Members of the NJABPsi Executive Board

President: Monique Swift, Psy.D.

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 experience in the field of mental health and operates a private practice in Woodbridge, NJ where she specializes in couple's therapy and trauma.

In addition to her clinical work, Monique also provides 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. Monique also 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 addressing issues of racial inequality, racial trauma, and social justice. Monique serves as a member of the Board of Advisers for Volunteers of America, Torchlight Educational Academy, and the Union County Juvenile Conference Committee under the Family Division of the Superior Court. E-mail:

Vice-President: Barbara Prempeh, Psy.D.

Dr. Prempeh received her Psy.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Kean University, MA in Educational Psychology from Kean University, MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a BS degree in Psychology from her beloved undergraduate alma mater, Howard University. Dr. Barbara Prempeh is currently the Program Coordinator of the Game-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (GB-CBT) externship program at the Metro RDTC through Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. In addition to running the doctoral externship program, Dr. Prempeh provides assessment and treatment to children who have experienced trauma, and testifies in child abuse court cases as an expert witness.

Dr. Prempeh has worked for over 10 years with children, adolescents, and families providing assessments, crisis intervention, and therapy across multiple settings including school, hospitals, community outpatient center, juvenile correctional facility, and residential treatment facility. Dr. Prempeh has conducted presentations at conferences and to organizations on trauma informed practices; in addition, she specializes in utilizing cognitive-behavioral techniques to treat children and adolescents with a variety of behavioral challenges not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders. In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Prempeh has six years of experience in academia teaching Psychology courses at Essex County College, Kean University, and University of Texas at San Antonio as an adjunct professor.


Secretary: RaShun A. Stewart, Ed.S, LPC

RaShun A. Stewart, Ed.S, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Supervisor of School Counseling, and Educator with a private practice in Sicklerville, New Jersey. He is committed to meeting the complex needs of exceptional students and helping educators meet the growing demands of providing high quality education to all students. As a professional in the field of Education and Mental Health services, Mr. Stewart offers a diverse background of supporting adolescents, teenagers, young adults, and families in a variety of settings including public schools, colleges/universities, residential treatment programs, and outpatient mental health settings.

Mr. Stewart has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Kean University; Master in Education degree in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University; and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Seton Hall University.

As a professional in the field of Education and Mental Health services, Mr. Stewart has dedicated his life to helping educators overcome challenges with compassion and professional guidance.


Treasurer: Jean Semelfort, LPC

Jean Semelfort, Jr. is a licensed professional counselor in the State of New Jersey. He has been an advocate, educator and clinician for 10 years, merging feminist principles with his clinical skills to address issues surrounding domestic violence, sexual assault, and trauma. Jean presently serves as the Prevention Programs Manager in the SHARE Office, at Princeton University. Jean began this work at Ramapo College of New Jersey's Women's Center, engaging men on campus on the intersections between unhealthy characteristics of masculinity and gender based violence. He has continued to work with individuals on developing healthier ideas of masculinity in various settings ranging from schools to prisons. Jean received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Ramapo College, and received his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Jean is dedicated to continuing his work towards challenging problematic structures of masculinity and helping men and women develop healthier identities. In addition to his work at Princeton, Jean is the founder of the Cactus Center, a private practice where he provides individual, family and couples psychotherapy,specifically sensitive to the needs of people of color.


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.


Past 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.