Dr. Richard Brower

Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Wagner College
Staten Island, NY 10301
Parker Hall


Ph.D. in Cognitive-Developmental Psychology, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey; 1989.

M.A. in Cognitive Psychology, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey; 1984.

M.A. in Education and the Behavioral Sciences, Kean College, Union, New Jersey; 1979.

B.A. in Psychology, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey; 1974 (with honors).


From 1992 to the present I have been Associate Professor of Psychology. I enjoy a good relationship with the student body attending my classes. In addition, I have supervised a number of students who were doing internships in a number of area agencies. I am the director of Project C, an organization of students at Wagner College dedicated to undergraduate psychological research. Project C has two main components: (1) a yearly journal, called JIS (Journal For Interdisciplinary Studies); and (2) a yearly conference. I am also co-editor of the Wagner Forum for Undergraduate Research.


Undergraduate courses I teach are:

  • Psychology of Creativity
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Adulthood & Aging
  • Experimental Psychology: Memory and Thinking (cognitive psychology)
  • Psychopathology
  • Experimental Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology of Media
  • Forensic Psychology


I have published the following books. Their titles give some indication of my research interests:

Brower, R. (2001). The monk and the warrior in the garden of renewal. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.Brower, R.(1996). Thinking: A psychology of mind. New York: Whittier Publications.

Brower, R. (1996). Paths of eminence: Creative thought and creative work; 2nd edition. Lido Beach, NY: Whittier Publications.

Brower, R. (1994). Paths of eminence: Multiple intelligences and the creative process; 1st edition. Lido Beach, NY: Whittier Publications.

Brower, R. (1993). When life dances. Lido Beach, NY: Whittier Publications.


Brower, R. (2005). The role of social comparison in the artistic development of Vincent van Gogh.  In Wallace, D.B. (ed.) Education, arts, and morality: Creative journeys. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. pp. 63-84

Brower, R.(2003). Constructive repetition, time and the evolving systems approach. In M. Ruco (ed.) Festschrift for Howard E. Gruber: A special issue of the Creativity Research Journal, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Brower, R. (2000). To reach a star: The creativity of Vincent van Gogh. High Ability Studies, 11 (2), 179-205.

Brower, R. (1999). Dangerous minds: Eminently creative people who spent time in jail. Creativity Research Journal, 12 (1), 3-13.

Brower, R. (1999). Crime and creativity. In M.A. Runco & S.R. Pritzker (eds.) Encyclopedia of creativity. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Brower, R. (1998, winter/spring). Van Gogh's Starry Night. Kaleidoscope, pp. 59-61.

Brower, R. (1996, September 17). Stress innoculation promotes better health. Hunterdon Courier News.

Brower, R. (1996). Vincent van Gogh's early years as an artist. Journal of Adult Development, 3 (1).

Brower, R. (1991, February). From the psychologist: Mutual support groups. Milestones, p. 1.

Brower, R. (1990, February). Frenchtown New Jersey gallery closes: The limits to creativity. Art Matters, 9 (7), 11.

Brower, R. (1989, April). Art thoughts: Creativity and constructive repetition. Art Matters, 8 (7), 14.  


Brower, R. (1989). "Constructive Repetition: A Psychological Study of Creativity." Ph.D. Dissertation; Rutgers University Library, Newark, NJ.

Brower, R. (1979). "State Dependent Learning." M.A. Thesis; Kean College Library, Union, NJ.