New York State Psychological Association Foundation
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Leadership Institute

Initiated in 2010, the Leadership Institute accepts up to ten fellows each year to participate in a one year program that involves leadership experiences, governance involvement, unique networking opportunities and the completion of a group project. Each year at the NYSPA Annual Convention the graduating class of fellows presents their project to the membership of NYSPA and then a new class of fellows is inducted. The effort has seen positive results as its graduates have assumed roles of leadership within the organization as Division Presidents, Regional Association Presidents, Committee chairs and active members and as representatives to NYSPA’s Council.

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.

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, with a 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 NYSPA Foundation at

Developed in 2010 to encourage and train future leaders, the committee members serve as mentors for the approved fellows in the program each year.

Leadership Institute Task Force

Chris Allen, PhD | Co-Chair

Dr. Christine Allen, has been providing executive coaching, team building, talent selection and assessment, and other training to senior leaders since 2009. She helps leaders and teams identify needs, discover and use strengths. She excels at improving communication within teams, and she specializes in helping leaders develop leadership agility, and executive presence. As a licensed psychologist, she is particularly skilled in using assessments for hiring and selection. Her home base is in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Allen is passionate about working toward growth, development and change on both individual and organizational levels.
Dr. Allen is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Coach, Member of the International Coach Federation, a Full Member of the Society for Industrial- Organizational Psychology, a Distinguished Fellow of NYSPA, and a member of the American Psychological Association.

She is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Psychology Department at Syracuse University and an Associate Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Upstate Medical University. Chris is the Past-President of the New York Psychological Association (NYSPA)’s Division of Organization, Consulting, and Work. She is Co-Chair of NYSPA’s Leadership Institute, which trains young psychologists to be leaders in their work, communities and member association. She received the 2014 Joanne Lifshin Ph.D. Mentoring Award and a 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the New York State Psychological Association. She also received the Psychologist of the Year Award in 2008 and 2011 from the Central New York Psychological Association. She served on the NYSPA Council of Representatives from 2007-2013 and on the Executive Board in 2008-2009.

Mark Grey, PhD

Dr. Grey has been in private practice in the Rochester area for 30 years. He served locally for 11 years on the GVPA Executive Board, as Secretary and President, as well as NYSPA Council Representative. Six years as GVPA Representative to NYSPA Council Three years on NYSPA Executive Committee Seven years on NYSPA Legislative Committee Three years on NYSPA Finance Committee Six years as Mentor in NYSPA Leadership Institute Candidate for NYSPA President-elect in 2015.

Lori Wagner, PhD | Co-Chair

Dr. Lori Wagner is a Clinical Psychologist and owner of Mind Body Soul – Psychology and Consulting Group, LLC. She specializes in Behavioral Medicine and focuses on the relationship between psychological and medical issues. She provides therapy to people with acute and chronic medical conditions while also providing support to family members and health care professionals. Other specialty areas include: depression, anxiety, stress management, women’s health, spirituality, caregiver support, trauma, college mental health, adjustment to life transitions, biofeedback, and mindfulness meditation. Dr. Wagner facilitates an informative 4-week educational/support group series as well as an ongoing monthly support group for caregivers of family members with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Dr. Wagner also provides consultation, training, workshops and leadership/program development for business organizations, hospitals, medical practices, universities, assisted living and nursing home facilities. She is the facilitator for Schwartz Rounds and helps health care professionals to openly discuss the emotional impact of taking care of patients and their families within a supportive, interdisciplinary setting at Danbury Hospital. Dr. Wagner is the co-chair of the Leadership Institute at the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA). This program provides leadership development training to early - mid career psychologists, supports NYSPA through the leadership pipeline and fosters advocacy skills to benefit the profession, the public and legislative efforts. Previously, Dr. Wagner was the Director of the Western Connecticut State University Counseling Center and worked in a multidisciplinary practice at Associated Neurologists, P.C. She enjoys hiking, dancing, reading, traveling, music and spending time with family and friends.

Alexis Kahan, Psy.D.