Faculty and Staff

Department Chair

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Kenneth Sumner

218 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-5397
sumnerk@mail.montclair.edu

Kenneth Sumner, chair, received a PhD from Bowling Green State University. His research interests include: leadership, attitudes, and psychometrics. He teaches courses including Research Methods, Statistics, and supervising the Industrial and Organizational internships.

Staff


 

Julia H. Coyne

1420 Center for Clinical Services
(973) 655-3527
coynej@mail.montclair.edu

Julia Coyne, Assistant Director for Child Clinical and School Psychology Training, received a PhD in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She holds New Jersey and national certification in school psychology. Her research interests include post injury cognitive rehabilitation in learning, supporting learning in multi-tiered systems, crisis intervention and prevention, and international school psychology. She is teaches the School Psychology Externship class and manages the clinical aspect of the Practicum in Assessment class at the Psychological Services Center (PSC) at the Center for Clinical Services (CCS). She  completed her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric rehabilitation research at the Kessler Foundation in West Orange, NJ, where she conducted funded research.

 

Bonita Kates

219 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-5203
katesb@mail.montclair.edu

Bonita Kates works in student affairs for the Department of Psychology.

Full-Time Faculty


 

Paul Amrhein

239 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7926
amrheinp@mail.montclair.edu

Paul Amrhein, associate professor, received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His research interests include: language use in natural contexts (conversations, therapeutic interventions) and how bilingualism contrasts with monolingualism with regard to memory access and production of knowledge representations across the lifespan. He teaches courses in research methodology and statistics. 


 

Meredyth Krych Appelbaum

243 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-4336
krychm@mail.montclair.edu

Meredyth Appelbaum, assistant professor, received a PhD in cognitive psychology from Stanford University. Her research examines the methods people use to coordinate in face-to-face conversation and how this coordination facilitates mutual understanding. She teaches courses including Introduction to Statistics, Psychology Research Methods, and Psycholinguistics (Psychology of Language).


 

Kevin Askew

229 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-5201
askewk@mail.montclair.edu

Kevin Askew, assistant professor, received a PhD from the University of South Florida. His research interests include: "cyberloafing" and personal computer use at work; and the intersection of psychology and technology. He teaches courses including Quantitative and Statistical Methods, Interventions for Successful Organizations, and Personnel Psychology.


 

Yoav Arieh

227 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7639
ariehy@mail.montclair.edu

Yoav Arieh, associate professor, has a PhD in cognitive psychology from Bar Ilan University. His research interests include: selective attention, sensory integration/multisensory processes, and auditory perception. He teaches courses in experimental psychology and quantitative methods.


 

Jennifer Bragger

235 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7387
braggerj@mail.montclair.edu

Jennifer Bragger, professor, has a PhD from Temple University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Her research interests include: Leadership Development, the Job Interview, Faith at Work, Work-Family Conflict, and Stereotypes at Work. She teaches courses including Leadership Theory and Development, Performance Management, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Psychology, and the cooperative learning course in Leadership Development.

 

Saundra Collins

217 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7978
collinss@mail.montclair.edu

Saundra Collins, professor, has a PhD from the University of Maryland.


 

Anthony D'Urso

251 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-5296
dursoa@mail.montclair.edu

Anthony D'Urso, associate professor, has a PysD from Rutgers University. His research interests include best practices in forensic psychology, Child Psychopathology, and Victimization/PTSD in Children. He teaches courses including Practicum in Assessment I. He co-founded Finding Words – New Jersey, the second certified forensic interviewing academy in the United States by the national Child Protection and Training Center. For more than a decade, D'Urso served as chair of the Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board and as a member of the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.


 

Jeremy K. Fox

253 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7379
foxjer@mail.montclair.edu

Jeremy Fox, assistant professor, received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. His research interests include the developmental psychopathology of anxiety and depression, temperament and emotion regulation, screening and early intervention of childhood anxiety, and school-based mental health and dissemination issues. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who teaches courses in abnormal psychology, clinical assessment, ethics, and evidence-based therapy.


 

Milton Fuentes

256 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7967
fuentesm@mail.montclair.edu

Milton A. Fuentes, associate professor, received a PsyD in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. He completed a pre-doctoral fellowship in clinical and community psychology at Yale University and post-doctoral training in epidemiology at Columbia University.  He is a founding member and former president of the Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey and the 2012 President of the National Latina/o Psychological Association. Fuentes' research interests are in the areas of Latina/o and multicultural psychology, child/ family psychology, pedagogy and motivational interviewing. He serves as a consultant to several programs, including the Puerto Rican Family Institute and the Violence Prevention Office of the American Psychological Association, where he directs the ACT Mid-Atlantic Regional Center. Fuentes is licensed to practice psychology in New Jersey and New York. He teaches courses including Introduction to Psychology and Systems of Psychotherapy.


