2019 NJPA Award Winners

NJPA is proud to present our 2019 NJPA Award Winners! Our members nominated candidates and the NJPA Nominations and Leadership Development Committee, under Chair, Dr. Hulon Newsome, engaged in a thoughtful review process that produced a diverse, well deserving group of award winners.  We encourage all members to join us at the NJPA Fall Conference in November for the celebration of our exceptional members and members of the public who are so deserving of the following awards. Awards will be presented throughout Friday night and Saturday morning before the continuing education programming begins.  The Fall Conference registration 

2019 NJPA Lifetime Achievement Awards
The NJPA Lifetime Achievement Award, the association’s highest honor, recognizes exceptional leadership in the form of enduring and exemplary contributions to NJPA, over a sustained period of time, which collectively, has significantly enhanced the association’s ability to positively impact the lives and careers of its membership, as well as advancing the field of psychology in New Jersey, and beyond.
2019 Lifetime Achievement Winners
Phyllis Bolling, PhD:  Dr. Bolling's 17 year membership with NJPA include: member and then co-chair of the NJPA Diversity Committee,  representative of NJPA at the APA State Leadership Conference (SLC), as a Diversity Delegate, Representative at the NJPA Executive Board, of the NJ Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists (NJABPsi), Member at Large (MAL) of the NJPA Executive Board for two separate terms, secretary of the NJPA Executive Board, Co-Chair of the Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (CODI), and currently serves as an Affiliate Caucus Member At Large (MAL) at the NJPA Executive Board.  Also, Dr. Bolling presents on difficult and challenging themes, even before they were popular, such as Power, Race, Domestic Violence, Bullying, Interpersonal Violence, Cultural Competence, Needs of People with Disabilities, Multiculturalism, and Diversity Issues in Counseling and in the Classroom.
Joe Coyne, PhD:  Dr. Coyne, an NJPA member for 34 years, is an active member in the Northeast Counties Association of Psychologists (NCAP) (formerly, Bergen County Psychological Association) and serving as treasurer and president. He served as the NCAP representative to the NJPA Executive Board, member on COLA and was the secretary for that Council. He was the co-chair of the Addictions Committee. Dr. Coyne held the position of secretary on the NJPA Executive Board and served as NJPA's Parliamentarian. As a member of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Joseph Coyne served as NJPA's representative to APA's Council of Representatives from 2013 - 2014 and is now on Council for full term. As part of Council, he also is on the Committee on the Structure and Function of Council. In 2015, he was the Parliamentarian for APA Council and for the past three years had been on the Council's Leadership team including a position on the APA Board of Directors.  Last year Dr. Coyne received Fellow status in APA.  He served many years on the New Jersey Alcohol and Drug Abuse Board and was treasurer and president. Dr. Coyne was a member of the Governor's Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. In 1996, he attended the White House Leadership Conference on Youth, Drug Use, and Violence. He is also on the Program Committee for the National Center for Responsible Gaming for their annual conference. He holds the APA Certificate of Proficiency in Treating Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Ron Silikovitz, PhD:  Dr. Silikovitz's leadership activities began in 1986 on the Committee of Children, Youth, and Families and Concerned Professionals for the Accurate Assessment of Child Sexual Abuse.  He has shown enduring and exemplary service to NJPA for 33 years in a variety of leadership roles, secretary and treasurer on the NJPA Executive Board, member and chair of COLA, Board of Trustee member, secretary, treasurer, and president of EUCAP (1991, 2007), Forensic Committee co-chair (1997-1998, 2014-2016), Ethics Committee member and secretary and has recently taken on the role of NJPA-BoPE Liaison.  He published articles in the NJ Psychologist on forensic ethical guidelines for psychologists, client records, computer conversations, and the role of the psychologist in guardianship termination of parental rights) proceedings.  Over the years, Dr. Silikovitz made numerous presentations to NJPA, affiliate organizations, and the courts on ethical issues, interventions in custody litigation, therapeutic mediation, partnering with DYFS, permanency planning, couples communications, and other matters.
Duncan Walton, PhD:  Dr. Walton exemplifies a long history of exceptional leadership and contributions to NJPA and to psychology in general. At NJPA, Dr. Walton has made significant contributions, through his many years of membership as a full member of the association and more recently, as an Emeritus member. Dr. Walton was a member of the NJPA’s first Diversity Committee and made contributions to other committees of the association. He was a NJPA Executive Board Member-at-Large, an Ethics Committee member, and a Trustee and Vice-President of the NJPA Foundation.  Dr. Walton was a Founding member (1973) and third President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists (NJABPsi) from 1977-79. He was Chair of the Multicultural Section of the New Jersey Academy of Psychology, and an Associate Member of the APA Ethics Committee. In 2007, Dr. Walton received the NJPA Psychology of the Year Award. 
Daniel Williams, PhD: Dr. Williams was the first African American to earn his PhD in psychology from St. John’s University in 1968.  In September 1968, during an APA convention, 200 Black psychologists formed the Association of Black Psychologists, in San Francisco, California.  The mission of the Association of Black Psychologists is Dr. Williams' heart and soul, and his life has been spent as the champion for those without a voice, for those who have been subjected to racism and other forms of discrimination, and for the underdog. In 1975 he served as secretary, and in 1995 as treasurer, for the National Association of Black Psychologists. In 1980 he was the president of the National Association of Black Psychologists. During that year, the President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, invited Dr. Williams to the White House for the signing of the Mental Health Act of 1980. That Act provided grants to community mental health centers. Dr. Williams was the founding president of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists in 1973. He was also president of the New Jersey Chapter in 1981, 1983, 1986, 1997 and 1998.   

