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 document New Jersey Psychological Association Bylaws (186 KB) to find out more about our association.
The History of Diversity at NJPA
The NJPA Diversity Committee was established in December of 2005 as the culmination of a process that was initiated by NJPA President David Panzer. For many years, the Multicultural Concerns Committee existed as an ongoing committee within NJPA; however it was not a formal "Committee of the Board." In April 2005, President David Panzer formed a task force charged with "systematically and reflectively" examing issues of diversity within NJPA and recommending steps that would foster multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills and comprehensive inclusion of diverse constituencies in the association (NJPA Diversity Report, January 2006). The board participated in a diversity workshop, and guided by the knowledge gained in that workshop as well as the culture-centered approach recommended by APA, the task force generated a number of recommendations for the board to consider for inclusion in the NJPA Strategic Plan. The goals addressed issues related to NJPA's five principal goals: structure and governance, membership, recognition and advocacy, professional development and other relevant activities/issues related to diversity that may not fit into the aforementioned categories.
NJPA is committed to advocating for psychology. Strengthening political outreach and advocating for the interests of NJ psychologists are top priorities. Over the years, our advocacy efforts took many forms. Through our Committee on Legislative Affairs (COLA) and our Governmental Affairs Agent (GAA), NJPA was instrumental in maintaining standards of psychological practice in NJ, protecting patients, and supporting public policy. NJPA monitors State Rules and Laws that regulate the profession maintaining 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 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.
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