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Gratitude and Greetings: AAPA EC Transitions

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On September 1st, several members of the 2013-2015 AAPA Executive Committee will be passing the torches to their successors. AAPA thanks Jocelyn Buhain and Nellie Tran for their service on the Board of Directors and to Kelly Liao as Finance Officer.

Joceyln Buhain, Ph.D.

Nellie Tran, Ph.D.

Kelly Liao, Ph.D.

Joining the Board of Directors for 2015-2017 will be Glenn Matsuda and Ulash Dunlap, and Razia Kosa will serve as Finance Officer.

Razia Kosi, LCSW-C

Razia Kosi, LCSW-C

Ulash Dunlap, LMFT

Ulash Dunlap, LMFT

Glenn Matsuda, Ph.D.

Please join in special thanks to 2013-2015 President Sumie Okazaki Sumie Okazakifor her leadership and vision for AAPA to “give Asian American Psychology away.” In this year’s Annual Report, Sumie summarizes how AAPA fulfilled her presidential goal to play a larger role in public and professional dialogue about the psychological experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. In the report, you can also learn more about the rest of the accomplishments of AAPA and its leadership this past year.

KevinNadal2015Last, but not least, please join in welcoming Kevin Nadal as AAPA’s 20th President! Kevin is no stranger to leadership within AAPA, having served previously as AAPA Vice-President and organizing the establishment of the Division on Filipino Americans and the Division on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning. Check out his Presidential Message on our website, detailing his threefold mission to:

  • Make AAPA known as the Leader in Asian American Mental Health,
  • Mentor and Recruit the Next Generation of Asian American Psychologists, and
  • Represent the Diversity of our Community

AAPA expresses deep gratitude to our outgoing officers for their service to the organization, their thoughtful discussion, and hard work. The incoming leadership will certainly build upon the accomplishments of your respective terms. We look forward with a renewed commitment to our mission to enrich and serve our community!

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

Will Liu, PhD – Incoming Editor of Psychology of Men and Masculinity

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Congratulations to William Ming Liu, PhD from University of Iowa who will be the Incoming Editor for Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

Psychology of Men & Masculinity ® is devoted to the dissemination of research, theory, and clinical scholarship that advances the psychology of men and masculinity. This discipline is defined broadly as the study of how boys’ and men’s psychology is influenced and shaped by both gender and sex, and encompasses the study of the social construction of gender, sex differences and similarities, and biological processes.

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:

http://video.pbssocal.org/video/2365249872/