New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation Flash: 
2021 Q3

2021 NJPAF Board of Trustees

Matt Hagovsky, PhD (President);
Toby Kaufman, PhD (Secretary);
Abby Rosen, CFP 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);
Jonathan Wall, PsyD (Trustee);

Joanna Tillson (NJPAGS Representative);

Keira Boertzel-Smith
(Executive Director)
Jennifer Cooper (NJPA Foundation Liaison)

2021 NJPA Foundation Upcoming Meetings Calendar

November 15, 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, may be  tax deductible. Consult your financial consultant to learn more.

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 Board Trustee!

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. Become a Friend of the Foundation!

Contact Jennifer Cooper at [email protected]  
973-243-9800 with questions.


Foundation Funding

The majority of current funding comes from 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 2021 charitable donation!  The New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations (less any goods/services received) may be tax-deductible and go directly to supporting a psychologically health community. Contact your financial consultant to learn more.


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, may be tax deductible. Consult with your financial advisor to learn more.


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. 


Not an NJPA member?

Click Here to Learn about NJPA Member Benefits and to Apply for Membership! 

Please Support the NJPA Foundation!

The NJPA Foundation would not be able to provide grants that support the training of graduate students who focus on the underserved residents in New Jersey without your support. 

One of the reasons the Foundation especially needs your support this year is that we are funding a total of 41 students for the Community Service Project Grant, in addition to the other grants and awards!

Both NJPA members and non-members can help to fulfill the Foundation’s mission, “promoting the psychological health of the diverse people of New Jersey,” by making a donation:

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. The NJPA Foundation relies on the generosity of individual contributions to fund these annual awards. Please consider making a donation, or learn more about the NJPA Foundation here


Congratulations to the NJPA Foundation 2021 Graduate Student-Initiated Research Awards Winners!

Lauren E. Davis, BS is the 2021 NJPA Foundation Scholarship for Research on Diversity Issues Winner for her paper, "Using structural equation modeling to examine eating disorder symptoms and their theoretical correlates among sexual minority men" Click here to view research paper.

NJPA Foundation Scholarship for Research on Diversity Issues ($2,000): Awarded to a graduate student in psychology who advances the following goals: (a) promote scientific understanding of the role of diversity in psychology; (b) foster the development of sensitive models for delivery of psychological services to diverse populations.  Some possible topics include issues related to cultural or ethnic issues, socioeconomic issues, gender issues, or work with underserved populations.

Angela W. Wang MS, MEd, is the 2021 NJPA Foundation John M. Lagos Award for Research into Causes and/or Treatment of Social Problems Winner for her paper, "Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) Skills Group for a Group of Diverse Adolescents with Emotion Dysregulation in a Primary Care Setting: A Feasibility and Acceptability Study" Click here to view research paper

The John M. Lagos Award for Research into Causes and/or Treatment of Social Problems ($2,000): Some possible topics include school issues, work problems, health issues, and aggression. 

Click Here for information, requirement criteria, past winners and proposals.


NJPA Foundation Social Advocacy Dissertation Grants

This rolling grant opportunity is open to doctoral level graduate psychology students enrolled in a New Jersey doctoral level psychology program to support the process of a student’s doctoral dissertation focusing on a social advocacy open topic area that may or does impact underserved populations of New Jersey.  

Congratulations to 2021 Dissertation Grant recipient:

Examining the Training Experiences, Future Aims and Beliefs of Family Medicine Residents Regarding Patients in Larger Bodies
by Kate El-Sharkawy, BA
The majority of Americans are classified as either obese or overweight (Fryar, Carroll, & Ogden, 2018). The prevalence and medical implications of higher weight statuses indicate a need for physicians who are prepared to address the specific needs of patients in larger bodies. However, patients in large bodies report more negative experiences with primary care physicians than positive ones and exhibit poor health outcomes (Ananthakumar, Jones, Hinton, & Aveyard, 2020; Phelan, Burgess, et al., 2015)Click here to read more.

To learn more about the Dissertation Grant process, requirements, criteria, to read about recent grant recipients, and to watch our latest dissertation grant recipient podcasts, please visit our NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grant Website Page


NJPA Student Conference Participation Grants

This rolling grant opportunity promotes supplemental training and education experiences in professional practice and research, with an emphasis on treating underserved populations. To learn more, please visit our NJPA Foundation Student Conference Participation Grant Website Page.


Announcing The 2021-2022 Community Service Project Grant Sites: 

Each year 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.

Felician University Doctorate in Counseling Psychology
Program Director: Nouriman Ghahary, PhD
Students: Aan Khalil, Leah Goldberg, Madison Mullins, Nia Driver, Courtland Smith, Diana Spieker, Marlene Taylor-Edghill

Felician University Graduate Psychology- PsyD program
Program Director: Daniel Mahoney, EdD
Students: Marcella Farfan, Salvadore Reyes

Regional Diagnostic & Treatment Center (RDTC) General Track Externship Program
Program Director: Karyn C. Smarz, PhD
Students: Shruthi Jayashankar, Sally Sanchez, Oscar Kosecki, Damilola Kolade

Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Rutgers University - DBT-RU
Program Director: Shireen L. Rizvi, PhD, ABPP
Students: Jesse Finkelstein, Joanne Kim, Molly Stern, Febrian Moten, Qingqing Yin, Melanie Rosen, April Yeager

Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology; Tourette Syndrome Clinic
Program Director: Graham Hartke, PsyD
Students: Ayelet Schwerd, Emily Istvan, Hui Jiang, Leah Flanzman, Nina Dallenbach

Rutgers University; Rutgers Data-Driven Coaching Program for Reading and Behavior Needs in Elementary Schools
Program Director: Linda Reddy, PhD
Students: Michelle Russo, Samantha Silber, Stephanie Jimenez, Rachel Riedel, Elisa Campos, Pixuan Yu, Gabrielle Pignatelli

New Jersey Couples Clinic at Rutgers
Program Director: Karen Skean, PsyD
Students: Paulina Calcaterra, Anita Batuure, Grace Ecton

Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Program Director: Atara Hiller, PsyD
Students: Katherine Phillips, Da Sel Lee

Youth Development Clinic; Youth Development Program Externship Program
Program Director: Mark Kitizie, PsyD
Students: Ava Atana Ramsundar, Jessica Wimmer, Tatiana Mora, Rihab Mahmood, Shannay Fletcher

More details can be found on the NJPA Foundation's Community Service Project Grant website page!



Thank you to all who make individual NJPA Foundation donations! We appreciate your ongoing support!

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