Congratulations to past AAPA Board of Director Dr. Stephanie Pituc who is the recipient of the 2014 APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs’(CEMA) Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology competition. The CEMA Selection Sub-committee determined her dissertation research titled, “Foreigner Objectification, Bicultural Identity, and Psychological Adjustment in Asian American College Students,” to be the most outstanding.
AAPA Statement on Mental Health Act
The Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) is pleased to announce its support and appreciation for the nation’s commitment to improve mental health services through the new legislation, “Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act”, introduced May 6, 2014 by Doris Matsui (CA-06), Ron Barber (AZ-2), Diana DeGette (CO-1), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), and Paul Tonko (NY-20). The bill identifies the need for comprehensive mental health care, specifically highlighting the need for critical mental health programs, prevention, training, research, and competent community-based services for at- risk and vulnerable populations. This bill would greatly benefit many Asian American communities who lack adequate mental health treatment due to the lack of bilingual providers and barriers to access appropriate services.
The AAPA urges Asian American consumers and providers treating various Asian American communities to participate on the Mental Health Advisory Board. Additionally, the AAPA supports increased training for culturally competent behavioral health professionals serving Asian American communities, as well as resources for the growing aging Asian American population.
AAPA Policy Committee
Since 2010, Asian Americans have been the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. New Census Bureau data confirms that trend continues, with the total Asian-American population in the U.S. at 19.4 million, reflecting a growth rate of 2.9% between 2012 and 2013.
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As part of their presidential theme on Culture and Prevention, Past President and Vice President, Richard Lee and Anna Lau, recently published a special issue in the AAPA journal Asian American Journal of Psychology on the topic. Check out the latest cutting-edge research on Asian American populations.
Learn what it is like to grow up without legal immigration status. A great teaching resource for Asian American psychology courses.