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
  6. Get Involved!


Check Out our New Logos!

The NJPAF Board approved two new logos in 2018 to be used in the promotion of the Foundation via print, social media, and on the NJPA website. 

Meet the Trustees!

Welcome to our newest trustee Dr. Eileen Kohutis!

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
Lucy Sant’Anna Takagi, PsyD
(NJPA President-Elect and Foundation Board Liaison);   
Keira Boertzel-Smith (Executive Director); 

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 us at [email protected] or 972-243-9800

 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 the June 2018 Flamenco and Paella member-hosted dinner party, which raised over $3,500 in donations and the 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.

Consider Hosting a 2019 Dinner or Gathering that Benefits the NJPA Foundation 

Hosting an event is a fun, creative way to raise funds for this worthy cause! Whether you prefer a formal sit-down dinner, a swanky cocktail party, an informal barbeque, a family friendly picnic, or any other type of event to enjoy with your family, friends, and colleagues, you will help raise awareness about the important work of the NJPA Foundation, while raising funds to support their worthy initiatives. You provide the guest list, venue, and food and beverages; NJPA handles the invitations, RSVP list, and collection of donations. If interested, please contact Central Office at 973-243-9800 for more information.

Take this opportunity to make your 2019 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. 

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Next Foundation Meeting
September 23, 2019 at 7pm

NJPA Central Office
354 Eisenhower Parkway
Plaza I, Suite 1150
Livingston, NJ 07039

The Foundation is the Heart of NJPA

Welcome to the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) Foundation Flash! The Foundation Flash is distributed quarterly and highlights our grant-making efforts in support of programs that train graduate psychology students who are dedicated to working with underserved populations in New Jersey.

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.

Highlights from Four of the 2018-2019 NJPA Foundation Community Service Grants Site Visits

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. Each year, the NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees conduct site visits that provide an in-depth view of the work conducted by students and the populations they serve. The visits give the board an opportunity to speak with the principal staff members, project supervisors, and grant recipients. Below are four of the 2018-2019 site visits summaries.  The other summaries can be found in the Q1 and Q2 2019 Foundation Flashes. The Foundation Flash Q4 2019 will list all of the 2019-2020 community service awards.  Stay Tuned!

Rutgers GSAPP Foster Care Counseling Project (FCCP)
Site visit attended by Drs. Matt Hagovsky, NJPAF President, and Alyssa Austern, NJPAF Trustee. Photo of the full FCCP Team

The Rutgers Psychological Clinic has recently relocated its treatment programs to a new off campus facility that provides for various treatment programs. Dr. Lindsay Liotta provided NJPA Foundation Trustees a tour of their facility, which includes treatment rooms as well as video-taping rooms for interviews and treatment of children. This facility allows for expanded services to be offered to children with trauma histories from largely Middlesex and Somerset Counties.

The services provided in the Rutgers Foster Care program are evidence-based trauma treatments such as TF-CBT, and this externship serves GSAPP students. The externs at this site provide both individual and group therapy to children and adolescents, many of whom have experienced sexual abuse. They also provide family therapy, and work as mentors to undergraduate Rutgers students.  

Referrals to the program are determined via a psychosexual evaluation at an RDTC. The program serves many adolescents in resource care through Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P), with the goal of treatment to work with biological parents, resource parents and adoptive parents, many of whom come from disadvantaged communities where treatment is unavailable. While funding is provided by DCP&P and other organizations, they also offer low-cost treatment based on sliding scale to families who are not working with DCP&P.

