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Gary Lewandowski

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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. 

How Monmouth helped me achieve my goals

The undergraduate students in Lewandowski’s courses and in
the Relationship Science Lab are given the opportunity to become direct
participants in his research, allowing them to register valuable experience
before proceeding into their careers or to graduate school.

“Most of my research involves undergraduate students as
research assistants or coauthors,” Lewandowski said. “Students in my
Relationship Science Lab have had the opportunity to obtain grants, present at
conferences, and publish articles on topics such as attraction, pick-up lines,
love, cheating/infidelity, coping with break-up, and the influence of stress on
relationships.

“In total, students and I have coauthored nearly forty
conference presentations, more than a half dozen magazine and blog articles,
and fifteen journal articles and academic chapters. Most importantly, these projects
have enabled students to attend a variety of quality doctoral programs in
psychology and start promising careers in numerous fields.”

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.”

A photo of Gary Lewandowski

Occupation

Professor of Psychology & Department Chair

Department

Psychology

Favorite Activity

Director, Monmouth University Relationship Science Lab