Academic & Scientific Affairs

This committee initiates communications with the chairs of the psychology departments in New Jersey in order to: assess common concerns and needs; encourage participation in NJPA programs; encourage department members to join NJPA; enhance doctoral opportunities; and encourage recruitment of student affiliates. 


Research and Teaching Awards:

The Distinguished Researcher Award is given to a psychologist who has a distinguished record of research in any area of psychology and holds a full-time academic or scientific position.  Awardee receives a certificate and $300.

The Distinguished Teacher Award is given to a psychologist who has a distinguished record of teaching in any area of psychology and holds a full-time academic or scientific position.  Awardee receives a certificate and $300.

The Emerging Researcher Award is given to a psychologist who has made a substantial contribution to research in any area of psychology, is a full-time academician or scientist, and has received a doctoral degree within the past 10 years.  Awardee receives a certificate and $100.

Nominations should include:                       
•    Name and terminal degree of candidate, institutional affiliation    
•    Address and telephone number/email of candidate              
•    2 copies of a 500-word statement describing the candidate's       
    achievements and contributions                           
•    Abstracts of any relevant work                    
•    Curriculum vita                           
•    Three letters of endorsement including the endorser's credentials    

Deadline for nominations is July 10, 2015
Nominations and supporting materials should be directed to:  Kathleen Torsney, PhD; Director, Academic Affairs; New Jersey Psychological Association; West Orange, NJ 07052                 

Self-nominations are encouraged.  Nominees need not be members of NJPA.  The Committee on Academic and Scientific Affairs reserves the right to make all final determinations on which awardees will be selected.
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Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Awards

The New Jersey Psychological Association is seeking nominations for the best Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation from each psychology graduate program in New Jersey. Program and department heads are asked to select the best thesis in either or both categories (Master’s or Doctoral).  Those selected for first place by the Academic and Scientific Affairs Committee of NJPA will be honored with a special citation at the NJPA 2015 Fall Conference.  

Research theses may be submitted from any of the specialties within psychology.  They should be superior in quality, design, and especially, represent a significant contribution to the field or to society as a whole. Each graduate program is asked to nominate one student in each category.  The graduate program and its faculty make the pre-selection and forward two copies (photocopies acceptable) of the thesis/dissertation to the New Jersey Psychological Association by June 26, 2015.  Please provide contact information for the student as well as the school.

The NJPA Awards Program is part of a continuing effort on the part of the New Jersey Psychological Association to recognize and stimulate distinguished achievements by newly developing psychologists.  We wish to recognize excellence in psychology programs in the State of New Jersey especially those that nurture a high quality of student research.

torsneyKathleen Torsney, PhD
Director of Academic Affairs
New Jersey Psychological Association
414 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 211
West Orange, NJ 07052
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