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Jason Gold, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Child Health Institute of New Jersey
89 French Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: 732-235-7903
Fax: 732-235-6189

Jason Gold, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Institute for the Study of Child Development and also holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Gold is a specialist in the etiology and treatment of psychopathology in young adults.  He is particularly interested in exploring the impact of high-stress environments and risk behavior on young adults’ mental health. Committed to a “bench to bedside” approach, Dr. Gold’s activities combine basic and applied research and clinical practice.

His work in basic science has focused on complex emotional processes. Dr. Gold is interested in experiences of simultaneous, multiple emotions and links between these emotion experiences and psychopathology.  His research in atypical development has focused on the processes underlying behavior problems in “at-risk” young adults and in juvenile offenders. These studies highlight the impact of child maltreatment, experiences of shame, and the tendency to blame others in establishing and maintaining violent behavior. Dr. Gold's interests in applied psychology include: Innovative models and approaches to psychotherapy, use of emerging technology and incentives in health care, and program evaluation.

With nearly 20 years of clinical experience with young adults, Dr. Gold now specializes in developing and implementing mental health care programs.  He currently directs counseling and psychological services at the New Jersey location of the Federal Job Corps program.  This program offers a wide array of services to the nearly 600 economically disadvantaged youths, ages 16 to 25, who reside on campus while pursuing academic and career training.  Dr. Gold also supervises an innovative graduate mental health internship program that trains clinicians from a variety of disciplines to work in highly challenging, cross-cultural environments.



Arsenio, W., Gold, J., & Adams, E. (2013). Children’s conceptions and displays of moral emotions. In M. Killen & J. Smetana (Eds.), Handbook of Moral Development. NJ: LEA.

Gold, J., Sullivan, M., & Lewis, M. (2011). The relation between abuse and violent delinquency: The conversion of shame to blame in juvenile offenders. Child Abuse & Neglect, 35, 7. 459-467.

Gold, J. & Lewis. M. (2010). Understanding and treating youth violence: A cognitive-emotional model of development. In W. Arsenio & E. Lemerise (Eds.), Aggression, moral development and youth development. American Psychological Association.

Arsenio, W. & Gold, J. (2006). The effects of social injustice and inequality on children’s moral judgments and behavior: Towards a theoretical model. Cognitive Development, 21, 388-400.

Arsenio, W., Gold, J., & Adams, E. (2004). Adolescents’ emotion expectancies regarding aggressive and nonaggressive events: Connections with behavior problems. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 89(4), 338-355.