NJPA - About Us
"The mission of the New Jersey Psychological Association is the advancement of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health and human welfare in an atmosphere that supports the diversity of its members and the society at large."
Read the New Jersey Psychological Association Bylaws to find out more about our association.
NJPA Diversity Policy
The New Jersey Psychological Association 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. The Association is committed to addressing these issues and concerns in its programs and publications.
NJPA is committed to advocating for psychology. Strengthening political outreach and advocating for the interests of NJ psychologists are top priorities. Over the years, this advocacy has taken many forms. Through our Committee on Legislative Affairs (COLA) and our Governmental Affairs Agent (GAA), NJPA has been instrumental in maintaining standards of psychology practice in NJ, protecting patients and supporting public policy. NJPA also monitors State Rules and Laws that regulate the profession, and maintains a liaison with the NJ Board of Psychological Examiners so we are always informed about any changes that may affect our members. As an affiliate of APA, NJPA is also involved in federal advocacy initiatives and regularly lobbies for federal issues that affect psychology.
New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation
The NJPA Foundation, a charitable, tax exempt 501(c)(3), is committed to advancing the psychological health of our New Jersey communities by supporting psychological services for underserved children and adults who cannot afford them, by financially supporting the training of graduate students through statewide sites, and by disseminating psychological knowledge to the general public.
As the philanthropic arm of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA), the NJPA Foundation (NJPAF) is committed to promoting psychological health of the diverse people of New Jersey.
In its commitment to the psychological health of the people in our community, the New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation administers and raises money to:
1. Deliver psychological services to underserved populations.
2. Train graduate students in psychology as clinicians and researchers with an emphasis on treating underserved populations.
3. Disseminate psychological knowledge to the public, particularly information about the prevention of violence and the amelioration of its effects.
4. Support the mission of NJPA especially in its commitment to diversity, public health, underserved populations and the training of graduate students in psychology.
Goals of the Foundation
Helping underserved populations, such as:
- Inner-city students
- Children with Asperger's
- Elderly in need
Contributions for Training Psychology Graduate Students Fund:
- Student-initiated research addressing psychological issues
- Students working in innovative family, school, and community
Public Education: Programs Include Topical Issues such as:
- Violence Prevention
- Bullying Prevention
Almost 90% of your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation goes directly to support a psychologically healthy community!
As the philanthropic arm of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA), the Foundation is committed to raising funds to support programs that promote the psychological health of people in our communities by supporting the research and training of graduate students who work with underserved populations in New Jersey. The Foundation raises funds through a variety of avenues. Please consider making a donation!
Here are 3 reasons why you should consider making a gift to the New Jersey Psychological Association's Foundation (NJPAF):
Reason One: NJPAF’s focus is to help underserved populations; populations that, without our help, may have little to no access to mental health treatment. Students, who receive grants from NJPAF, have spoken , passionately about how critical the funding is to them, and to the clients they serve.
Aishah Manuel, Science Park High School in Newark, recently shared with us: “These adolescents are at high risk for dropping out of school, experimenting with drugs, or becoming involved with gangs. I am working to provide services to these youth to help counter the negative influences and address emotional and behavioral problems that might interfere with their ability to succeed in school.”
Reason Two: We fund graduate students from NJ schools, allowing the students to do the incredibly important work of treating the underserved while alleviating the worry of living expenses.
Gwyne White, Newark Beth Israel Metro Regional Diagnostic & Treatment Center, recently shared with us: “Thus far, my experiences under this grant have been wildly beneficial to my overall career trajectory in terms of both educational and experiential opportunities. Further, this opportunity has confirmed, without qualification, my interest in providing therapeutic services to this population.”
Reason Three: NJPAF has extremely low operating costs, even in the non-profit world. This means your donation goes almost dollar-for-dollar towards providing more grants. Your money directly allows more students to receive funding and more clients to receive treatment. Every dollar you give has a huge impact!
To make a donation, click here.
