New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation Flash: 
4th Quarter
 
2019

In This Issue...

  1. The Heart of NJPA
  2. Grantmaking Efforts
  3. NJPA Foundation Community Service Project Grants
  4. NJPA Foundation Graduate Student Initiated Research Awards
  5. NJPA Foundation Student Conference Participation Grant
  6. Meet the Trustees!
  7. Organization Structure
  8. Get Involved!

 


Check Out our New Look!

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


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);
Lucy Sant'Anna Takagi, PhD (NJPA President-Elect and Foundation Board Liaison);  
Alexandra Gil (NJPAGS Representative;           
Keira Boertzel-Smith (Executive Director); 
Jennifer Cooper (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  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 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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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 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, and supports the mission of NJPA, especially in its commitment to diversity, public health, underserved populations, and the training of graduate students in psychology.

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. 


Make a NJPA Foundation donation today with your 2020 NJPA Membership Dues!


Grantmaking Efforts 

Thanks to the generosity and support of our donors, the NJPA Foundation is able to continue providing grants 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 THIS YEAR! 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 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 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 at Newark; Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Tourette Syndrome Clinic (TS Clinic)    

Read a little bit about some of our 2019-2020 NJPAF funded students.

Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Tourette Syndrome Clinic (TS Clinic)
Emily Hendershot - Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
read Emily's introduction here
"It has been an honor to receive the NJPAF grant for the 2019-2020 school year as part of my work with the Tourette Syndrome Clinic at Rutgers University. This grant has helped to remove some of the financial burden associated with my graduate education and has therefore given me some freedom to explore my interests, focus on classes and other experiences, and set solid goals for this year.

My goal for this year sounds quite simple: to build a foundation of knowledge and skills that will allow me to become an effective and demonstratively compassionate therapist. This may sound simple, but taking my first steps as a therapist has shown me how truly arduous and complicated this task is. Becoming a person who can enact therapeutic change requires personal and professional transformation. I must acquire a body of knowledge quickly; apply that body of knowledge; and understand how my own biases, learning, and interpersonal style can contribute to my effectiveness in working with different people with various psychological problems. I also must become relaxed enough in this role to be able to genuinely express compassion and empathy.Thank you once again for the generous grant. I am excited to explore my interests, focus on classwork, and concentrate on learning the therapeutic skills I must hone for future work with diverse clients. 

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (Metro RDTC) - GB-CBT RDTC externship
DeVante Cunningham - Montclair State University
read DeVante's introduction here
Currently, my research interests have been largely focused on online racial discrimination, mentoring relationships, and internalizing disorders. My clinical interests are primarily focused on minority populations and trauma and anxiety related disorders.

As an out-of-state doctoral student that is very active in multiple communities and is completely financially independent, it is virtually impossible to have any additional streams of income. While creating my budget, I found myself initially saying that I “can’t” afford to travel to Newark multiple times a week on a doctoral student’s budget or “can’t” afford to travel home for break. However, just when I thought that I would have to sacrifice seeing my family for the holidays, I was informed that we were awarded the NJPA grant. It is for that reason and many others that I am extremely fortunate for the NJPA grant and the strain it has lifted. I am excited for the opportunity to continue to grow professionally and personally in the GB-CBT externship program at the Newark Beth Israel Metro RDTC.

Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Rutgers GSAPP- Anxiety Disorders Clinic (ADC)
Joel Seltzer – Rutgers University
read Joel's introduction here
As the clinic coordinator of the ADC, I have had the opportunity to go beyond providing treatment and obtain experience managing administrative and systemic functions within the clinic. Veterans comprise one of the primary populations treated at the ADC and as a result, my coordinator role included navigating aspects of the US Department of Veterans Affairs at both the state and federal levels.

The clinic coordinator role has also allowed me to advocate for issues and populations that matter to me. This includes working to establish new treatment groups, improve community outreach, and encourage self-care for our clinicians.
At the ADC, I am excited to begin treating clients with presentations and disorders I have yet to encounter including Separation Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, and Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders.

I look forward to completing my degree and using my training to provide treatment for anxiety and chronic pain to individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Trinitas Regional Medical Center Trinitas Child Outpatient and Adolescent DBT Externship
Madison Perry - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
read Madison's introduction here
I am a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers. I am originally from Portland, Oregon, where I spent two years working as a special education paraeducator prior to applying for graduate school in psychology. I moved to New Jersey for the program at GSAPP and thankfully I have extended family here in NJ. I am an animal lover and I love to spend time outdoors -- hiking, biking, and camping.

