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AAPA statement on anti-Muslim hate and violence

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December 16th, 2015

AAPA Stands  with our Brothers & Sisters Against Anti-Muslim Hate, Xenophobia, and Bigotry

As an organization dedicated to advance the mental health and well-being of Asian Americans, we cannot stand by and watch the rhetoric of hate, fear, and violence permeate the country.  Our Arab, Sikh, South Asian, African-American, and Muslim brothers and sisters are the targets of  incendiary political exploitation, international  terrorist attacks, and hate crimes across the U.S.

We know from our own US history that anti- Asian and anti-religious sentiment has resulted in racists laws and policies such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, and proposals to ban Catholic immigrants into the US during the 19th and 20th centuries.  Those were  examples of xenophobic and anti-religious sentiment that escalated into detrimental actions by our government and supported by the public.

Research with Japanese Americans whose family members were interned during WWII has shown that trauma caused by a climate of fear, hate, violence, and social exclusion have long-term negative consequences across multiple generations. Recent psychological research has also documented the deleterious effects of anti-Muslim hate (including violence, bullying, and discrimination) on Muslim Americans as well as Sikh Americans who are often misidentified. It is clear that the aftermath of racist laws and actions affect the psyche of both the individual and community, and does not promote inclusiveness, healing, or trust.

We can do better. We do not have to repeat history. We encourage AAPA members to raise our voice against hate and to stand with our brothers and sisters  who are being targeted in the current climate of fear and hate.  We ask you to reach out to colleagues, friends, neighbors, students and family. Be a facilitator in promoting understanding and healing. Take action against anti-Muslim hate, xenophobia, and bigotry and stand as Asian Americans building the dreams and promise this country holds for us.

 

 

New Google Group for AAPA Members

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We would like to inform you that the AAPA Listserv has been shut down and a new Google Group has been set up to replace it. The Google Group is a free service that is made available to current members of the Asian American Psychological Association. If you are not currently a member, we encourage you to learn more about the benefits of membership and join now!

Do I need to have a Google Account in order to use the Google Group?

No. We set up the group so you can post to the group simply by sending an email to members@aapaonline.org. All messages that are posted to the group will be emailed to you as well.

Online Viewing

You do have the option to view the messages online by going to http://groups.google.com/a/aapaonline.org/group/members/. You do need a Google Account to view topics online and perform the following tasks:

  • Post to the group using the web interface.
  • Change your subscription type.

Create a Google Account

To set up a Google Account, go to the Account Creation Page. By default, Google will assume you are setting up a new gmail.com email address, but you do have the option to use your existing personal email address by clicking on the link that says, “I prefer to use my current email address.”

Subscription Types

Once you set up a Google Account and log in, you can select how you would like to receive email from the group using one of the following four settings:

  • Don’t send email updates: Do not receive email for group posts. Participate in this group through only the web interface.
  • Send daily summaries: Receive one summary email of new activity per day.
  • Send combined updates: Receive one email for every 25 new messages.
  • Send me an email for every new message: Receive an email for every new post. This is the default setting on all accounts.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

2013 AAPA awards: Call for nominations (deadline June 3)

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AAPA Early Career Award for Distinguished Contribution to Service

The AAPA Early Career Award recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of Asian American Psychology from a psychologist early in his or her career. The candidate may not be more than 8 years post-Ph.D. at the time of nomination. The awardees are honored during the AwardsBanquet at the annual AAPA Convention.

This award will be given to an early career psychologist who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the areas of practice, advocacy, or leadership in applied (non-academic) settings.

A qualified candidate must demonstrate achievement in one or more of the following areas: (a) innovative and outstanding delivery of psychological services to Asian Americans ; (b) development of programs, procedures, or technical skills in mental health, intergroup relations, and Asian American welfare; (c) activities related to furthering Asian American interests through legislative, legal, political, or organizational involvement (including student and community organizations); (d) leadership in local, state, or federal organizations that serve the public interest of Asian Americans; (e) other advocacy work on behalf of Asian Americans (e.g., providing pro-bono work to Asian Americans whose access to services may be limited).

