Joan Gurgus is currently at Princeton University where she is a Professor of Psychology and Special Assistant to the Dean of the Faculty for diversity issues with an emphasis on women faculty and making Princeton a more family-friendly university. She has also served as Dean of the College and Chair of the Psychology Department at Princeton. Prior to coming to Princeton, she served as a faculty member and dean at the City College of the City University of New York.
Dr. Girgus has done research and written books and papers on perception and perceptual development, the transition from childhood to adolescence, the psychosocial bases of depression, and sensitivity to interpersonal feedback. She has also written papers on undergraduate science education, on women in science, and on making universities more family-friendly organizations.
Girgus is one of the principals of The Learning Alliance, the first just-in-time provider of strategic expertise to college and university leaders. From 1987-99, she directed the Pew Science Program, a national program to improve undergraduate science education sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Girgus is currently a trustee of Adelphi University, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and McCarter Theatre. She has also served as a trustee of the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE) and Sarah Lawrence College.
Girgus received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and both her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City.