NJCTS Tourette Clinic at Rutgers Signs on New Director

Dr. Graham Hartke trained at the clinic during his graduate work at Rutgers.

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders (NJCTS) has announced the appointment of Dr. Graham Hartke, Psy.D as Clinical Director of the Tourette Syndrome Clinic at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University (GSAPP).

The goal of the clinic is to increase awareness and training among psychologists about this often misunderstood neurological disorder. In his position, Dr. Hartke will train doctoral students to work with individuals and families living with Tourette Syndrome (TS) as part of the NJCTS mission to create a new generation of doctors with expertise in the disorder.  This is the only program of its kind in the nation.

“Outreach and training for clinicians has been an important part of the NJCTS mission since our founding as the nation’s first center of excellence in 2004,” said Faith Rice, Executive Director of NJCTS. “Psychology doctoral students at our Rutgers practicum clinic develop expertise in treating Tourette Syndrome and bring those skills to families not just here in New Jersey but across the country.”

Dr. Hartke is a licensed psychologist in private practice who also specializes in anxiety disorders, OCD, behavioral management, ADHD/ODD, Asperger’s Syndrome, and mental coaching for sports and performing arts. He is also a New Jersey Certified School Psychologist.

He received his graduate degree from the Rutgers GSAPP with a doctorate in school psychology and a concentration in sport psychology. While at Rutgers, he was selected to work with TS children and families as a clinician in the NJCTS Tourette Syndrome Clinic.

“It is an honor and a privilege to become the new Clinical Director of the Tourette Syndrome Clinic,” said Dr. Hartke. “Twelve years ago, when I was a graduate student at Rutgers GSAPP, I began training at the TS Clinic thinking it would be an informative learning experience. Little did I know at the time, but my training at the TS clinic was a life changing experience that has led to an exciting career in psychology centered on working with TS families and individuals, as well as NJCTS. For me, this new opportunity at Rutgers is about giving back to the TS community, continuing the mission and services of TS Clinic at Rutgers, and looking to the future for expanding and improving TS services, outreach education, and research. I look forward to the work ahead!”

In addition to his work at the clinic, Hartke presents free webinars for NJCTS. His next session will take place on October 17 and is entitled STOP: An Anti-Bullying Guide for Families, Schools, and Others Working with Children.

For more information on the TS Clinic or upcoming webinars, visit NJCTS.org or call 908 575 7350.

The NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, the nation’s first Center for Excellence for Tourette Syndrome, is a not-for-profit organization committed to the advocacy of children and families with Tourette Syndrome and its associated disorders. Dedicated to delivering high quality services to these individuals, the Center recognizes the importance of educating the public, medical professionals, and teachers about this disorder through programs and affiliations with public schools, health centers, and universities. Visit www.njcts.org for more information.