Nancy Razza, PhD

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Department of Pediatrics
335 George Street
Suite 3500
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
 
Phone: 732-758-1122
Email: njrazza@gmail.com
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Last Updated: August 09, 2013

 

Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
 
Discipline(s): Psychology
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
 
Research: Mental Health, Psychological Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Offending, Sexual Abuse Avoidence Training.
Education: Mental Health.
Service: Mental Health, Training and Supervising of Doctoral Pscychology Students.

Vita/Bio

 

Nancy J. Razza, Ph.D.

130 Maple Ave. Suite 9, Bldg. 9

Red Bank, N.J. 07701

(732) 758-1122

http://www.thehealingcrowd.com/

njrazza@yahoo.com

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

A clinical psychologist in private practice with a focus in trauma work with a primarily adult, clientele. A corresponding focus includes a twenty-five year commitment to individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID).  Accomplishments include the design and implementation of a mental health treatment program for abuse survivors and sexual offenders with ID, extensive publications and presentations in this emerging area, and service as a contributing editor with the foremost peer-reviewed journal on mental health and ID.  Featured for her pioneering work in People with Disabilities and Families, both published by the New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council. Lead author for APA's first book devoted to psychotherapy for people with intellectual disabilities.        

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

1994-PRESENT      Psychologist; independent practice.  New Jersey license # 3159.

•1991-1994                             Psychologist; supervised practice under temporary permit of the New Jersey

State Board of Psychological Examiners.

1987-1989               Senior Behavior Specialist; Project Natural Setting Therapeutic Management,     

       Division of Psychological Services, Fairleigh Dickinson University,

       Hackensack, NJ.

1981-1985               Coordinator of Residential Services, Pathways, Inc., Long Branch, NJ.

1980-1981               Staff Psychologist, Master's Level, Assn. for the Help of Retarded Children,                                NY, NY.

•1979-1980                              Senior Mental Health Tech, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Staten Island, NY.

1977-1979               Instructor/Curriculum Coordinator, ARC, Bergen-Passaic Unit, Haledon, NJ.

CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

1991-PRESENT     Consulting Psychologist, ARC, Monmouth Unit, Tinton Falls, NJ.

Supervise doctoral externs and psychotherapists; coordinate mental health                                           and behavioral treatment for people with intellectual disabilities.

1985-1991               Behavioral Consultant, ARC, Monmouth Unit, Tinton Falls, NJ.

1994-1995               Consulting Psychologist, Joslin Center for Diabetes, St. Barnabas Medical                                    Center Community Medical Center Division, Toms River, NJ

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

1980-1986               Adjunct Instructor in Psychology: Brookdale Community College,

      Middlesex County College, Monmouth University

POSITION HELD

1997-present            Contributing Editor, Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities                                     Psych-Media, Inc., PO Box 57, Bear Creek, NC  27207

EDUCATION

1987-1991               Ph.D, Clinical Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ.

1983-1985              Post-Master's Certificate in Mental Health Administration, New School for Social  Research, New York, NY. 

1977-1980              Master of Arts, General-Theoretical Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ.

•1973-1976                Bachelor of Arts, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck NJ.

Graduated Cum Laude       

Member:  Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology; 

Phi Omega Epsilon Honor Society; Phi Zeta Kappa Honor Society.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

2006          Center for Alcoholism Studies, Rutgers University. Colloquium presentation:  Group Process at the intersection of addictions and intellectual disabilities.     

2004          Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Colloquium presentation:  The Healing Crowd: Psychotherapy for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

2004          Mainstreaming Medical Care Conference sponsored by the Arc of NJ:  The Interactive-Behavioral Model of Group Psychotherapy for People with ID.

2004          Equal Justice Conference, sponsored by the Developmentally Disabled Offenders Program of the Arc of NJ: Afternoon Keynote Address presented with Daniel J. Tomasulo on the Interactive-Behavioral Model.

2004           American Psychological Association, Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI

Continuing education workshop presenter:  The Healing Crowd: Group psychotherapy for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

2001          15th Annual Statewide Inservice on Developmental Disabilities, Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities, Oregon State University:  Sexual abuse and psychological trauma.

1999          American Psychological Association, 107th Annual Convention, Boston, MA

Continuing education workshop presenter:  Individual and group psychotherapy for persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

1998          American Psychological Association, 106th Annual Convention, SanFrancisco, CA

Continuing education workshop presenter:  Individual and group psychotherapy for persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.                 

1998          12th Annual Statewide Inservice on Developmental Disabilities, Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities, Oregon State University:  Sexual abuse and psychological trauma.

1998         State of Montana, Dept. of Public Health & Human Services, Statewide Staff Training:  Group Counseling for People with MR/DD

1998         YAI's 19th Annual International Conference on MR/DD, New York, NY:  The sexual abuse continuum. 

PUBLICATIONS

In press:  Posttraumatic stress disorder in people with intellectual disabilities.  Forthcoming chapter (co-authored with Daniel J. Tomasulo) in the DSM IV-ID: Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

2005        Group Dynamics in the Treatment of People with Intellectual Disabilities:                                  Optimizing Therapeutic Gain (co-authored with Daniel J. Tomasulo) Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities; 8 (1): 22-28.

2005         Healing Trauma:  The Power of Group Treatment for People with Intellectual Disabilities.  (co-authored with Daniel J. Tomasulo) Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

1999          A question of abuse:  Talking with persons who have MR/DD about their experiences with victimization (part 1).  Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities; 2: 64-68.

1998          A question of abuse:  Talking with persons who have MR/DD about their experiences with victimization (part 2).  Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities; 1: 48-51.

1998          Domestic violence against women with mental retardation.  (Co-authored chapter with L. Murphy) in A. Roberts (Ed.) Battered Women and Their Families.  New York:  Springer Publishing Company.

1997          Trauma and interpersonal violence in the lives of individuals with mental retardation:  Understanding and diagnosing PTSD.  The Habilitative Mental Healthcare Newsletter; 16(3):  53-55.

1997          The challenge of treating persons with posttraumatic stress disorder.  The Habilitative Mental Healthcare Newsletter; 16(5):  94-98.

1996          The sexual abuse continuum:  Therapeutic interventions with individuals with mental retardation (part 1: abuse prevention).  The Habilitative Mental Healthcare Newsletter; 15(1):  19-22.

1996          The sexual abuse continuum:  Therapeutic interventions with individuals with mental retardation (part 2:  treating survivors).  The Habilitative Mental Healthcare Newsletter; 15(4):  84-86.

1996          The sexual abuse continuum:  Therapeutic interventions with individuals with mental retardation (part 3:  treating offenders).  The Habilitative Mental Healthcare Newsletter; 15(6):  116-118.

1993          Determinants of direct-care staff turnover in group homes for persons with mental retardation.  Mental Retardation; 31(5):  284-291.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND AWARDS

Member:                  American Psychological Association

                                American Association on Mental Retardation

                                New Jersey Psychological Association

                                Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

                                New Jersey Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

Certified Group Psychotherapist:  National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists

Recipient:                2005 American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama-David Kipper Scholar's Award for the book Healing Trauma:  The Power of Group Treatment for People with Intellectual Disabilities  

Recipient:                2005 Arc of Monmouth Health Care Professional of the Year

Recipient:                2005 Arc of New Jersey Health Care Professional of the Year

Recipient:                1998 Arc of Monmouth Health Care Professional of the Year