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 Export to Your Calendar 10/16/2020 to 10/18/2020
When: Friday, October 16 - Sunday, October 18, 2020
Where: Virtual Platform
United States
Contact: NYSPA Central Office
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Online registration is available until: 10/16/2020
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Celebrating Psychology in New York

NYSPA, founded in 1921 as the New York State Association of Consulting Psychologists, was the first state psychological association in the country. As we approach our 100th year, it is important to reflect on the impact we have had on the profession. It is impossible to provide an adequate list of the prominent psychologists and psychoanalysts who have either practiced or taught in New York without leaving someone out. New York State has been at the forefront of research, practice, and advocacy since our inception. 

As such, we celebrate these accomplishments at this year’s convention by highlighting the following three themes:

  1. The Science and Practice of Psychology 
  2. Diversity and Social Change
  3. The History of Psychology in New York/“Great Thinkers” Series


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Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Kelly, PhD, ABPP
APA President-Elect 2020


Presidential Panelists

Florence Denmark, PhD
NYSPA President 1972-1973
APA President 1980

Jennifer Kelly, PhD, ABPP
APA President-Elect 2020

Susan McDaniel, PhD
APA President 2016

Panelist Bios

Florence L. Denmark, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized scholar, researcher, mentor, and policy maker. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in social psychology and has 6 honorary degrees. Denmark is the Robert Scott Pace Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at Pace University in New York.

A past president of the American Psychological Association (APA), New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA), Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), Psi Chi and the International Council of Psychologists (ICP), Denmark holds fellowship status in the APA, EPA and the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and NYSPA. She received the 2004 American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement for Psychology in the Public Interest.   In 2005, she received the Ernest R. Hilgard Award for her Career Contribution to General Psychology.  She is the recipient of the 2007 Raymond Fowler Award for Outstanding Service to APA and the 2009 Elder Award presented at the APA National Multicultural Conference. In 2011, Denmark received the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. Denmark received the Allen V. Williams Jr. Memorial Award in 1994 from NYSPA, the Kurt Lewin Award in 1978 from NYSPA, the Wilhelm Wundt Award in 1988 from NYSPA’s Division of Academic Psychology, and the Margaret Floy Washburn Award in 1996 from NYSPA’s Division of Women's Issues. She has also been president of all 3 divisions of NYSPA and a NYSPA member since 1965.

Denmark’s most significant research and extensive publications have emphasized women’s leadership and leadership styles, the interaction of status and gender, ageing women in cross-cultural perspective, and the history of women in psychology.  Denmark is currently the main NGO representative to the United Nations for the International Council of Psychologists (ICP) as well as representing the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). As past co-Chair she serves on the Executive Committee of the UN NGO Committee on the Family.

Dr. Jennifer Kelly
is a licensed psychologist and is Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology.She has been the director of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia since 1994. As a Clinical Health Psychologist, Dr. Kelly addresses a variety of mental health concerns in her practice, with expertise in treating disorders that involve the relationship between physical and emotional conditions. She specializes in pain management and trauma.

A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, Dr. Kelly earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University in 1987. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.

In addition to her independent practice in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Kelly is actively involved in numerous professional organizations. She has been elected the 2021 President of the American Psychological Association. She most recently served as Co-Chair of the newly formed Advocacy Coordinating Committee of the American Psychological Association Services, Inc. She served on the Board of Directors as Recording Secretary for APA from 2013-2018. Prior to that, she served on the Board as a member-at-large. Other leadership positions within APA include Council of Representatives six years, Past-Chair of the Board of Professional Affairs, member of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP), Past-Chair of the Committee of State Leaders, Past-President of the Division of State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs (Division 31), Division 29 Member-at-large, and numerous task-forces. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Association for the Advancement of Psychology (PAC) and was Chair of the Board 2008-2009.

