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Division of Women's Issues (DOWI)


The Division of Women's Issues responds to the need for a forum addressing the professional, social, and personal interests of women. It is a diverse and open group, representing all the specialties of psychology. Women of different ethnicities, lifestyles, and theoretical orientations are represented in our membership and enhance the stimulating and creative group spirit.

This division holds regular, informal meetings on the psychology of women, or on social issues that are relevant to women.


Adrianna DiMatteo, PsyD

President-Elect   Janet Sigal, PhD
Past-President   Carolyn Springer, PhD
Secretary   Anita Mada, PhD
Treasurer   Nancy Adegoke, PhD
Representative to Council   Jean Lau Chin EdD
Communications & Social Media Chair
  Anita Madan, PhD
Chair, Committee on Awards   Florence Denmark, PhD
Student Representative    

The Division of Women’s Issues (DOWI), New York State Psychological Association has as its purpose to further the interests of women in psychology and to provide a forum for their professional concerns. As women have made gains in the workplace and in achieving equal rights in our society, we broaden our focus on women’s concerns from access and equity to such issues as social justice, work-family balance, and leadership. Together, we can advance women’s issues in New York.




Below is the webinar from DOWI's event on October 21, 2012, "How to Beat Procrastination in the Digital Age" with Dr. Linda Sapadin.  This webinar will help you learn the skills, strategies and secrets to conquering procrastination.  These include emplowering thinking skills, language mastery, action strategies and guided imagery that will enable you - and your clients - to acheive their goals.





Outstanding Dissertation Award

The Division of Women’s Issues (DOWI) of the NY State Psychological Association is pleased to announce its award for an Outstanding Dissertation to a student or recent graduate. The dissertation or doctoral project should be on a feminist topic pertaining to women and girls and must have been completed in 2012 by March 1, 2013.  Completion is defined to mean all requirements are accepted and signed off by the applicant’s institution. Each nominee must submit a three page abstract including statement of purpose, hypotheses, methods (including participants, measures, and procedure), results and discussion. In addition to the three pages, selected references should be included.   All submissions will be judged by a panel designated by DOWI based on criteria of:

  • Significance to the field
  • Relevance to women’s issues
  • Clarity and quality of the research

A monetary amount of $500 comes with the award.  The winner will be announced at the annual NYSPA Convention, have the opportunity to present her/his paper, and receive a one year membership to DOWI.  If you need further information please contact Jennifer C. Joseph, PsyD at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                           


 The Division of Women's Issues (DOWI) is seeking nominations for candidates for the Margaret Floy Washburn Award. Each year, the Margaret Floy Washburn Award is given to a person who has made a significant contribution in one or more areas of feminist concerns, such as (but not exclusive to:)


  • promoting the study of gender and social issues of importance to women
  • furthering the needs of women professionals
  • promoting the understanding and observance of ethical principles which recognize the gender issues affecting women patients
  • furthering research about the psychology of women Candidates may be male or female and need not be members of NYSPA.

Nominations should include a statement summarizing the major feminist contributions of the candidate. Additional outstanding accomplishments should also be included. Nominees will be asked to provide the Chair with a statement and a bio for consideration by the committee.

Past recipients of the Margaret Floy Washburn Award include:

Ruth Ochroch, Virginia Staudt Sexton, Stefanie Steinfeld, Joan Einwohner, Florence Denmark, Judith Antrobus, Barbara L Claster, Sue Rosenberg Zalk, Leonore Loeb Adler, Marianne Jackson, Senator Barbara Boxer, Helga Weiss, Judith Alpert, Barbara Cowen, Melba Vasquez

Nominations should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than May 10, 2013.

Upcoming Events:

Annual Holiday Brunch

When: Sunday, December 8, 2013, 12:30 P.M.
Where: Brasserie Cognac, 1740 Broadway at West 55 Street
Award:  Margaret Floy Washburn presented to Jean Lau Chin, Ph.D.

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Cost: NYSPA Registration: $36.00. Day of Event: $42.00




DOWI's 30th Anniversary photo album is available.   Click here to view.


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January 16, 2013: DOWI member, Jean Lau Chin honored


Photo courtesy of Gene S. Chin

We are extremely proud of DOWI member and past-president, Jean Lau Chin, EdD, who was recently honored by APA with the presidential citation for her work in multiculturalism.  A major accomplishment, recognizing years of dedication and service to the field of psychology.  Dr. Chin was honored as an Elder and presented with the citation of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit.  Read more..