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The Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey (LPANJ) recognizes the common ground that all persons share as human beings. LPANJ also recognizes and honors those aspects of psychological functioning that are uniquely embedded in the rich diversity of the Latino ethnocultural identity and experience. Understanding this identity and experience, and researching the nature of its impact, is one of the central purposes of the LPANJ.

Founded in 1999, the Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey is committed to addressing the psychological needs of Latinos by supporting psychologists and mental health professionals through the advancement of training, treatment, research, and mentorship, and by advocating for the well-being of the Latino community.

On November 17, 1999, the one and only Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey (LPANJ) was founded by professors and alumni from Montclair State University. On this auspicious occasion, the past president of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA), Dr. Rosalind Dorlen, helped celebrate the inauguration of LPANJ, an organization expected to have a tremendous impact on the quality of psychological services for Latinos in the state. Since 1999 the organization has expanded to include mental health professionals from throughout New Jersey.

Our Presidents:

1999-2001 Robert McCormick, PhD JD, Director Center for Child Advocacy and Policy, professor at Montclair State University, and private practice Montclair, NJ

2001-2004 Milton Fuentes, PsyD, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University and post-doctoral studies at Yale University and Columbia University. Professor at Montclair State University and President of the National Latina/o Psychological Association

2005 - Jonathan Pastor, PsyD, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, Psychologist at Counseling and Resource Center at Princeton University, and private practice in Princeton, NJ

2006 - Lysandra Perez-Strumolo, PhD, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Faculty Resource Center at Ramapo College.

2007- Sueli S. Petry, PhD, Seton Hall University, licensed psychologist and family therapist, faculty/supervisor Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care and The Multicultural Family Institute, and private practice, Highland Park, NJ.

2008 - Jacqueline Flores, MA, Kean University—Program Coordinator Project S.T.O.P. (Specialized Treatment and Offense Prevention) Hoboken University Medical Center, Hoboken, NJ

2009 - Sonia Wadhwani, MA, Fairleigh Dickinson University—Progam Coordinator of El Puente Program, Hoboken University Medical Center, Hoboken, NJ

2010 - Lorna Myers, PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center, - Director of Clinical Neuropsychology Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group, Associate Director of Epilepsy Life Links

2011- Aileen Torres, PhD, Carlos Albizu University, Associate Director of Clinical Services at Youth Consultation Services (YCS), East Orange, NJ

2012 - Silvia L. Mazzula, PhD, Columbia University, Assistant Professor John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY

2013 – Emmanuel Mercedes, PhD, Seton Hall University – Psychologist Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, NY.