana Villasenor


The Psych Department is working remotely due to COVID 19, but our faculty and staff are still available to answer your questions.  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 arrange an appointment via email with faculty members for the Summer.   Contact information and virtual office hour times and links are available here.    


Leadership TeamLeadership Team and Faculty

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: Ellen Halpern (halperne@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)


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.

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 a.m.

Gretchen Van de Walle  12:00-2:00p.m.

Barry Komisaruk               1:00-2:00p.m.

Harold Siegel                     1:00-2:20p.m.


Jamil Bhanji                       11:30-1:00p.m.

Paul Boxer                         12:00-1:30p.m.

Kent Harber                      2:00-3:00p.m.

Gretchen Van de Walle  4:00-5:00p.m.

Gerard LaMorte               4:00-5:30 p.m.


Ramona Ross                     9:00-12:00p.m.

Elizabeth Tricomi             10:00-11:20a.m.

Ellen Halpern                     11:00-1:00p.m.

Stephen Hanson               12:00-1:00p.m.

Jamie Gorman                   2:00-4:00p.m

Samantha Heintzelman  3:30-4:30p.m.

Miriam Rosenberg-Lee   4:00-5:00p.m.


Luis Rivera                          12:00-1:00p.m.

Jamie Gorman                   12:00-2:00p.m.

Michael Shiflett                2:00-3:00p.m.

William Graves                  4:00-5:00p.m.

Elizabeth Bonawitz          4:00-4:30p.m.


Vanessa LoBue   10:00-11:00 a.m.

Psychology Department

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

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

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Gretchen Van de Walle

Gretchen Van de Walle

Associate Professor

William Graves

William Graves

Associate Professor

Miriam Rosenberg-Lee

Miriam Rosenberg-Lee

Assistant Professor

Samantha Heintzelman

Samantha Heintzelman

Assistant Professor