Required materials:

  1. A formal letter of nomination must describe: (a) the qualification of the for the award and (b) details of the specific contributions to practice, advocacy, or leadership that merit the award. Self nominations are welcome.
  2. At least one letter of recommendation (in addition to the nomination letter). The committee will accept up to 2 letters of recommendation.
  3. Nominee’s CV

All materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair: Sumie Okazaki at sumie.okazaki@nyu.edu by June 3, 2013, 5pm EST.

 

 

AAPA Early Career Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research

The AAPA Early Career Award recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of Asian American Psychology from a psychologist early in his or her career. The candidate may not be more than 8 years post-Ph.D. at the time of nomination. The awardees are honored during the AwardsBanquet at the annual AAPA Convention.

This award will be given to an early career psychologist who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in research and scholarship.

A qualified candidate must demonstrate outstanding contribution in one or more of the following areas: (a) development or advancement of psychological theories in Asian American psychology; (b) noteworthy research contributions that further the knowledge base of Asian American psychology.

For the list of previous awardees, see “Awards for Members” under JOIN.

Required materials:

  1. A formal letter of nomination must describe: (a) the qualification of the for the award and (b) details of the specific contributions to research and scholarship that merit the award. Self nominations are welcome.
  2. At least one letter of recommendation (in addition to the nomination letter). The committee will accept up to 2 letters of recommendation.
  3. Nominee’s CV

All materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair: Sumie Okazaki at sumie.okazaki@nyu.edu by June 3, 2013, 5pm EST.

 

 

AAPA Distinguished Contributions Award

AAPA formally recognizes members who have made Distinguished Contributions to psychological issues relevant to Asian American and Pacific Islander Americans. The awardees are honored during the Awards Banquet at the annual AAPA Convention.  A qualified candidate must have demonstrated distinguished contribution in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Scholarship: contributions to the development of conceptual psychological schemes or theories; applications of research and theories; the integration of knowledge to provide greater understanding of Asian Americans.
  2. Practice: innovations and outstanding applications of the knowledge base in Asian American psychology; the development of programs, procedures, or technical skills in mental health, intergroup relations, and Asian American welfare.
  3. Leadership: activities related to furthering Asian American interests through legislative, legal, political, or organizational involvement; leadership in local, state, or federal organizations.

For the list of previous awardees, see “Awards for Members” under JOIN.

Required materials:

  1. A formal letter of nomination must describe: (a) the qualification of the for the award and (b) details of the specific contributions to scholarship, practice, and/or leadership that merit the award. Self nominations are welcome.
  2. At least one letter of recommendation (in addition to the nomination letter). The committee will accept up to 2 letters of recommendation.
  3. Nominee’s CV

All materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair: Sumie Okazaki at sumie.okazaki@nyu.edu by June 3, 2013, 5pm EST.

 

AAPA Lifetime Achievement

The AAPA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes distinguished and exemplary long-term contributions to the field of Asian American Psychology from a senior level psychologist.   Long-term is defined as a career spanning no less than 25 years.  The areas of contributions for thisaward are similar to those for the Distinguished Contributions Award, namely Scholarship, Practice, and Leadership.  The awardees are honored during the Awards Banquet at the annual AAPA Convention.

The award is given only occasionally, and to-date there has been only 5 recipients of this prestigious award from the Association.

For the list of previous awardees, see “Awards for Members” under JOIN.

Required materials:

  1. A formal letter of nomination must describe: (a) the qualification of the for the award and (b) details of the specific contributions to practice, advocacy, or leadership that merit the award.
  2. At least one letter of recommendation (in addition to the nomination letter). The committee will accept up to 2 letters of recommendation.
  3. Nominee’s CV

All materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair: Sumie Okazaki at sumie.okazaki@nyu.edu by June 3, 2013, 5pm EST