Department of Psychology

Laura Cramer-Berness

Office:   Science East 2035; Pediatric Research Lab 2011F
Phone:   973-720-3936
Email:   bernessl@wpunj.edu
Office Hours:   R 11:00-12:00pm; S 8:00-9:00am by appointment (Mercer Campus)

Department: Psychology
Position: Associate Professor
Area Specialization: Clinical Psychology, Pediatric Psychology

Education:

2006                Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
                        Binghamton University (State University of New York), Binghamton, NY
                        APA Accredited; Member of Academy of Psychological Clinical Sciences

2003                M.A. in Clinical Psychology
                        Binghamton University (State University of New York), Binghamton, NY 

2000                B.A. in Psychology (Minor: Public Health)
                        Rutgers College
, New Brunswick
, NJ

1998                University of Sussex, Brighton, England
                        Rutgers College Study Abroad Program

Information:
I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and I specialize in pediatric psychology. I serve as the director of the Pediatric Research Lab at William Paterson University.  Our lab's research interests include infant and childhood pain management, coping with pediatric gastrointestinal illness, and general topics in health/pediatric and child psychology.  In addition to my research, I also work in a private practice with a focus on children and families. 

 

Sample Publications:

Cramer-Berness, L.J. (2011).  Developmental Delay.  In J. Kreutzer, J. DeLuca, & B. Caplan (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology (1st Edition).  New York: Springer.

Cramer-Berness, L.J. (2011).  Symptom.  In J. Kreutzer, J. DeLuca, & B. Caplan (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology (1st Edition).  New York: Springer.

Cramer-Berness, L.J. (2007).  Developing effective distractions for infant immunizations: The progress and challenges.  Children’s Health Care, 36, 203-217.

Walkup, J. & Cramer-Berness, L.J. (2007).  Coping with HIV/AIDS.  In E. Martz & H. Livneh (Eds.), Coping with chronic illness and disability: Theoretical, empirical, and clinical aspects.  New York: Springer.

Cramer-Berness, L.J. & Friedman, A.  (2005).  Behavioral interventions for infant immunizations.  Children’s Health Care, 34, 95-111.

Walkup, J., Cramer, L.J., and Yeras, J.  (2004).  How is stigmatization affected by the “layering” of stigmatized conditions, such as serious mental illness and HIV?  Psychological Reports, 95, 771-779.

 

Sample Presentations (* indicates student):

Cramer-Berness, L.J. (2009, November).  Identifying and understanding psychosocial influences in pediatric gastrointestinal illness.  Presented at the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Research Forum, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.

Knodle, J.* & Cramer-Berness, L.J. (2009, November). The effects of religiosity and spirituality on coping strategies and quality of life in college students.  Poster presented at the 43rd annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy, New York.

Burger, E.* & Cramer-Berness, L.J. (2009, November).  Understanding the phenomenon of psychological resilience:  Coping styles and levels of resilience.  Poster presented at the 43rd annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy, New York.

Cramer-Berness, L.J., Kontorinakas, M., Walkup, J., & Boyer, C.A. (2008, August).  College mental health: Providing a picture of students at risk.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Kontorinakas, M., Cramer-Berness, L.J., Walkup, J., & Boyer, C.A. (2008, August).  Mental health stigma on college campuses: Students’ perspectives. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Cramer-Berness, L.J., Walkup, J., Boyer, C.A., & Kontorinakas, M. (2007, August).  Identifying the factors that influence help-seeking behaviors in college students.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.     

Cramer-Berness, L.J. (2007, April).  Taking control: Positive steps for teens dealing with IBD.  “Kids Count”—Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of New Jersey, Woodbridge, NJ.

Knodle, J.*, Cramer-Berness, L.J., Austin, J., & Cortese, L*.  (2007, March).  The effect of religion on coping strategies.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.  

Cramer-Berness, L.J. & Lisman, S.  (2006, April).  A comparison of distracters in decreasing infant pain and parent distress during routine immunizations.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Conference on Child Health Psychology, Gainesville, FL.

Cramer, L. J., Walkup, J., & Yeras, J. (2004, April).  Stigma judgments of serious mental illness and HIV:  The effects of “layering” of stigmatized conditions.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Cramer, L.J., Jurado, M., Griffith, J., & Friedman, A.  (2003, November).  Behavioral interventions for infant immunizations.  Poster session presented at the 37th annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Boston. 

Cramer, L.J., Friedman, A., Jurado, M., & Griffith, J.  (2003, November).  Parent behavior and infant distress during routine early immunizations:  Naturalistic observations.  Poster session presented at the 37th annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Boston.