Psychology Professor Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Portrait of Neuwirth

Dr. Lorenz S. Neuwirth, an assistant professor in the Psychology Department and the SUNY Neuroscience Research Institute has been recognized by the State University of New York Board of Trustees with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award is bestowed upon academic faculty that demonstrate consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level in keeping with the State University’s commitment to providing its students with instruction of the highest quality.

"Dr. Neuwirth is an extremely talented individual with a teaching style that allows students to grasp the highly technical concepts in a way they retain and enjoy,” said College President Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III. “His commitement to research, and helping our students understand the value of applied learning is truly admirable."

Since joining the College in 2015, Dr. Neuwirth has taught several courses including writing intensive sections, and spearhead the design of a Minor in Neuropsychology. He works with student researchers in the College's first behavioral neuroscience and neuropsychology laboratories, and has has mentored more than 30 undergraduate research students, nearly 90% of which that have gone on to pursue masters, doctoral, or medical degrees. Dr. Neuwirth has been pivotal in bringing Brain Awareness Week initiatives to Old Westbury, and established a chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience in 2019,

Dr. Neuwirth earned his Ph. D and M.Phil from the CUNY Graduate Center and his M.S. and B.A. from the College of Staten Island. Dr. Neuwirth was an National Institue of Environmental Health Sciences postdocoral fellow at Thomas Jefferson University from 2013 to 2015 prior to joining Old Westbury. Dr. Neuwirth is currently serving as an Associate Editor of Journal of Psychology and Neuroscience of the American Psychological Association.