Typically, 12-15 students are accepted into the program each year. Our students come from diverse backgrounds and have wide-ranging interests and aspirations related to research and psychology. Current students come from a variety of institutions in the Northeast, across the country, and abroad. While many of our cohort are traditional full-time students, our night classes allow for non-traditional students, many of whom are in the workforce and completing the program on a part-time basis. Most of our students enroll in thesis track, while others opt for the content track route.
Many of our students continue on to research-focused doctoral programs; recent graduates have been accepted into the following universities: Alabama, California-Riverside, Miami, Rochester, SUNY Stony Brook, and Utah. Others take advantage of our location near Philadelphia (a 10-minute car or train ride), Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York City to pursue psychology related careers outside of academia. Students in our program benefit from individualized attention from faculty members and have ample opportunities to develop their research and professional skills.
Theodore Oing graduated cum laude with a B.A. in psychology from Tusculum College in May 2014. Member of the national honors society Alpha Chi and the international psychology honors society Psi Chi. Completed the Ronald E. McNair Program in Summer 2013. Undergraduate research under the supervision of Dr. Brian Pope included topics such as the earworm phenomenon and the effects of ego depletion on video game performance. Research projects have been presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) Annual Conference in 2013 and 2014, and the ETSU Boland Symposium in 2014. I was employed by Tusculum College from 2012-2014 as a Psychology and English tutor, as well as a research mentor for Upward Bounds during my internship at the Ronald E. McNair Program. Current research interest is on the effects of emotion on choice-making and behavior.
Jorge Carvalho Pereira received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware in May 2015. During his undergraduate career he was involved in the research of Dr. Carroll Izard’s, Human Emotions Lab, which studies the development of emotion knowledge, emotion regulation, and emotion competence. He also was a teaching assistant to Dr. Brian Ackerman, in his Developmental Psychology course. Finally, he worked as a Research Assistant at a clinical research facility in Marlton, New Jersey, primarily collaborating with clinical study teams in the start up of a wide array of Early and Late Phase clinical trials, as well as performing neuropsychiatric rating scales. In addition to beginning his graduate studies in the Master’s in Psychology program at Rutgers-Camden, he also currently works as a Mental Health Associate at a Behavioral Health Center in New Jersey, where he participates as an interdisciplinary treatment team member and assist patients in managing activities of daily living, conduct therapeutic groups for patients, and maintain unit and patient safety. He is eager to begin the graduate program and learning more as well as conduct research.
David Sherrell graduated cum laude with a BS in Psychology from University of Phoenix in 2013. Since 2009, he has traveled the world providing substance abuse prevention services to schools, including education, consultation, and data-driven community interventions. His experiences as a consultant and educator fuel his passion for further study: David’s research interests include adolescent risk behaviors and the connections between school climate and student mental wellbeing. In November 2015, he will have the honor of presenting recently completed research at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Chicago. David is honored and excited to join the Graduate Program in Psychology at Rutgers Camden; he looks forward to growing his research abilities and developing the other skills that will eventually make him a successful PhD candidate.