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Division of Women's Issues

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.

2017 Executive Board

President Artemis Pipinelli, PhD  NYSPA Member Since 2004
President-Elect Janet Sigal, PhD  NYSPA Member Since 2011
Past-President Janet Sigal, PhD  NYSPA Member Since 2011
Secretary (2019) VACANT
Treasurer (2019) Vivi Hua, PsyD  NYSPA Member Since 2014
Representative to Council (2019) Jean Lau Chin, EdD  NYSPA Member Since 2008
 Alt Rep to Council (2018)   Carol Goldberg, PhD  NYSPA Member Since 1969
 Alt Rep to Council (2018)   Mercedes McCormick, PhD  NYSPA Member Since 2001


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.

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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 empowering thinking skills, language mastery, action strategies and guided imagery that will enable you - and your clients - to achieve their goals.



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




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

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