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Monmouth University is pleased to announce Dr. Gary Lewandowski, associate professor of psychology, has received the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) Emerging Researcher Award. This honor is awarded to a faculty member who has received his or her doctorate within the last 10 years and who has made a significant contribution to research in the field of psychology. The award was presented at the NJPA fall conference luncheon on October 29 at the Renaissance Hotel, Iselin, NJ. 

Dr. Lewandowski’s research focuses on the role of the self in close relationships and in college adjustment, attraction, reactions to relationship dissolution, and factors associated with infidelity. He has published 20 articles in highly respected journals and he has been awarded 12 grants funded by a number of organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science. He has also co-coordinated the Atlantic Coast Teaching of Psychology conference. Dr. Lewandowski is a co-editor of the book, The Science of Relationships: Answers to Your Questions about Dating, Marriage, and Family, and he has co-authored 14 book chapters. His work is so highly regarded by his peers that the APA Society for the Teaching of Psychology has featured four of his works as examples of excellence in teaching psychology and research methodology. Further, he has presented his research at over 70 peer-reviewed conferences. He is a mentor to his undergraduate and graduate students, who are often involved in these presentations. Dr. Lewandowski’s research is extremely insightful, engaging, and inspiring and he has been featured on numerous media outlets such as CNN and The New York Times.

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