A past president of the Georgia Psychological Association, Dr. Kelly has served as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator of the Association for 21 years. She has been the Treasurer of the GPA Political Action Committee 21 years. Other past positions held within GPA include Chair of Membership and Ethnic Minority Affairs Committees. 

Dr. Kelly was recognized at the 2019 APA Services, Inc. Practice Leadership Conference for her Leadership in Advancing the Profession of Psychology through Federal Advocacy. Other Advocacy recognitions include the 2011 State Leadership Award, Karl F. Heiser Advocacy Award and Legislative Award of the Georgia Psychological Association in 2000, and the Federal Advocacy Award by the APA Practice Organization in 2004. She was the 2012 recipient of the APA Division of Health Psychology/American Psychological Foundation Timothy B. Jeffrey Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology. In 2011 she was presented with the Diversity Award from the Committee of State Leaders of APA. She received the Outstanding Psychologist Award from Division 31 of APA in 2006. 

Dr. Kelly served as a member-at-large of the American Board of Professional Psychology Foundation from 2014-2019. She is a graduate of the 2003 class of Leadership Atlanta. She is a member of Lions Club International. She served on the Board of Directors of ChrisKids and Project Interconnections, in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Kelly belongs to numerous professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association (Fellow), Georgia Psychological Association (Fellow), International Association for the Study of Pain, and American Pain Society. She was an Associate Editor of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice from 2006-2011.


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Essentials of Neuropsychological Testing
Presenter: Delrita Abercrombie, PhD

Neuropsychological testing is becoming the first line in identifying behavioral and learning problems. In children and adults underlying brain functions have been linked to problems with mood, memory, motor coordination, communication, learning, impulse control, and concentration. By identifying the link between brain functions and behavioral manifestations, the psychologist can provide strategies and insight into recovery and adaptation. The use of testing protocols will be presented and attendees will be invited their experiences using tools.


Suicide Prevention: Approaches to Treating At Risk Youth
Presenter: Delrita Abercrombie, PhD

Mental health professionals are being faced with treatment of children who present with suicidal behavior. The purpose of the Symposium is to help clinicians identify symptoms of depression in children and adolescents as well as to develop protocols to use in community-based treatment programs. The use of the multidisciplinary team and psychological testing protocols can provide a standardized approach to treatment. The panel discussion on the tv show Brooklyn Savvy will highlight the issues and approaches that have been effective.


Imagined Ugliness: Diagnosis, Characteristics and Treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Presenter: Andrea Allen, PhD

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a serious, often overwhelming disorder characterized by a preoccupation with perceived appearance flaws in a person who others consider normal looking, slightly flawed, or even extremely attractive. Though BDD can be so serious, it often goes undiagnosed. In this talk, I will go over the diagnosis of BDD, its course and typical presentations. I will cover the first line treatments for BDD (psychological and psychopharmacological) and common obstacles to treatment.


Contagion Fear: Coping with the Psychological Consequences of COVID-19
Presenter: Roy Aranda, Psy.D., J.D.

The threat of COVID-19 contagion and the overwhelming consequences of the pandemic has been dominating our existence worldwide since February of 2020 as contamination has spread across 212 countries and territories. We are exposed to a daily, steady stream of reporting with graphic photos, grim statistics, and alarming deadly prognostications. We have witnessed financial repercussions, travel bans, cancelation of major events, shortages of medication, testing shortages, and questionable veracity of the sources of information we are receiving that lead to escalating divisiveness, uncertainty, and insecurity. These are all ingredients for heightened anxiety, depression, anger, phobic reactions, hate bias incidents, and maladaptive behaviors. People have been experiencing varying degrees of trauma and a multitude of challenges. Every day there are new statistics, new issues to contend with, and unresolved issues that cry out for solutions.

Society must make adjustments and modifications to how we live and function during a COVID-19 era that continues to evolve as parts of the country have re-opened following — sometimes loosely — four phases, where in some places there has been a scaling back, and in approximately 40 states (reported in July, 2020) there have been increased rates of contamination and mortality.

