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Kean University

David Brandwein, Psy.D. is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Advanced Studies in Psychology at Kean University. His primary responsibilities include teaching graduate-level courses, supervising the clinical training and research of future clinical and school psychologists, and supporting and mentoring junior faculty. Dr. Brandwein is also an Expert Witness in the State of New Jersey and has been qualified as an expert in clinical psychology and parent-child bonding in nearly every county in the State of New Jersey. Dr. Brandwein's research interests center around the use of standardized assessments in forensic psychological matters in civil and criminal court. Additionally, Dr. Brandwein coordinates the Adult Assessment program at Kean University Psychological Services, which provides free psychoeducational and psychological evaluations to the Kean community and surrounding communities. Dr. Brandwein also participates in service at the university and state levels, with current participation in the New Jersey Psychological Association forensic workgroup and the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts.


  • PsyD, Pace University
    • New York, NY
      • School-Child Pychology (January 2002)
      • (Program Accredited by the American Psychological Association)
    • Doctoral Dissertation: The role of acheivement motivatiob and locus of control in shaping sportspersonship behaviors among competetive activity participants.
  • M.S., Pace University
    • New York, NY
      • Education (May 1999)
  • B.S. The City University of New York
    • Brooklyn, NY
      • Psychology (January 1994)

Courses Taught

  • Cognitive Assessment I, with Practicum
  • Cognitive Assessment II, with Practicum
  • Personality Assessment I, with Practicum
  • Personality Assessment II, with Practicum
  • Integrative Battery Assessment
  • School-Clinical Practicum I
  • School-Clinical Practicum II
  • School Clinical Practicum III
  • School-Clinical Practicum IV
  • School-Clinical Psychology Professional Seminar I: Introduction to School-Clinical Psychology
  • School-Clinical Psychology Professional Seminar II: Ethical and Legal Concepts for
  • School-Clinical Psychology
  • School-Clinical Psychology Professional Seminar IV: Technology and Emerging Issues
  • in the Professional Practice of School and Clinical Psychology
  • Evidence Based Treatment I: Children and Adolescents
  • Tests and Measurements
  • Psychological Counseling Practicum
  • Professional Seminar in School Psychology I: Role and Function of the School
  • Psychologist
  • Professional Seminar in School Psychology II: Ethics and Law for School Psychologists
  • Psychodiagnostic Evaluation I
  • Psychodiagnostic Practicum
  • Behavioral and Socioemotional Assessment
  • Theories of Personality
  • Tests and Measurements

Research Interests

Forensic Assessment and Evaluation in Civil Matters

As part of my work conducting forensic psychological evaluations in civil matters (i.e., parental fitness, child custody/parenting time, disability), I am interested in establishing a set of norms for the measures I use to conduct these assessments (i.e., CAPI, MMPI-3, MCMI-IV, PAI, TSI-2, etc.) and identifying score patterns and response sets that can predict successful resolution of these matters. My database includes over a thousand forensic psychological evaluations and provides multiple opportunities for research and dissertation development. 

Assessment Clinic: Learning Disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Accommodations in the Academic Setting (Adult)

The goal of this clinic  team is to provide full psychological and psycho-educational evaluations for adults to help properly identify the presence or absence of a learning disability and/or a mental health condition that can adversely impact important life outcomes. These diagnoses are often co-morbid, and require a related series of accommodations or interventions to help individuals reach their academic and social potential, as per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This team will include the empirical study of these assessment methods and the disorders that they are intended to assess.