New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation Flash: 

In This Issue...

  1. The Heart of NJPA
  2. Foundation Funding
  3. Grants & Awards
  4. Meet the Trustees!
  5. Organization Structure
  6. Get Involved!


Check Out our New Logos!

The NJPAF Board approved two new logos in 2018 to be used in the promotion of the Foundation via print, social media, and on the NJPA website. 

Meet the Trustees!

Welcome to our newest trustee Dr. Eileen Kohutis!

Matt Hagovsky, PhD (President);
Toby Kaufman, PhD (Secretary);
Abby Rosen (Treasurer);
Richard Klein, EdD (Trustee);
Ann Stainton, PhD (Trustee); 
E. Belvin Williams, PhD (Trustee);
Regina Budesa, PsyD (Trustee);
Alyssa Austern, PsyD (Trustee);
Eileen Kohutis, PhD
Lucy Takagi, PsyD
(NJPA President-Elect and Foundation Board Liaison);   
Keira Boertzel-Smith (Executive Director); 

Organization Structure

The New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation was established in 1993 as a charitable, tax-exempt organization. The NJPA Foundation is an IRC 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation and all donations, less any goods and services received, are tax deductible. The mission of the NJPA Foundation, in addition to supporting NJPA's mission, is promoting the psychological health of the diverse people of New Jersey.

Get Involved!

Become a Board Trustee

The NJPA Foundation is governed by the NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees.  The board has four officers: president, secretary, treasurer, and the NJPA president-elect. All trustees are voting members except for the NJPA president-elect who is an ex-officio non-voting officer. The trustee's term may be as long as he/she is qualified and eligible.  

Become a Friend of the Foundation

The NJPA Foundation includes non-voting Friends of the Foundation members. These individuals must be NJPA members and may assist with projects on behalf of the NJPA Foundation such as volunteering at fundraising events, writing NJPA Foundation articles, reviewing and voting on student grant papers, attending site visits, or planning NJPA Foundation continuing education programs. The projects are monitored and managed by the NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees. Friends of the Foundation are welcome to attend and participate at the NJPA Foundation meetings.  There is no term limit for Friends of the Foundation. The NJPA Foundation president, in consultation with the NJPA executive director, reserves the right to terminate a Friend of the Foundation membership if the member is deemed to not be acting in the best interest of NJPA Foundation. 

If interested contact us at [email protected] or 972-243-9800

 Foundation Funding

The majority of current funding comes from the NJPA membership, with some funding coming from outside groups. Funding comes in the form of NJPA Foundation annual solicitation letters to the NJPA membership, NJPAF hosted events such as the June 2018 Flamenco and Paella member-hosted dinner party, which raised over $3,500 in donations and the 2017 Somerset Patriots baseball game.  Tributes and bequests are a great way to contribute to the Foundation. The NJPA Foundation is open to exploring new manners of fundraising such as corporate sponsorship and grant writing. Click here to read more about how you can participate in, and contribute to, our fundraising efforts.

Consider Hosting a 2019 Dinner or Gathering that Benefits the NJPA Foundation



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.

Take this opportunity to make your 2019 charitable donation!  The New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations (less any goods/services received) are tax-deductible and go directly to supporting a psychologically health community. 

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As of May 16, 2019,
Our New Address is -
354 Eisenhower Parkway
Plaza I, Suite 1150
Livingston, NJ 07039

The Foundation is the Heart of NJPA

Welcome to the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) Foundation Flash! The Foundation Flash is distributed quarterly and highlights our grant-making efforts in support of programs that train graduate psychology students who are dedicated to working with underserved populations in New Jersey.

In addition to supporting the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) mission, the mission of the Foundation is promoting the psychological health of the diverse people of New Jersey. The NJPA Foundation administers and raises money to deliver psychological services to underserved populations, trains psychology graduate students as clinicians and researchers with an emphasis on treating underserved populations, supports the mission of NJPA especially in its commitment to diversity, public health, underserved populations and the training of graduate students in psychology. The NJPA Foundation is a 501(c) (3) corporation and all donations, less any goods and services received, are tax deductible.

Highlights from Two of the 2018-2019 NJPA Foundation Community Service Grants Site Visits

NJPA Foundation Community Service Project Grants  
The NJPA Foundation identifies exemplary programs that provide psychological services to those who cannot afford it and trains doctoral students to work with these underserved populations. We invite applications from programs across the state of New Jersey, with the goal of identifying and supporting model programs from each county.  For the 2018-2019 academic year, we are sponsoring six amazing programs:  Newark Beth Israel Game-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program, Newark Beth Israel General Track, Rutgers Foster Care Program, Rutgers Center for Psychological Studies, Rutgers Tourette Syndrome Clinic and the Trinitas Regional Medical Center. 

Each year, the NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees conduct site visits that provide an in-depth view of the work conducted by students and the populations they serve. The visits give the board an opportunity to speak with the principal staff members, project supervisors, and grant recipients. We will share highlights from these site visits on our social media pages and NJPA publications. 

Read all about our six 2018-2019 sites here. 

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (RDTC)  Game-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Externship (GB-CBT) Site Visit
Conducted By Dr. Matt Hagovsky, NJPAF President, and Dr. Regina Budesa, Board Trustee










Top: Dr, Christine Baker, RDTC Clinical Director; Dr. Barbara Prempeh, GB-CBT Externship Coordinator; Dr. Jacquelyn Doran Cunningham, RDTC Supervising Psychologist; Stephanie Anismatta, GB-CBT Extern (Rutgers University)

Bottom: Tamara Quezada, GB-CBT Extern (Rutgers University); Courtney Clark, GB-CBT Extern (Yeshiva University) 

On April 11, 2019, Dr. Barbara Prempeh, Dr. Christine Baker, and students, Stephanie Anismatta, Courtney Clark, and Tamara Quesada, hosted NJPAF Board Trustees, Dr. Matt Hagovsky and Dr. Regina Budesa.