One thing is clear: as people reinvent their existence, they have undertaken steps to adjust, some good and adaptive, and others not so good and maladaptive.

The presentation will review up-to-date information about COVID-19 and it’s impact on our society and interventions to help cope with the psychological consequences.

Ethical Challenges Involved in the Practice of Correctional Psychology
Presenter: Virginia Barber Rioja, PhD

Psychologists working in jails and prisons encounter multiple ethical issues, including challenges related to confidentiality and dual loyalty. In addition, due to security constrains (e.g., segregation, lockdowns), psychologists are often obligated to provide treatment in less than ideal situations (e.g., lack of privacy) that may not be consistent with best standards of practice, creating complicated clinical decisions. This presentation will discuss some of these challenges and provide guidance to navigate these complicated situations.


Psychological Evaluations in Immigration Court
Presenter: Virginia Barber Rioja, PhD

As the number of undocumented detained individuals in the U.S. continues to grow, so does the number of psychologists involved in conducting evaluations in immigration proceedings. These evaluations are a type of forensic mental health assessment and require expertise both in forensic and cross-cultural psychology. This presentation will provide an introduction to the psycholegal issues involved in these evaluations (e.g., asylum, competency) as well as considerations in the process of conducting evaluations for immigration court.


Empathy and its Impact on Criminal Behavior
Presenter: Gianna Bolusi

The aim of this study is to observe the connection between empathy and criminal behavior and how a lack of empathy impacts the criminal justice system.


Listen to the Fear: Psychoanalytic Listening to Autism
Presenter: Eileen Brennan, PhD

Single ten-year case study of autistic young man transforms into international, digital forum of 85 educators and parents who apply psychoanalytic theory to better understand communications of autistic children placed in general education.


Groundbreaking School-Based Telepsychology: Individual Psychotherapy Delivered into a Public Middle School by Clinical Video: A Pilot Project
Presenter: Frank J. Corigliano, PhD

The presentation will present the need, development, and delivery, and review of an innovative school-based individual psychotherapy by a clinical psychologist to address access to care in high need, low resource public school.


Gun Violence, Safety, and Cultural Competency: The Role of New York State Psychologists in Expanding Understanding and Saving Lives
Presenter: Frank J. Corigliano, PhD

In 2016 the U.S. experienced 38,658 gun deaths including 21,000 suicide and 15,549 non-suicides. In 2017, Mass Shooting claimed the lives of 433 people. Many Americans, much of the media, and many psychologists focus largely on mass shootings, demonstrate limited knowledge of gun culture, and hold significant biases about gun owners. These deficits may contribute to weakening gun safety strategies. This presentation seeks to provide basic information about gun violence, expand cultural competence around gun culture, and shift the conversation away from gun violence and move toward an expanded conversation on gun safety and cultural competence with the goal of saving lives.


SPIRE – A Trans-Theoretical Pathway to Accelerating Therapeutic Engagement
Presenter: Anthony J. DeCamello, PhD

SPIRE is an ancillary therapeutic initiative I’ve developed utilizing five domains of interest, successfully used with incarcerated adolescents, at-risk children, and adults in underprivileged and affluent communities. The acronym represents Self-Process-Intentionality-Responsiveness-Emotion. Emerging as pivotal dynamics over decades of practice, they are a valuable field of inquiry for early career and seasoned professionals to exploit the impact, nuances, and functional level of each. Clients are progressively drawn towards an action plan targeting their utilization and integration.


A Three Factor Model for Screening and Diagnostic Classification of Trauma Stress Disorder in Cancer Survivors
Presenter: William DiScipio, PhD, Dip. Abn Psol

This factor analytic study suggests a tripartite syndrome grouping consisting of symptoms of 1) Anxiety/Negative Affect, 2) Intrusive Thinking and 3) Depression/Fatigue. The three-factor structure of cancer related PTSD has important implications for prognostic as well as treatment implications. Where symptoms of anxious arousal and negative affect are prominent, medications such as anxiolytics, SSRI’s and SNRI’s used in combination with psychotherapy may prove most effective.


