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ECP President-Elect Candidate Interview
The ECP Board invited the 2016 President-Elect Candidates to informally respond to four questions that we hope, along with the candidates statements, will guide our fellow Early Career Psychology Division members in the upcoming vote. 

How to Vote: You should have received a personalized email on approximately 9/9/2015 with a link just for you, allowing you to cast your vote. You have until 10/9/2015 to vote. 

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Herb Gingold, PhD
Mark Grey, PhD


1. How do you plan on engaging early career Psychologists?

HG: It is critical that early career psychologists be invited to participate in governance at the earliest opportunity. During my years of leadership in the Divisions of Psychoanalysis and of Adult Development and Aging, and the Queens Psychological Association, I made student and ECP involvement a high level priority. They joined our boards and held key positions in many division activities. In the last few years, I have encouraged discussion about concrete ways of developing ECP NYSPA leaders through divisional channels such as some kind of a formal mechanism for training. Finally, I would like to see increased participation by academic ECPs in NYSPA, and provide opportunities for them to present research at conferences. The variety of interests represented by NYSPAs Divisions and Regions should make it possible for ECPs and students of all interests to find a place to grow. The difficulties that ECPs face in finding internships and jobs and paying off loans require NYSPA to increase advocacy for these bread-and-butter issues. I would like to see NYSPA tackle this more aggressively.   MG: I will make every effort to see to it that the Leadership Institute continues to be supported as a program that is integral to NYSPA's basic health (see #3 below for a description of my involvement in this program).

I would also seek to enliven the recruitment efforts of the Membership Committee, to assure that students and recent graduates are brought in to the Association. I would certainly support NYSPA's programs related to developing more Internships, streamlining licensing procedures, and supporting students' research funding.


2. What are your overall goals for the NYSPA presidency?

HG: Expanding membership is a critical goal and one way to do this is to reach out to diverse populations of psychologists. I started the LGBTQ Task Force as an important way of increasing representation and voice for a more diverse membership. I would like to see NYSPA create alliances with organizations representing black, Hispanic, Asian and other ethnicities, the State Society of Aging and the many LGBT organizations that exist independently in NYC and NYS I would also like to encourage more broad-based participation for new leaders in NYSPA governance, particularly membership on important committees and task forces. While NYSPA is one organization, it is important that we appreciate its richness and variety, the many NYSPAs. The lesson we can learn from the APA fiasco, brought about by the concentration of leadership in a small group, is that a healthy organization should reflect the diversity of its membership and the sharing of authority.   MG: In amplification of my Candidate Statement, I want to stress my efforts to bring fairness and uniformity to NYSPA governance structure. I worked hard to bring about the end of the travesty that had been the mistreatment of the Neuropsychologists' attempts to restore their use of Psych Techs, which had been inadvertently blocked by our Scope of Practice legislation more than a decade previously. The resulting rending of our Association was untenable, and the immediate beneficial effects of NYSPA supporting NYSAN's bill were remarkable, and, I expect, long-lasting. Such collaboration between Psychological Associations as the Tri-State Summit would be a definite long-term goal for my Presidency. As the single encompassing Association that represents ALL of Psychology in NYS, NYSPA simply can not survive and serve the future needs of the profession if such discord is fomented.

As a member of the NYSPA Finance Committee I am supporting the Treasurer's efforts to bring uniformity and fairness to the financial policies and procedures governing the Association.

While serving on the Legislative Committee I have been helping to formulate NYSPA's extensive legislative agenda, which I fully support.


3. What is your background in general? Please highlight work with ECPs.

HG: My history is delineated in the election materials. To summarize the important points:
  • I've worked as a clinician in both behavioral and psychodynamic modalities in several parts of the country. I've worked as a researcher and teacher in psychology. In NYSPA, I've encouraged all the divisions and regions that I have worked in to seek out ECPs for involvement in leadership.
  • I served as a mentor in NYSPA Mentoring Program for two years with an ECP. This was a very rewarding experience for me and I believe for the psychologist I worked with.
  • I have participated in leadership in NYSPA since 1998 when I was an early career psychologist myself.
  MG: I am in my fifth year participating as a Mentor in the NYSPA Leadership Institute. In this role I have recruited and mentored early career psychologists from across NYS to engage them to step up into active participation at all levels of governance, and to contribute otherwise to NYSPA and our profession. This program has succeeded brilliantly, with alumni serving in Council and Regional governance, and on several task forces, making significant contributions and bringing their fresh perspectives and energy into these Associations. As Chair of the GVPA Nominations Committee I assured that an early alumna of this program became President of that association. I have encouraged several other ECPs in the Rochester area to assume other leadership roles in GVPA.

Clinically, I have been in individual private practice in the Rochester area for more than 30 years. During that time I also consulted for 13 years at a Residential Treatment Center for severely disturbed adolescents.


4. Where do you see the future of psychology?

HG: I am quite optimistic about the future of our field. Despite the changes on the horizon, there are opportunities if we can grab them. The secret to this, I believe, is to create connections with the many medical and nursing organizations in NYS. If physicians and nurses are convinced of our utility, I believe that opportunities will develop that we haven't yet taken advantage of. As many of you may know, nurses are positioning themselves as administrators of medical centers. Connecting with these organizations can create a productive synergy for all.   MG: I think I have pretty well answered this in my responses above.

However, it is most evident that the profession must answer to the outrageous behaviors of those at the top of APA leadership regarding the support of torture. We all must seek to find ways to resolve and proactively prevent the possibilities of future systemic aberrations of this kind. I have not been in a position to identify or formulate the roles NYSPA might play in this process, but it will certainly be on the agenda of NYSPA leadership for the foreseeable future.