About Us

Our History

The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) was founded in San Francisco in 1968 by a group of black psychologists from throughout the United States who united to actively address the serious issues facing members of their profession as well as the larger black community.

The Association's goal remains: to positively impact the mental health of the national black community through planning, programs, services, training and advocacy. The Association of Black Psychologists has grown from several concerned professionals into an independent, autonomous organization comprised of more than 1,400 members with chapters throughout the country.

NJABPsi Past Presidents

Dr. James Walker Jr.2010-2014
Dr. Valerie Scott2006-2010
Dr. Charlena Sears2005-2006
Dr. Phyllis Bolling2002-2005
Dr. Sharon Boyd-Jackson1999-2002
Dr. Daniel Williams1997-1999
Dr. Benjamin Thomason1996-1997
Dr. Barbara Pulliam1995-1996
Dr. Valerie Scott1992-1994
Dr. Alene Graham1991-1992
Dr. Abisola H. Gallagher1989-1991
Dr. Frances Trotman1987-1989
Dr. Paulette Hines1983-1987
Dr. Daniel Williams1981-1983
Dr. Melvin Gary1979-1981
Dr. Duncan Walton1977-1979
Dr. Katye Monroe1975-1977
Dr. Daniel Williams1973-1975

Click here for a link to a document chronicling the history of NJABPsi.

About NJABPsi

The New Jersey Chapter Association of Black Psychologists (NJABPsi) is a nonprofit organization of psychologists of African descent dedicated to community service, professional development and issues related to the mental well being of residents of the State of New Jersey since 1973. Since then NJABPsi has had hundreds of associates and members representing professionals, graduate and undergraduate students across the state of New Jersey. NJABPsi is proud of the impact it has had on psychology and mental health in New Jersey through its current and past initiatives such as presentations, workshops and conferences, referral service for individuals seeking therapists or consultants, support of licensing preparation, crisis response initiatives, media watch, speakers bureau, support of graduate and undergraduate students, and networking and fund raising initiatives.

Below is a video of an interview with Dr. Daniel Williams, a co-founder of The Association of Black Psychologists and one of its early National Presidents:

Sex, Race, and Wrongful Conviction
Click below to read an article written by Member-at-Large, Dr. Matthew Johnson.

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