Hosted Dinners/ Cocktail Gatherings
Hosting an event is a fun, creative way to raise funds for this worthy cause! Whether you prefer a formal sit-down dinner, a swanky cocktail party, an informal barbeque, a family friendly picnic, or any other type of event to enjoy with your family, friends, and colleagues, you will help raise awareness about the important work of the NJPA Foundation, while raising funds to support their worthy initiatives. You provide the guest list, venue, and food and beverages; NJPA handles the invitations, RSVP list, and collection of donations. If interested, please contact Central Office at 973-243-9800 for more information.
Corporate Sponsorships and Donations
The NJPA Foundation seeks contributions from corporations and local organizations to support specific education programs and direct treatment services in the community. To become a corporate sponsor or donate on behalf of a corporation, please contact the NJPA Central Office at 973-243-9800.
A UNIQUE and MEMORABLE way to honor someone or celebrate a special event. For more information about tribute cards and how to order, please contact the NJPA Central Office at 973-243-9800.
2015 Generous Tributes
Thank you Mariner Wealth Advisors – Madison, LLC for your generosity in honor of Jane Selzer's retirement.
Thank you Morris Goodman for your generosity in honor of Stan Moldawsky's "significant birthday."
Whether funds to be held in perpetuity and the interest used for a special award or program, or a restricted fund to be used for a specific purpose, this is a generous way to give something back to the profession. If interested, please consult your financial advisor and the Foundation to ensure that your wishes are carried out as you intended.
For further information contact the NJPA Foundation at:
414 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 211
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
973-243-9800 Fax 973-243-9818
Student Conference Participation Grant
This grant is intended to promote 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. Such 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 is intended to help offset some of the costs associated with attending conferences, workshops, and other psychological sessions (including webinars) that emphasize treatment of underserved populations. Underserved populations might include, but are not limited to:
• Immigrants & refugees
• Inner-city students
• Children with autism spectrum disorders
• Elderly in need
Grant amount: Maximum $500 (limit $200 conference/webinar; limit $300 travel). Awarded amounts will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
A limited number of awards are available per year. Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the conference, workshop, or other session. Decisions on applications received will be made at quarterly Foundation Board meetings. Please see the NJPA Foundation’s “Meet the Foundation Board” webpage on www.psychologynj.org for the updated Foundation meeting schedule. Deadlines for applications are one week prior to Board meetings; applicants will be notified of decisions by the following Friday.
Submission Deadline: 1 week prior to Foundation Board meetings. For more information, pdf click here (82 KB). For the application, pdf click here (77 KB). For the expense worksheet, spreadsheet click here (87 KB).
2015 Graduate Student Initiated Research Awards
A fundamental component of the New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation’s mission is to support the training of psychologists. 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.
Research into Causes and/or Treatment of Social Problems Award
“The Impact of Cognitive Techniques on Exposure Effectiveness in CBT for Youth Anxiety.”
by Mina Yadegar - Rutgers University
To read submitted paper, document click here (33 KB).
Dr. Zellig Bach Award for the Study of the Family
“Predictors of Posttraumatic Growth in a Pregnancy Loss Population.”
By Moshe Winograd - Seton Hall University
To read submitted paper, document click here (22 KB).
The NJPA Foundation Scholarship for Research on Diversity Issues
"Assessing Gender Role Construction in Men & Women of Color: Scale Development and Evaluation."
By Michael Awad - Columbia University
To read submitted paper, document click here (33 KB)
How to Apply
Graduate Student Initiated Research Awards:
Research into Causes and/or Treatment of Social Problems: Some possible topics include school issues, work problems, health issues, and aggression. $2,000 award
The NJPA Foundation for Research on Diversity Issues: Awarded to a graduate student in psychology who advances the following goals:
(a) Promote scientific understanding of the role of diversity in psychology;
(b) Foster the development of sensitive models for delivery of psychological services to diverse populations.
Some possible topics include issues related to cultural or ethnic issues, socioeconomic issues, gender issues or work with underserved populations. $2,000 award
Doctor Zellig Bach Award for the Study of the Family: Awarded for the study of behavior related to divorce, teenage pregnancy, adoption, single parents with dependent children, interpersonal abuse, substance abuse, custody, dual careers, childcare, etc. $1,000 award
Winifred Starbuck Scott Award: Awarded to a graduate student in school psychology for completing a distinguished project, usually during internship. $1,000 award
The applicant must meet ONE of the following criteria:
- NJPA student affiliate OR,
- Enrolled in a New Jersey college or university master's or doctoral level psychology program OR,
- A psychology intern at a New Jersey facility.
