New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation Flash: 
2nd Quarter
 
2020

In This Issue...

  1. The Heart of NJPA
  2. Grantmaking Efforts
  3. NEW! Dissertation Grants Social Advocacy Open Topic
  4. Dissertation Grants Topic Specific
  5. NJPA Foundation Graduate Student Initiated Research Awards - due July 19
  6. NJPA Foundation Student Conference Participation Grant
  7. NJPA Foundation Community Service Project Grants - due May 31
  8. Meet the Trustees!
  9. Organization Structure
  10. Get Involved!

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Meet the Trustees!

Matt Hagovsky, PhD (President);
Toby Kaufman, PhD (Secretary);
Abby Rosen (Treasurer);
Richard Klein, EdD (Trustee);
Ann Stainton, PhD (Trustee); 
E. Belvin Williams, PhD (Trustee);
Regina Budesa, PsyD (Trustee);
Alyssa Austern, PsyD (Trustee);
Eileen Kohutis, PhD
(Trustee);
Daniel Lee, PsyD (NJPA President-Elect and Foundation Board Liaison);
  Keira Boertzel-Smith (Executive Director); 
Jennifer Cooper (Central Office Staff Liaison)

2020 NJPA Foundation Meetings Calendar

April 20 7-9pm
Retreat date - TBD
September 21 7-9pm
November 16 7-9pm


Organization Structure

The New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation was established in 1993 as a charitable, tax-exempt organization. The NJPA Foundation is an IRC 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation and all donations, less any goods and services received, are tax deductible. The mission of the NJPA Foundation, in addition to supporting NJPA's mission, is promoting the psychological health of the diverse people of New Jersey.

Get Involved!

Become a Board Trustee
The NJPA Foundation is governed by the NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees.  The board has four officers: president, secretary, treasurer, and the NJPA president-elect. All trustees are voting members except for the NJPA president-elect who is an ex-officio non-voting officer. The trustee's term may be as long as he/she is qualified and eligible.  

Become a Friend of the Foundation

The NJPA Foundation includes non-voting Friends of the Foundation members. These individuals must be NJPA members and may assist with projects on behalf of the NJPA Foundation such as volunteering at fundraising events, writing NJPA Foundation articles, reviewing and voting on student grant papers, attending site visits, or planning NJPA Foundation continuing education programs. The projects are monitored and managed by the NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees. Friends of the Foundation are welcome to attend and participate at the NJPA Foundation meetings.  There is no term limit for Friends of the Foundation. The NJPA Foundation president, in consultation with the NJPA executive director, reserves the right to terminate a Friend of the Foundation membership if the member is deemed to not be acting in the best interest of NJPA Foundation. 

If interested contact  Jennifer Cooper [email protected]  
973-243-9800


 Foundation Funding


The majority of current funding comes from the NJPA membership, with some funding coming from outside groups. Funding comes in the form of NJPA Foundation annual solicitation letters to the NJPA membership, NJPAF hosted events such as member-hosted dinner parties, and special events, such as 2017 Somerset Patriots baseball game.  Tributes and bequests are a great way to contribute to the Foundation. The NJPA Foundation is open to exploring new manners of fundraising such as corporate sponsorship and grant writing. Click here to read more about how you can participate in, and contribute to, our fundraising efforts.

Take this opportunity to make your 2020 charitable donation!  The New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations (less any goods/services received) are tax-deductible and go directly to supporting a psychologically health community.


Thank you!

Thank you to all who continue to make individual NJPA Foundation donations during this time of crisis!

We are working hard to continue our grant making efforts, and to adapt to the changing needs of our grant applicants, site directors, and the community.  This issue of the Foundation Flash is focused on the changes we have made and seen due to CoVID-19.  

Please consider donating to the Foundation to maintain our good work!

If you are interested in hosting a virtual social gathering on behalf of the NJPA Foundation, please contact Jennifer Cooper to help you organize your virtual social event.