2019 NJPA Psychologist of the Year Award
Each year, NJPA recognizes a member who has made an important contribution to the profession of psychology in New Jersey, through service to NJPA, and demonstrated excellence in psychology either through practice, research, and/or teaching.
2019 Psychologist of the Year Award Winner
Barry Katz, PhD:  Dr. Katz served as chair for the DYFS-PPCW committee for over 10 years and continues as a member. He served on COLA twice, including as current chair. He is the current chair of CORA, a committee he began to address regulatory advocacy through NJPA. He served on the NJPA Ethics Committee and numerous NJPA task forces. He was NJPA president-elect in 2015, president in 2016 and NJPA past-president in 2017.  During his president-elect year, in response to the social/racial/emotional turmoil that was going on in the country and affecting NJPA members and clients, Dr. Katz chaired a workgroup within NJPA to address these issues.  As president of NJPA Dr. Katz established increased transparency and responsivity of NJPA to members. Dr. Katz continued to advance the incorporation of NJPA with other professional organizations, groups, and governmental agencies. This led to increased cooperation among various groups along with increased visibility and advocacy for NJPA and its members.  Dr. Katz began outreach efforts to the other cultural psychology professional organizations in New Jersey including ABPsi and LPANJ. This included ongoing meetings with the presidents of these organizations along with NJPA President-Elect Hulon Newsome. This led to the multi-organizational projects that included the Undoing Racism intro training that was attended by psychologists from all three organizations.  During his term as chair of DYFS-PPCW committee, Dr. Katz established and maintained communications/collaboration between NJPA and DCF. Dr. Katz was appointed to represent NJPA on the Governor’s committee to establish guidelines for forensic assessments in child abuse/neglect proceedings. This included acknowledgement of the key role that psychologists serve in these evaluations. This became a published document and continues as guide for professionals and agencies, alike.  As chair or COLA and CORA, Dr. Katz advanced the concept of member advocate as he increased involvement of membership in the legislative and regulatory advocacy process, including promoting key legislative efforts that help improve regulations for the varied work that psychologists are involved in and for early career psychologists, as well.  Dr. Katz provided numerous pro-bono trainings to numerous agencies, stake holders, professionals, and NJPA members in the areas of psychological evaluations, ethics, child abuse/neglect, risk assessments, child welfare, and other topics. Most recent trainings conducted by Dr. Katz include a seminar for Domestic Violence in Child Protection Matters for the 2017 NJPA Fall Conference, articles for the NJPA journal, trainings for other professional organizations including Rutgers, DCPP, the Attorney General’s Office, public defenders, private attorneys, psychologists, etc.  Dr. Katz continues to promote diversity and inclusion within NJPA and in his practice as a forensic psychologist. Dr. Katz provides key expert testimony that has a positive impact upon traditionally marginalized groups including, African Americans, Latinos/Latinas, LGBTQ, individuals with specific psychological, neurological, cognitive, and emotional deficits, children, traumatized individuals, survivors or child abuse/neglect, survivors of domestic violence, rejected parents, etc. Many of Dr. Katz’s testimony and reports are used as a basis for precedence in the court and future legal proceedings and other interventions.  Dr. Katz has been actively involved in supervising early career psychologists to licensure and consistently modeling ethical behavior, both professionally and personally.