Application Deadline: July 15, 2016
(281 KB) for the Application.
Awards are presented at the NJPA Fall Conference.
Community Service Project Grants
Funded for the 2015-2016 academic year:
Funded for the 2014-2015 academic
Foster Care Counseling Project (FCCP) - Rutgers GSAPP Psychological Clinic
Rutgers University - Center for Applied Psychology
Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology
Executive Director, Susan Furrer, PsyD
Funded Students: Albert Sultan, Kristen Axelsen, and Latoya Gaines, and Site Director Robin Lang, PsyD
The training experiences and variety of cases afforded me ample opportunity to expand and build my clinical skill set. While these skills are bound for more development, the Foster Care Counseling Project provided me with a foundation of clinical practice with children and families needy of impactful intervention. This experience has also influenced my perspective as a growing professional, as I now intend on working with young adolescents, families, and traum in future practice. ~ NJPAF funded student, Albert Sultan
I gained clinical experience with ethnic minority children and adolescence, trauma, group therapy, family therapy, and play therapy. I also had the opportuinty to work effiectively with systems, which presented a different set of challenges that I have learned how to manage. ~ NJPAF funded student, LaToya Gaines
Through this practicum experience, I have successfully treated clients who have undergone traumatic experiences (abuse and/or neglect), multiple losses, and/or family disruptions, which have resulted in various psychosocial difficulties. As a result of this enriching experienct, I feel well-equipped to continue providing treatment to this unique population of clients and their families. ~ NJPAF fund student, Kristen Axelsen
Newark’s Science Park High School
Project Coordinator: Dr. Kalenah Witcher, PsyD, School Psychologist
Funded Student: Aishah Manuel, School Psychology Graduate Student, 2nd year
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
Metropolitan Regional Child Abuse Diagnostic and Treatment Center (RDTC) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Audrey Hepburn Children's House at Hackensack University Medical Center
Christine Baker, PhD, Clinical Director
Throughout the year, I learned a great deal about the evaluation and treatment of child victims of abuse and maltreatment and their families. These experiences provided me with a greater understanding of, appreaciation of, and competence in assessment and treatment of child abuse in this population.These experiences, as awell as the confidence that comes with successfully treating trauma symptoms in such a sensitive population, have comprised an invaluable learning experience that I will carry with me throught my professional life. ~ NJPAF funded student, Heather Trachta
My year at the GB-CBT Externship Program has been incredibly rewarding and challenging. I have increase my knowledge of how trauma affects children, how to help children heal from trauma, and how to help the adults in their lives understand and help them. I would recommend this practicum for students interested in CBT for trauma, children, families, forensics, and serving underserved urban populations. Thank you NJPAF for supporting my professional growth! ~NJPAF funded student, Christina Ortiz
My overall career trajectory, in terms of both educational experiential opportunities, has been enhanced beyond measure from my time at Metro RDTC. While the population I provided treatment for is one in great pain with many complex and, possibly insatiable, needs, through my work with the children and families of Metro RDTC, I have provided what help I can and they taught me what strength and resilience, byond measure, looks like. For this, I am grateful. ~NJPAF funded student, Gwyne White
I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences at the GB-CBT Externship Program in child Abuse and Maltreatment at NBIMC. I developed a greater sensitivity and proficiency in working with a culturally-diverse low-income population. I also enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, social workers, and child advocates to ehlp provide families with comprehensive care. ~ NJPAF funded student, Caroline Haimm
The CATCH Program, Orange
Initiated by Dr. Helen Strauss. An in-school group program for at risk adolescent girls. Graduate students were funded for training to facilitate weekly groups that addressed the family, social, and interpersonal concerns of these girls. This model has now been replicated by graduate psychologists in other communities with an elementary population.
