DR. MITCH ABRAMS
A Licensed Professional Here to Guide You
Dr. Mitch Abrams, was raised in Brooklyn, New York, received his Bachelors of Science from Brooklyn College and earned his Masters of Science in Applied Psychology and his Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from C.W. Post/Long Island University. He received specialized training in Family Violence and Anger Management.
Prior to being recruited to the New Jersey prison system, Dr. Abrams was the Senior Psychologist at Coney Island Hospital’s Psychiatric Inpatient Program in Brooklyn, NY. In 2000, he was hired as a staff psychologist at Northern State Prison in Newark, New Jersey. Over the course of nineteen years working inside the prison system, Dr. Abrams progressed from directing the inpatient mental health units at Northern State Prison to his current position as Chief Psychologist for Rutgers/University Correctional Healthcare, where he oversees psychological services throughout the state and is specifically responsible for the delivery of mental health services for seven of the state’s thirteen state prisons. Dr. Abrams coordinates the Forensic Track of Rutgers UBHC - Newark's predoctoral psychology internship, coordinates and presents in the Prison Lecture Series and is a member of the program's Training Committee. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and has held adjunct faculty positions at Brooklyn College, Long Island University/C.W. Post and Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition, he has been in private practice for eighteen years providing sport, clinical and forensic psychology services.
While developing the only comprehensive anger management program for athletes, Dr. Abrams began consulting with athletes twenty four years ago. He has created a niche for himself utilizing anger management training to assist athletes reach peak performance on the field and in life. He has consulted with thousands of athletes and has developed programs for athletic organizations at the Youth Sport, High School and College levels. He is one of the few sport psychologists who is also a forensic psychologist and brings unique perspectives on the prevention, risk assessment and treatment of domestic and sexual violence in athlete populations. The Abrams Model of Sexual Assault Prevention is the only comprehensive program that maximizes what we know about perpetrators and what factors are most salient if we are to ameliorate violence. Dr. Abrams is also an expert in the treatment of trauma.
He is the Founder and President of Learned Excellence for Athletes – his sport psychology consulting company located in New Jersey. He is a full member of the American Psychological Association as well as its Divisions 47 – Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology, Division 41 – The American Psychology-Law Society, and Division 46 Media Psychology. Further, he holds membership in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), where he is also the Chair of the “Anger & Violence in Sport” Special Interest Group (SIG) and is a reviewer of submissions for the program of AASP’s annual conference. He holds membership in the New Jersey Psychological Association, the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Having a strong interest in social justice and its intersection with sports, Dr. Abrams is often sought out by the media to provide opinion on controversial topics and athlete transgressions. Dr. Abrams is the author of Anger Management in Sport: Understanding and Controlling Violence in Athletes (2010) and has written several book chapters and journal articles to the sport psychology literature.
Dr. Abrams has been certified as an expert in the New Jersey Family Courts, where he has provided child custody, parental capacity, best interests and risk assessment evaluations. He has also provided Reunification Therapy for cases throughout New Jersey and has lectured to family law attorneys and judges on this complicated process. His extensive history working inside the New Jersey prison system has also led him to be a sought after expert in criminal forensic matters.
He is a licensed Psychologist in the states of New York (#14186) and New Jersey (#3936).