Welcome to NYSPA Foundation
As I begin my first year at NYSPA, I welcome both the opportunity and the challenge of serving as the Executive Director of the organization and of the foundation. I have a deep commitment and appreciation toward the organization’s mission of to advance the science and practice of psychology as a means of promoting human welfare.
This year one of the major goals is to develop a new operational framework that supports our mission. This goal will play an instrumental role in shaping the future of the NYSPA Foundation. Even as our industry faces new challenges, we plan to continue to grow and expand the NYSPA Foundation.
I humbly accept my role with a strong sense of determination to exceed all of our goals. I know that we can be successful if we apply our resources and talents to the task at hand. We have a great deal of work ahead, and you can expect that I will rely heavily on my team, board members and most importantly our members. If we have everyone’s involvement and support, surely we will succeed.
We have a tremendous responsibility as well as a unique opportunity to educate, communicate and share our knowledge with our community along with others. Working together, we can enhance the value of your profession while improving the opportunity for others.
I look forward to a wonderful year ahead.
NEW YORK STATE PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION’S STATEMENT ON CHILDREN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS AT THE BORDER
New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) is deeply concerned for the well-being of children at the border who are torn apart from their parents and placed — according to media reports — in fence-like wire boxes or barrack-like buildings with other children who have been subjected to similar traumatic experiences. We know from clinical and research experience that there are many ways disruptive attachment experiences can have a profoundly negative impact on a child’s emotional and physical health, not only during the acute phase of the experience, but as well across the lifespan and impinge on the child’s cognitive, medical, emotional, social and relational, educational, and vocational development.
DRN Response to the Parkland, FL School Shooting
New York State Psychological Association’s Disaster Resource Network Response to the 2-14-18 School Shooting in Parkland, Florida by Sharon Brennan, PhD, Chair, NYSPA Disaster Resource Network & Patricia Dowds, PhD, NYSPA President