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New Jersey Association of School Psychologists

2023 Award Recipients

NJASP School Psychologist of the Year

Angela Generalao, NCSP

Mt. Laurel School District 

Angela Generalao is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and has served as a school psychologist for 23 years in the Mt. Laurel School District. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stockton College before earning her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickenson University. Ms. Generalao then went on to earn a Certification in School Psychology and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from Rowan University. Angela serves as the case manager for incoming preschool students across the district and has served as the case manager for self-contained classes in schools servicing children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)/ Verbal Behavior (VB)/ Discrete Trial (DT) programs. Angela is also a district Handle with Care trainer for staff in de-escalation. She initiated the implementation of Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS) at Larchmont School and is currently on the secondary and tertiary teams. Angela has also served as Southern Delegate for NJASP and hosted trainings on various assessments.

Dr. Irwin A. Hyman Service to Children Award

Julia Buccini, LCSW

Bound Brook School District 

Julia Buccini is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who serves as the lead of the clinical counseling program in the Bound Brook School District, which functions as an extension of both the child study team and the school counseling department. Ms. Buccini works directly with high school students considered to be in crisis. She also leads meetings with other district social workers to review individual cases and best practices. Her creativity, insight and experience allow her to make suggestions to colleagues that help assist their students. She is a collaborative team player and employs strategies that are in the best interest of the students. Julia also leads risk assessments teams in determining the level of crisis the students are in. She provided training to the risk assessment teams in implementing the Columbia scale to determine severity of risk. Ms. Julia Buccini is recognized as a wonderful resource to everyone in the school district. She is an expert in community counseling resources and is a consultant to other professionals in the district. Ms. Buccini has a great rapport with and serves as a trusted point of contact to students, families, teachers, and school administrators. 

Jane Bostrum Service to School Psychology Award

Dr. James Hewitt, MD

Hewitt Psychiatric

Dr. James Hewitt is board certified in both neurology and psychiatry and possess a sweeping knowledge of bio-social-learning-development and child developmental paradigms. Dr. Hewitt’s impact is felt in the school communities he works with in addition to the children and families he services. He is enthusiastic and eager to provide useful insight, while continuing to implement best practices to improve student outcomes. Dr. Hewitt consults with over 80 school districts and considers a “whole child” approach when assessing, providing recommendations, and delivering targeted services. Dr. Hewitt notes that he enjoys “helping parents accept the unacceptable,” “to shrink the autism and bring out more of the child.” Given the current challenges faced by children, Dr. Hewitt is passionate about promoting emotional resilience and social skills. Dr. Hewitt attributes lasting, impactful interactions and encounters with colleagues to the enrichment and expansion of his professional calling, leaving us with the following quote: “I never stop being curious nor do I forget that in the end what matters is showing kindness and respect.”


NJASP School Psychologist of the Year Award

NJASP’s School Psychologist of the Year Award is given to a NJASP member who is a practicing school psychologist in a public or private school setting. It is given in recognition of outstanding performance in the delivery of school psychological services. These areas include, but are not limited to, assessment, counseling, consultation, prevention, crisis intervention, collaboration, diversity sensitivity, supervision, research, program planning and/or evaluation, etc. Candidates perform their jobs in an exemplary manner and have earned the respect of students, parents, teachers, school staff, administrators, and/or community members. Those who have benefited from this individual's efforts may include individual or groups of students, teachers, parents, administrators and/or the school system.

To make a nomination for the NJASP School Psychologist of the Year Award, please use the form below:

SP of the Year Nomination Form 2024.doc

Dr. Irwin A. Hyman Service to Children Award

NJASP’S Service to Children Award is given to an individual or an organization whose efforts have benefited children. This individual or organization must provide services to children. This award is not given to a NJASP Member or a school psychologist. This award is in recognition of outstanding contributions to education, mental health, or the general welfare of children and youth of New Jersey and/or the nation.

To make a nomination for the Dr. Irwin A. Hyman Service to Children Award, please use the form below:

Hyman Award 2024.doc

Jane Bostrum Service to School Psychology Award

NJASP’s Jane Bostrum Service to School Psychology Award is given to a school psychologist, general psychologist, someone in a related field, or any individual or organization who has contributed to the field of school psychology. This award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession of school psychology.

To make a nomination for the Jane Bostrum Service to School Psychology Award, please use the form below:

Bostrum Award 2024.doc

Nomination Procedures

All nominations with completed form and supporting documentation must be mailed/emailed by December 15, 2023. The NJASP Awards Committee will review the applications and make a selection based on the materials received. Award winners will be announced at NJASP’s Spring Conference. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leslie Miles, NJASP Awards and Elections Committee Chair at NJASPAwards@gmail.com

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