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AAPA Statement on the Isla Vista/UCSB Shooting Tragedy

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The Asian American Psychological Association expresses our deepest condolences to the victims and their loved ones affected by the senseless, violent attacks committed on May 23 in Isla Vista, California. Our thoughts are also with the UCSB community facing the losses and the challenges brought on by the tragedy. Although the causes and motives for committing any acts of mass destruction are difficult to fathom, in this particular case the perpetrator has left a digital trail indicating his deep psychological disturbances mixed with misogyny and racism. Even as we all struggle to cope with yet another unspeakable acts of violence, AAPA is committed to providing whatever resource we can offer to help those in need of healing.

Michi Fu – PBS SoCal Community Champion

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A big congratulations to AAPA member, Michi Fu, who is a PBS SoCal Community Champion.

Dr. Michi Fu is a well-known mental health therapist in California. Her research on AAPI groups has been recognized and many doctoral students seek her mentorship. Dr. Fu actively supports the AAPI communities by serving on the API Domestic Violence Task Force and the Asian American Psychological Association. She also volunteers for the North American Taiwanese Women’s Association and Cold Tofu.

View a video clip of Michi here or paste the below link:

AAPA Fellows Nominations DUE JUNE 2nd

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Please consider becoming an AAPA Fellow!

Fellows shall be Members (Professional, Lifetime, or Honorary Lifetime) of the Asian American Psychological Association who have made unusual and outstanding contributions to the Association. The minimum requirements for Fellow status shall be (a) a doctoral degree, (b) prior status as a Member for at least one year, (c) five years of acceptable professional experience subsequent to the granting of the doctoral degree, and (e) evidence of unusual and outstanding contribution or performance in the field of Asian American psychology.

Candidate contributions are examined in terms of scholarship and impact on the field of psychology and its advancement. Impact is evaluated in terms of: (1) Unusual, positive, long-term effects; and (2) Significant impact in a single area OR broad impact over a number of areas. AAPA Fellow candidates are usually members of AAPA for at least two years and preferably have completed their doctoral degree more than 10 years prior to nomination.

Nomination Process:

Nominations are made once a year. Nominators should be members of AAPA and should e-mail the following by June 2, 2014 5pm CST to the AAPA Awards and Fellows Chair, Richard Lee at

Please put the name of the nominee and “AAPA Fellow nomination” in the subject headline of the email.

1) A letter of nomination.
2) A self-statement by the nominee that describes the accomplishments that demonstrate why Fellow status is warranted.
3) The candidate’s vita.
4) Two or more letters of endorsement (in addition to nomination letter), at least one of which is from an AAPA Fellow.

Information on award criteria is available at the below link:

Rich Lee, AAPA Awards Committee Chair

AAPA Award Nominations Due JUNE 2nd

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Please consider nominating a colleague or yourself for one of the AAPA Awards. We are particularly excited to announce a new award category for early career psychologists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the areas of practice, advocacy or leadership in applied (non-academic) settings.

June 2nd is the deadline for nominations for the following awards:
1) Early career for distinguished contributions to service (NEW CATEGORY)
2) Early career for distinguished contributions to research
3) Distinguished contributions award
4) Lifetime achievement award
5) Okura community leadership award
Information on nominations and award criteria is available at the below link:
Rich Lee, AAPA Awards Committee Chair