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Dean's Message

Welcome to our Website! Those of us who study, teach and work at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), a separate unit of Rutgers University, are proud of the school and honored to be a part of it. GSAPP has been referred to by outside evaluators as the "gold standard" of professional psychology schools and as "arguably the best program in the country." We are very proud of those assessments, and work to sustain our excellence. This is a summary of what makes the school very special.

GSAPP is part of a great university. Our faculty are recognized nationally for the excellence of their scholarship. They have active research programs and also pursue professional practice as consultants to organization, including schools, or as therapists for individuals, couples, families and groups. Be sure to check out faculty bios, publications and accomplishments on our website.

We are committed to serving the community and to preparing students for public service. Our Psychological Clinic allows students the opportunity to treat a wide range of outpatients in conjunction with coursework. Student practicum placements include schools, organizations, mental health centers, hospitals, prisons, and day care centers throughout the central New Jersey area as well as in New York and Philadelphia. In addition, students working at our Center for Applied Psychology serve populations ranging from corporate executives and public schools to families of children with autism or who are in foster care.

The GSAPP community treasures its cultural diversity. We have been working to increase our understanding of one another and of our varied clientele. GSAPP has received recognition from the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology for "Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Diversity in Professional Psychology." The Clinical Program is one of three programs nationally that were awarded the Suinn Minority Achievement Award for 2004 for making outstanding efforts to recruit, retain, and train ethnic minority graduate students. Some of our students have been awarded prestigious APA minority Fellowships.

Enjoy our website and feel free to contact any of us who can be helpful. You will find our email addresses under Contact Us, or in the Faculty and Staff directories. If GSAPP fits your goals, and if we sound like the kind of community with which you would like to study, please do consider joining us.

Stanley B. Messer
Dean and Distinguished Professer
Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
152 Frelinghuysen Rd.
Piscataway, New Jersey, 08854-8085