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Gary Lewandowski PhD

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Meet Gary

Call him Monmouth University’s own Dr. Love. Since coming to campus in 2002, Gary Lewandowski has become a public face for the University—but not just for his nationally recognized work in the classroom. Lewandowski is also a prolific researcher and writer—and at times a media personality, too—on an eye-catching subject: the science behind intimate relationships.

Lewandowski is professor and chair of Monmouth University’s Department of Psychology, and his primary research focuses on self and intimate relationships. Much of that research takes place in the Relationship Science Laboratory where “Dr. L” works closely with his group of undergraduate research assistants.

Lewandowski has published more than thirty journal articles, over fifteen book chapters, received twelve grants, and given more than ninety conference presentations. But his academic achievements haven’t happened in a vacuum—the vast majority of his endeavors involve undergraduate students as coauthors, research assistants, or research participants. His other research interests focus on improving the pedagogy of teaching research methods and statistics.

Lewandowski’s research and relationship expertise has been featured in a number of media outlets including: The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s World, Marie Claire, WebMD, Women’s Health, Self Magazine, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Scientific American Mind, and USA Today

The Princeton Review recognized Lewandowski among its Best 300 Professors from an initial list of 42,000. He has also received recognition from the New Jersey Psychology Association and was inducted into the Society for Experimental Social Psychologists. Lewandowski has won Distinguished Teaching Awards at Stony Brook University and at Monmouth, and his Intimate Relationships course was featured in a USA Today article.

In addition to Intimate Relationships, Lewandowski has taught First Year Seminar, Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Statistics, Experimental Methods, Self & Identity, and Senior Thesis. 

Why I'm proud of Monmouth

“I’m proud of the transformative opportunities we provide our students in the Department of Psychology. Through our unparalleled research training, abundance of internship placements, as well as the ability to conduct and present their theses at conferences, our students are well-prepared for a successful and fulfilling life after Monmouth.”

My favorite Monmouth memory

“My favorite memory isn’t a singular event—rather, my favorite memories are the graduations over the years. Though the day itself is bittersweet, having the chance to see students who I have gotten to know over the past four years walk across the stage, ready to start the next phase of their life, is truly memorable.”

Lewandowski has watched his students’ hands-on opportunities in the classroom and lab pay off as their next phase begins.

“What makes it truly remarkable is seeing our psychology students head off in so many different directions, whether it is working for Viacom, L’Oreal, or HBO, attending Yale, Oxford, NYU, Boston College, Michigan State, or Columbia for doctoral or master’s program, or using their psychology degree to become a doctor, dentist, or lawyer.

“To think that we as faculty have the opportunity to accompany students during their journey is awe-inspiring.”

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