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Social Issues

The Division of Social Issues works to apply the knowledge and skill of psychology to promoting a humane and just society. We strive to educate ourselves, our colleagues, students and the public about crucial moral and ethical issues of our time, by sponsoring speakers and conferences, collaborating with related psychology groups and bringing important psychological issues before NYSPA members.

Over the past decades this division worked on the psychological and social causes of wars; hate groups in America; ethnic challenges in the New York City school system; ethnic conflicts in the former Yugoslavia; research on the spread of HIV/AIDS; affirmative action; social class conflict in Haiti; research on fatherhood; polling results from United States elections; and cross-cultural research into family structures.

In recent years the division has created programs to address issues of universal coverage of health care in the U.S., communication between racial, ethnic and religious groups, legislation to alleviate the plight of mentally ill prisoners, and the ethical breaches of psychologists working in detention centers where torture and human rights abuses occur. In 2008 we collaborated with Fordham University on a conference on the issue of psychology and torture, and brought a resolution before the NYSPA Council to support state legislation that would forbid NY-licensed health professionals from participating in torture or abuse, which was passed.

 2016 Executive Board

President Renee McCormick, PhD  NYSPA Member Since 1989
President-Elect Laurence Baker, PhD  NYSPA Member Since 1981
Past-President Marianne Jackson, PhD  NYSPA Member Since 1984
Mildred Antonelli, PhD  NYSPA Member Since 1993
Representative to Council Helen Rozelman, PhD  NYSPA Member Since 2006
 Alt Rep to Council    Shara Sand, PhD  NYSPA Member Since 2001


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