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NYSPA's Annual Convention

NYSPA's 82nd Annual Convention

June 12-14, 2020
Queensbury Hotel
Glens Falls, NY


At a Glance

Submit a Proposal/Poster

Convention Program

Convention Registration

Hotel Reservations

Travel Arrangements

Sponsorship/ Exhibitor/ Advertising Information

Key Dates

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


Click here to register for the 2020 NYSPA Convention.

Submit a Proposal/Poster

We are seeking submissions related to individual, family, group, organization, and community-based practices. We welcome innovations in assessment and treatment from all theoretical modalities. The program committee encourages proposals for symposia, posters, discussion hours, and workshops from individuals representing all areas of psychology. We encourage submissions from all levels of professionals, including students. You do not have to be a NYSPA member to participate. We welcome submissions from NYSPA members and non-members alike.The deadline to submit a program is March 15, 2020. If you have any questions please contact NYSPA at, or 518-437-1040.




Convention Program

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.

Additional program details to be announced.
Check back for updated program information!

Convention Registration

Click here to register for the 2020 NYSPA Convention.


Full Convention RatesEarly Bird
Through 4/1
Through 6/5
6/6 Through Event
Psychologist - NYSPA Member$175$225$300
Psychologist - Non-Member$250$300$375 
Non-Psychologist Guest $125 $175$250
Student - NYSPA Member$75 $75$95
Student - Non-Member$95$95$135

Single Day Rates 
No Early Discount

Friday Only$125
Saturday Only$195
Sunday Only$125
Saturday Dinner$65
Sunday Brunch$50

Full Convention (Psychologist and Student) - Includes all programming, Friday reception, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch and Saturday reception. (Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch is a la carte and requires a separate fee)

Full Convention (Non-Psychologist Guest) - Includes Friday reception, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch and Saturday reception. Guests may not attend sessions. (Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch is a la carte and requires a separate fee)

Friday Only -  Includes Friday programming and Friday reception.

Saturday Only - Includes Saturday programming, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, and Saturday reception. (Saturday dinner is a la carte and requires a separate fee)

Sunday Only - Includes Sunday programming. (Sunday brunch is a la carte and requires a separate fee)


Hotel Reservations

The Queensbury Hotel
88 Ridge St.
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Take advantage of the NYSPA group rate of $179 per night plus tax!

Reservations may be made by calling (800) 554-4526 or (518) 792-1121 and identifying yourself as part of the New York State Psychological Association or by booking online referencing the code NYSPA20.

All reservations must be received by The Queensbury no later than May 12, 2020.


Travel Arrangements
There are many ways to get to Glens Falls, NY. If you have an additional suggestion of Convention travel that you think may be helpful to attendees, please email us at

Glens Falls, NY is approximately a 3 hour and 30 minute drive north of Manhattan, approximately an hour drive north of Albany, and approximately a 4 hour and 45 minute drive east of Buffalo.

NYSPA Organized Bus
Join your colleagues on one of the NYSPA organized buses! NYSPA will organize buses from different areas around NY State if there are enough interested attendees. Please fill out this interest form if you interested in taking one of these potential buses.

Amtrak Train
The Queensbury Hotel is a 15 minute cab ride from the Fort Edward, NY train station, offering direct train routes from Manhattan and Albany. Amtrak services the station through the Adirondack and Ethan Allen Express train routes. Book your train ticket online here.


Sponsorship/Exhibitor/Advertising Information

Join us for NYSPA's 82nd Annual Convention at the beautiful Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, NY for a weekend of education, networking, and fun. Our participants work in private practice, hospitals, clinics, public and private institutions, and academia as clinicians, researchers, consultants, and professors. We also have a large number of graduate students. What they all have in common are the desire to learn about new products and services they need both professionally and personally.

Take this opportunity to present your products or services to hundreds of psychologists and other mental health professionals to reach the many areas of clinical and administration practices. 





Purchase a Sponsorship, Exhibitor Booth, or Advertisement on our Online Store.


Key Dates

Deadline for Proposal/Poster Submissions
Sunday, March 15, 2020

Convention Registration Opens
Friday, February 28. 2020

Convention Registration Early Bird Deadline
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Room Block Booking Deadline
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Convention Registration Regular Deadline
Friday, June 5, 2020

2020 NYSPA Convention
June 12-14, 2020


Thank You To Our 2020 Convention Sponsor