I would like to work in the community to provide high quality, evidence based mental health services to children, adolescents, and their families. I have experience with behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, and now dialectical behavior therapy. I have experience working with children ages 3-17 and adults from ages 18-55. My passion is in working with children, adolescents, and families who are from historically underserved groups. I hope to be able to spend my career ensuring that these patients and their families are equipped with skills to manage their mental health, behave in effective ways, and to care for their communities. I believe that as psychologists we are in a position to empower those with whom we work, and that this effect ripples through generations and across households.

My time at Trinitas is filled with training and clinical experiences that are new to me… I am excited for the opportunities that this site has afforded me and know that by the end of the year I will have gained invaluable experience working with patients from the Elizabeth area.

Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology, Foster Care Counseling Project (FCCP)
Madeline Bono - Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers
read Madeline's introduction here
Through the generous support of NJPAF, I have been able to work as a clinician at FCCP for my full-time externship position this year, and this has been an incredibly resonant experience for me. FCCP provides direct services to children and families who have open cases with Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P), and may provide continued services to children and families with prior DCP&P involvement. FCCP clinicians specialize in the provision of evidence-based trauma-informed therapy for our clients, and we are trained to deliver these through weekly didactics, individual supervision, and group supervision by licensed professionals.

I am deeply moved to have the opportunity to engage with the lives of these young people and their families. In my time as a clinician, I have been consistently amazed by the resilience of the people who I come into contact with. The children and families that I have worked with at FCCP have been striking exemplars of the strength of the human spirit. In the coming year, I hope to be able to help my clients build confidence and trust in themselves. I was speaking to a caregiver about her treatment goals in therapy at FCCP, and she replied “I only want this child to feel safe and loved”, and in my own goals as a clinician at FCCP, I echo this goal. I hope that all of my clients are able to feel this in their life circumstances, and look forward to building my clinical skills in such a way as to facilitate this. 

Regional Diagnostic & Treatment Center- General Track Externship @ Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Jessica Bonumwezi - Montclair State University
read Jessica's introduction here
My desire to pursue a career in psychology was born out of my childhood. I was born and raised in Rwanda, Africa and came to US to go to college. There was a genocide in Rwanda 25 years ago. This genocide had an enormous psychological toll on the Rwandan population. Growing up in this post-genocide society, I was introduced to this psychological distress at a very young age and this fueled in me a desire to understand and alleviate this suffering.

My long-term goal is to use the education I am receiving to bring a change in my community and other communities that, like mine, are torn by war and plagued by trauma-related disorders.
This year, I am doing an externship at the Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (RDTC) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. This center is one of only four state-designated multidisciplinary centers that evaluate and treat children who are victims of abuse in New Jersey. This externship will help me gain more experience working with trauma-exposed, culturally diverse populations. It will allow me to expand my knowledge of the assessment, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of trauma-related disorders. Additionally, this externship will allow me to receive training in forensic psychosocial evaluations and comprehensive health evaluations of children. Training at The RDTC will complement my research focus on trauma and will be a valuable step toward helping me become the trauma-informed clinician and researcher that I want to be.

Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University
H. Gemma Stern - Rutgers State University of NJ
read Gemma's introduction here
I am pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology to advance my training in evidence-based treatments for high-risk families living in underserved, disadvantaged communities.

As a second year student in the YAD-C, I have had the opportunity to take on many different roles: therapist, assessor, researcher, and study coordinator. I maintain a caseload of five clients, receive extensive training in evidence-based treatments for youth with internalizing disorders and meet weekly with experts in the field for supervision. I also conduct formal diagnostic assessments, collect surveys, and assess family interaction patterns to help us know which kinds of therapy help most.

I am passionate about increasing the accessibility of quality care for all children. After completing my doctorate degree in clinical psychology at GSAPP, I aspire to work within a community-based, research-oriented setting so that I can continue to advance the implementation of evidence-based treatments for families and children. I look forward to learning more about the NJPA and joining this community of psychologists (and students). 

Look for more student stories in upcoming Foundation Flashes.


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

Congratulations to our 2019 Graduate Student Initiated Research Award Winners!

2018 John M. Lagos Award for Research into Causes and/or Treatment of Social Problems
Tamara L. Quezada, PsyM

A Mixed-Methods Study of the Social-Emotional Learning and the School Experience of Emergent Bilinguals

2018 NJPA Award for Research on Diversity Issues
Cindy Chang, BA

Application of Minority Stress and Suicide Models in Bisecual Versus Gay/Lesbian Young Adults


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. 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

A 2019 NJPA Foundation Student Conference Participation Grant was awarded to Karly Siffin for her participation at the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) Annual Conference in Portland, OR


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