Our Mission

Advance the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.


Explore advances in research and science of Asian American psychology and mental health with new theories and frameworks for understanding the Asian American experience and cutting-edge research using qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Be part of this cutting edge work by connecting with other researchers in this field and exchanging ideas. Visit this section to read the latest empirical studies in our peer-reviewed journal, Asian American Journal of Psychology.


Learn prevention and treatment strategies and engage in conversations on how to best work with Asian American communities. Our goal is to promote culturally competent, evidence-based and practionners experience in mental health services that meet the needs our diverse Asian American populations. This section is designed for AAPA members to exchange current and new practices in mental health in working with Asian American communities that can be used in community mental health agencies, hospitals, college centers, schools, government agencies, private practice and more.


Provide training and education for the next generation of Asian American psychologists and mental health providers and researchers. Take advantage of all the opportunities available to AAPA members, including our scholarships, awards, online forums, mentorship programs, leadership development program, and annual conventions.


Advocate for the welfare and well being of Asian Americans at all levels of government through community-engaged scholarship and practice and and partnerships with other organizations to ensure the visibility and rights of Asian Americans. Visit this section to learn what issues AAPA and members are currently advocating on, and new policies and legislations that effect Asian American psychology as well as general psychology and mental health advocacy.

AAPA Factsheets

President’s Message

AAPA President Dr. Helen H. Hsu, Psy.D.

It is my honor to serve as the 21st President of the Asian American Psychological Association, along with our Vice President Dr. Nellie Tran and President-elect Dr. Richelle Concepcion.

The mission of the Asian American Psychological Association is to advance the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.
We proudly publish the Asian American Journal of Psychology.

AAPA is an intersectional community of multi-disciplinary professionals, educators, researchers, clinicians, advocates, students, and allies. We are US born, immigrants, refugees, mixed heritage, or from dozens of varied Asian, Native and Pacific Islander heritages, of every sexual orientation and gender expression and varied socioeconomic and disability status.

Much of our rapidly growing membership is comprised of graduate students, and early career rising leaders. We are a proud member of the Council of National Psychology Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests (CNPAAEMI) Leadership Development Institute. AAPA also maintains a Leadership Fellows Program of our own and founded a Student Leadership Institute retreat providing mentoring and access to historically underrepresented talent.

Please explore our factsheets, join us at our annual convention, follow us on facebook and twitter, check out our divisions on Women, South Asian Americans, Students, Filipino Americans, LQBTQ, Practice, and Mixed Heritage Asian Americans as well as our Education and Policy Committees.

Join us if you are interested in advancing and promoting, learning and teaching, mentoring and networking about mental health in the AAPI communities!

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