The Youth Development Clinic, Newark
Initiated by Dr. Melissa Rivera Marano. Bi-lingual graduate students were funded to work with the Family Support Team to provide treatment for at-risk children in an inner city school two days per week. A Foundation grant funded this graduate student.
The York Street Project, Jersey City
Supervised by Sr. Maureen D’Auria. This is a transitional residence for disadvantaged women and their infants for eighteen months, during which time they receive psychotherapy, a high school education, job training, parent education and day care.
Meet the 2015 Foundation Board
Board Trustees' Testimonials
My Curiosity about the NJPA Foundation
by, Deana N Stevens, PsyD
With a history of active participation in NJPA, I had always been curious about the Foundation. I was familiar with one of its initiatives - take a student to lunch at the conference - a brilliant idea that came after my time to receive. Instead, I gave! But, I had the sense that the Foundation was doing something more. NJPA’s invitation for new board members came at just the right time for me. After attending one meeting, I was hooked! Once again, the opportunity to connect with other psychologists from around the state was enlivening. But the Foundation's work has a particular benefit. It is celebratory, it is an opportunity to see the enthusiasm of psychologists in training, to learn about the many types of work our colleagues are doing, and most importantly to formally acknowledge something good. Being a board member is a thoughtful reminder to consider what we value as an organization, as a profession, as individual psychologists - who may not always agree! Our efforts are aimed at supporting the people, research and interventions involved with underserved populations. In doing so we are also/primarily supporting students and our future. We know that the science and practice of psychology matter greatly. But it is really great to be reminded again and again of what that can look like. This is what being a foundation board member means to me.
My Impression of the NJPA Foundation
by, Ellen DiMeglio, PsyD
Last year, when I saw the various requests for donations in my dues statement, I thought, "What exactly is the NJPA Foundation?", and "What would I be donating for?" A few short months later, I found myself at a Foundation board meeting, and these questions were answered. I learned that the Foundation is the philanthropic arm of NJPA; it monetarily supports community clinics and research projects for underserved populations and, perhaps best of all, gives grants towards training future psychologists who are interested in providing services to those who need it the most!
It may be different for everyone, but for me, this reminds me why I went into this field in the first place. To help. Hearing from the graduate students who benefit from the Foundation's grants is incredibly rewarding. I vividly remember being in graduate school and being so very grateful for the fellowships and stipends I was awarded; they paid my rent, bought my dinner, and at the same time, let me keep doing the work I loved. So this is my chance to pay it forward, and when I get my dues statement this year I will give as generously as I can.
I encourage other psychologists to explore the work that the Foundation beneficiaries are doing out there in the great state of New Jersey - I promise you will be impressed! And when you get the chance to donate this year to the Foundation, please do what you can, and remember - it is 100% tax deductible. And, even better, those who benefit directly from your generosity will be so very grateful.
2015 Meetings - Central Office 7-9pm
February 23, 2015
April 27, 2015
June Retreat June 19, 2015
September 21, 2015
November 23, 2015
2015 Foundation Board
Jeffrey Singer, PhD
Barry Katz, PhD
Toby Kaufman, PhD
Richard Klein, EdD
Ann Stainton, PhD
E. Belvin Williams, PhD
Ellen DiMeglio, PsyD
Deana N Stevens, PsyD
Regina M Budesa, PsyD
Keira Boertzel-Smith, JD
Ex- Officio Trustee
New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation
414 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 211
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
NJPA Executive Board
The NJPA Executive Board serves as the policy setting body of the association. Board members are leaders within NJPA who are recognized as having experience, insight, and thoughtful perspective on issues that are important to NJPA. It is the role of NJPA board members to actively participate in setting NJPA policy, developing goals and priorities, creating future initiatives, conducting strategic planning, and making proactive efforts to meet all the objectives set forth in NJPA's Mission Statement. The board adheres strictly to the NJPA bylaws and the conduct of meetings are governed by Keesey's Modern Parliamentary Procedure.
Meet the NJPA Central Office Staff
Keira Boertzel-Smith, JD
Monday - Friday 9:00am-4:30pm