NJPA Graduate Students (NJPAGS)

2021 Virtual Internship Fair

Please join us for our first ever VIRTUAL Internship Fair! Learn what internship site directors are looking for, directly from the internship directors themselves! In addition, this event will end with a brief cover letter writing workshop just in time for those upcoming APPIC internship application deadlines.  RSVP to Chelsea Torres [email protected] or Jared Hammond [email protected]

Below is a list of this year's Internship Fair panelists along with their bios:

Gregory Benson, PsyD
Dr. Gregory Benson is the Director of Psychology Training and Clinical Supervisor of the Internship Program at Rutgers University Behavioral HealthCare (UBHC) in Newark, NJ. His interests include Chronic Mental Illness, Character Psychology and Dynamic Psychotherapy. He received his Clinical Psychology doctoral degree from Yeshiva University in 1998. He has over 20 years of experience as a clinical psychologist.

Reese Mayer, PhD
Dr. Reese Mayer is the Associate Director for Clinical Training at Rutgers University Counseling CAPS services. He has experience in working with issues regarding mood, anxiety, substance use, relationships, families of origin, grief and loss, developmental transitions, stress management, head injuries, memory and other cognitive concerns, and living with chronic and/or serious health conditions. Additional interests include motivation, personality, and mind-body interaction.

Antolin Llorente, PhD
Dr. Antolin Llorente presently serves as Professor, Director of Neuropsychology, Department of Psychiatry at Penn State Hershey, and as Director, Psychology Internship Training Program and Postdoctoral Training at Penn State, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. In addition, he is a Board-Certified Pediatric Neuropsychologist on the staff at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in Harrisburg, PA. Dr. Llorente received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma where his focused training was with adults, children, and in clinical neuropsychology.

Amanda Vaught, PsyD
Dr. Amanda Vaught received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Consortium in 2012. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Gulf Coast VA Health Care System in Biloxi, Mississippi and her post-doctoral fellowship in PTSD and trauma at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Vaught is currently the assistant director of training at the Coatesville VA Medical Center and is a clinical psychologist and supervisor in the general outpatient clinic. Her specialty areas are in PTSD, trauma, and evidence-based interventions. She is a regional trainer and consultant for Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. She has also published in peer-review journals and attends and presents at national conferences.

Norman Mosley, PhD
Dr. Norman Mosley is a New Jersey Licensed Psychologist who has served as the Director of Psychology Internship Training at the New Jersey VA Health Care System since 2006. He served as the Associate Director of Training for the internship program from 1992-2005. The VA New Jersey internship program is comprised of two main hospital campuses at Lyons and East Orange, as well as several outpatient clinics. The program currently has 8 internship positions. The program has been continuously accredited by APA since 1979 and is a member of APPIC. The program received a 10-year Reaccreditation from APA in 2018. In 2014 Dr. Mosley initiated the development of a postdoctoral residency program in clinical psychology at the New Jersey VA. He serves as the Director of Training for this program. The residency program was site visited by APA in 2018 and received a full 10-year initial accreditation. The VA New Jersey’s Residency program is currently the only APA Accredited postdoctoral program in New Jersey. Dr. Mosley has maintained a part time private practice in psychotherapy and hypnosis in Morris and Somerset Counties since 1992.

Our Mission

To represent students in all sub-fields of graduate study in psychology and facilitate the exchange of information between these groups
   -  To promote leadership development
   -  To advocate for the concerns, health, and welfare of graduate students
   -  To establish and maintain channels of communication between NJPA and schools, universities, training centers, institutions, and other members of the psychological community.
   -  To support NJPA, by creating a leadership pipeline, enhancing the visibility of the association within the academic community, adding valuable input from the student perspective, and helping to populate committees and special interest groups.

NJPAGS is designed to give students a stronger voice within NJPA and advocate for student issues. NJPAGS provides opportunities for student leadership development and facilitates dialogue between NJPAGS members and members of the professional community. 
NJPAGS declares its intention to raise the consciousness of its members about issues of diversity. These issues include, but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, religion, disability, country of origin, and marital status. NJPAGS is committed to addressing these issues and concerns in its programs and publications, as well as in their professional interactions.

NJPA Dawn Gemeinhardt Student of Excellence Award

This award is to serve as appreciation for the efforts of NJPAGS members who have gone beyond expectations.  It seeks to recognize outstanding student leaders and to encourage them to continue on their leadership path.  Focus areas may include, but are not limited to, creating programs to raise consciousness to issues of diversity, advocating for the needs of graduate students, creating programs to service the needs of graduate students, facilitating communication between NJPA committees and NJPAGS, and recruitment of new members. (Past-Chair and Chair-Elect not eligible)

2020 Winner - Chelsea Torres
2019 Winner - Christopher Thompson
2018 Winner -  Alex Gil
2017 Winner - Elisabeth Endrikat
2016 Winner -  Michele Pievsky

2015 Winner - Stacie Shivers

Award Nominations Now Being Accepted!

Our Accomplishments  

NJPA Members Offer Therapy to NJPAGS on a Sliding Scale 

Mentoring Program 


Grants & Awards 

Academic & Scientific Affairs Awards

Poster Sessions

Board & Campus Reps

Internships & Post-doctoral

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