Steven Pirutinsky

    Steven Tzvi Pirutinsky, Ph.D

    Assistant Professor

    Graduate School of Social Work

    Areas of Expertise

    Mental health, religion and spirituality, social work practice


    Dr. Pirutinsky is a licensed clinical psychologist whose practice has included a variety of different services such as individual and group psychotherapy for adults and children, psychological and educational testing, risk assessments, family and couple's therapy, foster care services, treatment of youth with sexual behavior problems, and career counseling and assessment. Before joining the Touro faculty full time, Dr. Pirutinsky taught at Columbia University, Georgian Court University, and Ocean County College. His research focuses on the intersections between spirituality, religion, culture, mental health, and well-being particularly within the Orthodox Jewish community. He frequently publishes peer-reviewed research in journals such as Criminal Justice and Behavior, the Journal of Affective Disorders, Health Psychology, the Journal of Family Psychology, and the Journal of Positive Psychology. He is also interested in cutting-edge research methods and statistical analyses as well as experimental methods, and serves as a statistical consultant for a number of large ongoing research projects.



    Steven Tzvi Pirutinsky has a B.T.S. from Beth Medrash Govoha, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College – Columbia University, and a Ph.D. Columbia University. He joined Touro Graduate School of Social Work in 2016.

    Recent Publications

    BMG: How this Orthodox Jewish School and its Leader Turned Lakewood into NJ's Boom Town, Ashbury Park Press

    Depression and Grief during the Holidays? How to Cope with a Blue Christmas, Ashbury Park Press

    Practicing Religion has Health Benefits—but Not for Everyone, The Jewish link of New Jersey

    Paying for Private School: Will Tax Reform Help NJ Parents?, Ashbury Park Press

    3 Ways Religious Teachings Could Combat Religious Violence, Deseret News