 

Sally Grapin

221 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7730
grapins@mail.montclair.edu

Sally Grapin, assistant professor, received a PhD from the University of Florida. Her research interests include: assessment, prevention, and intervention practices for students with reading and other learning disabilities. She teaches courses including: Practicum in Assessment I, Practicum in Assessment II, Practicum in School Psychology, and Therapeutic Interventions in the Schools.


 

Mark Kitzie

245 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-4134
kitziem@mail.montclair.edu

Mark Kitzie, clinical specialist, received his PsyD from Rutgers/GSAPP and is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist. His research interests include resiliency and assessment of culturally diverse children. He teaches courses on cognitive assessment, personality/clinical assessment, and clinical externship. He has several publications related to resiliency in children, the needs of bilingual children and assessment of culturally diverse children. He was the Director of Psychology at a residential facility for adolescents, maintained a private practice specializing in children and adolescents, and is currently Clinical Director at the Youth Development Clinic in Newark.


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Laura Lakusta

247 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7951
‌l@mail.montclair.edu

Laura Lakusta, associate professor, received a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in cognitive developmental psychology/cognitive science. Her research interests include cognitive and language development in infants and children, specifically on the development of spatial concepts and spatial language acquisition. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals including Cognition, Language Learning and Development, and Cognitive Science and is the recipient of research funding from the National Science Foundation. She teaches courses in developmental psychology, child psychology, and research statistics. More information can be found on her website.


 

Sandra Y. Lewis

254 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-5201
lewissy@mail.montclair.edu

Sandra Lewis is a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the African American Studies program at Montclair State. She received a PysD from Rutgers University and her research interests include racial microagressions and the role of culture in health, mental health, and well-being, particularly among Black women. She teaches courses in introductory research and clinically-oriented courses. She also mentors student researchers. Lewis has served on the New Jersey Amistad Commission since 2006.


 

Sarah R. Lowe

461 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7414
lowes@mail.montclair.edu

Sarah Lowe, assistant professor, received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research focuses on the long-term psychological consequences of traumatic events, including natural and man-made disasters, community and interpersonal violence, and childhood abuse and neglect, and the role of multiple ecological levels – from genetics to neighborhoods – in shaping outcomes. Her work has been published in such outlets as Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Traumatic Stress, and Social Science and Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and teaches courses in abnormal psychology.

 

Danielle L. Martines

249 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-5209
martinesd@mail.montclair.edu

Danielle Martines, associate professor, has a PhD from Fordham University. She teaches courses including Professional Issues in Multicultural Psychology and Consultation Methods in Psychoeducational Settings.

 

Josiane Menos

Dickson Hall
(973) 655-5201
menosj@mail.montclair.edu

Josiane Menos, clinical specialist, received a PsyD in School and Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University. She teaches courses including Behavioral Assessment, Family Systems, and Childhood Disorders. She holds certification as a school psychologist in both New York and New Jersey and worked in that capacity in New York City middle and high schools for more than a decade.


 

Luis Montesinos

Dickson Hall
(973) 655-4314
montesinosl@mail.montclair.edu

Luis Montesinos, professor, obtained an MA in Behavior Analysis and Therapy and a Doctor of Rehabilitaiton degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His research interests are in the area of health psychology, minority issues and disenfranchised populations. Most recently he has been exploring the effects of writing on emotions. He teaches Introduction to Psychology and Health Psychology.


 

Jennifer Pardo

252 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7924
pardoj@mail.montclair.edu

Jennifer Pardo is an associate professor and the director of the Speech Communication Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Yale University in 2000. Pardo's research centers on the production and perception of spoken language, with an emphasis on understanding variation and convergence in phonetic form. Pardo teaches courses on Cognition, Perception, and Psycholinguistics. Publications resulting from her research have appeared in Journal of Memory & LanguageFrontiers in Psychology, and Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.


