Dr. Gilberto Pagán has worked with patients across the developmental spectrum – from preschoolers to senior citizens. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a significant component of his work, taking place within a multimodal psychotherapy framework. This approach to treatment is psychoeducational, action-oriented, and problem-focused.
He has considerable experience helping parents in the management of their children. He is particularly interested in assisting in implementing effective discipline strategies and developing and implementing other parenting skills. He works with youngsters with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and difficulties with anger management, anxiety, and depression, among others.
In the treatment of adults, he has a particular interest in couples therapy, but he also assists individuals and groups – with work-related difficulties, relationship issues, and other problems.
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Pagán earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, magna cum laude, from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. He also received the Award for Outstanding Performance as a Student of Psychology, conferred by The Puerto Rico Psychological Association. During his junior year, he was an exchange student at the University at Albany-SUNY.
He then came to Rutgers University-New Brunswick and studied Developmental Psychology, earning a Master of Science degree. He was a University Scholar and was invited to join the National Honor Society in Psychology. He was also a Predoctoral Research Fellow at The Institute for Research in Human Development and The Division of Psychological Studies of Educational Testing Service in Princeton.
Dr. Pagán earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, also from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He was a Graduate Fellow of the National Institute of Mental Health.
He is a licensed psychologist in the states of New Jersey and Nebraska, and in Puerto Rico. He earned permanent certifications in School Psychology in New Jersey and New York.
For ten years, Dr. Pagán was an Associate in Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He has been a field supervisor of Ph.D. and Psy.D. students in Clinical and School Psychology from Rutgers University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Pace University, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Pagán has been listed in Marquis Who’s Who Series, including Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. In 2017, he received a Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award.
A founding member of The Hispanic National Psychological Association, Dr. Pagán has also been a member of the American Psychological Association, New Jersey Psychological Association, and the Association for Children of New Jersey, among others.
For many years, he worked as a school psychologist in New Jersey while also doing clinical work. He has been a provider of services for the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, including expert witness services in the Superior Court of New Jersey.
973-257-9000 ext. 216