CBDT: Cognitive Behavior Dream Therapy for Cancer Patients
Presenter: William DiScipio, PhD, Dip. Abn Psol

“If this were my dream. . .” is the basis of an approach to dreams described by Montague Ullman in his seminal work Appreciating Dreams: A Group Approach (1996). The approach offers a unique re-framing of traditional dream work by enlisting the group participants experience in order to appreciate the meaning and purpose of the dream. Case studies are presented to illustrate and highlight the CBT role in applying Dream Appreciation to a variety of cancer patients.


Digging Deep: The Psychoanalysis of a Superstar Athlete
Presenter: Thomas Ferraro, PhD

An exploration of the defenses, repetition compulsions, personality, resistances, transference and counter transference reactions and course of treatment of a superstar.


One Patient: Three Lenses
Presenters: Herb Gingold, PhD, Julie Lehane, PhD, Deena Abbe, PhD and Katherine Mitchell, PsyD

In this presentation, we explore a case conceptualization of a client using three different treatment modalities. The first approach reflected is psychoanalysis. This will be followed by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Finally, we examine the appropriate interventions should this individual be a member of group therapy. We explore similarities and differences that emerge.


Patients I Never Should Have Taken
Presenters: Herb Gingold, PhD, Julie Lahane, PhD, Veronica Fiske, PhD and Susanne Cooperman, PhD

As psychologists, we are faced with the dilemma of whether to accept a patient quite regularly. In this presentation we review the role suicidal and homicidal ideations, violence and aggression, gender identity, and political affiliations impact attitudes towards our patients. We examine the impact of intellectualization, compensation, transference, countertransference, and the role of culture in the treatment room. We conclude with personal insights that occurred as a function of these dynamics.


Financial Considerations for Early Career Psychologists
Presenter: Alison Gurley, PsyD

For psychologists entering the workforce, finances are a major factor for consideration when choosing a job, loan repayment program, starting a private practice, negotiating salaries and planning for the future. Despite this, education around finances is rarely included in graduate curriculums and finding answers to our financial questions can be difficult. This ECP-division sponsored, interactive panel aims to address some common financial questions for new psychologists by sharing experiences and knowledge in navigating financial decisions.


Consulting: How to Apply Your Psychological Skills Beyond the Therapy Room
Presenters: Alan Hack, PhD, Bruce Hammer, PhD, Christine Allen, PhD and Thomas Diamante, PhD

As psychologists we are often well trained in understanding human behavior and how to provide interventions that are therapeutic. We are not taught to bring our skills to applied settings. This panel will provide an opportunity for participants to hear from experienced consultants who have added to their private practice or created a full-time consulting practice. The presentation of case studies will identify the many different skills that psychologists have to offer as consultants and provide a forum for questions and discussion.


A Call to Attention for First-Generation Asian-American Immigrant Mental Health
Presenter: Jennifer Im, PhD

This paper will conduct a literature review of first-generation Asian-American immigrant mental health. Specifically, the paper will delve into the acculturation and enculturation stress experienced by first-generation Asian-American immigrants and mental health challenges that interweave complex cultural factors with barriers to treatment. This is an important population that is often neglected in the literature likely due to underreporting of symptoms. First-generation Asian-American immigrants are more likely to report mental health symptoms relative to subsequent generations.


An Evidence-Based Online Wellness/Survey Program for Use in Clinical/Counseling Practices, Hospitals, Businesses, and Public Safety/First Responder Agencies
Presenter: Robin Inwald, PhD ABPP ABAP

This presentation provides research results using four Inwald Research wellness program surveys [IRBI (benchmarking index), IEFQ (emotional fitness), ISCS (stress control) and ITRI (Inwald Trauma Response Inventory)]. Profiles comparing individuals in different occupations and life stages will be included (to be used as critical incident/traumatic event assessments as well as coaching for job and retirement preparation). Finally, an overview of an online wellness program will be presented with options for referrals and research project participation.


