MSU To Host Tribute To Dr. Robert McCormick

Robert D. McCormickOn April 4, 2014, Montclair State University will celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Robert McCormick who died suddenly and unexpectedly on January 3rd. During a teaching career at Montclair State University that spanned more than four decades, Dr. McCormick was a professor of psychology and founding director of the Center for Child Advocacy. He is survived by his beloved partner, Hunter Jones, and their two children Matthew and Gregory.

A Tribute and Celebration of the Life and Achievements of Dr. Robert McCormick will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the University Hall Conference Center. Sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the evening will include tributes, a slide show and video presentation, as well as a selection of piano music by his son Matthew.

The breadth of Dr. McCormick’s accomplishments is astounding. An academic pioneer, he served the University for more than four decades, teaching in the Department of Spanish and Italian, the Department of Psychology, and in the Child Advocacy and Policy Program. For the past 13 years, he was the Director of the Center for Child Advocacy and Policy, which he founded. The interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in the Center are at the cutting edge of a new field of study, now replicated at some 40 institutions nationwide.

In 2011, Dr. McCormick was appointed by Governor Christie to serve on the New Jersey Task Force of Child Abuse and Neglect, a well-deserved recognition of his accomplishments in the field.

In addition to his position at the University, Dr. McCormick maintained a private practice as a psychologist in Montclair, where he was dedicated to counseling both adults and children who survived child abuse and neglect.

A true Renaissance man, McCormick earned a Ph.D. in 18th-Century Spanish Literature from C.U.N.Y.; a Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University; Certification from New York University’s Post-doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. He received his J.D. from Rutgers-Newark Law School in 2012. He was the author of two books, poetry and numerous scholarly articles.

The tribute is an opportunity for friends, students and colleagues to share their memories of Dr. McCormick and their thoughts about his legacy. Please RSVP by March 28 by contacting Nat Aker at 973-655-4188 or

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