Help us spread the word to provide grant opportunities to graduate students throughout New Jersey!

• New NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grant Social Advocacy Open Topic

NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grants (Earmarked Topics) - Impact of School Violence or Institutional Separating Children from Families

Community Service Project Grants applications due May 31, 2020

• Graduate Student-Initiated Research Awards - four awards and scholarships - applications due July 19, 2020

• Student Conference Participation Grants

Tell a student about these great opportunities today!


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The Foundation is the Heart of NJPA - Giving during the CoVID-19 Crisis


The NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees hope that you and your loved ones are safe. Our world and state continues to be knocked off its center by the CoVID-19 crisis.  Although the pandemic has hurt us, it has brought the NJPA Foundation a chance to return to our roots, reexamine our mission, and continue to provide support to our community in need.

In addition to supporting the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) mission, the mission of the Foundation is promoting the psychological health of the diverse people of New Jersey. The NJPA Foundation administers and raises money to deliver psychological services to underserved populations, trains psychology graduate students as clinicians and researchers with an emphasis on treating underserved populations, supports the mission of NJPA especially in its commitment to diversity, public health, underserved populations and the training of graduate students in psychology. The NJPA Foundation is a 501(c) (3) corporation and all donations, less any goods and services received, are tax deductible. 

Click here to view the NJPA Foundation website page.


Grantmaking Efforts During the CoVID-19 Crisis

Thanks to the generosity and support of our donors, the NJPA Foundation is able to continue providing grants during CoVID-19 Crisis that support the training of graduate students who focus on the undeserved residents in New Jersey. Without financial assistance, the Foundation would be unable to continue to fulfill its mission, “promoting the psychological health of the diverse people of New Jersey.” Here’s what your generous support enables us to do:


New! NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grant: Social Advocacy Open Topic

Starting in 2020, the NJPA Foundation will offer a new NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grant to doctoral level graduate psychology students, enrolled in a New Jersey doctoral level psychology program. To be a candidate for this grant, a qualified graduate student must have a social advocacy topic that may or does impact underserved populations of New Jersey.

The NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees may award up to $5,000 per grant recipient, per social advocacy open topic grant. The dissertation grant applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If approved, the NJPA Foundation will develop an individual grant distribution schedule, per grant recipient.

Congratulations! 2020 Social Advocacy Open Topic Dissertation Grant Recipients

Searching for Refuge: How psychologists make meaning of their work with asylum seekers in a turbulent sociopolitical climate
by Hanna R. Schwartzbaum


As of 2019, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had identified 70.8 million current, forcibly displaced people (“UNHCR,” 2019). Once displaced, these migrants often seek refuge in a host country by means of an asylum process necessitating a legal case, and at times, a psychological evaluation to support their claim. This dissertation is an exploratory, qualitative investigation that examines psychologists’ experiences conducting asylum evaluations across the following domains: their autobiographical connections to this field, the factors that contribute to their continued drive to serve in this social justice role, and their ability to make meaning of the stories they hear. Click here to read more.

Phenomenological Experiences of Traumatic Childbirth in Black Women
by Ruby Rhoden

Over 700 women in the US die annually during pregnancy and childbirth, making it the most dangerous country to give birth in the developed world. Yet, there is a neglected and rapidly growing population that affects 2,000-fold more women every year – maternal morbidity. Click here to read more. 


Topic Specific Dissertation Grants: 

The NJPA Foundation will offer NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grants to doctoral level graduate psychology students, enrolled in a New Jersey doctoral level psychology program. To be a candidate for this grant, a qualified graduate student must have one of the following two areas of study/exploration as the focus of her/his doctoral dissertation: 

1) The Impact of School Violence on the Victims and on Society 
2) The Traumatic Impact of Separating Children from Families on the Victims and on Society 

The NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees may award up to $10,000 per grant recipient, per grant. The dissertation grant applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  If approved, the NJPA Foundation will develop an individual grant distribution schedule, per grant recipient.  Read more...


