Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Ph.D.

Professor

Department Chair

Ph.D., Stony Brook University

M.A., Stony Brook University

B.A., Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Office: Howard Hall, Room 104

Phone: 732-263-5476

Email: glewando@monmouth.edu

Lab Web site: http://www.garylewandowski.com/#!relationship-science-lab/cktc

Web site: Gary Lewandowski Jr.

Regularly Taught Courses:

PY103: Introduction to Psychology

PY320: Research III: Experimental Methods and Laboratory

PY360: Intimate Relationships

PY360L: Intimate Relationships Thesis Laboratory

PY491: Research IV: Thesis in Psychology

About:

Dr. Lewandowski’s research focuses on self and intimate relationships. He has published over 20 journal articles, over a dozen book chapters, received 12 grants, and given over 80 conference presentations (the vast majority of these endeavors involve students as coauthors).  Dr. Lewandowski currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and is a co-editor/co-creator of www.ScienceOfRelationships.com.  Dr. Lewandowski’s work and expertise has been featured in a number of media outlets and his teaching was recognized in the Princeton Review’s book, The Best 300 Professors.

Research Interests:

Dr. Lewandowski’s primary research focuses on the role of self in romantic relationships including such processes as: attraction, relationship initiation, relationship maintenance, infidelity, and break-up. His other research focuses on improving the pedagogy of teaching research methods and statistics.

Professional Associations:

American Psychological Society (APS)

Eastern Psychological Association (EPA)

International Association for Relationship Research (IARR)

Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP)

Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)

Awards:

  • Winner of the 2013 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Award for Outstanding Instruction in Pre-health Competencies: Psychology
      
  • Winner of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Media Prize as Co-Founder & Administrator for www.ScienceOfRelatonships.com (2012)

Monmouth University Distinguished Teacher Award (2012)

Princeton Review's The Best 300 Professors (2012)

New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) - Emerging Researcher Award (2011)

Selected Works:

Books:

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Loving, T., Le, B., & Gleason, M. (Eds.) (2011). The science of relationships: Answers to your questions about dating, marriage, and family. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Scholarly Articles:

(* indicates student co-author)

Mattingly, B. A., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2014). Expanding the self brick by brick: Non-relational self-expansion and self-concept size. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 483 - 489. doi: 10.1177/1948550613503886.

Mattingly, B. A., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2013). An expanded self is a more capable self: The association between self-concept size and self-efficacy. Self and Identity, 12, 621-634. doi:10.1080/15298868.2012.71886

Mattingly, B. A., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2013). The power of one: Benefits of individual self-expansion. Journal of Positive Psychology, 8, 12-22.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Ciarocco, N., Pettenato, M.* & Stephan, J.* (2012). Pick me up: Ego depletion and receptivity to relationship initiation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29, 1071-1084.

VanderDrift, L. E., Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., & Agnew, C. R. (2011). Reduced self-expansion in current romance and interest in relationship alternatives. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28, 356-373. doi: 10.1177/0265407510382321

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Nardone, N.,* & Raines, A. J.* (2010). The role of self-concept clarity in relationship quality.Self and Identity, 9, 416-433. doi: 10.1080/152988609033321

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Aron, A., & Gee, J. (2007). Personality goes a long way: The malleability of opposite-sex physical attractiveness. Personal Relationships, 14(4), 571-585. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6811.2007.00172.x

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., & Bizzoco, N.* (2007). Addition through subtraction: Growth following the dissolution of a low quality relationship. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 2(1), 40-54. doi:10.1080/17439760601069234

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Aron, A., Bassis, S., & Kunak, J.* (2006). Losing a self-expanding relationship: Implications for the self-concept. Personal Relationships, 13(3), 317-331. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6811.2006.00120.x

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., & Ackerman, R. A.* (2006). Something's missing: Need fulfillment and self-expansion as predictors of susceptibility to infidelity. The Journal of Social Psychology, 146(4), 389-403. doi:10.3200/SOCP.146.4.389-403

Popular Press:

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2014, June). Thinking about breaking up with someone? Flip a coin. The Washington Post.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2014, May). Flowers have powers to change men's dating prospects, studies suggest.The Conversation.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2013, December). Nudity found to offer new social benefits. Scientific American.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2013, November). Women act like men when they switch seats at speed dating. LiveScience.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2013, September). What physiological changes can explain the honeymoon phase of a relationship? Scientific American Mind.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Loving, T. J., & Bobrowski, M.* (2013). The eyes have it: Promoting classroom discussion of equal marriage rights. iCollaborative (MedEdPORTAL), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2012, July/August). Is a bad mood contagious? Scientific American Mind, pg 72.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2010). Break-ups aren’t all bad: Coping strategies to promote positive outcomes. APA: Research in Action. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/research/action/romantic-relationships.aspx

Presentations/Invited Talks:

Branick, A. *, Hughes, E.*, & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2014, March).Can self-expansion make a boring job better?  Poster presented at the 2014 Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2014, March). Tapping the breaks on technology: Why more may not be better in the classroom.  Invited talk presented at the 2014 Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2014, February). Staying whole while helping the whole student: Insights from psychology. Invited talk at The Association of Student Assistance Professionals of New Jersey 28th Annual Conference.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2013, September). Science of relationships and the self. Invited talk given at York College, PA.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2013, June). It's all about relationships, especially when teaching about research, statistics, and writing. Invited keynote speaker at the Eastern Teaching of Psychology Conference (hosted by James Madison University) in Staunton, VA.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2013, April). Science (and science teaching) starts with a question.  Invited talk given at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) of Misericordia University, PA.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2013, April). The dark side of relationships: Why do people cheat?  Invited talk given at Misericordia University, PA.

Piasio, C.*, & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2013, January). The perils of passionate love. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference in New Orleans, LA

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., & Ciarocco, N. J. (2013, January). What's the point?: A new approach to teaching research methods. Invited speaker at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Teaching Preconference in New Orleans, LA.

Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., & Ciarocco, N. (2012, October). It all starts with a question: A new perspective on teaching methodology.  Invited/Keynote Talk given at the Best Practices in Teaching Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Additional Information:

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, (January 2011 – Present)