Daniel Cruz, Ph.D.
Dept of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy
Daniel Cruz, Ph.D., ABPP entered the field of Counseling Psychology, given his strong interest and observations related to stress and well-being among disenfranchised communities. Dr. Cruz went on to complete his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology as well as an APA accredited internship at the Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences (RSBHS). Thereafter, he served as a full-time mental health clinician at RSBHS New Brunswick; a high-volume multi-leveled outpatient mental health facility. From 2011-2015, Dr. Cruz served as a core faculty member in the Psychology and Counseling program at Caldwell University. He remains dedicated to pedagogy and to providing students with meaningful lifelong educational experiences.
Dr. Cruz approaches psychotherapy and supervision from a process oriented interpersonal-psychodynamic framework, however he incorporates theoretical integration of approaches to meet individual client and supervisee needs. Dr. Cruz has a very strong interest in positive psychology and understanding stress and adversity from a strengths-based perspective. His interests include mindfulness, existentialism and purpose in life and Buddhist psychology, and he is increasingly integrating this into his role as a helping professional and researcher.
Presently, Dr. Cruz serves as the behavioral scientist and psychologist for HackensackUMC Mountainside Family Medicine Residency training program. In his role, he provides clinical and research supervision to family medicine residents, runs physician well-being balant groups, and provides case consultation and treatment services. As a way to promote training in interdisciplinary healthcare, first year doctoral students in the counseling psychology program at Seton Hall, spend their first year pre-practicum experience working with Dr. Cruz and the team of staff, physicians, residents, nurses, medical assistants and nutritionists at the Family Medicine residency training program.
Dr. Cruz is a licensed psychologist in NY and NJ, as well as a licensed professional counselor, and approved clinical supervisor (ACS).
- Postdoctoral MS, Clinical Psychopharmacology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Expected 2016
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Seton Hall University
- M.A., Psychology and Neuroscience, Rutgers University
- B.A., Psychology, Montclair State University
- "The Relationship between Stress, Fatigue, and Cognitive Functioning". The College Student Journal, 48, 198-211., January 2014
- "School bullying hurts: Evidence of psychological and academic challenges among students with bullying histories", Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences: Special Edition, January 2013
- "A correlational investigation of the relationships among nutrition-related attitudes and behavior, body mass, and learning and verbal memory performance in college students", January 2013, New School Psychology Bulletin; 2013, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p37)
- "The effects of acute stress on human prefrontal working memory systems". Physiology & Behavior, 95, 282-289., May 2008
- Positive psychology and factors that promote well-being.
- Mindfulness, purpose in life and understanding existential issues.
- Race-Related/Multiple Minority Stress and health including growing research on the intersection of race and sexual orientation.
- Stress and Health among African-Americans and Latinos.