Brian Chu

Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Psychology
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Key topics: Child and adolescent anxiety and depression, stress and coping in children and teens, school anxiety and school refusal, assessment and detection of anxiety and mood problems in youth, psychological therapy for youth anxiety and depression, including: generalized anxiety disorder, separation anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, depression and dysthymia in children.

Brian C. Chu, Ph.D., is assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University. He is also director and founder of the…

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Rebecca Davis

Associate Professor
Organizational Psychology Program
School of Social Work

Key topics: Social Work and the Child Welfare Workforce: International Perspectives on Best Practices

Dr. Rebecca Davis, Director and Lecturer, Center for International Social Work at Rutgers University School of Social Work, has primary teaching responsibilities in social work practice with children and families in the international context.…

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Maurice Elias

Professor
Department of Psychology
School of Arts and Sciences

Key topics: Parenting, emotional intelligence, education reform, character education, the achievement gap, prevention of bullying, violence, substance abuse, and related problem behaviors, impact of media on children, Jewish education and Jewish identity

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., is president of the International Society for Community Research and Action and Division of Community Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is also a Leadership Team founding member for the…

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Colleen Georges

Part Time Lecturer
Department of Educational Psychology
Graduate School of Education

Key topics: Positive psychology, career development, parenting, women's leadership

Dr. Colleen Georges is part-time lecturer in Educational Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies. She is a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor and holds over a dozen certifications in positive psychology, parenting with positive discipline,…

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Erica Goldblatt Hyatt

Assistant Teaching Professor
Assistant Director of DSW Program
School of Social Work

Key topics: Pregnancy loss; reproductive justice; death and dying; thanatology; bereavement

Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt is an administrator, clinician, and author with over a decade's worth of experience in the field of death, dying and bereavement. She received her Doctorate of Social Work, Master of Social Work, and Master of Bioethics…

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Michael LaSala

Associate Professor and Director, Doctorate of Social Work Program
Department of Social Work
School of Social Work

Key topics: LGBT Issues; Family Issues; Psychotherapy; LGBT Health

Michael C. LaSala, PhD, LCSW is associate professor and Director of the Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) Program at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University, where he has won several awards for innovation in teaching. He has been a…

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Lenna Nepomnyaschy

Associate Professor
Department of Social Work
School of Social Work

Key topics: Child support; Nonresident fathers; Fathers' involvement with children; Poverty and social policy; Child well-being; Single-parent families; Material hardship; Food insecurity; Economic insecurity; Income & wealth inequality; Health disparities; Infant health; Parental debt

Lenna Nepomnyaschy is an associate professor at Rutgers School of Social Work. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 2003 and an MSW from Rutgers in 1991. Her research is broadly focused on how poverty, inequality, and social policies…

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Jennifer Theiss

Assistant Professor
Communication
School of Communication and Information

Key topics: Challenges in dating relationships and marriage, sexual intimacy in committed and noncommitted relationships, features of interpersonal conflict, jealousy, communicating about relational issues and problems

Jennifer A. Theiss, Ph.D. studies the role of interpersonal communication in negotiating and maintaining romantic relationships. Her research focuses on factors that can affect communication in relationships, such as uncertainty and interference…

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Abigail Williams-Butler

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

Key topics: Child and adolescent development; the child welfare system; the juvenile justice system; racial disparities within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems; intersectionality within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems

Abigail Williams-Butler received her PhD from the University of Michigan in the Joint Social Work and Developmental Psychology program. Her research agenda is informed by her practice experience as a residential counselor for adolescents with…

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