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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.

NOFP_Officers_2010Involvement 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).

Any questions are welcome, and we would encourage anyone who might like to pursue any of these leadership opportunities to send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a (very) brief email of interest.

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 Poster Session is held each year during NYSPA's Annual Convention, and enables participants to present their recent research and writing to an interested professional audience. Participants are required to register and be available during a specified period to discuss their ideas with convention attendees. Specific times will be posted as they become available. All psychologists are welcome to participate. Professors of psychology, psychology students, and early careerists, may be particularly interested.

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

To apply for the poster session, send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:

  • 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

If you have questions about the Poster Session, please contact Dee Fisher-Golden at (518) 437-1040 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Internship Site Information

Internship_Fair_10_dir_pgNYSPA is committed to being the best student resource out there for psychology students in NY State. Knowing the limited resources, we are currently compiling information on Externships and Internships so students have a place to come to for information. Though we hope this list, once completed, will contain ALL (or most) of the training sites available throughout NY State, submitting information to us is strictly voluntary and up to sites who want to submit their information to be posted to our website. It does not represent a complete list; so keep checking back regularly for updates. If you know a site that would like to be listed, please have them contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will gladly add them.



Beth Israel Medical Center - Clinical Internship Program

Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Bronx Psychiatric Center

Creedmoor Psychiatric Center

Elmhurst Hospital Center/Mt. Sinai Services

Fordham University Counseling & Psychological Services

Holliswood Hospital

Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services

Kings County Internship

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center

Montefiore Medical Center

North Bronx Healthcare Network

Pace University Internship

Stony Brook University (Counseling and Psychological Services)

Department of Veterans Affairs, NY Harbor Healthcare System

Woodhull Medical Center

CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIP - Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund


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. 

Submission Deadlines: The deadline for the 2012  award is January 13, 2012  Proposals must be submitted electronically by 4:30pm (eastern) on Friday, January 13, 2012.    Proposals must be in Microsoft word or pdf format and follow the template included below.  Subject line should include “Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Proposal- YOUR NAME”.  Send proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

Submit Proposals To:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For additional information contact:

The Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund Review Committee c/o Michael Ranney, PSYOHIO, 395 East Broad Street, Suite 310.  Columbus OH 43215; 800-783-1983; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Your Name:


Phone Number:

Email Address:


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?



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).

Externship Site Information


Information on Externship Sites may be found on the Fairleigh Dickinson University Wiki at the following link:



Externship Guidelines for 2014-2015 are available on the Externship Wiki.  Click here to view!

NYSPAGS/Student Awards


CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIP - Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Independent Practice Division Awards

ABPP Early Entry Program