Members of the Executive Board
Dr. Barbara Agyeman Prempeh, a native of Ghana, West Africa, is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Prempeh has a passion for educating others on the impact of trauma, and helping children, adolescents, and young adults develop resilience in the face of adversity. Dr. Prempeh is currently the Psychology Supervisor at Children’s Specialized Hospital- Hamilton, and the owner of her private practice, B. Resilient, LLC. Dr. Prempeh also has ten years of experience in academia teaching undergraduate and graduate psychology courses. She currently serves as a Clinical Specialist at Montclair State University teaching graduate level courses, supervising psychoeducational evaluations, and coordinating practicum experiences for students, all within the School Psychology program. Dr. Prempeh has conducted presentations at conferences and to organizations on numerous topics including, psychological disorders, trauma, juvenile justice, racial/cultural issues, resilience, and trauma-informed practices.
Dr. Mallory Everett, PsyD, EDS, LPC has more than 12 years of clinical experience. She graduated from College of St. Elizabeth in 2019 with her PsyD in counseling psychology. In addition, she graduated from Hampton University both in 2013 and 2010 with her Educational Specialist Degree in Counseling and her Master of Arts in Counseling, with a specialization in College Student Development. She presently holds a Psychology Permit and is a LPC for the state of New Jersey. Presently she works at Rutgers University as a Counseling Psychologist and has her own Therapy Practice. Her areas of clinical interest are Complex Trauma, Cultural Implications, Women Considerations, Crisis Management, College students who experience adjustment and academic deficiencies, Children and families in need of psychoeducation and resources to meet family needs. 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 assisting others strive to stay on a healthy journey.
Dr. Crystal Molyneaux is a Nationally and New Jersey Certified School Psychologist and graduate from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. Presently, Dr. Molyneaux works as a Non-Traditional School Psychologist in an inner-city public school, providing therapeutic services to high school students. Dr. Molyneaux has worked with Dr. Maurice Elias' Social-Emotional Character Development (SECD) Lab on the Students Taking Action Together (STAT) project, which has researched and developed materials embodying social action pedagogy and SECD for integration into middle and high schools throughout New Jersey. This research led Dr. Molyneaux to co-author a book titled Students Taking Action Together: 5 Teaching Techniques to Cultivate SEL, Civic Engagement, and a Healthy Democracy. Dr. Molyneaux is passionate about social-emotional learning (SEL), restorative justice (RJ), empowering women and girls, decreasing systemic racism and oppression, amplifying student voice, creating and maintaining student support systems, while also using evidenced-based methods to build confidence. Her ultimate goal is for the work done with students and staff within the school to impact families and communities as a whole. In addition to working on the STAT project, Dr. Molyneaux has conducted research about students' perceptions of RJ with Dr. Anne Gregory.
In an effort to keep youth who are disproportionately represented in juvenile justice systems off the school-to-prison pipeline, Dr. Molyneaux aids youth of minority backgrounds in discovering new and more adaptive ways to cope and express themselves. Not only does Dr. Molyneaux work with youth in schools to prevent entry into the school-to-prison pipeline, she also provides therapeutic services to adult individuals who were formerly incarcerated. Outside of her work, you can find Dr. Molyneaux with family enjoying activities such as attending basketball games, hosting movie nights, as well as attending concerts and the theatre.
Jennifer R. Jones
Dr. Jennifer Jones-Damis is a licensed Psychologist in NY and NJ, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-certified School Psychologist in New Jersey. She has focused her career on understanding and addressing traumatic stress and racial trauma in individuals and systems. Dr. Jones-Damis facilitates trainings and workshops for schools, organizations, and companies to increase knowledge about the impact stress and racial trauma has on mental health while offering tangible ways to promote resilience. Dr. Jones-Damis is the Acting Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services at Rutgers University and holds positions on the state and national boards of The Association of Black Psychologists.
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Immediate Past President
Dr. 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 clinical experience in the field of mental health and operates a private practice in Rahway, NJ where she specializes in couple's therapy and trauma.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Swift also offers keynote talks, 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. She offers Trauma-Informed Care consultation to organizations that want to become trauma-informed.
Dr. Swift is often involved in efforts toward racial social justice. She 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 addresses issues of racial inequality, and racial trauma. Dr. Swift serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for Volunteers of America, the Newark Community Collaborative Board, Torchlight Educational Academy, and the Union County Juvenile Conference Committee under the Family Division of the Superior Court. Since 2014, she has served as an executive board member of the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Black Psychologist, where she currently serves as Chapter President.
Dr. Swift’s special interests include youth empowerment, race and social issues, and holistic health.
Student Member Co-Chair
DeVanté J. Cunningham
Dr. DeVanté (DJ) Cunningham DJ is completing his postdoctoral clinical fellowship in mood, anxiety, and personality disorders within Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Montclair State University (MSU), MPH degree with a concentration in Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, and BA degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Cunningham has received extensive training in various cognitive behavioral, dynamic, and integrative therapies. and his clinical interests include trauma, internalizing disorders, behavioral disorders, personality and mood disorders. He has completed training in ACT Raising Safe Kids, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, various short-term therapies, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and received a certification in Cognitive Processing Therapy. Dr. Cunningham has experience working with a diverse group of clients and in conducting psychological assessments for individuals living with a range of behavioral health conditions.
Dr. Cunningham also serves as a wellness coach and case manager with O’Connor Professional Group. As a coach, he takes a developmental approach and meets each client where they are. For some, he provides supportive, emotionally validating coaching that centers around an action-oriented approach. For others, he simply listens and allows the client to vent about their concerns. Dr. Cunningham is often consulted to discuss topics related to race-based issues, grief, LGBTQ+, trauma, depression, anxiety, marital concerns, incarcerated individuals, veteran populations, and much more.
With NJABPsi, Dr. Cunningham has been a member since 2018. He is a past recipient of the Dr. Mel Gary Student Conference Presentation Award and a past winner of the Dr. Lawrence Houston Scholarship.
Student Member Co-Chair
Sharron Spriggs is a 5th year PhD candidate at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is currently an intern at the New Jersey Veterans Affairs. Her clinical interests includes working with people in public safety; specifically completing pre-employment assessments. In her free time, Sharron enjoys spending time with her family and readings.