A Message From the President
NJPA President, Kenneth Freundlich, PhD
The New Jersey Psychological Association is the professional home to approximately 1900 psychologists and graduate students. We are one of the nation’s leading state psychological associations and our strength comes from the diversity of our membership and their commitment to maintaining our high standards. In return, NJPA works hard on behalf of its members, providing an organized voice for psychologists.
As you can see from our mission statement, NJPA is dedicated to 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.” We take this mission very seriously and our members are dedicated, hardworking professionals.
NJPA recognizes that psychology has a great deal to offer. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental disorders affect tens of millions of people each year. The Center for Disease Control estimates the economic cost of mental illness in the United States to be over $300 billion. In addition to the estimated 25% of US adults who have a mental illness, behavioral factors also are also associated with chronic medical diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Psychology is essential to the health and well-being of all members of society and NJPA is committed to promoting health and human welfare.
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 (184 KB) 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
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
State and Federal Advocacy, Committee on Legislative Affairs, Political Action Committee, Healthcare Reform, Managed Care Coalition, and the NJPA Foundation