Jessica Leigh Hamilton, PhD


Dr. Jessica Leigh Hamilton (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University- New Brunswick Campus, joining the faculty in January 2021. Dr. Hamilton first received her B.A. in Psychology and History from Swarthmore College. She was awarded her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in 2017 after completing her clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Hamilton obtained additional postdoctoral training in sleep medicine on a NIH-funded T32 fellowship before joining as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Hamilton's research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), including a career development award (K01), loan repayment award (LRP), and predoctoral National Research Service award (F31). She has received national awards and recognition, including most recently being named a 2021 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Hamilton has over 60 publications in top-tier journals and has contributed to several books on digital media interventions. She is very active in professional service and advocacy. She is currently the Media Editor for the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP), co-director of the Scientific Advisory Board for a youth-driven mental health organization (, serves on three editorial boards for clinical and developmental psychology journals, and regularly reviews journal articles for some of the top clinical, developmental, and psychiatry journals.  

Dr. Hamilton is committed to promoting an inclusive and equitable environment in her research, teaching, and mentorship, as well as more broadly within the field of clinical psychology and academia. Dr. Hamilton enjoys running, reading, playing board/card games, making (and eating) sushi, exploring, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves working and doing fun tricks with the amazing Assistant to the Lab Director, Brewce!

Borrowed quote from Hamilton the Musical:  "My name is Jessica Hamilton. There's a million things I haven't done. Just you wait."

For Dr. Hamilton's CV and a full list of publications:

Curriculum Vitae