Edward Alessi

Associate Professor
School of Social Work

Key topics: LGBTQ asylum seekers and refugees; LGBTQ mental health; LGBTQ trauma; PTSD

Dr. Alessi’s research aims to improve understanding of stress and trauma among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) populations and enhance clinical practice with LGBTQ and other marginalized populations. In June 2017, he was…

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Douglas Behan

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Director of Continuing Education
School of Social Work

Key topics: Factors that make psychotherapy effective; delivering client-centered medical care; design and development of adult training programs

Dr. Douglas Behan is the Director of the Office of Continuing Education and an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice. He has been at the Rutgers School of Social Work since 2007. He enjoys leading the nation’s largest university-based…

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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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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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Bonnie Firestein

Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
School of Arts and Sciences

Key topics: Neuroscience, understanding cognitive disorders

Bonnie L. Firestein, Ph.D. is a Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her work focuses on regulation of the dendritic arbor, both in development and neurocognitive disorders, and specifically,…

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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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Rupa Khetarpal

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Coordinator of the VAWC Certificate Program
School of Social Work

Key topics: Refugee mental health; gender-based violence locally and globally (forced marriage, female genital mutilation, acid attacks, etc.)

Rupa M. Khetarpal joined the School of Social Work as Assistant Professor of Teaching after 15 years of experience of clinical practice with survivors of trauma, both domestic and international including Africa, South Asia, Middle East,…

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Kenneth Kinter

Assistant Professor
Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions
School of Health Professions

Key topics: Helping vs. Enabling; Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing; Trauma-Informed Care; Support for Families with Mentally Ill/Addicted Loved One; Sex Addiction; DSM 5; Crisis Intervention and Suicide; Psychiatric Emergencies

Kenneth Kinter, MA, LPC, is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University and has been employed by Rutgers/UMDNJ since 2004. He has taught Group Dynamics in the Associates Degree Program. His current responsibilities include the implementation of…

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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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Thomas Papathomas

Professor
Biomedical Engineering
School of Arts and Sciences

Key topics: How the brain works; visual, sound, and 3D illusions; stunning demonstrations with 3-D objects and huge face masks

Thomas Papathomas, Ph.D, came from Greece after high school and graduated from Columbia University. He is the director of the Laboratory of Vision Research, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and serves as the Busch Campus…

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