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NYSPA's Annual Convention

NYSPA's 82nd Annual Convention

October 16-18, 2020
Virtual Convention

The NYSPA 2020 Convention will no longer being taking place June 12-14, 2020 in Glens Falls, NY. NYSPA has decided to convert our Convention to a virtual event in the fall of 2020.


At a Glance

Convention Registration

CE Credits

Convention Virtual Platform

Convention Program

Poster Session

Sponsorship/ Exhibitor/ Advertising Information

Key Dates

Our Sponsors

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



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 

Sandra L. Sullman, PhD

APA President 2020

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.


Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, is the Dr Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).  In the Department of Psychiatry, she is the Director of the Institute for the Family and the Academic Chief of the Division of Collaborative Care & Wellness.  She is the Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.  She is also Director of the URMC Physician Communication Coaching Program. 

Dr McDaniel’s career is dedicated to integrating psychological and relational science and practice into healthcare.  She has won many awards and is the author of over 100 journal articles and 17 books, translated into 10 languages, including Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care, The Shared Experience of Illness, Family-oriented Primary Care, as well as Special Issues of the American Psychologist on Psychology and Primary Care, and on the Science of Teamwork. She served as Co-Editor, with Thomas Campbell MD, of the Families, Systems & Health for 12 years, as Associate Editor for the American Psychologist for 10 years, and on the Board of Directors for the Annals of Family Medicine for 8 years. She is a frequent speaker at national and international medical and mental health meetings. Dr McDaniel has served in many leadership positions in primary care and mental health associations.  She was the 2016 President of the American Psychological Association, and is currently on the APA Council representing the Society of Health Psychology (Division 38). She currently serves on the policy-focused Board of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative in Washington DC. 


Dr. Sandra Shullman is Managing Partner, Columbus Office,Executive Development Group, LLC.  She is internationally known in leadership and executive assessment/development and manages large and long-term organizational clients for the firm.  Sandy teaches leadership at the HEC School of Business for their EMBA and MBA programs in Paris, Doha, Beijing, and Shanghai, and has also served as faculty for the Duke University Fuqua School of Business Global Learning Network.   Her organizational work experience has focused on leadership and executive development, executive coaching, strategic planning and multicultural and diversity initiatives, working with major global organizations and leaders.

Sandy holds a bachelor’s degree (mathematics) from Dickinson College, a master’s degree from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Ohio State University.  Previously, she served as founding faculty in the Cleveland State University Diversity Management Program and lectured and facilitated leadership development programs for over fifteen years at the John Glenn School of Public Management at The Ohio State University.  She served for seventeen years as President of a behavioral healthcare organization, Organizational Horizons, Inc.  Prior to that, she served as faculty and then Acting Director of the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program at Kent State University and Director of Managerial Effectiveness Programs for the Center for Creative Leadership, where she worked with numerous research projects and leadership development programs. She was awarded the 2012 national Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for Excellence in Education and Inspirational Leadership.

Shullman has served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Psychological Association and previously as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Psychological Foundation.  Sandy is past Chair of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology and also serves as a faculty member for a number of leadership development academies, preparing technical and scientific professionals for broader leadership roles. She was honored by the American Psychological Association in 2012 with the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Practice for her organizational and leadership development work. 


Convention Program Agenda 

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Key Dates


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

2020 NYSPA Convention
October 16-18, 2020



Thank You To Our 2020 Convention Sponsors