Lab Director

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 and has over 50 publications in top-tier journals. She is very active in professional service, including as Media Editor for the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP), 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.

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


Lab Members

David Siegel
Affiliated Graduate Student

David Siegel is a 3rd year student in the PsyD program at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology within Rutgers University. His research interests include the prevention of non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal behaviors. He also has an interest in the reduction of mental health stigma, particularly related to severe mental illness. His clinical interests include the integration of different psychotherapeutic modalities. Currently, David provides psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan with a broad range of internalizing, externalizing, and personality pathology.

Woanjun Lee
Research Assistant
Jessica L. Hamilton, PhD
Department of Psychology
Rutgers University- New Brunswick
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