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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!

Opportunities to discuss the APA Independent Review Report and related issues of Ethics for Psychologists

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Dear AAPA members,

We (the AAPA EC) want to inform you about opportunities to participate in in ongoing dialogues about ethical issues in psychology and the independent review of APA, opportunities both with AAPA and through other venues.  For AAPA, we invite you to attend the Town Hall meeting with representatives of the AAPA EC at the AAPA convention (7:30  to 8:30 am in Northrop Frye Hall).  Other venues for dialogue and commentary to APA and beyond include:

  • the APA/CoR will hold a Town Hall Meeting on the independent Review Report at the APA convention on Saturday, August 8, 3 to 4:30 pm in Convention Centre/Constitution Hall 106 North Building-Level 100
  • APA has an open comments area on their website: http://apa.org/independent-review/index.aspx
  • AAPA Vice President Helen Hsu will be co-presenting a session at the APA convention titled Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations Critique APA Ethics Code-Integrating Culture and Ethics on Saturday, August 8, 2pm-3:50pm. This is a further opportunity for feedback and better understanding the relations of AAPA and the APA ethics office in recent years.
  • Psychologists for Social Responsibility and co-sponsors will be conducting a Town Hall Meeting for discussing the recently-released Hoffman Report 4pm to 8pm Thursday August 6, 2015 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 73 Simcoe St, 8 minutes walk from where the APA annual convention is being held

Convention Program now available!

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Make the most out of your time at Convention by checking out this year’s program [Download pdf of AAPA_2015 Convention Program]. In addition to noting this year’s outstanding talks and research presentations, learn more about the numerous opportunities to network and connect with fellow AAPA members (Early Bird Reception and Breakfast, Lunchtime Discussions, etc). See you in Toronto!

Convention News: Schedule now available, Clinicians & Researchers coming together

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Convention News Highlights:

  • Register by July 21st! Prices go up for on-site registration.
  • Want to plan your Convention day? Download the schedule.
  • Researchers & clinicians are invited to join together at a special lunchtime networking session, titled “Writing Case Studies: Highlighting Practice-Based Evidence and Evidence-Based Practice.” The event, co-sponsored by the Asian American Journal of Psychology and the AAPA Practice Task Force, will discuss the journal’s new guidelines for case study submissions. For more information:
    • Are you a clinically-oriented researcher seeking to increase your publication record and collaborate with research-oriented clinicians?
    • Are you a clinician with interesting case material to share but limited time and resources to publish?

Case studies provide practical examples of culturally-informed approaches to service delivery that can be evaluated alongside the research literature to inform treatment decisions. In a growing field such as Asian American psychology, case studies also may be especially helpful for exploring understudied phenomena and generating hypotheses that may be explored in future research. We encourage participants to come prepared to discuss ideas for case studies and present areas of expertise that they could contribute to the shaping of others’ case studies. Students are welcome!

In this lunchtime interactive session, we will:
1. Present the guidelines and requirements for submission of case studies to the AAJP Case Study Section.

2. Develop ideas for case studies highlighting innovative approaches to service delivery involving Asian Americans.

3. Provide opportunities to network and meet potential collaborators that can help bridge gaps in research and clinical practice.

TO REGISTER: Email the AAJP Case Study Section Editor, Doris F. Chang, at changd@newschool.edu and provide the following information:

1. Name and job title
2. Area of expertise
3. What kinds of case studies would you be interested in working on? (Examples: case studies involving kids and families; treatment of depression; spiritually-focused interventions; applications of mindfulness)
4. What kind of concrete assistance would be helpful? (Examples: information about the latest research on X to help ground my literature review; access to library databases or statistical help; consultation on a case formulation; help with taking my case notes and turning them into a paper; someone to edit my work)
5. What kind of assistance can you provide?
6. Do you have an idea for a case study that you wish to workshop or discuss during the session? (Y/N)

AAJP 2014 impact factor goes up, #1 ethnic studies journal

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Good news! The 2014 Impact Factors have been released, and AAPA’s flagship journal, Asian American Journal of Psychology, received a score of 1.686 for 2014. This figure is up from 1.405 for 2013.  Furthermore, AAJP ranked #1 among Ethnic Studies journals – evidence of AAJP’s success in disseminating our thriving membership’s scholarly contributions and interdisciplinary reach!

Please join in congratulating Founding Editor Fred Leong and current Editor Bryan Kim for their leadership and vision, and thanks to all the authors who helped make 2014 an impactful year for AAJPaap-150.