NJPAGS Board Members

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]

Chair-Elect:  Christopher Thompson, MA, EdS, LAC is a 2nd-year Counseling Psychology PhD student at Seton Hall University. In his research and practice, Christopher’s work reflects a multicultural, social justice emphasis consistent with the mission of the American Psychological Association. Christopher’s primary research focus is in community-based, qualitative research methods aimed at preventing recidivism, elevating community narratives to reduce stigma and bias, and empower poor and working families impacted by mass incarceration. Throughout his academic career, Christopher has presented at multiple national and local conferences, including APA, NJPA, and the Winter Roundtable at Teachers College. His clinical experience includes working with diverse populations in community mental health, primary care, corrections, and college counseling settings. Christopher is currently an extern at William Paterson University’s Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center and next year, he will be continuing his clinical training at the New Jersey VA. Christopher also serves as a part-time adjunct instructor in the School of Psychology Department at Kean University.  Email:  [email protected]
Also:  MAL Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Past -Chair: Elisabeth G. Endrikat, PsyD, NCSP is a school psychologist for the Freehold Regional High School District. Throughout her training, Elisabeth has assumed the role of research assistant conducting research on substance use disorders, child maltreatment, and the foster care system. She has presented her findings at numerous professional conferences. Elisabeth has practica experience in school and other educational settings. Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected]

 

Secretary / Treasurer: Chelsea Torres  Email: [email protected]

M-A-L COLA:  Drew Madore  Email:  [email protected]

M-A-L Membership:  Antonia Strothers, MA, NCSP,  M-A-L Membership:
I am a first year advanced school psychology doctoral student at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  I earned my BS in Psychology at West Virginia University, and my MA in School Psychology at FDU.  Currently, I work as a School Psychologist at Bergen County Technical Schools, where I am a member of the Child Study Team, Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) Committee, and Crisis Management Team.  I also provide both individual and group-based counseling services to special education students.  My previous experience includes grief counseling, providing ABA therapy to preschool special needs children, as well as behavioral management/supports and life skills training for middle school adolescents.  My research interests include pediatric psychology, psychosocial interventions for chronically ill children and adolescents, and gender issues.  Apart from my professional life, I also enjoy yoga, attending concerts, and traveling.
  Email: [email protected]

M-A-L  Communications / Programming: Neha Mistry is a first-year PsyD student in the Combined School-Clinical program at Kean University. She earned her BA in psychology at Rutgers State University with a minor in biological sciences. She is currently a medical receptionist at Discovery Psychotherapy Center, LLC in Morristown, NJ. Neha’s previous experience includes working with children and families of abuse at Wynona’s House in Newark, NJ. Her research interests include health psychology, trauma, diversity issues, and mindfulness- and acceptance-based psychotherapies. Other interests include fitness, cooking, art, and traveling.  Email:  [email protected]

 

 

  M-A-L Foundation: Alexandra Gil, BA