NJPAGS Board Members

Chair:  Chelsea Torres, MA, LPC Email: [email protected]
Chelsea is licensed by the state of New Jersey as a professional counselor (LPC) and earned her Master’s degree in 2015 from Felician University. She is currently enrolled in the Counseling Psychology PsyD program at Felician University. Chelsea has presented research at local conferences such as NJCA and LMHANJ and is also an adjunct professor in the Undergraduate Psychology Department at Felican University. Chelsea’s clinical experience includes working with a variety of clients struggling with issues such as addiction, behavioral disorders, anxiety, and depression, through group and individual therapy. She has experience in several settings, including working with college student athletes in a Sports Psychology setting as well as an adolescent long-term residential facility that treats both substance abuse and mental health disorders. In her work, Chelsea draws primarily from cognitive behavioral theory and incorporates mindfulness-based interventions and psychodynamic approaches to meet clients’ specific needs.

Chair-Elect:  Jared Hammond  [email protected]
Jared Hammond is the NJPAGS Chair-Elect. He is a third year doctoral student at Kean University’s Combined School and Clinical Psychology Program, a PsyD program with an emphasis on mindfulness. He is also the Senior Psychometrist at Head to Head Consultants in Gladstone, NJ doing neuropsychological assessment. Jared earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and Computer Science from New York University and his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University-Teachers College, where he began his initial mindfulness training. Jared is trained in heart rate variability and biofeedback techniques, as well as yoga and Reiki. He is the Head Fencing Coach at Bernards High School and utilizes mindfulness with his student-athletes. 

 

Past -Chair: Christopher Thompson, MA, EdS 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]

Secretary / Treasurer: Megan Ingraham, MS  Megan earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, and is currently a 3rd year Counseling Psychology PhD student at Seton Hall University. Megan’s research interests include the intersectionality of social identities (especially race, gender, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation), resilience, and LGBTQIA+ community concerns. Megan’s clinical experiences range from integrated primary care to college counseling to trauma-focused therapy for children and families, and she hopes one day to start her own private practice in a rural area to provide LGBTQIA+ affirmative care.  email:  [email protected]  



M-A-L COLA: Kristina Kroot
Kristina is currently enrolled in her 2nd year in CUNY’s School of Professional Studies MA in Psychology program, with a concentration on developmental psychology. Her research interests include children’s lack of access to nature and its effects, particularly since we live in an increasingly technology-driven world. Before pursuing her MA in Psychology, she worked in marketing for over 12 years and received her MBA before deciding on changing her career. She is planning on pursing her PhD after finishing CUNY's program.  [email protected]

 

 

M-A-L CODI: Dominique Reminick

Dominique Reminick, MA, is a second year graduate student in the Combined School-Clinical Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program at Kean University in Union, NJ. As a doctoral assistant, she manages Kean Psychological Services, an outpatient community clinic integrated into the Kean PsyD program. She is also active in many local organizations: she serves as the president of the Kean Psychology Graduate Council, the Student Representative for the New York City Chapter of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, and the Member-at-Large for the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion for the New Jersey Psychological Association for Graduate Students. Currently, Dominique is interning with the Belleville Special Services Out-of-District Child Study Team in Belleville, NJ, to support the educational, psychological, and behavioral needs of students with disabilities; she also provides evidence-based therapy and psychoeducational assessment for both adults and adolescents at Kean Psychological Services. Her research interests include implementing mindfulness practices in school-settings and increasing access to trauma-informed care approaches for school psychologists, and she has presented her work at conferences both nationally and abroad, including APA, NASP, and ACBS. [email protected]

M-A-L Membership:  TBD

M-A-L  Communications / Programming: Victoria Kelly, MA, Victoria Kelly is a fourth-year doctoral student at Marywood University's Clinical Psychology PsyD program in Scranton, PA. She earned her BS in psychology from Seton Hall University. Victoria's primary research interests lie in substance use disorders and the many factors that can bolster treatment efficacy and contribute to the understanding of the needs of this population. Her current research is on spirituality, locus of control, and self-efficacy in members of Alcoholics Anonymous. She has an interest in pursuing experience working with adults with substance use disorders, trauma, and co-morbid mental health diagnoses. Victoria has worked in a variety of treatment settings including inpatient, residential, and outpatient facilities in both NJ and PA.  Victoria joined NJPA in 2016 and utilized many of the networking and professional opportunities the organization has to offer including workshops, continuing education seminars, and networking events. NJPA played a key role in her professional growth and continues to provide her with opportunities to grow as a developing clinician. In her downtime, Victoria enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her nieces and nephews, travelling, and going to the movie theater.  Email: [email protected] 

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