New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation Flash:  3rd Quarter 2018

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);
Morgan Murphy, PhD (NJPA President-Elect and Foundation Board Liaison);   
Alexandra Gil (NJPAGS Representative;            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


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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.

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 16th 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.

Take this opportunity to make your 2018 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 - New 2018-2019 Grant Recipients  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 2018-2019 academic year, we are sponsoring six 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, Rutgers Tourette Syndrome Clinic and the Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Spring 2018 NJPAF Site Visits                             

The Board conducted site visits providing 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.  Please take a moment to learn about these two sites we visited in April. 

Rutgers Foster Care Counseling Project - Site Visit 
by Dr. Ann Stainton, NJPAF Trustee, Alexandra Gil, NJPAGS Chair, and Ana DeMeo, NJPA Foundation Liaison

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, we made a trip to Rutgers University, to conduct the GSAPP Foster Care Counseling Project site visit.  This center was awarded a NJPA Foundation (NJPAF) Community Service grant, which identifies exemplary programs that provide psychological services to those who cannot afford it and trains doctoral students to work with these underserved populations. 

Students described the excellent training opportunities they had to practice trauma-focused treatment with foster children and their families (40 children are currently being served) in the program.  Students have the opportunity to do individual and group therapy and case work consultation as part of thier practimum.  All of the students spoke of the value of this training and their resolve to work with disadvantaged populations going forward. They expressed gratitude and value for the NJPA Foundation grants.  Funds are spent on transportation for home visits when necessary. Students used grant funds to purchase badly needed items for the children, who often have very few possessions.  The grants make this generosity possible for the graduate students, who are often on a restricted income.  During our site visit, it was apparent that there is a sense of cohesion among the group of students and a very positive relationship with the director of the program.  Given the dismal outcomes for many who have emerged from the foster care system, this program facilitates early intervention with significant potential to positively affect the lives of the foster children receiving services.  With continued support from our members and other fundraising opportunities, NJPAF is able to support this program once again for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

Newark Berth Israel Medical Center -General Track Externship Program Site Visit
by Dr. Regina Budesa and Dr. Toby Kaufman, NJPAF Secretary

Practicum students at the MRDTC serve as individual and group therapists for children ages 2-19 referred through Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP). The population they serve are mainly low SES families of varying ethnic/racial backgrounds, allowing for the development of cross-cultural competency. Their clients present with problems including but not limited to: aggression, adjustment issues, sexual/physical trauma, abandonment, and academic problems.           

According to all interviewed, NJPAF’s support of this program and its trainees has helped to increase their commitment to treating this underserved population. They noted that our funding allows them to focus on their training and education by helping to defray many of their daily expenses (transportation, parking, lunches, reading material) that would otherwise consume them. Thus, they are able to be able to fully engage in the learning and treatment processes. The externs all agreed this program developed their passion and helped solidify their interest in a career working with the underserved. The training provided to the externs currently receiving NJPAF funding seems to be extensive and thorough and to offer the externs the tools needed to fulfill their duties to the population being served. The externs all demonstrated impressive professionalism, genuine commitment to the population they are serving, and high motivation to continue their professional growth. In funding the externs at this site, NJPAF is successfully fulfilling its mission.

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

In 2017-2018, we had two award winners. Nicole L. Eskenasi, PsyM and Laura Grossi, MA. Applications for 2018-2019 are due July 20, 2018. Apply 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. 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

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