We met with the full complement of students (7) who come from a variety of backgrounds and educational institutions, including NJPAF funded students, Maria Alba, Russi Soffer, Amanda Elliott, and Katherine Bailey. The students are involved either in the school or clinical programs respectively. The students involved in permanency planning become involved in every aspect of the adoption or KLG progress, working with the children and all attending caregivers and providing treatment based on etiology (abuse, neglect, sexual abuse) and need (GBCBT, CBT, Group).  Supervision is provided both individually and in group, and is coordinated with “outside” didactics.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (RDTC)  General Track Externship
Site visit attended by Ms. Abby Rosen, NJPAF Treasurer, and Ms. Jennifer Cooper, NJPA Membership Services Coordinator
Photo of J. Cooper, M. Jermann, C. Diaz, and A. Rosen

Dr. Karyn Smarz, Dr. Steven Hertler, Dr. Rinku Shanker, and students Melissa Jermann and Christina Diaz, met with Ms. Abby Rosen and Ms. Jennifer Cooper, representatives of NJPAF, on April 18, 2019. The team presented a description of the RDTC General Track program and provided details of the student’s clinical experiences.

Christina and Melissa are working with children that may have been exposed to physical or sexual abuse.  The staff and students meet with children and their families who were referred by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). The children are assessed for a safe and healthy home environment. The students’ work is with the children, and the parents have the opportunity to receive parenting skill support. This is one of four Regional Diagnostic Treatment Centers (RDTCs) in the state that assess for abuse through DCP&P.

Dr. Smarz, the RDTC program’s supervising psychologist, explained that they are developing a “Culture of Confidence” in their students. Students Melissa Jermann and Christina Diaz work at the RDTC for 16 hours a week, which includes 2-3 evaluations a month, and they manage about 4 cases a month. They are supervised and coached throughout the program with the goal of working with the children independently. The students both felt the program has readied them for very competitive internships in the future.

The program represents a culturally competent practice, and has recently updated their intake form to better represent people from all over the world who may identify as other than African American, Caucasian, or Hispanic. The program also focuses on keeping the staff healthy and centered in what is a very stressful environment. They recently completed a full day retreat to talk about the issues that come up during their work with children and families.

The program recently received a grant from the Scott Hazelton Foundation to update the space and obtain interactive toys. The team was very excited about the progress of the improvements, as they will more aptly contribute to a welcoming and comfortable environment for both staff, and children and families, as they work together on emotionally challenging issues. NJPAF has been invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony, once the improvements are completed.

Dr. Smarz surprises students with the NJPAF grant awards details after they have started their roles, resulting in a “lovely surprise for them.”  Both students indicated the juggle of handling expenses as students is a challenge. The grant makes their lives “less stressful in a stressful environment.” The students thanked NJPAF for the grant money and said they felt supported and appreciated. The students reported that the grant helped pay for meals, educational tools, and one of the students reported that some of the money afforded her the ability to pay for travel expenses to attend internship interviews across the country.

Rutgers Tourette Syndrome Clinic
Site visit by Drs. Toby Kaufman, NJPAF Secretary, and Ann Stainton, NJPAF Trustee. Photo of Shaindl Schnaidman, Foundation Funded Student and Graham Hartke, PsyD, Director of the Tourette Syndrome Clinic at Rutgers

 On May 1st, 2019, Graham Hartke, PsyD, Director, Tourette Syndrome Clinic and Shaindl Schnaidman, 3rd year PsyD candidate in school psychology, NJPAF funded student, welcomed NJPAF Board Trustees Dr. Toby Kaufman and Dr. Ann Stainton to the Rutgers Tourette Syndrome Clinic. This program targets a seriously underserved population and serves to provide training to eventual psychologists who will continue to provide clinical services to children, adults and families dealing with Tourette Syndrome. The program, affiliated with Rutgers GSAPP and the NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome, currently has five student clinicians and one supervisor. Two thirds of the clients are children/teenagers, one third adults. The students receive at least one hour of supervision per week as well as participate in a three hour training and didactic session per week. 

The Foundation funded student, Shaindl Schnaidman, works at the Clinic two days each week. She reported that the clients served were diverse and represented a range in age, presenting problems, and levels of functioning. Ms. Schnaidman also does phone intakes that she described as providing valuable experience with complex cases and referrals. This part of her position as coordinator has made her acutely aware of the scarcity of psychologists trained in treating Tourette Syndrome. Based on information provided, there are an estimated 7,000 people in New Jersey believed to have Tourette Syndrome and few providers trained to provide services.

