Department of Secondary and Middle School Education

Cynthia Northington-Purdie, Ph.D.


Office: V4020
Phone: 973-720-3134
Office Hours: Fall 2019 - Tuesday 1:45-4:45PM and by appointment

Department: Secondary and Middle School Education
Position: Chair/Associate Professor

Area Specialization
Developmental Psychology; Educational Psychology

Academic Degrees and Certifications
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Psychological Development - New York University
  • Master of Arts (M.A.), Educational Psychology - Montclair State University
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology - Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • New Jersey Certification: Teacher of the Handicapped K-12
  • New Jersey Certification: Teacher of Psychology
Professional Experience
  • Teacher: State of New Jersey Public Schools - 13 years
Current Teaching and Administrative Responsibilities
  • Chair - Secondary & Middle School Education 
  • CIED 2120-03 Child Development & Learning
  • SMAT 5020-70 Knowing Your Adolescent Learner II
Professional Affiliations and Activities
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Educators (AACTE)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
Current Research Interests
  • Corporal Punishment in the US Public Schools
    Current trends in classroom management
    The effective practice of mainstreaming and inclusion