Using Psychological Testing as a Means of Brief Psychotherapy (Therapeutic Assessment)
Presenter: Dana J. Jackson, PhD ABPP

The purpose of the paper presentation is to highlight the need for psychologists to perform more psychological testing, not just to inform treatment but as a treatment in and of itself. The Paper will reference the uses and benefits of psychological testing, and how therapeutic assessment is employed and implemented.


“People Living Deeply Have No Fear of Death”: An Examination of Aging, Death, and Dying from Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Jewish Tradition
Presenters: Daniel Kaplin, PhD, Sharla Khargi, PhD, Amina Mahmood, PhD, Herb Gingold, PhD, and Shibani Ray-Mazumder, ScD, PhD

In this presentation, we examine late adulthood and end of life care through the prism of Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Jewish perspectives. We will highlight several areas of commonality and distinctions in the aging process across the four religious communities. Prominent end-of-life issues facing religious individuals will be discussed.


Traumatic Loss, Crisis and Meaning-Making in Independent Practice
Presenter: Jessica Koblenz, PsyD

This collaborative workshop will showcase how to handle clients who have been through traumatic experiences in the independent practice setting. Case studies of clients who have been through tragedy and traumatic loss, how they overcome these adversities and accept them will be discussed. Theoretical basis of post-traumatic growth will be used to help clients move to develop meaning making, heal and grow from these experiences.


Using Kimochis Feeling Pillows® to Help Children Manage Challenging Feelings and Behaviors
Presenter: Jill Kristal, PhD

Kimochis Feeling Pillows and accompanying Guide for Mental Health Professionals offer a novel and creative approach for helping children ages 5-12 better understand and communicate emotional experiences. Actually playing with feelings will be at the heart of this 'how-to,' interactive, tool-driven workshop. Attendees will leave with a set of effective and fun activities that make abstract feelings concrete and tangible and encourage verbal and non-verbal engagement in communication and counseling exercises.


Building Community as an Aspect of Self-Care
Presenters: Amina Mahmood, PhD, Anu Raj, PsyD, Vernon Smith, PhD and Ed Korber, PhD

This panel seeks to provide opportunities for psychologists to incorporate meaningful community building into their professional lives. Panelists will share innovative ways to build community to further their work via consultation groups, social media ventures, online networks, and multidisciplinary collaborative efforts. Specific attention will be given to building community as a psychologist belonging to a marginalized and/or minority group. Reasons for pursuing these initiatives, and barriers that impacted formation and maintenance will  be addressed.


DCRE Town Hall: Developing Inclusivity During Times of Incivility
Presenters: Amina Mahmood, PhD , Snehal Kumar, PhD, Vernon Smith, PhD, and Ed Korber, PhD

A town hall format to facilitate discussion on strengthening a culture of inclusivity within DCRE and NYSPA, during a time of incivility in society. Discussion will aim to: (a.) identify impact of cultural incivility on psychologists in their professional and personal lives; (b.) share interventional strategies when confronted with incivility; (c.) brainstorm coping strategies to prevent burn-out, and promote wellness; and (d.) the role of professional psychology associations in promoting a culture of inclusivity.


Wrestling Ghosts
Presenter: Dan Meyer, PhD

A full-length film documentary tracking the treatment of developmental trauma experienced by a married mother of two.


The Challenges and Complexities of Facilitating Training Groups (T-Groups) with Various Mental Health Professionals
Presenters: Katherine Mitchell, PsyD and Alexandra Stratyner, PhD

Training Groups (T-groups) offered to mental health professionals in various settings are one tool to enhance group support and cohesion, teach psychodynamic process, and educate members about group structure and function.  In this workshop we will examine and discuss the dynamics of training groups to better understand their complexities and challenges. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a brief experiential process group to illustrate these dynamics.


