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Matthew Cuellar

Adjunct, Social Work and Child Advocacy

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Dr. Matthew J. Cuellar
Dickson Hall #305
(973) 655 - 4131

Dr. Matthew J. Cuellar is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy. He earned his PhD in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Minor in Statistics from the Haslam School of Business. He earned a Master in Social Work from The University of Alabama. Dr. Cuellar has served as PI, Co-PI, Research Scientist, and Program Evaluator on externally funded research projects totaling nearly $3.6M. Dr. Cuellar's current research focuses on school safety and barriers to academic achievement among adolescents, particularly those adolescents in urban and inner-city environments. He is extremely passionate about his research and working with children, and has active programs of research in several local school districts in the State of New Jersey. Dr. Cuellar has extensive experience working with students in higher education and currently teaches research methods and children and justice in our CHAD program.


School safety
School violence
School social work


Office Hours


11:30 am - 12:30 pm
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Research Projects

Investigating the effectiveness of the school security climate on school connectedness and student performance

Funded by the National Institute of Justice ($567,191; Award 2017-CK-BX-4008)

Summer Grant Proposal Development

Funded by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Montclair State University ($5,000; Internal Award)