2019 NJPA Citizen of the Year
The Citizen of the Year is awarded to a non-psychologist who lives or works in New Jersey and has made significant recent contributions to the ideals of mental health or social welfare in the state of New Jersey.
2019 Citizen of the Year Winner
Patricia Lipkus Green:  Patty began her career at St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson, NJ. She used her education and experience to give back to this marginalized community. Patty counseled families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit including as she was pregnant with her first child. Her pregnancy added firsthand knowledge of the fears during pregnancy for the health of the baby.  In June of 2012, her tightknit family was shattered with the completed suicide of her son Nicky. Nicky was 15 years old and a popular, athletic student. He was close with his twin sister Samantha and a light to his entire family. In the days following Nicky's suicide, Patty, trained in grief counseling, was a comfort to those in her community as they faced this tragic loss together. Shortly after the funeral, Patty channeled her grief into creating the Nicky Green Foundation. The mission of the foundation is education and communication.  The foundation awarded the first Nicky Green Scholarships in the Spring of 2013. Applicants answered the question, "What have you done to make a difference in your family, your community and your school?" These renewable $2,000 college scholarships are awarded to one male and one female graduate of Rancocas Valley High School.  The scholarship presentations at each location help facilitate awareness of the foundation and suicide prevention. The mission is spread at these events beyond the funding offered to students.

2019 NJPA Dr. Stanley Moldawsky Mentor Award
The NJPA Dr. Stanley Moldawsky Mentor Award, recognize the exceptional leadership of an NJPA member in the form of enduring and exemplary contributions to mentoring new psychologists and/or graduate doctoral level students, over a sustained period of time, which collectively, has significantly enhanced the association’s ability to positively impact the lives and careers of its new membership, as well as advancing the field of psychology in New Jersey, and beyond.
2019 NJPA Dr. Stanley Moldawsky Mentor Award Winners
Joe Coyne, PhD:  For taking advantage of teaching moments whenever they arise, teaching Executive Board members about the nuances of parliamentary procedure or APA resources and politics, and for being a resource to students and ECPs. 
Jeffrey Kahn, PhD:  For his enduring and exemplary contributions to psychologists and graduate doctoral level doctoral students over his forty year career.  Dr.Kahn has shown leadership, ability to teach, train, and supervise, as well as innovation in solving problems and in finding creative and sometimes pioneering psychotherapeutic approaches which he could then give to other psychologists. 

2019 NJPA Legislator of the Year Award
The NJPA Legislator of the Year honors a New Jersey legislator who has sponsored or championed legislation that directly benefits psychologists and/or consumers of psychological services.
2019 NJPA Legislator of the Year Award Winner
Senator Joseph Vitale
His legislative efforts over the years have spring boarded Senator Vitale into being one of the most respected voices on health care in the state of New Jersey.  Click here to read more.


2019 NJPA Jane Selzer Membership Recognition Award
The NJPA Membership Committee, in an effort to publicly acknowledge and recognize those members who contribute so much to NJPA, in so many diverse ways,  established this award to recognize members who add value to NJPA every day.  
2019 NJPA Jane Selzer Membership Recognition Award Winners
Michelle Pievsky, PhD
Stacie Shivers, PhD
Under Michelle's  and Stacie's joint leadership as Co-Chairs, the ECP Committee was reorganized in July 2018 and developed into a vital component of our association.  They have succeeded in bringing the concerns of ECPs to the attention of NJPA and they have recruited ECPs to join most, if not all, NJPA committees and task forces, thereby bringing a fresh perspective across the work of the association as well as providing additional volunteers to aid in the work of these groups.  Most importantly, they have quarterbacked the extensive work the committee has done during the past year that has resulted in NJPA being able to have a bill introduced in the New Jersey legislature to change the Psychologist Licensing Act. 

Christopher Thompson, MA:  Mr. Thompson makes important contributions to the profession of psychology in NJ, through service to NJPA as chair of the graduate students, and research and teaching at the graduate level. His body of work includes various recent presentations of which I’ve had the pleasure of at least working with him once in the past. As a former student of his, I believe he serves the field of psychology as a mentor and someone I hope to emulate in matters of professionalism and work ethic. As an instructor his abilities far surpass all others. He has never shortchanged any student from opportunities to grow professionally and personally; Where other instructors seem to be satisfied with just achieving the bare minimum, he continuously challenges students (at their own individual level) to think critically.  (Make Carrero, MA)

Stay tuned for the NJPA Academic and Scientific, NJPAGS, and NJPA Foundation  awards announcements.