NJPAGS Board Members

Chair:  Christopher Thompson, MA, EdS, LAC Christopher earned his Master’s degree in 2015 and is currently a 4th year Counseling Psychology PhD student at Seton Hall University. In research and practice, Christopher’s work reflects a multicultural, social justice emphasis consistent with Division 17 and the broader mission of the American Psychological Association. Christopher’s primary research focus is in community-based, qualitative research methods aimed at preventing violence and victimization, grassroots community organizing, and elevating counternarratives to reduce stigma and bias. Christopher has presented research at multiple national and local conferences, including APA, NJPA, and the Winter Roundtable at Teachers College. He is also an adjunct instructor in the School of Psychology Department at Kean University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses. His clinical experience includes working in community mental health, primary care, corrections, college counseling settings, and in the New Jersey VA Healthcare System. Additionally, Christopher has worked with diverse clients across the lifespan with emphasis on adolescents, adults, and couples struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma-related symptoms, and other forms of distress. In his work, Christopher draws primarily from relational psychodynamic theory and incorporates mindfulness, CBT-based approaches to tailor interventions to meet clients’ specific needs. Email:  [email protected]  Also:  MAL Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Chair-Elect:  Chelsea Torres Email: [email protected]

Past -Chair: Alexandra Gil, BA Alexandra O. Gil, BA is a second-year doctoral student at Kean University in the Combined School and Clinical Psychology PsyD program. She earned her BA with a double major in Psychology and Speech, Language & Hearing Science at Kean University. She is also taking the required courses to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) through Kean’s Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism and Developmental Disabilities program. Alexandra is currently a Child Developmental Specialist/Early Intervention therapist for Sunny Days and Progressive Steps serving children aged 0-3 in Essex, Union, Morris and Hudson county. She is currently in her second year placement which is in the Union School District as a school psychology extern where she works heavily with the children who have autism and behavioral difficulties. She often provides consultation to teachers and writes Functional Behavior Assessments utilized in the development of IEPs. Her previous experience includes working as a Brain Trainer at Learning Rx, providing ABA in-home therapy services for Build & Care and New Care Associates, External Preschool Teacher Coach using the Pyramid Model and volunteering her time at Children’s Specialized Hospital in their Speech, Audiology and Psychology departments. Alexandra has experience as a research assistant for City University of New York’s Cognition and Language Laboratory assisting with studies about bilingual advantages in dual-language learners. She is currently involved with research at Kean University regarding the Pyramid Model used to promote social and emotional competency in preschool children and utilizing mindfulness to enhance parenting. Alexandra also developed her own workshop named “Playful Support: Promoting Healthy Play Practices in the Classroom” which she is providing at various early childhood conferences in the tristate area. Her research interests include social-emotional competency and learning, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities, Trauma, and Neuropsychological testing. Alexandra has attended the Undoing Racism workshop which she feels has been instrumental to her both personally and professionally and is a big proponent of diversity, feminism and equality in general. Email: [email protected]

Secretary / Treasurer: Megan Ingraham email:  [email protected]  

M-A-L COLA: TBD

M-A-L CODI: Kristen Parente email: [email protected]

M-A-L Membership:  TBD

M-A-L  Communications / Programming: Victoria Kelly  Email: [email protected] 

  M-A-L Foundation & M-A-L Conference: Alexandra Gil, BA Email: [email protected]