College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
ext. 7303
Office Location: 1515 Broad Street

DR. BOYLE received his Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012. Prior to joining MSU he was an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University for three years. Dr. Boyle’s research focuses on psychosocial issues experienced by people who stutter. The major goal of his work is to help increase quality of life and social participation of individuals with fluency disorders. Dr. Boyle has authored a variety of scientific articles in leading journals in his field and several book chapters. His research has been consistently funded over the past several years and he has presented his work internationally. Dr. Boyle also has a passion for teaching students and increasing critical thinking skills.


Assistant Professor, Psychology
ext. 5201
Office Location: Dickson Hall

Dr. Lowe is a clinical psychologist who was hired to teach in the graduate child clinical psychology program. Dr. Lowe completed her pre-doctoral internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and has done post-doctoral work at The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in the Department of Epidemiology where she was an Associate Research Scientist. Dr. Lowe’s area of research is on the mental health consequences of traumatic events, with a particular focus on natural disasters. Her research seeks to extend the field by focusing on three areas: (a) the long-term mental health consequences of trauma; (b) mechanisms related to secondary stressors that contribute to long-term outcomes; and (c) the influence of social relationships and contexts on post-trauma resilience.  Dr Lowe has published extensively in top tier journals in her field and has had great success in grants and grant related research. Dr. Lowe uses many advanced statistical techniques in her work and brings that strength the department.

Assistant Professor, Robert D. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and Policy
ext. 4188
Office Location:  Dickson Hall 301

Dr. Lytle received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Toledo in 2015. Her research interests are in the area of forensic developmental psychology and include examining interview procedures used with children. In her dissertation, The referent can obscure performance: Requiring young children to use their own bodies impedes their use of 2D human line drawings as self-representations, she explored young children’s ability to use dolls and drawings to show touch occurring on their own bodies. 


Assistant Professor, History
ext. 7848
Office Location: Dickson Hall 428

Dr. Martini is an Assistant Professor in the History Department.  Prior to joining Montclair State, Dr. Martini was a Doctoral Fellow at the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh where she taught and conducted research from 2013-2015. Dr. Martini was awarded a Ph.D. in History by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she started her research work on the fields of United States History during the nineteenth century, Native American History and comparative colonial histories. As a member of the History department, Dr. Martini will primarily teach courses on the early history of the United States. Her work emphasizes transnational approaches to the study of United States expansion which will offer a valuable addition to the Department’s existing strengths in world and comparative history. She will also be partly responsible for coordinating the Social Studies Teaching Certification Program.


Assistant Professor, Psychology
ext. 5201
Office Location: Dickson Hall

Dr. Sandry is a cognitive psychologist hired to teach in the graduate and undergraduate programs in general and experimental psychology. Dr. Sandry worked as a  postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology and neuroscience research at the Kessler Foundation and is affiliated with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.  Dr. Sandry’s fellowship at Kessler was sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  There he studied human memory and is interested in understanding the role of attention and working memory in forming new long-term memories, and how findings in basic memory research in healthy populations can translate to understand and treat memory impairment associated with diverse neurological disorders, specifically, multiple sclerosis (MS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr Sandry has published extensively in top tier journals in his field and has had great successes in grants and grant related research.  Dr. Sandry brings a unique perspective to the department after being an adjunct here for a year prior to being asked to join the faculty, and is an example of the talent we have here in our adjunct pool, which is considerable.  Further, Dr. Sandry’s work truly embraces a scientist practitioner perspective using basics of cognition to support interventions for those in the world who suffer with various impairments in movement and cognition. 


Assistant Professor, Anthropology
ext. 4119
Office Location: Dickson Hall 124

DR. TAHA received her Ph.D. in Linguistic Anthropology at The University of Arizona in 2014.  Her dissertation, Cultivating Convivencia: Youth and Democratic Education in Southeast Spain, examined students’ and teachers’ everyday talk in and around democratic education classes to show that their interactions unwittingly reinforced the social, cultural, and ideological divisions that those classes aimed to challenge, using Moroccan immigrant youth, especially, as foils for lessons on social progressivism. Dr. Taha’s work bridges linguistic, political, and educational anthropology, with special interest in developing students’ ethnographic skills through fieldwork and community based participatory research.


Assistant Professor, Psychology
ext. 5201
Office Location: Dickson Hall

Dr. Zottoli is a licensed clinical forensic psychologist hired to teach in the graduate program in clinical forensic psychology.  Dr. Zottoli trained in a number of clinical areas including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and clinical neuroscience in and around the city of New York including placements at Mt. Sinai, Bellevue, and NYS Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University.  Dr. Zottoli taught brielfy at St Joseph’s in Brooklyn before moving to Montclair State.  Dr. Zottoli’s expertise is in adolescent decision making and legal competencies where she maintains an active research program that broadly is applied to juvenile justice issues. One area of her work focuses on the neurocognitive bases of developmental deficits in adolescent decision-making; the other, focuses on plea-deal experiences of juveniles charged as adults.  Dr. Zottoli has had success in grant writing and grant-funded research and has published in top tier journals in her field.  Dr. Zottoli’s previous teaching experience is an asset to the department as she has quite successfully taught across many areas in psychology.