New York State Psychological Association Foundation
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Ste 308, Albany, NY 12205
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NYSPA Annual Convention

June 1, 2018 - June 3, 2018


Tony Puente, PhD,
2017 President of the American Psychological Association
Antonio Puente, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and he is the 2017 president of the 125,000-member American Psychological Association (founded in 1892). The APA is the leading and largest scientific and professional organization that represents psychologists in the United States.
He has taught at UNCW since 1981. In addition to activities at UNCW, Dr. Puente maintains a private practice in clinical neuropsychology, ranging from clinical to forensic assessments. He also is a founder and co-director of mental health services at the Cape Fear Clinic, a bilingual multi-disciplinary health center serving the indigent.
Dr. Puente has been a member of APA since 1979 and a fellow of nine divisions. He has also served as president of the North Carolina Psychological Association, the North Carolina Psychological Foundation, the Hispanic Neuropsychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the Society of Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40 of APA).

Michael Conner Psy.D.
Mike Conner
An engineer who became a psychologist in 1995, Dr. Conner worked at Kaiser Permanente Oregon where he completed his post-doctoral Fellowship within Kaiser’s graduate medical education program. While at Kaiser he spent 7 years in variety of settings including primary medical care, regional hospitals, emergency departments, health education, and three different integrated mental health clinics. Dr. Conner created the world’s first comprehensive online primary-care mental health screening, education and referral system while at Kaiser. Dr. Conner is the architect and designer of a high performance practice management system which includes charting, care coordination, outcome measurement and analytics; data capable of providing a practice-research level of mental health documentation for individual and group practices.
Dr. Conner is a Board member of Mentor Research Institute which created the ConnectingCare model a “step-and-repeat” business and service delivery contracting model which can be implemented by mental health professionals who organize as Independent Practice Associations (IPAs). He has offered training on the topic of IPA’s at Oregon Psychological Association’s 2014 annual conference and to mental health professionals in four Oregon cities.



For this years conference it is a dual focus: Business Models and Trade Skills


Business Models

In this world of fast changing health care systems Psychologists need new business models to help them build a fire wall around their practices. We are having presentations that will teach two distinct and different practice models that can provide protection and growth. These practice models will include information on potential legal, practice liability, insurance and cyber vulnerabilities. We hope to receive abstracts with insights and analyses on all these topics for all practice models.

Trade Skills

We are seeking input from a wide segment of the scientific community, and we are interested in attracting experts in clinical therapy in all practice areas including: Addictions, Development in Later Life, Diversity Issues in Treatment, Gender Issues in Treatment, Neurosciences, and Telehealth. We encourage the submission of abstracts with contemporary perspectives on traditional treatment modalities. We welcome submissions on bringing psychological principles to working with organizations.

The New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) invites submissions for the 81st Annual Convention to be held in New York City, New York. The conference site will be the Marriott East on Lexington Ave. at 49th Street. Please view the Marriott’s website at: New York Marriott East Side for more information about the hotel or to make room reservations. We have secured a room rate of $199 US for the convention.


Submit online through the NYSPA Convention submission portal HERE. Submission guidelines can also be found on the NYSPA website. The program committee will send notices of acceptance by April 2, 2018. Simultaneous translations will not be available at this conference; the conference language is English.

We welcome diversity in ethnicity, race, and gender in NYSPA membership as well as at the convention. In addition, we welcome those from a variety of theoretical orientations and professional backgrounds (e.g., social workers, psychiatrists, psychologist, child/family therapists, etc.) and more members/participants from aboard. For this to happen, we hope that NYSPA members will invite their friends and colleagues who come from these and other backgrounds and locations to join NYSPA and attend the New York City NYSPA Convention.


We encourage the participation of practitioners and scholars from all psychology traditions and disciplines to attend our 2018 convention.

The program will consist of symposiums, individual presentations, individual papers, and posters that address the theme. In addition, we will have keynote speakers, and a Sunday Brunch addressing women’s issues in the workforce, along with the NYSPA’s President’s address.


A panel/symposium is a formal presentation that ideally includes 3 presenters and 1 discussant, leaving time for audience participation. Each panel must have a chairperson who will introduce the presenters and topics, monitor time allotments, and guide audience participations. A link in the submission portal provides an example and instructions on how to group papers together in a panel/symposium submission.

One or more presenters who wish to present a treatment process, or different perspective on treatment are welcome.

In this category are research, theoretical, and clinical papers that are not part of a panel/symposium. If accepted, the program committee will form these papers into panels. However, we recommend and prefer that instead of submitting individual papers, you try to create a panel yourself by seeking out other people doing similar work and recruiting a discussant. For this purpose, you are encouraged to use the NYSPA listserv or social media.

Posters are graphic representations of the results of studies or tools to help in decision-making. Interested attendees have one-on-one discussions with the presenter whose work is displayed. Poster dimensions should approximate 91 X 122 cm (or 36 x 48 inches). Many attendees appreciate receiving a handout that summarizes a poster’s findings.

There will be continuing education for psychologists offered at the meeting. The New York State Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Foundation maintains responsibility for the Continuing Education program and its content.

We strongly encourage all presenters (except those submitting posters or individual papers) to apply for CE approval as it will increase the attendance of your presentation and be a service to others. Specific instructions for submitting your qualified presentation for CE are posted on the NYSPA website.

When making your conference submission, please note that presentations must be given in English.

To view Guidelines and Instructions, CLICK HERE.

A limited number of stipends are available to defray costs for students presenting at the conference. To qualify for a stipend, students must be the first author and presenter of a paper/poster and must be NYSPA members. If you or a member of your panel wishes to be considered for such a stipend, contact Manager of Communications, Sara Wheeler, at For membership information, go online or contact Manager of Membership, Rosemary E. Aguirre at

Accepted submissions will be included in a September 2018 Special Edition of the NYS Psychologist.

Submission and Registration Deadlines:

March 1, 2018: Abstract submission for posters, oral and symposiums.
April 1, 2018: Poster submissions
April 2, 2018: Notification of acceptation/rejection of abstract.
May 2, 2018: Full Paper/Presenter Requirements, Presenter Agreement Form, Oral Presenter 2-page CV
March 2, 2018: Early Bird Registration
April 23, 2018: Hotel reservation at conference rate
May 31, 2018: Registration Closed
June 1, 2018: Onsite Registration

For more information on registration, CLICK HERE.

Program Committee
Patricia Dowds, PhD – Chair
Susan C. Warshaw, EdD, ABPP
Leah DeSole, PhD
Vernon Smith, PhD
Sabrina Esbitt, PhD
David Byrom, PhD
Charles Silverstein, PhD
Daniel Kaplin, PhD

Hotel Accommodations

A room block has been made available at the Marriott East Side for conference attendees. Rates start at $199 plus applicable taxes. Click here to book your hotel accommodations. The room block is available until April 23, 2018

To submit your abstract, register for the conference, or obtain additional information, please visit our website at

More information coming soon!

See you in New York City, June 1–3, 2018 at the Marriott East Hotel

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