Rutgers University—New Brunswick Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) Dean Francine Conway has been elected as president-elect of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). An organization composed of delegates from programs and schools of professional psychology, the NCSPP’s goal is to advance the development of the highest quality of graduate training in professional psychology. The NCSPP was founded in 1976 by GSAPP’s first dean, Donald Peterson.
“I am humbled by this appointment,” says Dean Conway, “and honored to follow in the footsteps of Donald Peterson, first as dean at GSAPP and now in this role at the NCSPP.” Conway notes other personal connections to NCSPP: “My own mentor and dissertation chair, George Stricker, worked with Don Peterson to establish the council, and Gordon Derner from my alma mater, Adelphi University, also served in this role at the NCSPP.
“These connections to the NCSPP make this appointment especially meaningful for me,” says Conway. “It is an honor to continue the work of these leaders in our field and support the legacy of professional schools in this role.”
Dean Conway will serve a one-year term as president-elect before taking office. After the one-year presidential term has been completed, Dean Conway will serve another one-year as past president.
“My goal will be to amplify excellence in professional practice,” says Conway. “I am excited to work with this organization to lead change in training, applied research and service to the profession.”