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Statement by the New York State Psychological Association in Response to the New Zealand Massacre

Wednesday, April 17, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Sara Wheeler

Statement by the New York State Psychological Association in Response to the New Zealand Massacre
New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA)’s executive committee expresses its strong condemnation of the unprovoked and brutal massacre of 50 Muslim men, women, and children who were engaged in the sacred act of prayer. This tragedy retraumatizes Muslims everywhere and reinforces feelings of being an unwelcomed minority. We at NYSPA stand in solidarity with our Muslim members. As
such, it is important for us to speak out against prejudice and violence.
Unfortunately, we have seen a marked increase in hate crimes within the United States and abroad. According to the FBI Crime Statistics (2018), anti-Muslim bias and hate crimes continued to rise for a third consecutive year. These findings were paralleled by sharp increases internationally (OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights [ODIHR]; 2018)

Please note that on November 17, 2018, NYSPA’s Council of Representatives adopted a resolution opposing Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Prejudice. This resolution and our other adopted resolutions can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here. We must continue to reaffirm our pledge to remain a place of tolerance and mutual respect for all.
We close by offering our support and condolences to those who were touched either directly or indirectly by this senseless violence. Let us continue to do our part to educate the world toward peaceful coexistence.



Alan Hack, PhD
NYSPA President

Herbert Gingold, PhD
NYSPA-Past President
Daniel Kaplin, PhD

Adriana DiMatteo, PsyD
NYSPA Secretary


Julie Lehane, PhD
NYSPA Treasurer
June Feder, PhD
Barbara Kapetanakes, PsyD
NYSPA Member-at-Large
Anu Raj, PsyD
NYSPA Member-at-Large
Jerry Grodin, PhD


Wilhelmina Timay MA says...
Posted Thursday, May 9, 2019
psychologist might assisted the victim of new Zealand Massacre emotionally . The pain inflicted to them caused by hatred of others. it take time for them to heal, the recovery process may be overwhelming but with the help of professional human services , the victim begin to see hope again.