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AAJP 2014 impact factor goes up, #1 ethnic studies journal

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Good news! The 2014 Impact Factors have been released, and AAPA’s flagship journal, Asian American Journal of Psychology, received a score of 1.686 for 2014. This figure is up from 1.405 for 2013.  Furthermore, AAJP ranked #1 among Ethnic Studies journals – evidence of AAJP’s success in disseminating our thriving membership’s scholarly contributions and interdisciplinary reach!

Please join in congratulating Founding Editor Fred Leong and current Editor Bryan Kim for their leadership and vision, and thanks to all the authors who helped make 2014 an impactful year for AAJPaap-150.

 

 

AAJP’s June 2015 Feature Article: “Perceived Discrimination, Intergenerational Family Conflicts, and Depressive Symptoms in Foreign-Born and U.S.-Born Asian American Emerging Adults”

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Asian American Journal of Psychology, Vol 6 No 2, (June 2015) Feature Article: Perceived Discrimination, Intergenerational Family Conflicts, and Depressive Symptoms in Foreign-Born and U.S.-Born Asian American Emerging Adults by Hsiu-Lan Cheng (New Mexico State University), Shu-Ping Lin (Tamkang University, New Taipei City, Taiwan) & Chu Hui Cha (New Mexico State University)

Hsiu-Lan Cheng, first author of the AAJP June 2015 issue's feature article

Hsiu-Lan Cheng, first author of the AAJP June 2015 issue’s feature article

Do you think your perspective or experiences of being racially discriminated are different from those of your family members, particularly those from a different generation? Has such difference ever led to disagreement or conflicts? How do you think these types of experience, either of being discriminated or in conflicts with your family, affect your mental health? As the sociocultural and political conversations on racial discrimination rage on in America in 2015, one does not have to look far to discover the long and elaborate streams of literature detailing the negative psychological consequences of discrimination. Against this backdrop, Cheng, Lin, and Cha (2015) extend these streams in the current June 2015 issue of the Asian American Journal of Psychology. Cheng and colleagues broaden our knowledge on the mechanisms through which discrimination negatively impacts mental health among Asian American and immigrant college students. Recognizing the interrelated and dynamic nature of contextual factors at various levels, Dr. Cheng and her colleagues cleverly hypothesize family conflict as a mediation between discrimination and depressive symptoms.

Drawing from her five years of clinical experiences as a staff psychologist at a large university counseling center before transitioning to a research-oriented academic career and also from personal experience as a first-generation immigrant, Dr. Cheng understood very well how intergenerational conflicts represent a powerful and complex influence particularly in Asian American and immigrant families where these issues are further compounded by identity development as racial minorities. Different individuals and different generations approach racial identity development in distinctive ways and the resulting dissonance in this process potentially contributes to family conflicts. Racial discrimination then embodies a prime example of intergenerational disagreement, which, like experiences of discrimination, also predicts more depressive symptoms.

This article is a fascinating read if you are interested in how different levels of ecological factors can influence each other, in a mediational fashion in this instance, to ultimately influence mental health on the individual level. Other specific explorations in the study included investigating both father and mother and at both first and second generation Asian immigrant and Americans differentially. More generally, the article also succinctly yet thoroughly reviews some of the most recent literature on associations between perceived discrimination, family conflict, and depression. So help yourself stay informed on the latest findings on how race relates to family and mental health!

Feature written by Ming-Che Tu, Chair of AAPA’s Division of Students, for Asian American Psychological Association

The latest Table of Contents can be accessed here: http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=browsePA.volumes&jcode=aap

Call for 2015 AAPA Poster Judges

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As the 2015 AAPA Convention in Toronto draws closer, stay informed about important announcements and opportunities that we will be sharing on the AAPA listserve (current, paid members are subscribed to the Google Group), http://aapaonline.org/news, and social media (Facebook, Twitter). See message below about the call for AAPA poster judges. Don’t forget about Early Registration, which ends June 30th!

Dear AAPA members,

The 2015 AAPA Conference Poster Committee would like to invite practicing psychologists and faculty members to volunteer for an hour on August 5th to judge poster presentations. Given the number of confirmed poster presentations this year, we are in need in several judges with various backgrounds (in research and practice) and diverse areas of expertise.

If you are interested and willing to volunteer, we ask that you please contact the AAPA poster committee on or before June 23rd at aapapostercommittee@gmail.com. You will be asked to be judging posters throughout the convention, especially during the poster session at 3:30-4:30pm.

Thank you very much for considering this service to our community!

Sincerely,

P. Priscilla Lui, M.A. & Kimberly J. Langrehr, Ph.D.
Poster Committee Co-Chairs
AAPA Planning Committee 2014-2015

Announcement: 2015 AAPA Dissertation Research Award

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The winner of the 2015 Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) Dissertation Research Grant is Alicia Ibaraki, from University of Oregon. Her dissertation proposal is titled, Mechanisms that Perpetuate Health Disparities: Physician Stereotype & Bias.

Alicia Ibaraki - 2015 AAPA Dissertation Research Award Winner

Alicia Ibaraki – 2015 AAPA Dissertation Research Award Winner

We are also delighted to announce that we have two honorable mention recipients: Stephanie Carrera, from Iowa State University (Dissertation titled: Interpersonal Risk Factors, Shame and Depression among Asian American College Students: A Moderated Mediation Model) and Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt, from University of California, Davis (Dissertation titled: Impact, Mechanisms, and Individual Variations in the Stress Response to Racial Microaggressions among Asian Americans).

Stephanie Carrera - 2015 AAPA Dissertation Research Award Honorable Mention

Stephanie Carrera – 2015 AAPA Dissertation Research Award Honorable Mention

Gloria Wong - 2015 AAPA Dissertation Research Award Honorable Mention

Gloria Wong – 2015 AAPA Dissertation Research Award Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Alicia, Gloria, and Stephanie. All three doctoral students are invited to present their research at the 2016 AAPA Convention in Denver, Colorado next year. Please join us this year on August 5, 2015 in Toronto, ON where last year’s winners will present their work.

Remember, early bird registration closes on June 30th, http://aapaonline.org/convention!

Cheers,
Brandon Yoo
AAPA Dissertation Research Grant Chair

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