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NYSPA Leadership Institute

NYSPA's Leadership Institute
Now Accepting Applications
for 2017-2018 Class of Fellows

Application deadline - April 16, 2017

Are you an early-middle career psychologist looking to enhance your leadership skills and make an impact in the field through service to the profession? 

The applicants for the upcoming class will be selected by a committee after reviewing their applications and completing a panel interview.  The schedule is as follows:

- Open application deadline April 16, 2017.
- Candidates will be contacted shortly thereafter as to their acceptance for the scheduling of an interview.
- Interviews will be held via Zoom or Skype.
- The Leadership Institute runs from September until June (fellows will graduate at NYSPA convention).

Apply now!

If anyone has questions feel free to contact Dee Fisher-Golden, NYSPA's Interim Executive Director at or 518-437-1040.

Please note: Current NYSPA Members and Non-members are welcome to apply.  NYSPA membership will be required if accepted into the institute

NYSPA’s Leadership Institute was created in 2010 by then NYSPA President Dr. Jerry Grodin (current Director of Professional Affairs) as one of his primary presidential initiatives. The Leadership Institute, a Committee of the NYSPA Foundation.

The mission of the Leadership Institute is to support psychologists to develop leadership skills, improve the profession of psychology through increased legislative and advocacy efforts, and to strengthen NYSPA by creating a leadership pipeline within the organization.

Introducing the 2016-2017 NYSPA Leadership Institute Fellows


Angela Antonikowski, PhD          Daria Alongi, PsyD               Fabienne Bain, PhD            


Amina Mahmood, PhD                  Vernon Smith, PhD


 Class of 2015-2016 NYSPA Leadership Institute Fellows


Fellows from 2015-2016 included Dr. Jessica Costosa-Umina from Syracuse, and Drs. Vivi Hua and Jessica Koblenz from the New York City area, and Dr. Daniel Antonius from Buffalo.


The mentors for the Leadership Institute this past year include Co-Chairs Dr. Chris Allen and Dr. Lori Wagner-Naughton, plus Dr. Jerry Grodin, Dr. Mark Grey and Dr. Alexis Khan (who was in the first Leadership Institute class).

The Leadership Institute runs from September to June, culminating in the presentation of their class project and graduation at the NYSPA Convention each June.  The fellowship class chooses a project that is of interest to them and will benefit the organization— this year they have chosen a project in integrated healthcare.

The fellows also have opportunities for one-to-one mentorship and for leadership development at leadership retreats held in NYC and in Albany. They participate in monthly conference calls, monthly “virtual happy hours” with discussions/presentations on topics related to leadership, and team building exercises. Fellows also attend some Council meetings, Lobby Day, grassroots training, and begin to pursue leadership activities in NYSPA Divisions, Regions, Committees and special-interest Task Forces.

At the end of the fellowship year, all fellows join the Leadership Institute Alumni network, which had its first face-to-face event in New York City in April.

The Leadership Institute provides a wonderful opportunity for psychologists! If you are in your early to mid-career and would like to learn more, please contact Dee Fisher-Golden, NYSPA’s Interim Executive Director at or 518-437-1040.