Psychologists Responding to Those in Need

ALBANY, NY (02/02/2010)(readMedia)-- Hundreds of licensed psychologists, all members of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA), have offered to volunteer their time and expertise to those affected by the earthquake that shook Haiti on January 12. When disaster strikes, helpers often provide immediate relief in the form of food, shelter, clothing and medical supplies. Yet those affected need additional relief for dealing with the emotional and psychological impact including the sudden trauma, death of family members, loss of possessions and displacement. NYSPA's Disaster/Crisis Response Network (DRN) has trained psychologists available to provide pro bono psychological assistance. Individuals and agencies seeking such help from a licensed psychologist should contact NYSPA's e-mail hotline at

"Hundreds of NYSPA psychologists are volunteering to work with the American Red Cross to assist those affected." said Robin Goodman, PhD, Chair of NYSPA's DRN. "We're helping families and friends in the Haitian community as well as those caring for others. Many of our psychologists are from the New York City area - ready to support those who have been impacted by the event," added Goodman. "We also have DRN members throughout New York State, working to provide support in their home communities and willing to travel to where they are needed. Our professionals provide education about common reactions, initial grief support, and guidance for when more help is needed. DRN members have expertise in working with people of all ages; helping students in our schools, as well as adults struggling to cope with the enormous tragedy. "

"In addition, the NYSPA Web site ( has articles in multiple languages and links to other resources providing helpful information about dealing with the emotional aftermath of trauma " Goodman said.

The New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in New York and is the state's largest association of psychologists. NYSPA's membership includes 3,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions and affiliations with county psychological associations, NYSPA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare. The Foundation of NYSPA's primary purpose is to increase public knowledge and understanding of psychology, the psychology profession and the science upon which mental health depends.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, to arrange an interview with a psychologist in your coverage area, or to receive regular editorial and public information articles from the New York State Psychological Association, contact Executive Director Tracy Russell at 800-732-3933.