Assistant Professor II

Department Name 

Office Location 
Science Hall 319C
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099

Cathy Haught Tromp


Born and raised in Romania, I first came to the US by myself as a 15-year old foreign exchange student, an adventure that continues to this day. I discovered Psychology at Queens University, where I received my BA summa cum laude in three years. At age 22, armed with nothing but love for my field, I started graduate school at Princeton, where I got my PhD in four short but transformative years. I was thrilled to receive a teaching award and departmental nomination for a NY Academy of Sciences research prize.

While working on my dissertation, I was recruited to work for a quantitative hedge fund in New York City, a fabulous opportunity and challenge. After the birth of my son Matthew, I returned to the beautiful world of academia, complete with research and teaching at Princeton and Rider. I phased out of my latest business role as president of a boutique recruiting firm once I became full-time faculty at Rider in 2011.

I now serve on several university-wide committees at Rider, and, along with Dr. Mike Carlin, am co-advisor of Rider’s chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honors Society in Psychology. I also serve on the board of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni and I chair the graduate alumni committee at the Princeton Area Alumni Association (PA3).


The courses I teach regularly include:

  • Statistics
  • Research Methods: Cognition
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Senior Seminar
  • Independent Study in Psychology


My specialty is Cognitive Psychology, and my main research interests are creativity, language, and organizational behavior. I have supervised and collaborated on projects in other areas with Rider students who are eager to engage in research.

I love to hear thoughts and personal stories on creativity, and I welcome collaborations with faculty and students. To get in touch, please email me at