Treatment Implications: Compassion and Psychological Well-Being
Presenter: Catherine Nobile, PsyD

Compassion aids in psychological well-being and combats against psychological ill effects. As such, compassion has become a popular intervention in third wave behavior therapies. However, compassion does not have a universal definition and its understanding is culturally informed. More research is needed to examine mediators of change as well as the role of compassionate behavior (vs mindfulness). This presentation will discuss the ways compassion is utilized as an intervention in psychotherapy as well as review future directions.


Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations: "Nuts and Bolts"
Presenter: Elizabeth Owen, PhD

The Competency to Stand Trial (CST) evaluation is by far the most often court-ordered forensic mental health assessment. A brief history of CST will be presented followed by a guide on the differences between clinical and forensic assessments, managing court orders, dealing with attorneys (defense and ADA), performing the evaluation, and what should (and should not) be in the report. Case examples will be given and time allowed for an audience-led mock evaluation.


Three Views of Trauma in Forensic Psychology: Cultural and Linguistic issues, Personal Injury in Police Misconduct, Competency to Stand Trial
Presenters: Elizabeth Owen, PhD, Rafael Javier, PhD and Jemour Maddux, PsyD ABPP

In these presentations and discussion we will examine the convergence of traumatic factors and conditions in specific procedural, civil, and criminal matters. This will include an overview of the impact cultural and linguistic issues have in the experience and assessment of trauma as well as strategies for incorporating these vital issues in forensic assessment. This will be followed by a presentation on  the assessment of trauma from alleged misconduct by uniformed officers, and how trauma symptoms can complicate competency to stand trial evaluations. An overview of the ACE and how to use this important data in forensic evaluations and opinions will also be provided.


Selective Preventative Intervention Model to Triage Mental Health Needs of Medical Students
Presenters: Anu Raj, PsyD and Sahar Younai, PsyD

The aim of this pilot study is to identify organizational best practices and service delivery models for behavioral health care providers working in medical education settings. Medical students experience a high risk of acquiring depressive symptoms, which persist in their career as physicians. This is despite having average risk levels prior to the start of their medical training. As such, a selective preventative intervention with systemic linkages between rungs of risk levels was selected as a treatment model. This model offers multiple benefits, most notably a strong research base in designing suicide prevention programs. Furthermore, this study aims to provide preventative care to the entire cohort of participating first-year medical students. By casting a broad safety net, we will be able to identify those students experiencing at-risk levels of symptoms, such as suicidal ideation, and partner with them to find suitable treatment plans. In addition, lower rungs of the preventative model enable establishing a collaborative relationship with first-year medical students in a low-stigma setting. If this model is successful at engaging a significant member of the cohort and effective in its treatment protocols then it can be used as a launching point for developing a comprehensive treatment delivery model.


Facilitating Motivation to Change in Resistant Clients: Using Self-Determination Theory to Get Unstuck
Presenter: Ashley N Reda, PhD

The study being presented utilized self-determination theory as a theoretical framework to integrate into practice in order to efficiently facilitate client motivation and engagement in the therapeutic change process. The focus of this presentation is to demonstrate how principles of self-determination theory interact with readiness for change as defined by the transtheoretical model and precursors for change model. Clinical implications include techniques and measures to identify and facilitate internalized forms of motivation that facilitate change.