 

Ruth E. Propper

225 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-5201
propperr@mail.montclair.edu

Ruth Propper, professor, received a PhD from the University of Toledo in Cognitive Neuropsychology. She is the director of the Cerebral Lateralization Laboratory. Her research interests include: the contributions of the cerebral hemispheres to mood, cognition, and perception and the mechanisms by which hemispheric activity can be altered, thereby altering emotions, cognition, and perception. She teaches courses focusing on neuroscience and research methodologies.


 

Deborah Fish Ragin

233 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-4176
ragind@mail.montclair.edu

Deborah Fish Ragin, professor, received a PhD in psychology from Harvard University. Her research interests include: Health Psychology with emphasis on health disparities and health policy, Research Methods, and Data Analysis. She is the author of Health Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Health, 3rd edition, by Taylor & Francis (2017). She teaches courses in Health Psychology, Introduction to Psychological Research, and Introduction to Psychology.


 

Joshua Sandry

460 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-5201
sandryj@mail.montclair.edu

Joshua Sandry, assistant professor, received his PhD from New Mexico State University. His research interests include understanding how attention and memory interact to create new long-term memory representations in both healthy and neurological populations. He teaches courses in Experimental Psychology, Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology, Perception, Physiological Psychology, Human Learning and Memory, and Cognition.

 

Ofelia Rodriguez-Srednicki

241 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7925
rodriguezo@mail.montclair.edu

Ofelia Rodriguez-Srednicki, associate professor, received a PhD from Seton Hall University in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include: Clinical Psychology; Multicultural Psychology; Latino/a Issues; Issues of Diversity; Bereavement; Addiction; Trauma; Sexual Abuse; and Women Issues. She teaches courses including Clinical Psychology and the Psychology of Women. Rodriguez, is a licensed psychologist and a certified School Psychologist.


 

Valerie Sessa

237 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-4401
sessav@mail.montclair.edu

Valerie Sessa, professor, received a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the New York University. Her research interests include leadership development in college students and continuous learning at the individual, group, and organizational levels. She teaches courses including Leadership Theory and Development, Groups in Organizations and Work Attitudes and Motivation. She is the author of 3 books: Executive selection: Strategies for success, Jossey Bass (with Jodi Taylor, 2000), Continuous learning in Organizations: Individual, group, and organizational perspectives, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. (with Manny London, 2005), Work group learning: Understanding, improving, and assessing how groups learn in organizations, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. (edited with Manny London, 2008), and has one book in progress: College Student Leadership Development: Learning from Experience, Taylor and Francis.


 

Daniel Simonet

245 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-5201
simonetd@mail.montclair.edu

Daniel Simonet, assistant professor, received a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa. His research interests include dysfunctional leadership, negotiation, emotional intelligence, team dynamics, and advanced psychometrics. He teaches courses in Personnel Selection and Organizational Psychology. Simonet is also the director of the Leadership, Emotion, and Personality lab (LEAP).


 

David J. Townsend

257 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7222
townsendd@mail.montclair.edu

David Townsend, professor, received a PhD in Cognitive Processes from Wayne State University. His research interests include: measuring eye movements during reading to examine the use of structural and semantic information during sentence comprehension. He is a University Distinguished Scholar.


 

Peter Vitze

220 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-7376
vietzep@mail.montclair.edu

Peter Vitze, professor, received a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Wayne State University. His research interests include: Development of Competence and Parenting Style; Parents with Intellectual Disabilities; and Young Children with Autism-Treatment Effectiveness. He teaches courses including Behavior and Development of Infants and Experimental and Child Psychology.


 

Debra Zellner

223 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-4327
zellnerd@mail.montclair.edu

Debra Zellner, professor, received a PhD from American University. Her research interests include: how context and categorization influences hedonic ratings and preference, particularly of foods; factors that influence how much we like foods; and multimodal perception, particularly the influence of color on odor perception. She teaches courses including: Introductory Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Introduction to Psychological Research and Statistics, Sensation and Perception, Psychology of Food, and Motivation.


 

Tina Zottoli

289 Dickson Hall
(973) 655-5201
zottolit@mail.montclair.edu

Tina Zottoli, assistant professor, received a PhD from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY Graduate Center. Her primary research interests lie in adolescent decision making and legal competencies. She teaches courses on Forensic Psychology, Forensic Assessment and Developmental Psychopathology. Zottoli has co-authored several publications, including: "The feedback related negativity (FRN) in adolescents," Psychophysiology (with J. Grose-Fifer) and "A first look at the plea deal experiences of juveniles charged in adult court," International Journal of Forensic Mental Health (with T. Daftary-Kapur).