Wendy S. Matthews, PhD
After receiving a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University in 1967, I studied at the University to Paris where I earned a Certificate de Psychologie Génétique in 1972. I then returned to Cornell University for the Ph.D. degree, which was awarded in 1975.
With the support of the National Institute of Mental Health, I engaged in post-doctoral research and clinical training from 1975 to 1977 at Temple University and Harvard University's Department of Psychology and Social Relations, where I later held the position of Research Associate. In 1978, I was designated a Psychology Fellow with the New Jersey Department of Human Services and completed a one-year internship program in Child Clinical Psychology. I then participated in supervisory experience at the Multimodal Institute (later the Contemporary Psychology Institute) where I became Director of their Children's Program.
Upon completion of my clinical training in 1979, I assumed the position of Pediatric Psychologist for the Laurie Neurodevelopmental Institute’s Child Evaluation Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where I established a research program dealing with psychosocial aspects of childhood epilepsy and was honored with a Merit Award for Exceptional Teaching. I became the Director of Research of the Division of Pediatric Neurology, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the following year.
My research has focused upon a wide range of developmental disabilities including seizure disorders, tic syndromes, cerebral palsy, PKU, learning disabilities, and mental retardation and I have published extensively and journals such as Pediatrics, Annals of Neurology, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. In addition, I am co-author with Jean Brooks-Gunn of: He and She: How Children Develop Their Sex Role Identity.
I recently retired for my 30-year, full-time private practice in Princeton. My areas of specialization included infants and preschoolers, attention deficit disorder, child anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I have served as the Pediatric Psychology Consultant to the NJ Division of Youth and Family Services and I'm qualified as an expert witness in matters of custody, sexual abuse, and child psychology. In addition, I have taught classes at Princeton University. I am currently serving as Psychology Consultant to Mindprint Learning, an online assessment service, and to the Greater New Brunswick Day Care Council, I have recently written a book entitled “How to Read to Your Little One” or “Como Leer a su Pequeno” for parents of young children.