Members of the NJABPsi Executive Board

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.


Vice-President: Jennifer R. Jones, Psy.D.

Dr. Jennifer R. Jones is a licensed psychologist in New York and New Jersey and a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. Dr. Jones is the Associate Director of Mental health for the Adolescent and Young Adult populations at Riker's Island. Additionally, she facilitates trainings and workshops for Juvenile Probation and Correction Officers and professionals around the country in order to spread knowledge about the impact of trauma and mental health issues on youth involved. Dr. Jones is an active participant with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), and 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. Dr. Jones's 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 co-authored a chapter on classroom management for the International Handbook of Student Achievement and has published articles concerning Black students and school discipline.


Past President: James Walker, Jr., Ed.D.

Dr. James Walker Jr. is a Licensed Psychologist and Rehabilitation Counselor in New Jersey. He earned his doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Additionally, Dr. Walker was conferred his masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Seton Hall University. Dr. Walker has been affiliated with NJABPsi since 1994, and has held a variety of positions on the Executive Board. Memberships in professional organizations includes Association of Black Psychologists (National), American Psychological Association, National Rehabilitation Association, New Jersey Association of Black Psychologists, New Jersey Psychological Association and the New Jersey Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. Dr. Walker currently works as a Psychologist with the Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in Piscataway, NJ. Special interests includes providing therapy services with individuals, couples and groups who seek mind-body-spirit wellness in coping and adjusting to concerns related to anxiety & depression, multicultural issues, stress management concerns, relationship issues, LGBTQ concerns, self-esteem and anger issues; individuals with disabilities, Armed Forces veteran issues and supervision of Psychology Interns.


Secretary: Monique Swift, Psy.D.

Dr. Monique Swift earned her degree in clinical psychology from Capella University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Woodbridge, New Jersey, specializing in couple's therapy. She sits on the Board of Advisors for Volunteers of America, a multi-service organization aimed at helping children and adults with mental illness; and also Torchlight Educational Academy, an independent Black school in the City of Newark. She additionally volunteers on the Juvenile Conference Committee for Union County Supreme Court, Chancery Division. Special interests include youth empowerment, race and social issues, and holistic health.


Treasurer: Simone Duncan, M.A.

Simone Duncan was born and raised in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She has worked in the field of education for 15 years. Ms. Duncan earned a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from Montclair State University in 2007 and became certified by the State of New Jersey as a School Psychologist in 2009. In 2015, Ms. Duncan also earned a second Masters in Educational Leadership and a subsequent New Jersey State Supervisory certificate as well as a Principal's license from The College of Saint Elizabeth. Currently, Ms. Duncan is employed by the Irvington Board of Education as the district's Interim Supervisor of Special Education Services. Prior to her appointment as interim supervisor, Ms. Duncan worked as a school psychologist in Irvington for 7 years as part of an interdisciplinary team, where she provided special education and counseling services to children and adolescents who had been found eligible to receive the same. Additionally, Ms. Duncan serves as a Resident Assistant to emotionally/behaviorally challenged children ages 5-12 at a Youth Consultation Services (YCS) residential facility in Newark, NJ. She hopes to pursue a Doctorate in psychology in the near future.


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.