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NYSPA Leadership Institute

NYSPA’s Leadership Institute was created in 2010 by then NYSPA President Dr. Jerry Grodin (current Director of Professional Affairs) as one of his primary presidential initiatives. The Leadership Institute, a Committee of the NYSPA Foundation.

The mission of the Leadership Institute is to support psychologists to develop leadership skills, improve the profession of psychology through increased legislative and advocacy efforts, and to strengthen NYSPA by creating a leadership pipeline within the organization.

The Leadership Institute runs from September to June, culminating in the presentation of their class project and graduation at the NYSPA Convention each June.  The fellowship class chooses a project that is of interest to them and will benefit the organization— this year they have chosen a project in integrated healthcare.

The fellows also have opportunities for one-to-one mentorship and for leadership development at leadership retreats held in NYC and in Albany. They participate in monthly conference calls, monthly “virtual happy hours” with discussions/presentations on topics related to leadership, and team building exercises. Fellows also attend some Council meetings, Lobby Day, grassroots training, and begin to pursue leadership activities in NYSPA Divisions, Regions, Committees and special-interest Task Forces.

At the end of the fellowship year, all fellows join the Leadership Institute Alumni network, which had its first face-to-face event in New York City in April.

The Leadership Institute provides a wonderful opportunity for psychologists! If you are in your early to mid-career and would like to learn more, please contact Lori Cote, NYSPA Special Projects Director at


Introducing the 2017-2018 NYSPA Leadership Institute Fellows

The NYSPA Leadership Institute 2017-2018 fellowship class began their apprenticeship on September 1, 2017. Please welcome our six new enthusiastic and ready to learn fellows: David Tzall, Anne Regan, Corey Leidenfrost, Courtney Bancroft, Eartha Hackett, and Michelle Woogen. The fellowship class will assemble, Sunday, September 24, 2017 for a Leadership Retreat that will allow them to network with their fellow classmates and mentors and begin the leadership training. Best of luck 2017-2018 fellows!

Leadership Institute mentors of 2017-2018
Chris Allen, PhD Co-Chair
Mark Grey, PhD
Jerry Grodin, PhD
Anu Raj, PsyD
Dinelia Rosa, PhD
Susan Warshaw, EdD, ABPP


 Class of 2016-2017 NYSPA Leadership Institute Fellows


Fellows from 2016-2017 included Dr. Fabienne Bain,  Dr. Amina Mahmood, Dr. Daria Alongi, Dr. Angela Antonikowski and Dr. Vernon Smith


The mentors for the Leadership Institute this past year include Co-Chairs Dr. Chris Allen and Dr. Lori Wagner-Naughton, plus Dr. Jerry Grodin, Dr. Alexis Khan (who was in the first Leadership Institute class), and Dr. Mark Grey.