Governor Names Montclair State Psychology Professor to New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect

March 24, 2011—Montclair State University professor Robert McCormick has been appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to the 13-member New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect (NJTFCAN).  He is one of five Task Force members representing the general public.

“I’m very excited about it,” said McCormick, who is a professor of psychology and the founder and director of Montclair State University’s Center for Child Advocacy. “It’s a group that hopefully can contribute to continuing to improve the lives of children.”

Established in 1983, NJTFCAN’s purpose is to study and develop recommendations regarding the most effective means of improving the quality and scope of child protective and preventative services provided or supported by the state government.
In addition to his work at Montclair State, McCormick maintains a private practice in Montclair where he works extensively with children and adult survivors of child abuse and neglect. He had previously served as a consultant to the Division of Youth and Family Services in child abuse cases, particularly involving Latino families and children.

McCormick holds a doctorate in psychology from Rutgers University and a doctorate in Eighteenth Century Spanish Literature from the City University of New York. He is currently attending Rutgers University School of Law in Newark.

Montclair State University’s Center for Child Advocacy offers a range of degree and certificate programs, including New Jersey’s only online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Child Advocacy, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Child Advocacy. The programs have been designed to provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the role of the child advocate as seen through the disciplines of law, sociology, and psychology.

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