NJPA Foundation Graduate Student Initiated Research Awards - Apply today! 
*applications due July 19,2020

A fundamental component of the New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation’s mission is to support the training of graduate students. One way they meet this goal is by providing funding for student-initiated research and projects addressing psychological issues that have significant impact on community health. Through the generosity of individual contributions, we are able to offer four awards and scholarships for innovative family, school, and community projects. 

• The John M. Lagos Award for Research Into Causes and/or Treatment of Social Problems
• The NJPA Foundation Scholarship for Research on Diversity Issues
• The Dr. Zellig Bach Award for the Study of the Family

• The Winifred Starbuck Scott Award

read more here


NJPA Foundation Student Conference Participation Grant - Consider applying to virtual programs during the CoVID-19 Crisis

This grant promotes supplemental training and education experiences in professional practice and research, with an emphasis on treating underserved populations. Attending conferences, workshops, seminars, and other scientific sessions are an essential part of the learning experience for psychology graduate students. Sessions provide an educational experience that allows students to observe and/or practice how didactic lessons can be applied to real-world treatment.

The NJPA Foundation Student Conference Participation Grant helps offset some of the costs associated with attending conferences, workshops, and other psychological sessions (including webinars) emphasizing the treatment of underserved populations. The 2018 recipients include Alexandra Gil, MA, Kean University and Karly E. Siffin, MA, Widener University. Alexandra attended the National Association of School Psychology Conference, February 14-17th in Chicago, IL. Karly Siffin attended the American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference in Memphis, TN in March. For complete requirements, criteria, and application forms, visit the Foundation at www.psychologynj.org


NJPA Foundation Community Service Project Grants  

The NJPA Foundation identifies exemplary programs that provide psychological services to those who cannot afford it and trains doctoral students to work with these underserved populations. We invite applications from programs across the state of New Jersey, with the goal of identifying and supporting model programs from each county.   

Community Service Project Grant Opportunity!
Apply Today! 2020-2021 applications accepted through May 31, 2020
Will your program be the next program we fund?

For the 2019-2020 academic year, we are sponsoring seven amazing programs! 

Click here to read more.  

  • Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Trinitas Child Outpatient and Adolescent DBT Externship;
  • Regional Diagnostic & Treatment Center- General Track Externship @ Newark Beth Israel Medical Center;
  • Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University;
  • Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology Foster Care Counseling Project (FCCP);
  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (Metro RDTC) - GB-CBT RDTC externship; 
  • Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Tourette Syndrome Clinic (TS Clinic);
  • Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Rutgers GSAPP- Anxiety Disorders Clinic (ADC)   

Learn how some of our 2019-2020 Community Service Grant Recipients have dealt with and adapted to the CoVID-19 Crisis.

On April 2, 2020, Dr. Daniel Lee represented the NJPA Foundation in an online video conference meeting with the Trinitas Regional Medical Center - Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program’s coordinator, Atara Hiller, PsyD, and student Madison Perry. Dr. Hiller and Madison spoke with Dr. Lee about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on client care and noted that “helping client's manage privacy issues was a concern, access to technology and internet were also issues. Students were able to maintain their services and support clients while social work students had to stop services altogether. Foundation resources were able to help sustain a consistent level of care during the pandemic.”

“In terms of future support, the site supervisor and student reflected on having NJPA and the BoPE help translate the emergency regulation changes for psychologists and trainees in practice. We discussed developing a best practice manual which these sites could help us develop as a resources for future emergencies. A crisis mental health plan of sorts.”

Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Rutgers GSAPP- Anxiety Disorders Clinic was visited on April 10, 2020 through online videoconferencing, by NJPA Foundation Trustees Drs. Eileen Kohutis and Ann Stainton, who collaborated with site coordinator Andrea Quinn, PsyD and students Joel Seltzer and Idil Franko in a discussion of experiences through the 2019-2020 academic year, especially in light of the CoVID-19 pandemic. “This crisis has most definitely impacted the students' experience during the past weeks. The students have had to explore expanded use of telehealth/video conferencing to provide clinical services. The clinic is currently closed for face-to-face interactions and the students have had to adjust to providing service in a different way as well as reflect on the changes these adaptations have caused to the therapeutic relationship. In addition, after an initial hiatus, new clients are now being accepted as the students work through the ramifications of virtual vs. in-person communication. The value of these training experiences will enable the students to be adaptive and creative as they move along their respective career paths. (The discussion about how the current crisis will change mental health service delivery was very interesting and gave us a small taste of the dialogue and interaction that are a part of this program.)”

This program is now offering telehealth services, weekly staff meetings, and group supervision.  Initially, the program had a waiting list of new clients but now the administration is considering adapting telehealth to the needs of its clients, the students, and future clients.  Transitioning some clients from using telehealth back to face-to-face therapy is one topic that is being discussed as well as whether telehealth should be offered to new clients.

NJPA Foundation Trustees, Drs. Toby Kaufman and Ann Stainton, had the opportunity to meet during an online video conference with Karyn Smarz, PhD and students Shaneze Gayle, Megan Ingraham, Jessica Elliot, and Jessica Bonumwezi from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (RDTC) General Track Externship. Since the meeting, Dr. Smarz updated the NJPA Foundation that “starting Tuesday (4/28/2020) RDTC General Track Externs will be allowed to render telehealth services to patients from their homes.” She informed that she has “met via Zoom with the students and reviewed the roll out plan which includes training in telehealth, safety planning for patients, provisions for record keeping and daily supervision. We are also restarting weekly didactics as well.” Dr. Smarz added that all of the students have also agreed to extend their time past the traditional May end date in order to best serve their clients.

Prior to the approval for the students to perform clinical services, the students were attending webinars and other pursuing other didactic opportunities to continue their training even in the absence of providing direct clinical service. The students have done their best to augment their knowledge of these areas to prepare for the time when they will be providing services on a regular basis.

The Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University program, represented by coordinator Brian Chu, PhD and students Hillary (Gemma) Stern and Melissa Pedroza met virtually with NJPA Foundation President Dr. Matt Hagovsky and Trustee Ann Stainton to discuss the current academic year and their experiences. As a result of CoVID-19, the students’ work is now confined to telehealth methods.  While there are some aspects of this way of doing things that are unconventional and awkward, they pointed out that the on-site/in-home aspects of working with clients gave them a unique advantage for a more hands-on treatment approach that would not be possible if the people had come to the clinic offices. The students point out that coming into people’s homes electronically de-stigmatizes, at least to some extent, the in-person home visit by a professional, and that clients are much more comfortable with the format. This suggests that once the restrictions from the virus are lifted, some of the adaptive practices used during the pandemic may continue to have value as optional methods for use by the clinicians. 

Barbara Prempeh, PsyD, and students Yael Osman, Molly Kammen, and DeVante Cunningham are part of the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (RDTC) Game-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Externship (GB-CBT). NJPA Foundation representatives Dr. Regina Budesa and Ms. Abby Rosen had the opportunity to meet with this team on April 23, 2020. Each of the three students in attendance reported receiving weekly group and individual supervision from a licensed psychologist, as well as significant access to impromptu supervision and peer supervision. As a result of the global pandemic, the externs are also receiving training in the use of telemedicine, including the various ethical, technical, and professional issues that arise when working with low SES populations. While telemedicine has posed some initial challenges for them, such as access, supervision requirements, etc., they appear to have met these challenges head on and are able to continue their patient care.

According to all interviewed, NJPAF’s support of this program and its trainees has helped to increase their commitment to treating underserved populations. The students noted that our funding allows them to focus on their training and education by helping to defray many of their daily expenses that would otherwise consume them. Thus they are able to be able to fully engage in the learning and treatment processes.

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