Lewandowski Jr., Ph.D.
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Office: Howard Hall, Room 104
Lab 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
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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.
Ciarocco, N., Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., & Van Volkom, M. (2013). The impact of a multifaceted approach to teaching research methods on students' efficacy, utility, and attitudes towards research and statistics. Teaching of Psychology, 40, 20-25.
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
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
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.
Dinella, L.M., Pierce, J.*, & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2013, April). Internalization of princess culture: Gender messages, early childhood and young adulthood. Paper symposium presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.
Mattingly, B. A., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2013, January). Too much (self) to lose: Self-expansion as a relationship investment. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference in New Orleans, LA.
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
Simpson, D. A.**, McIntyre, K. P., Mattingly, B. A., & Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2013, January). Self-expansion at work: Implications for job satisfaction, commitment, and self-esteem among the employed and unemployed. 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.
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, (January 2011 – Present)