The Division on Filipinx Americans (DoFA) of the Asian American Psychological Association is a community of students and professionals committed to understanding the social, cultural, emotional, political, and personal factors affecting various aspects of Filipinx American psychology and creating a space to improve Filipinx American mental and behavioral health. DoFA’s mission is to become a source of authoritative information regarding the psychological experiences of Filipinx Americans, by fostering the creation of psychological products (e.g., theory, research, services, clinical interventions, assessments, etc.) that are sensitive to and appropriate with the Filipinx American experience. DoFA also aims to

  1. unite and recruit Filipinx American psychologists and mental health practitioners;
  2. provide resources and support for the Filipinx American community in psychology; and
  3. advocate for research, competent practice, and culturally informed policies in working with the Filipinx American community.

AAPA DoFA Executive Committee

Lou Felipe, PhD  (she/her/they/them)

DoFA Co-Chair

Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine


Judy Patacsil, PsyD (she/her/hers)

DoFA Co-Chair

Faculty Equity Coordinator/Professor

Leading for Equity Anti-racism Diversity (LEAD) Office

San Diego Miramar College

Donna Demanarig, PhD (she/her/hers/Dr.)

DoFA Finance Officer

Visiting Assistant Professor

Wheaton College, Norton, MA


Claire Reclosado-Baclay, PsyD (she/her/hers/siya)

Membership Coordinator

Clinical Sport Psychologist, JCB Performance and Wellness

Adjunct Professor, Holy Names University

Care Partner, Therify


Krystel Salandanan, PsyD (she/her/hers)

DoFA Mentorship Coordinator

Director of Neuropsychological Services, Behavioral Medicine Associates

Adjunct Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Staff Neuropsychologist, Lifestance


Julianna Bianes, MA (she/her/hers)

DoFA Communications Coordinator 

Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at The Wright Institute 


Kevin C. Yabes, MS, APCC (he/him/his)

DoFA Student Representative

Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology at New Mexico State University