Social Advocacy through Scientifically Based Psychological Information

The New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) is working on making significant contributions to the general public, policy makers, and its own membership by providing scientifically based psychological information to guide informed advocacy and decision-making on issues that affect the mental health and general well-being of the diverse people of New Jersey. NJPA will be developing and disseminating public statements on current societal issues. This effort might also include publicly endorsing a statement that has been made by the American Psychological Association. Review our Latest News to review past endorsements. Stay tuned for more information and NJPA social advocacy statements. 

NJPA Statement Condemning Acts of Xenophobia and Racism in View of The Coronavirus 
The New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) strongly condemns the multiple instances reported in recent news of xenophobic and racist comments and acts directed against people perceived as of Asian descent. People identified as of Asian background constitute over 9% of the population of New Jersey, and 58% of people of Asian background in the United States who have immigrated here themselves have become American citizens. read our full statement here   

The New Jersey Psychological Association condemns, in the strongest terms, the growing open expression of anti-Semitism in the United States and the resulting violent attacks that have been directed against members of the Jewish Community.  New Jersey is the home to over a half million people of Jewish background, 6.1% of our population.  Most recently, on our home ground in Jersey City in December, we witnessed the murders of three individuals who were going about their daily routines in a kosher grocery.  In the same period, there were violent assaults against Chanukah partygoers in nearby Monsey, New York and against Jewish people on the street in Brooklyn. We strongly condemn all acts of discrimination and threat directed at any individuals or communities, acts that inevitably create terror and trauma among entire groups. Read more 

NJPA Executive Board fully endorses this statement: American Psychological Association Calls for Immediate Halt to Sharing Immigrant Youths' Confidential Psychotherapy Notes with ICE
A letter from APA CEO Arthur C. Evans, Jr.
WASHINGTON – The American Psychological Association expressed shock and outrage that the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement has been sharing confidential psychotherapy notes with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deny asylum to some immigrant youths. Read letter here