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!
- Chair: Sabrina Esbitt, MA
- Chair-Elect: Kathryn Belgiorno, MA
- Past Chair: Erica Shreck, MA
Secretary/Treasurer: Deborah Binko, BA
- Representative to Council: Erica Shreck, MA
Campus Liason Coordinator: Elsa Lee, MA, EdM
Advocacy and Training Coordinator: Joseph Giardino, MSEd
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
Extended Deadline for the 2013 Poster Session is April 29, 2013
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:
Accepted presenters must be registered for the convention for Saturday, June 1. Poster setup begins at 7:00 am; posters must be ready to display by 8:00 am. Presenters must be available to discuss their posters at the following times:
8:00 - 9:00 am
11:00 - 11:15 am
1:30 - 2:45 pm
23rd Annual Peter Lincoln Internship Fair
Sunday, September 29th, 2013
St. John's University, 101 Murray Street
New York, New York
9:30-11:00 Question & Answer: Internship Director Panel
11:15-1:00 Internship Students Meet Directors and Interns
Emma Arons, PhD - Montefiore Medical Center
Robert Gordon, PsyD - Rusk Institute, NYU Langone Medical Center
Alan Hilfer, PhD - Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn
Julian Pessier, PhD - Stony Brook University
Albany Psychology Internship Consoritum
Kings County Hospital Center
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center
Maimonides Medical Center
Montefiore Medical Center
Mount Sinai Services/Elmhurst Hospital Center
Rusk Institute, NYU Langone Medical Center
St. Lukes Roosevelt Psychology Internship Program
Stony Brook University Counseling and Psychological Services
Westchester Jewish Community Services
The Internship Fair is FREE to current NYSPA/NYSPAGS Members
$35 for graduate students who are not NYSPA/NYSPAGS members*
*Apply the $35 fee to NYSPA membership; receive the remainder of 2013 plus 2014.
Online registration has closed for this event. There will be onsite registration.
Site Registration has Closed
APPLYING FOR INTERNSHIP? Join us for a day packed with MUST HAVE information! First, a question-and-answer period where a distinguished panel of internship directors and other experts will address any questions you may have about the internship application process, what they’re really looking for, how to interview and more! Later, meet internship directors and current interns from internship sites across the North East region of NY, others invited: ( NJ, CT, PA, MA, ME, VT, NH, RI) who will be available to provide detailed information and answer any questions you have about their internship. This is an invaluable opportunity for current students applying to internship (and for those looking to get a jump start on the process) to get the information they can’t get anywhere else…from the experts!
New York State Psychological Association’s (NYSPA) Clinical Division
New York State Psychological Association of Graduate Students (NYSPAGS)
St. John's University
Please note: No refunds will be issued after September 20, 2013.
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).
Internship Site Information
Beth Israel Medical Center - Clinical Internship Program
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
Externship Site Information
Information on Externship Sites may be found on the Fairleigh Dickinson University Wiki at the following link:
EXTERNSHIP GUIDELINES for 2013-14
Madeline Fernandez – Pace University
Darrin Gerson- Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric
Abraham Givner – Yeshiva University
Cindy Ho – Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Mathew Jacob – Rockland Psychiatric Center
David Marcotte – Fordham University
Nicholas Papouchis – Long Island University - Brooklyn
Robert Stewart – Mt Sinai MC
Susan Tross – St Luke’s MC
- There will be a seven-week period between submission of applications and the first date on which offers may be made to students. The earliest date that students can submit applications is Tuesday, January 15, 2013. The earliest date on which an offer can be made to a student is Monday, March 4 at 10 am. (In future years, the submission date will be the Tuesday immediately after Martin Luther King’s birthday. The notification date will be the first Monday in March).
- DCTs and students are strongly encouraged to develop a rank order list of sites. It has been demonstrated that a rank order facilitates the process and assists in eliminating many ambiguities once the acceptance process begins.
- Students are not permitted to hold more than two offers at any time.
- If students are holding two offers, their DCTs will encourage the student to drop one of the offers as soon as possible.
- Students will have until noon on the third day (including the day of the offer) following any offer to accept the offer. This is approximately a 48-hour window. What this means is:
a. If an offer is made on Monday, the student has until Wednesday at noon to accept or reject the offer;
b. If an offer is made on Tuesday, the student has until Thursday at noon to accept or reject the offer;
c. If an offer is made on Wednesday, the student has until Friday at noon to accept or reject the offer;
d. If an offer is made on Thursday, the student has until Monday at noon to accept or reject the offer;
e. If an offer is made on Friday, the student has until Tuesday at noon to accept or reject the offer;.
- Students must inform their DCT of any offer, rejection, acceptance and withdrawal.
- Externship Coordinators must cc DCTs on all interview offers, acceptances and rejections.
- A committee composed of DCTs and Externship Coordinators has been formed to monitor any violations of these guidelines during the process.
- The Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) WIKI site will be the central means through which Externships, Applicants, and Graduate Programs will stay updated, about the Externship Selection Process, in real time. All Applicants, Externship Coordinators, and Graduate Program DCTs need to know how to access and use the WIKI site (psychpracticum.fdu.edu).
Externship Coordinator Responsibilities
- Externship Coordinators (ECs) are encouraged to update their WIKI information (at the FDU WIKI site)
- ECs are encouraged to specify the number of hours they expect the extern to be at the site
- ECs need to cc DCTs on all interviews, offers and rejections
- ECs are strongly encouraged to post their time frame for interviewing particularly if they anticipate there being a significant wait (i.e., more then two to three weeks) before they begin scheduling interviews They may do this by sending an email to the candidates who apply and or by posting it on the WIKI site. They should indicate the expected date to begin and end their interview process
- ECs are encouraged to upload their brochures and other information to the WIKI site. (The site is now capable of accepting PDF files)
- ECs are encouraged to post information indicating that they have filled all their externship slots. This can be done by emailing all the candidates or by using the WIKI site that will indicate if the site is “full” or “offers pending” or “still accepting applications.”
- DCTs are strongly encouraged to work with their students to develop a ranking list of externship sites. The ranking list is critical to the successful implementation of the Externship Guidelines and should help to prevent bottlenecks in the process.
- DCTs will oversee their students’ compliance with all the guidelines – and specifically, adherence to the policies concerning acceptance and rejection of offers.
- DCTs will ensure that students do not hold more than two offers
- DCTs will ensure that students comply with the time limits specified in the Guidelines
- DCTs will provide Letters of Eligibility that specify the number of hours that students can complete on externship.
- DCTs will discuss the match between student training needs and the sites’ offerings. The intent is to be sure that students are not using a “shotgun” approach to the application process.
- Students are strongly encouraged to develop their rank order of externship sites per DCT instructions.
- Students are required to cc their DCTs on all correspondence with externship sites in regard to offers, acceptances and rejections.
- If a student receives a phone call with an externship offer, they are to immediately notify their DCT by email.
- Immediately after accepting an offer, students are required to send emails to ALL sites they applied to indicating that they are withdrawing from consideration. Students must also notify the DCT of their decision as soon as a decision is made.
- Students should ask for letters of recommendation from their faculty or others as early as possible in the semester.
- Students are encouraged to inform their DCTs of any violation of the Externship Guidelines. The DCT will contact the committee of DCTs and Externship Coordinators who will respond to your information.
- Students need to include the name, email address and phone number for their DCTs on the cvs.