The doctoral students at this site are providing treatment and assessment services for an at-risk, underserved trauma population, as part of GB-CBT externship track at the Metropolitan Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.  The Metro RDTC is one of four RDTCs in New Jersey committed to providing medical and psychological evaluations and care for survivors of child abuse and neglect.

According to all interviewed at this site, NJPAF’s support of this program and its trainees has helped to increase their commitment to treating this underserved population.  The students noted that NJPAF funding allows them to focus on their training and education by helping to defray many of their daily expenses that would otherwise consume them.  Thus they are able to be able to fully engage in the learning and treatment processes.  Externs cited the funding as the reason they are able to do this particular work.   

The training provided to the externs, currently receiving NJPAF funding, seems to be extensive and thorough, and offers the externs the tools needed to fulfill their duties to the population being served.  The externs all demonstrated impressive professionalism, genuine commitment to the population they are serving, and high motivation to continue their professional growth. It is evident that the student externs’ experiences at this site meet the goals of the Foundation’s mission in training those who wish to serve the underserved.

Trinitas Regional Medical Center - Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program Site Visit
Conducted By Board Trustees, Dr. Eileen Kohutis and Dr. Alyssa Austern

Photo: Dr. Atara Hiller, site director of the internship, and NJPA Foundation grant recipient, Christopher Hughes. The right photo of the wall is a space where the program participants can share a hand print image after completion.

Dr. Atara Hiller and student, Christopher Hughes, welcomed NJPA Foundation Board Trustees, Dr. Eileen Kohutis and Dr. Alyssa Austern, with the opportunity to learn about the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Unit (COPU) at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, the ways in which the program serves the community, and the student experience. A full array of psychiatric and behavioral health services for children and adolescents (ages 3.5-18 years old) and their family members are offered at this site. This program provides services for a typically underserved population as many patients come from low socio-economic situation (SES) backgrounds and use Medicaid.  

In the midterm report, Christopher Hughes stated that he was drawn to Trinitas’s externship because its philosophy mirrors his own. He stated that "it operates from a clinical scientist model of integrating research and clinical work, emphasizes collaborative care, and complements its opportunities for generalist training in CBT/empirically-supported interventions for children and adolescents with opportunities to explore and develop specialized clinical skills through the training and supervision in the delivery of DBT-A to adolescents with BPD features/severe emotion dysregulation."  During the April 15, 2019 site visit, Christopher Hughes confirmed that he continues to enjoy the wide variety of patients he serves at the site. 

Noted by both of the NJPA Foundation Trustees, the program has been working to fulfill the need for a DBT program with Spanish speaking clinicians, reporting that in the past many of their patients were too high risk to utilize services through a translator. There is also a wait-list for the DBT program, and the hospital recognizes this need, and is growing the program.

Christopher Hughes gained many skills during this externship and has enjoyed the variety of work that includes individual therapy, group therapy, and parent coaching.  The current research taking place at the Trinitas DBT program involves assessing outcomes.  Chris reported that the funding he received from the Foundation has been utilized for his travel.

Stay tuned for more 2018-2019 site visit highlights in our next Foundation Flash.

Other NJPA Foundation Important Grantmaking Efforts 

NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grants: The NJPA Foundation is concerned about current events that impact the mental health of our community. It is the consensus opinion of the NJPAF that the impact of school violence has an adverse effect on the psychological health of our community and that the arbitrary and unnecessary separation of children from their parents and families constitutes psychological child abuse. Because such adverse effects from violence and abuse produces extreme trauma that can lead to lifelong mental health problems and disabilities requiring long-term, intensive treatment and services, the NJPAF announces the establishment of the NJPAF Dissertation Grants.

NJPA Foundation Graduate Student Initiated Research Awards

A fundamental component of the New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation’s mission is to support the training of graduate students. 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. 

An applicant must be a NJPAGS student member and meet at least one of the following criteria:

1) Enrolled in a New Jersey university or college master’s or doctoral level psychology program OR

2) Psychology Intern at a New Jersey facility

 2018 Graduate Student Initiated Research Award Winners

2018 John M. Lagos Award for Research into Causes and/or Treatment of Social Problems

Krista Herbert, MA


2018 NJPA Award for Research on Diversity Issues

Nicole Cantor, MA
Ebru Dugme Yucel, MA

NJPA Foundation Student Conference Participation Grant

This grant promotes 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. 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 helps offset some of the costs associated with attending conferences, workshops, and other psychological sessions (including webinars) emphasizing the treatment of underserved populations.

2018 Grant Recipients

The 2018 recipients include Alexandra Gil, MA, Kean University and Karly E. Siffin, MA, Widener University. Alexandra attended the National Association of School Psychology Conference, February 14-17th in Chicago, IL. Karly Siffin attended the American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference in Memphis, TN in March.

Consider applying in 2019!  For complete requirements, criteria, and application forms, visit the Foundation at 

NJPA Foundation History in Images


Did You Know?   In 2006 - 2008, The NJPA Foundation hosted Youth Anti-Violence Grants providing thousands of dollars towards a Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group, Date Rape Prevention Education Program and Curriculum for Teens, and a Gang/Delinquency Prevention Program Designed for Trenton’s High-at-Risk Youth.

If you have any favorite NJPA Foundation stories you would like to share, please let us know at [email protected] or by calling us at 973-243-9800.

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