About NYSPA of Graduate Students (NYSPAGS)
NYSPAGS, formerly known as NOFP, is the only professional organization for psychology Graduate Students in New York State. This group aims to provide future psychologists with a forum in which to shape their professional futures.
Involvement in the New York State Psychological Association is a valuable and rewarding experience, allowing students to cultivate firsthand knowledge about the profession they will be stepping into - we are the future of psychology in New York State!
- Representative to Council: Sabrina Esbitt, MA
Chair: Kathryn Belgiorno, MA
- Chair-Elect: Jennifer Yuan, AB
- Secretary/Treasurer: Deborah Binko, MA
The following opportunites are available to NYSPAGS members. A number of leadership positions are available that will be commencing in January; there is a broad range of roles, interest areas, and levels of commitment among them:
- NYSPAGS Executive Board Officers -- Constituting the governing body for NYSPA's graduate students, officers (chair, chair-elect, secretary, training & advocacy coordinator) participate in regular conference call meetings, attend council meetings and other events, and collaborate with Central Office and NYSPA leadership. These require a minimum 1-year (January-December) commitment.
- NYSPAGS Executive Board Liaisons -- There are a number of opportunities for students who have a particular area of interest, such as clinical psychology, legislative initiatives, neuropsychology, school psychology, academia, etc. (see list of divisions on the NYSPA website), to become involved in these sub-groups within NYSPA as NYSPAGS representatives. These roles are relatively flexible and require participation in a division or committee with occasional attendance on NYSPAGS conference calls/email correspondence. This is preferably a 1-year (January-December) commitment.
- NYSPAGS Campus Representatives -- We are looking for graduate students across the state to ensure that your program is well represented within NOFP and help spread updates and opportunities to your classmates and colleagues. These positions would primarily entail correspondence with the NYSPAGS Board and dissemination of relevant information to students at your school. This is a 1-year (January-December) commitment.
- Event Volunteers -- Even if you are not able to participate on a regular basis, we are always looking for an extra pair of hands at our events. The NYSPAGS Externship Fair is right around the corner, and we are hoping that a couple of people will be willing to assist with registration and organization on Sunday, November 14th at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights starting at 8:00am (see website for additional Externship Fair details).
Interested in joining NYSPA? Become a member today!
NYSPA's Annual Poster Session
Details are not yet available for 2015. We will post details as soon as they are available.
The criteria for participation includes:
- Content may include all areas of psychology
- NYSPA membership is not required
- Student posters sponsored by faculty members are welcome
Posters that are solely-authored by students are eligible for the Independent Practice Division's Grace Lauro Award and a monetary award of $100. Up to three awards may be given. The criteria for the Grace Lauro Award include:
- Creative approach to the problem
- Familiarity with the relevant literature
- Thoughtful and mature presentation
- Relevant statistics, if appropriate, and
- Satisfying and contemporary discussion
- Title of poster;
- A 500 word abstract, including statistics, with text sufficient for a detailed review (up to two pages) if appropriate;
- Author's name(s), contact phone number and a contact e-mail address.
Presentation Date and Times:
To be announced
Internship Site Information
Beth Israel Medical Center - Clinical Internship Program
CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIP - Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund
CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund
The Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial assistance to support graduate student research projects in honor of Dr. Sullivan’s work with American Psychological Association, State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations and his commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Michael Sullivan served as the Assistant Executive Director for State Advocacy in the American Psychological Association. In this position he managed the Practice Directorate’s program of making resources available to 60 affiliated psychological associations in every state and several Canadian provinces and US territories. A fellow of APA, Dr. Sullivan writes regularly about professional practice issues in psychology for Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. This scholarship is in recognition of his on-going commitment and passion related to issues of multiculturalism and inclusion.
Research Scope: The focus of the scholarship is to support graduate level research and training related to diversity and inclusion. Listed below are examples of possible projects in the area of diversity that might be supported by the Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship. The list is not all inclusive, but is provided to offer suggestions.
- Validate emerging methods of assessment, diagnosis, and screening of mental health concerns affecting racially/ethnically diverse individuals.
- Examine and evaluate behavior, lifestyles, health needs, and health disparities of racially/ethnically diverse individuals.
- Study aging issues in adults who are racially/ethnically diverse.
- Explore issues in multicultural counseling.
- Develop a cultural framework for counseling specific populations, i.e., the able-bodied, LBGT, multiracial individuals, and so on.
- Design a community project which decreases prejudice within a targeted population.
- Implement a culturally sensitive psychological service intervention within an existing group or agency.
Award: Awards of from $500 to $1,000.00 per recipient will be granted once a year. Awards will be announced in March each year. Awards are intended to be used to support or assist applicants in covering expenses related to their projects or research.
Winners will be required to provide quarterly updates on the project and write an article about the outcomes. The article may be included in a publication of the Ohio Psychological Association. An evaluation of the project must be submitted to the Chair of the Review Committee following the completion of the project.
Qualifications: Graduate students enrolled full time at a university or college may apply for the scholarship. The student must be in good academic standing and must be making good progress in his/her program. Any graduate student may apply as long as the funds requested go toward the enhancement of issues of diversity and inclusion.
Submission Criteria: Submissions for scholarships from The Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund should include the following:
- Cover letter addressed to Erica Stovall White, Chair of the Review Committee.
- Cover sheet provided below and narrative that addresses the (1) rationale for the study; (2) basic question(s) to be addressed by the study; (3) general methodology; and (4) proposed statistical analyses (if applicable).
- Budgets should be provided that detail projected income and expenses, showing specifically how the scholarship funds will be used
- A brief letter of support from a faculty member to the Chair of the Review Committee with the proposal, which addresses the student’s ability to carry out the project, the feasibility of the project, and the student’s ability to complete the project in a timely manner. The letter should not be a testimonial about the student’s knowledge, skills and personal qualities.
For additional information contact:
COVER SHEET FOR SULLIVAN SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION - 2012
What year are you in your graduate program?
Briefly describe your project (2-3 sentences):
How does this project relate to the spirit of the Dr. Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship?
What will be the societal benefits that result from this project? How will it improve individual lives or address community problems?
What is the budget for this project and how specifically will the $500-$1,000 grant be used if you are selected?
What is the time frame for your project? What will be completed in the next 12 months?
List any other individuals who are/will be involved in this project.
If you are selected as the winner, will you provide quarterly updates on the project and write an article about the outcomes of the study (to be published in an OPA publication)?
If you are selected as the 2012 scholarship recipient, will you submit a project evaluation to the Chair of the Review Committee following completion of the project?
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NEED TO ATTACH A LETTER FROM A FACULTY MEMBER THAT ADDRESSES YOUR ABILITY TO CARRY OUT THIS PROJECT IN A TIMELY MANNER.
ATTACH A NARRATIVE: Please complete a narrative of up to 2 pages single spaced. The Narrative should include (1) the rationale for this study or project (need, relevance, and anticipated community impact are key factors in evaluating projects); (2) basic questions or issues to addressed; (3) general methodology; (4) proposed statistical analyses (if applicable).
NYSPA leadership encourages student participation at all levels of association involvement. Each year at maximum of two students are accepted into the Foundation of NYSPA Leadership Institute and all students receive FREE membership to any division of NYSPA. Each year individual members and NYSPA Divisions offer scholarships for student participation in the Annual Convention.
NYSPAGS leadership distributes opportunities to student members on a regular basis through the NYSPAGS NYSPA list serve. Listed below are a few ongoing opportunities for students. If you have questions about student scholarships contact NYSPA at