Joseph J. Coyne, Ph.D.


I began working in psychology in the mid-1970s and became a Certified Alcoholism Counselor when the credential was first issued in NJ, prior to finishing my PhD at Fordham in 1981, where I am honored to have received the "Alumni Achievement Award”.  I served for many years as a school psychologist in Northern New Jersey and as an Internship Supervisor for Master's and Doctoral students in School Psychology for both Montclair State University and Fordham University.

I joined the Faculty of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY, in 1992 and I am Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Past-Chair of the Division of Social Sciences. In addition, I am a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Clinical Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor in New Jersey and hold the "Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcoholism and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders" from the American Psychological Association's College of Professional Psychology. 

I have served as Treasurer of the New Jersey Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (1987-1990), as Second Vice-President (1992-1994), and as President (1995-1997) and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (1995-1997). In 1995, I was invited by President Clinton to participate in the "White House Conference on Youth, Violence, and Substance Abuse" as the representative from the State of New Jersey.

I began my service to the Bergen County Psychological Association (BCPA) (now the NorthEast Counties Association of Psychologists - NCAP) and NJPA in 1987 as a member of the Council on Legislative Affairs (COLA) of NJPA.  I served as Secretary to COLA from 1988-1992.  I was the Affiliate Representative to the NJPA Executive Board during the time I served as President of the Bergen County Psychological Association (1997-2004).  I continue to serve as Webmaster for NCPA.  In addition, I am Past Secretary of the New Jersey Psychological Association, Past Co-Chair of the Addictions Committee of NJPA, and have recently finished my second term as Parliamentarian to the NJPA Executive Board.

Finally, I have served as Co-Chair of the Bergen County Youth Committee on Substance Abuse, as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, as a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholism Drug Abuse and Addiction Services of the State Department of Health, and as a member of the Governance Committee as well as the Personnel Committee of NJPA.

I serve on the Council of Representatives, the governing body of the American Psychological Association, representing New Jersey. My term of office is from 2013-2015.  In addition, I have just been elected by my Council colleagues to serve on the Committee on the Structure and Function of Council.  I will serve from 2014-2016.  Finally, I have been elected Treasurer of the Rural Health Interest Group and Caucus of the APA Council.

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