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NYSPA Leadership Institute

NYSPA’s Leadership Institute was created in 2010 by then NYSPA President Dr. Jerry Grodin (current Director of Professional Affairs) as one of his primary presidential initiatives. The Leadership Institute, a Committee of the NYSPA Foundation.

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— this year they have chosen a project in integrated healthcare.

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, which had its first 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 Deborah Martinez, NYSPA Executive Director


Introducing the 2016-2017 NYSPA Leadership Institute Fellows


Angela Antonikowski, PhD          Daria Alongi, PsyD               Fabienne Bain, PhD            


Amina Mahmood, PhD                  Vernon Smith, PhD


 Class of 2016-2017 NYSPA Leadership Institute Fellows


Fellows from 2016-2017 included Dr. Fabienne Bain,  Dr. Amina Mahmood, Dr. Daria Alongi, Dr. Angela Antonikowski and Dr. Vernon Smith


The mentors for the Leadership Institute this past year include Co-Chairs Dr. Chris Allen and Dr. Lori Wagner-Naughton, plus Dr. Jerry Grodin, Dr. Alexis Khan (who was in the first Leadership Institute class), and Dr. Mark Grey.