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Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Ph.D.


Department Chair

Ph.D., Stony Brook University

M.A., Stony Brook University

B.A., Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Howard Hall, 104
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Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Ph.D.
Regularly Taught Courses
PY103: Introduction to Psychology
PY311: Research II: Behavioral Statistics and Laboratory
PY320: Research III: Experimental Methods and Laboratory
PY360: Intimate Relationships
PY360L: Intimate Relationships Thesis Laboratory
PY491: Research IV: Thesis in Psychology

Dr. Lewandowski’s research focuses on self and intimate relationships. He has published over 30 journal articles, over 20 book chapters, received over a dozen grants, and given over 100 presentations at academic conferences, including over 25 invited talks, and serves as co-editor/co-creator of  The vast majority of these endeavors involve undergraduate students as coauthors.  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.
Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Ciarocco, N., & Strohmetz, D. B. (2015).Discovering the scientist within: Research methods in psychology.  Worth Publishers.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.
(* indicates student co-author)
Scholarly Articles
Dwiggins, J.* & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2015) Does hard work pay off? The influence of perceived effort on romantic attraction. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 9, 184-199 . doi:10.5964/ijpr.v9i2.174 Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Mattingly, B. A., & Pedreiro, A.* (2014). Under pressure: The effects of stress on positive and negative relationship behaviors. Journal of Social Psychology, 154, 463-473. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2014.933162Mattingly, 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:10.1080/15298868.2012.71886Mattingly, 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: 10.1177/0265407510382321Lewandowski, 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: 10.1080/152988609033321Lewandowski, 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.xLewandowski, 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
Popular Press
Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2017, February). Path to true love may start with your BFF. CNN.comLewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2016, April). It's not all tears and loneliness: The positive side of breaking up.  The Washington Post.Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2016, February). How to choose a valentine, according to science., G. W., Jr. (2015, November). Wedding bells or single again: Psychology predicts where your relationship is headed., G. W., Jr. (2015, June). The psychology of flirtation: How to know when someone's interested.  The IndependentLewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2015, May). The one thing that will get you through a bad breakup. Refinery29.Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2015, April). Science figured out the type of person who falls in love the fastest. Business Insider.Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2015, January). The biology of cheating. Refinery29.Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2014, December). How to spot a cheater. Business Insider.Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2014, October). This is the best way to flirt if you want to score a date. The Washington Post.
Presentations/Invited Talks
Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., Strohmetz, D. B., & Ciarocco, N. J. (January, 2017). Research 2.0: Reimagining your methods course. Invited talk at the 18 th  Annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology Teaching Preconference in San Antonio, TX. Ciarocco, N. J., Strohmetz, D. B., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (March, 2016). Mythbusters: Research methods edition. Invited talk presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2016, January). Maintaining research productivity while being an excellent teacher.  Invited roundtable discussion presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Conference, San Diego, CA.Ciarocco, N. J., Strohmetz, D. B., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2016, January). Research methods: An employer's dream course.  Invited talk presented at the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) Conference, St. Petersburg Beach, FL.Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2015, April). TED Talk: Break-ups Don't Have To Leave You Broken. Talk given at the TEDx: Accelerators Conference.  Link:, G. W., Jr. (2015, February). Undergraduate focused institutions (UFIs). Mentored Lunch and Breakout session hosted at the Academic and Non-Academic Jobs for Social-Personality Psychologists Preconference (Society for Personality and Social Psychology).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. (2014, February). The science of the self in relationships: From attraction to break-up. Invited talk given at Rowan University, NJ.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.
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)
2016 Teacher/Scholar Travel Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)Winner of the 2013 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Award for Outstanding Instruction in Pre-health Competencies: PsychologyWinner of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Media Prize as Co-Founder & Administrator for (2012)Monmouth University Distinguished Teacher Award (2012)Princeton Review's The Best 300 Professors (2012)New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) - Emerging Researcher Award (2011)
Additional Information

Co-Creator & Editor,  

Co-Creator & Editor,