DoFA announces first Filipino American Psychology Scholarship

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AAPA’s Division on Filipino Americans (DoFA) is pleased to announce the first Filipino American Psychology Scholarship. The Filipino American Psychology Scholarship was initiated to increase the number of Filipino American professors, researchers, and academics in the field of psychology. By providing scholarship and mentorship to Filipino American prospective and early graduate students, it is hoped that research focused on Filipino Americans will also increase, leading to a greater representation and understanding of Filipino American people.

For more information on the scholarship, visit the DoFA Filipino American Psychology Scholarship page or download a pdf of the call for applications.

AAPA 2014 Convention Program now available online

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The AAPA 2014 Convention Program is now available online. Online registration is now closed, but you can still register for the convention on-site. A limited number of Banquet tickets will also be available for purchase on-site.

For questions/concerns regarding the conference, please contact Convention Co-Chairs Anjuli Amin or Monique Shah Kulkarni.

For questions/concerns regarding registration, please contact the Registration Co-Chairs Jennifer Chain and Joe Nee.

AAPA Statement on Mental Health Act

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AAPA Statement on Mental Health Act

The Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) is pleased to announce its support and appreciation for the nation’s commitment to improve mental health services through the new legislation,  “Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act”, introduced May 6, 2014 by Doris Matsui (CA-06), Ron Barber (AZ-2), Diana DeGette (CO-1), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), and Paul Tonko (NY-20). The bill identifies the need for comprehensive mental health care, specifically highlighting the need for critical mental health programs, prevention, training, research, and competent community-based services for at- risk and vulnerable populations. This bill would greatly benefit many Asian American communities who lack adequate mental health treatment due to the lack of bilingual providers and barriers to access appropriate services.

The AAPA urges Asian American consumers and providers treating various Asian American communities to participate on the Mental Health Advisory Board. Additionally, the AAPA supports increased training for culturally competent behavioral health professionals serving Asian American communities, as well as resources for the growing aging Asian American population.

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AAJP Culture and Prevention Special Issue

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As part of their presidential theme on Culture and Prevention, Past President and Vice President, Richard Lee and Anna Lau, recently published a special issue in the AAPA journal Asian American Journal of Psychology on the topic. Check out the latest cutting-edge research on Asian American populations.