Skip to main content
Category

News

Asian American Psychological Association Statement- Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

By Announcements, News, Press Release, Statements

December 2, 2021

The Asian American Psychological Association is deeply saddened and repulsed by the latest example of White Supremacy evidenced by the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial. While we are encouraged to see convictions in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, let us not forget that were it not for the work of activists and the Arbery family there would not have been an opportunity for accountability in the first place. The only difference between the past and our current state of affairs is that despite being pervasive across media outlets and social media streams, systems of oppression and anti-Blackness are disregarded and denied rather than dismantled. The message from the criminal justice system is clear – Whites are shielded from culpability, while Blacks are punished to the full extent of the law. This is unacceptable and will always be unacceptable. 


AAPA will continue to stand in solidarity with our Black siblings and strive for justice within and outside of our community. The gravity of the situation is not lost on us. It is our hope to find ways to be agents of change by going above and beyond providing statement after statement filled with emotions. As an action of support, we vow to remain steadfast in reviving our social justice task force that will include as its focus raising awareness of the ways in which anti-Blackness has permeated our communities and taking action to uproot this. We also pledge to allocate funding to support the work of our members in the areas of advocacy and social justice. We acknowledge the importance of community building and will work to strengthen our relationships with our fellow Ethnic Psychological Associations by implementing organizational action through collaboration. We are committed to maintaining dialogue and building awareness, both of which are essential to supporting the change process. As such, we will establish a consistent and dedicated space to address issues of social justice at our annual convention.


As research and our experiences remind us, repeated exposure to past and present traumas (both direct and vicarious) leads to significant emotional and physical distress. It is vital during this time to take steps to address this, both individually and as a community to support one another in our shared sorrow. We at AAPA stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and welcome the opportunity to join together in actualizing a world where this is our reality.


Past AAPA Statements:

AAPA Reaffirms Solidarity with Black Lives Matter during Pandemic of Racism

See .pdf version of statement here

AAPA supports the Mental Health Workforce and Language Access Act of 2021

By Announcements, News, Press Release

The Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) enthusiastically supports the Mental Health Workforce and Language Access Act of 2021. Asian Americans have historically had among the lowest rates of mental health service utilization across all racial/ethnic groups and continue to face systemic barriers to access mental health services. The COVID-19 pandemic and surge in anti-Asian racism have raised mental health as a priority concern in many Asian American communities, with 4 in 10 Asian Americans experiencing acute psychological distress at this time. Improving language access to mental health services, particularly in trusted community-based settings, is a key pathway to getting Asian Americans the mental health services they need and deserve now and into the future.

 

Check out release by Congresswoman Meng here

Congratulations to our 2021 AAPA award winners

By Announcements, Awards, Convention, News

Please view full bios and bio pics HERE

Stephen C. Rose Scholarship – Jean Abigail Saavedra

Project: “The Psychological Impacts of Ethnic Studies Courses on Asian American College Students”

Dissertation Research Grant –Xiaoli Zong

Dissertation Title: “Experiences of racial discrimination and Chinese American children’s adjustment:The roles of parenting, ethnic-racial identity and acculturation”.

Early Career Contributions to Service – Koko Nishi, Ph.D.

Early Career Contributions to Research – Priscilla Lui, Ph.D.

Distinguished Contributions to Leadership/Service – Nita Tewari, Ph.D.

Distinguished Contributions to Research – Meifen Wei, Ph.D.

Congratulations to our 2021 AAPA Convention Poster winners

By Announcements, Awards, Convention, DoS, News

Category 1: Social Justice Work:

Winner: Intergenerational Impacts of the WWII Incarceration on Fourth-Generation Japanese Americans: A Qualitative Investigation by Nidhi A. Tigadi, University of Michigan Department of Psychology, Mia Eunjin Shin,  University of Michigan Department of Psychology, Donna K. Nagata,  University of Michigan Department of Psychology
Runner Up: Frequency of Racial Microaggressions Predicts Poor Mental Health Outcomes in Filipino/a/x Americans by Janelle Salcedo, , University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Aldo Barrita, University of Nevada, Las VegasGloria Wong-Padoongpatt, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Category 2: An Emic Approach to Mental Health Assessment and Treatment

Winner: Examining BIPOC Student Responsibilities in Higher Education by Ravneet Kaur Dhaliwal, Pacific University, Jane M. Tram, , Pacific University
Runner Up: Impacts of Covid-19 on Asians and Asian Americans by Stephanie Chin,  University of Louisville; Jojo Yao, University of Louisville; Dr. Laurie McCubbin, University of Louisville

Category 3: Our Unique Intersecting Identities

Winner: We Deserve to Learn about Ourselves: The Voices among Women of Color Students in Predominantly White Institutions by Riya Nakum, B.A.,  Bates College & Yunkyoung Garrison, Ph.D.,  Bates College

Runner Up: What do therapists need to know to provide culturally-competent care for Muslim American youth? by Sherry C. Wang, Aysha Raja, Abha Sharma, & Sabreen Azhar, Santa Clara University

Registration open for 2021 AAPA Virtual Convention

By Announcements, Convention, News

Registration is now open for the 2021 AAPA Virtual Convention, *Expanding
our Banyan Tree: Unity, Inclusivity, and Intersectionality in Scholarship*!
Convention information can be found at:
https://whova.com/portal/registration/aapan_202110.
 
If you have any questions about registration, please email:
convention.registration@aapaonline.org.
 
Pre-Registration fees for this year are as follows:
 
– Professional members: $45* one day | $90* three days (i.e., full
convention)
– Professional non-members: $60* one day | $120* three days
– Postdoc members: $30* one day | $60* three days
– Postdoc non-members: $40* one day | $80* three days
– Student members: $20* one day | $40* three days
– Student non-members: $25* one day | $50* three days
– Retirees: $40* one day | $80* three days
– Family & guests: $20* one day | $40* three days
 
*There will be an additional processing fee charged by “Stripe.” The
additional fee is shown in grey right next to the ticket price on the
Registration page.
 
Online registration will close on *Friday, September 10th, 2021 at 11:59 pm
PST*. Ticket prices are subject to increase if you register late. Early and
on-time registration is greatly supportive of our convention team.
 
*To presenters of accepted poster(s) and/or session(s)*, we would like to
have your confirmation of presentation by *August 6th, 11:59 pm PST*, and
registration for the convention by September 10th, 11:59 pm PST. Failure to
do so may impact the status of your acceptance.
 
*Note: If you are a member intending to volunteer, WAIT to register.
Volunteers attend free on the days that they volunteer, and they will
receive a code for registration directly from the volunteer committee.*