Members of the NJABPsi Executive Board

President: Monique Swift, Psy.D.

Monique Swift, proprietor of Swift Solutions Consultant Services, LLC, is a psychologist, a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor, and a NY Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health and operates a private practice in Woodbridge, NJ where she specializes in couple's therapy and trauma.

In addition to her clinical work, Monique also provides curriculum design, personal development workshops, and professional training. She consults with religious, community-based, and non-profit organizations, public and private schools, as well as with private groups. Monique also does extensive volunteer work which tends to either directly or indirectly benefit oppressed and under-served populations and typically involves grassroots and civic organizing, personal and community empowerment, and addressing issues of racial inequality, racial trauma, and social justice. Monique serves as a member of the Board of Advisers for Volunteers of America, Torchlight Educational Academy, and the Union County Juvenile Conference Committee under the Family Division of the Superior Court. E-mail:

Vice-President: Barbara Prempeh, Psy.D.

Dr. Prempeh received her Psy.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Kean University, MA in Educational Psychology from Kean University, MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a BS degree in Psychology from her beloved undergraduate alma mater, Howard University. Dr. Barbara Prempeh is currently the Program Coordinator of the Game-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (GB-CBT) externship program at the Metro RDTC through Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. In addition to running the doctoral externship program, Dr. Prempeh provides assessment and treatment to children who have experienced trauma, and testifies in child abuse court cases as an expert witness.

Dr. Prempeh has worked for over 10 years with children, adolescents, and families providing assessments, crisis intervention, and therapy across multiple settings including school, hospitals, community outpatient center, juvenile correctional facility, and residential treatment facility. Dr. Prempeh has conducted presentations at conferences and to organizations on trauma informed practices; in addition, she specializes in utilizing cognitive-behavioral techniques to treat children and adolescents with a variety of behavioral challenges not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders. In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Prempeh has six years of experience in academia teaching Psychology courses at Essex County College, Kean University, and University of Texas at San Antonio as an adjunct professor.


Recording Secretary: Mallory Everett, Ed.S., LPC

Ms. Mallory Everett, Ed.S., LPC has more than 10 years of clinical experience. She received her Educational Specialist Degree from Hampton University in 2013 and her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Hampton University in 2010. She is presently in pursuit of completing her PsyD in Counseling Psychology with an anticipated graduation date of August 2019. She presently holds her New Jersey Professional Counseling License and is completing the requirements for LCADC licensing. Her specialization is Complex Trauma and working with clients who are attempting to establish and maintain recovery, Co-Occurring( diagnosis of mental health disorder and substance abuse), Crisis Management, College students who experience adjustment and academic deficiencies, Children and families in need of psychoeducation and resources to meet family needs, Incarcerated and Diversity Challenges. In addition she has worked in a plethora of settings to include Correctional, Intensive Outpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization, and Community Agencies. Mallory is committed to serving those in need and dedicated to make it her life's work.


Treasurer: Jennifer R. Jones, Psy.D.

Dr. Jennifer R. Jones-Damis is a licensed psychologist in New York and New Jersey and a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. She is the Associate Director of Mental Health for the Young Adult (18-21) population at Riker's Island Correctional Facility, where she facilitates the mental health in the alternative to solitary confinement program. Dr. Jones-Damis facilitates trainings and workshops for Probation/Correction Officers and professionals around the country in order to spread knowledge about the impact of trauma and mental health issues on youth involved in the justice system. Furthermore, Dr. Jones-Damis has held positions on the state and national boards of The Association of Black Psychologists, where she continues to advocate for the mental health needs of the Black community. Her research interests focus on the disproportionality of Black students receiving exclusionary discipline in school systems and issues of the over representation of Black youth in the juvenile justice system. She has presented her research at national conferences such as the American Psychological Association, The Association of Black Psychologists, and the National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Jones-Damis co-authored a chapter on classroom management for the International Handbook of Student Achievement and has published articles concerning Black students and school discipline.


Member-at-Large: Matthew B. Johnson, Ph.D.

Matthew B. Johnson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College and also on the Doctoral Faculty in Clinical Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has published widely in the area of psychology and law. Dr. Johnson is also a licensed psychologist with a consulting and clinical practice. He provides examinations and testimony in criminal cases and also cases where the state seeks to terminate parental rights. He has been a member of the New Jersey Association of Black Psychologists since 1986. He is also a member of the Peoples Organization for Progress, the NAACP, the New Jersey Psychological Association, Amnesty International, and other advocacy groups. He has served on the Executive Committee of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty since 2001. His interests also include: Wrongful Convictions of African-Americans, Family Court Consultations, and Interrogation and Confession.


Past President: Joseph A. Connell, Sr., Ph.D., J.D.

Dr. Joseph A. Connell, Sr. is a pastoral counselor and an ordained minister with over 20 years' experience in the counseling profession. He earned his doctoral degree in counseling psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. His work is concentrated in integrating Christian faith and the disciplines of psychology. Dr. Connell is board certified through the American Association of Christian Counselors. His experience and research interests include the care of the clinically emergent patient, treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety disorders and cognitive neuroscience.

Dr. Connell has lectured in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, social work, nursing, and theology, including the NYC & Connecticut Emergency Medical Services, the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation and United States military. He is also on the board of directors of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Jersey, Inc., a national network of non-profit programs that advocate for children removed from their families because of abuse or neglect.

Dr. Joseph A. Connell, Sr. is also a licensed attorney, admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Federal District Court, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, as well as the United States Southern and Eastern District Federal Courts of New York. His admission to the District of Columbia Bar is pending. He maintains both law and counseling practices in Toms River and Mt. Holly, New Jersey.