The Foundation funded student discussed her intention to continue to work with this population after she obtains her degree.

The goal is to continue to expand the program and provide additional services to clients and families impacted by Tourette Syndrome and train additional psychologists to treat Tourette Syndrome throughout New Jersey. The Clinic is looking to expand services to provide group therapy to children, possible parents groups and family nights to foster connections among adults and children dealing with Tourette Syndrome.

Dr. Hartke mentioned that currently, externship placement recruiting has become very competitive and that the Foundation funding would make the positions more desirable and likely to be filled.

Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) Psychological Services Clinic, Group Psychotherapy Services
Site visit by Drs. Richard S. Klein and Ann C. Stainton, NJPAF Board of Trustees. Photo of Saul Beck, Adam Gladstone, NJPAF funded students; Andrea Quinn, PsyD, Interim Director for Psychological Services.

On the site visit, an overview of the program was provided by Andrea Quinn, PsyD Interim Director, Center for Psychological Services, and students Saul Beck and Adam Gladstone, who are the recipients of the Foundation community service grants.

The Group Psychotherapy Program has been in existence for almost a decade and has received Foundation funding for the past several years. The program is unique in that the students, Saul and Adam, co-coordinate the program in addition to their roles as clinicians-in-training. The students are heavily involved in the administrative functions of the program, including out-reach, client recruitment, group co-leadership and other coordination. The administration aspects of their positions provide valuable experience in running a clinical program.

The program itself provides group psychotherapy services to members of the community and Rutgers University students, regardless of financial need. The populations served are diverse and represent a wide age range as well as various levels of functioning. For the Rutgers GSAPP clinical students, the training provides valuable experience in providing group psychotherapy; didactic education including student participation in a process group; and clinical supervision (both individual and group) on a weekly basis. Clients are seen on a sliding scale and are served without limitation or financial constraints. The program serves members of the community and provides ongoing treatment to various underserved populations. The groups are open to clients who have had inpatient treatment and are now stabilized.

Both students agreed that the group therapy experience accelerates gains in individual treatment. All group members in the GPS Program are in individual treatment. The GSAPP Clinic provides long term, high quality treatment. The longest running group has been in existence for seven years. This provides an opportunity for clients to receive services based on their clinical needs, not a pre-determined formula.

The students were grateful for the funds received from the Foundation. The grant felt like a validation of the extensive work involved in coordinating the program and contributed to a sense of empowerment and acknowledgement. It was felt that the grant was helpful in recruiting the next generation of program coordinators. One student shared his intent to continue to work in the public sector and be engaged in outreach after obtaining his clinical degree.

Other NJPA Foundation Important Grantmaking Efforts 

NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grants: The NJPA Foundation is concerned about current events that impact the mental health of our community. It is the consensus opinion of the NJPAF that the impact of school violence has an adverse effect on the psychological health of our community and that the arbitrary and unnecessary separation of children from their parents and families constitutes psychological child abuse. Because such adverse effects from violence and abuse produces extreme trauma that can lead to lifelong mental health problems and disabilities requiring long-term, intensive treatment and services, the NJPAF announces the establishment of the NJPAF Dissertation Grants.

NJPA Foundation Graduate Student Initiated Research Awards

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. 

An applicant must be a NJPAGS student member and meet at least one of the following criteria:

1) Enrolled in a New Jersey university or college master’s or doctoral level psychology program OR

2) Psychology Intern at a New Jersey facility

NJPA Foundation 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.

Consider applying in 2019!  For complete requirements, criteria, and application forms, visit the Foundation at 

NJPA Foundation History in Images

 Did You Know?   In 2006 - 2008, The NJPA Foundation hosted Youth Anti-Violence Grants providing thousands of dollars towards a Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group, Date Rape Prevention Education Program and Curriculum for Teens, and a Gang/Delinquency Prevention Program Designed for Trenton’s High-at-Risk Youth. 

If you have any favorite NJPA Foundation stories you would like to share, please let us know at [email protected] or by calling us at 973-243-9800.

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