Nadia Ansary

Faculty / Nadia Ansary


Department Name 
Office Location 
SCI 320E
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road , Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
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Dr. Ansary is an expert in (1) bullying and cyberbullying prevention and intervention, (2) Muslim and Arab-American mental health, and (3) the intersection of areas one and two. She specializes in conducting research and prevention programming related to the bullying of religious minorities especially as it pertains to the school context. Her publications also focus on vulnerable populations including acculturating families and economically disadvantaged and privileged youth. Dr. Ansary has expertise in constructing surveys, designing and executing quantitative studies, and managing and analyzing longitudinal data. She is also an Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) scholar.


  • Ph. D., 2006: Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York; Dissertation Title: Antecedent-consequent associations between externalizing and internalizing distress and academic achievement: A study of affluent suburban adolescents
  • M. Phil., 2006: Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York; Concentration: Developmental Psychology
  • M.A., 1999: Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York; Concentration: Developmental Psychology
  • B.A., 1997: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick; Graduated with High Honors; Majors: Psychology and Biology


  • Ansary, N. S. (in press). Cyberbullying: Concepts, theories, and correlates informing evidence-based best practices for prevention. Aggression and Violent Behavior.
  • Ansary, N. S. (2018). Religious-based bullying: Insights on research and evidence-based best practices from the National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit (2017). Washington, D.C.: Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
  • Ansary, N. S., McMahon, T., & Luthar, S. S. (2017). Trajectories of emotional behavioral difficulty and academic competence: A 6-year, person-centered, prospective study of affluent suburban adolescents. Development and Psychopathology, 29(1), 215-234. doi:10.1017/S0954579416000110
  • Haboush, K., & Ansary, N. S. (2017). Muslim couples and families. In S. Kelly (Ed.), Issues in couple and family psychology: Across socioeconomics, ethnicities, and sexualities (pp. 259-288). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
  • Ansary, N. S., & Salloum, R. (2016). Community based prevention and intervention: Addressing the mental health and social service needs of Arab-Americans. In M. Amer & G. Awad (Eds.), Handbook of Arab American Psychology (pp.344-358). Routledge.
  • Ansary, N. S. Elias, M., Greene, M., & Green, S. (2015). Guidance for schools selecting antibullying approaches: Translating evidence-based strategies to contemporary implementation realities. Educational Researcher, 44(1), 27-36. doi:10.3102/0013189X14567534
  • Ansary, N. S., Elias, M., Greene, M., & Green, S. (2015, October). Best practices to address (or reduce) bullying in schools. Phi Delta Kappan, 97, 30-35. doi: 10.1177/0031721715610088
  • Ansary, N. S., Scorpio, E., & Catanzariti, D. (2013). Parent-adolescent ethnic identity discrepancies and adolescent psychosocial maladjustment: A study of gender differences. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 30, 275-291. doi: 10.1007/s10560-012-0292-y
  • Ansary, N. S., McMahon, T., & Luthar, S. S. (2012). Socioeconomic context and emotional-behavioral-achievement links: Concurrent and prospective associations among low and high-income youth. Journal on Research on Adolescence, 22(1), 14-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2011.00747.x
  • Ansary, N. S., & Salloum, R. (2012). Community-based prevention and intervention. In S. Ahmed & M. Amer (Eds.) Counseling Muslims: Handbook of mental health issues and interventions (pp. 161-180). Routledge.
  • Ansary, N. S., & Luthar, S. S. (2009). Distress and academic achievement among adolescents of affluence: A study of externalizing and internalizing problem behaviors and school performance. Development and Psychopathology, 21, 319-341. doi: 10.1017/S0954579409000182
  • Luthar, S. S., & Ansary, N. S. (2005). Dimensions of adolescent rebellion: Risks for academic failure among low and high-income youth. Development and Psychopathology, 17, 231-250. doi: 10.1017/S0954579405050121

Academic Positions

  • 2019 - Present: Professor, Rider University, Department of Psychology
  • 2012 - 2018: Associate Professor
  • 2009 - 2012: Assistant Professor II
  • 2007 - 2009: Assistant Professor I
  • 2006 - 2007: Visiting Assistant Professor

Course Design and Instruction

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Statistics and Research Design
  • Directed Study
  • Research Methods: Developmental Psychology
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Psychology and Culture
  • Senior Seminar
  • Independent Study
  • Selected Topics: Multicultural Perspectives and Applied Psychology (Graduate-level)
  • Great Ideas II (Baccalaureate Honors Program)
  • Mirrors of the Mind (Baccalaureate Honors Program)

Nadia Ansary's CV