Assuring Your Future: Advocacy Matters!
Presenters: Dinelia Rosa, PhD, John Northman, PhD ABPP and Alan Hack, PhD

Whether you are new to grassroots advocacy, or are interested in strengthening your skills, this is a must for you. The purpose of this presentation is to share useful knowledge designed to help you ensure that policy makers are responsive to issues that affect the profession of psychology and the psychological needs of their constituents. The ongoing battles with insurance regulations, access to care, competition among health care professions, scope of practice issues and specific bills introduced require our expertise to inform policy makers. This workshop will teach strategies to help you succeed in your advocacy and lobbying efforts. As part of the training, we will review the process of how a bill is implemented from the beginning stage until it is passed and enacted. Whether new or not to grassroots advocacy, this is a must to strengthen your advocacy skills. Useful knowledge designed to help ensure that policy makers are responsive to issues that affect the profession of psychology and the psychological needs of their constituents will be presented. This workshop will teach strategies to help you succeed in your advocacy and lobbying efforts. As part of the training, we will review the process of how a bill is implemented from the beginning stage until it is passed and enacted. If accepted, a legislator will be invited to participate in this panel.


Ways to Destigmatize Mental Illness and Help Seeking Behavior Among College Students
Presenters: Franki Scordato, Jessica Gazarian, Kristen Novak and Jessyca Silva

Mental illnesses are especially common in college students. However, studies have shown that many college students hold stigmatizing attitudes and stereotypical beliefs toward those with mental illnesses. Therefore, many college students avoid those with mental illness, as well as hold negative beliefs toward mental health professionals and treatments. Our research explores possible causes of stigmatizing attitudes in college students. This symposium aims to understand these variables that increase and decrease stigma in this population.


How Cultural Sensitivity and Labeling Affect People with Disabilities?
Presenter: Jeffery Sealy

Cultural sensitivity is defined as knowing of the differences that exist between cultures while being sensitive to the fact that words and actions can be offensive. In our world no two people are alike however it is differences that make each person unique Differences have an effect on personality, learning, awareness and behaviors.


Understanding the Experiences of Emerging Adult Women with Depressed Mothers
Presenters: Molly Sherb, PhD and Merle Keitel, PhD

In this interactive discussion, we will present the results of a recent qualitative study of emerging adult women who perceive their mothers to be depressed. We will use these results to highlight the unique issues these young women are navigating such as difficulties with trust, feeling additional responsibility to care for their family, as well as increased risk for developing depression and anxiety themselves. Clinical implications relative to treatment and prevention will be discussed.


Psychologists' Influence on Involuntary Sterilization and Racial Theories that Influenced Discrimination Against Immigration to the United States.
Presenter: Charles Silverstein, PhD

Psychologists in the 20th Century contributed to the eugenics movement that ended with the involuntary sterilization of 30,000 people. Primitive ideas of race also led to anti-immigrant discrimination and laws. These two currents: eugenics and race discrimination, led to some of the worst discriminatory laws in our history, much of it supported by the work of the leading psychologists of the day. German race theorists learned a great deal from their American counterparts and communication between the Americans and the Germans fed what became the Holocaust.

This presentation will demonstrate the parallels between those archaic racial theories and modern psychologists who have used questionable theories to harm people and to rejuvenate racial and anti-immigration discrimination.


Through a Different Lens: Contemporary Perspectives on Gender Equity, Diversity and LGBTQIA+
Presenters: Carolyn Springer, PhD, Jean Lau Chin, EdD and Frank Corigliano, PhD

Current views of gender recognize the fluidity of the concept as well as the critical impact society has on the way the individual and others perceive a person’s body, identity and social interactions. This panel presents different perspectives on gender by focusing on sex and gender differences in health care experiences and outcomes, how diversity and inclusion can be incorporated into the exercise of leadership and how societal changes have impacted the LGBTQIA+ community.


Bi-Racial Coupling: The Location of the Analyst in a Diverse Field
Presenter: Claire Beth Steinberger, EdD

This paper explores an analytic approach to couple intervention by highlighting the unconscious organization of the dynamic (tripersonal) field. Clinical exploration leads to dream and interpersonal enactments and the psychic connection between individual, family and cultural trauma.


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Registration Fees

Full Convention Rates* Registration Deadline 10/15 at Noon
NYSPA Member $75
Non-Member $150
Student - NYSPA Member $35
Student - Non-Member $55


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