New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation Flash

In This Issue...

  1. The Heart of NJPA
  2. Foundation Funding
  3. Grants & Awards
  4. Meet the Trustees!
  5. Organization Structure

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);
Stephanie Coyne, PhD (NJPA President-Elect and Foundation Board Liaison); Keira Boertzel-Smith (Executive Director);
Ana DeMeo
(Central Office Staff Liaison)

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 Ana DeMeo at [email protected] or 972-243-9800


 


 

The Foundation is the Heart of NJPA


Welcome to the first issue of the New Jersey Psychologcal Association (NJPA) Foundation Flash! The Foundation Flash will highlight our grantmaking efforts in support of programs that train graduate psychology students who are dedicated to working with underserved populations in 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 Foundation Flash will be distributed quarterly to inform NJPA members and the public about our grantmaking efforts and the great work of our supported graduate psychology students.


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 solicitation letters to the NJPA membership, NJPAF hosted events such as the 2017 Somerset Patriots baseball game, hosted dinners/cocktail gatherings, tributes, and bequests.  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 2017 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.


Grantmaking Efforts – Three Distinct Grants and Awards

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.  For the 2017-2018 academic year, we are sponsoring five amazing programs: Newark Beth Israel Game-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program, Newark Beth Israel General Track, Rutgers Foster Care program, Rutgers Center for Psychological Studies, and the Trinitas Regional Medical Center. In each Foundation Flash, we will highlight student stories from these funded community service sites.

Jackaira Espinal is a 4th year PsyD student in the Combined and Integrated program in School-Clinical Psychology at Kean University.  She is currently training at the Newark Beth Israel Game-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program. “While I still have a lot to learn at my externship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center and in my profession journey in becoming a psychologist, I look forward to keep growing in all aspects of my training. I thank NJPA once again for their generous grant that will contribute to my ongoing training and learning.”

Brenda Osorio is a 4th year doctoral student attending Kean University’s Combined School and Clinical Psychology PsyD program.  She is currently training at the Trinitas Child Outpatient and Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Externship - Bilingual track (English and Spanish). 
“I am extremely appreciative for the grant funding provided by NJPA. The grant will help offset the costs of my commute and related expenses and allow me to continue working towards my clinical training goals.”

Graduate Student Initiated Research Awards
Through the generosity of individual contributions, we are able to offer four awards and scholarships for innovative family, school, and community projects. In 2017, we had two award winners.

Nicole L. Eskenasi, PsyM, received the NJPA Scholarship for Research on Diversity Issues for her research paper Women Warriors: Exploring the Various Dimensions of Female Service-Members’ Role Identities. “It is so meaningful to me to have been recognized for a project that I value so much. This scholarship is truly making my research possible, and will allow me to make even more progress in an area that I am so passionate about - serving our female veterans.” Read Nicole's paper here.

Laura Grossi, MA, received the John M. Lagos Award for Research into Causes and/or Treatment of Social Problems for her research paper Assessing Victimization Risk.
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. Read Laura's paper here.

Student Conference Participation Grant
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.


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