Executive Committee

Jessica M. Benson, Ph.D. (she/her)

Chair-Elect

Jess is a biracial Asian American and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at St. Olaf College. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Rutgers University, Newark. Jess has previously served as the Secretary-Historian for DMAA (2020-21) and the Sessions Co-Chair for AAPA (2019-20). Her research focuses on racial essentialism, prejudice reduction, identity, and mindfulness. Jess is passionate about mentoring undergraduate students in research. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time outdoors and chasing around her young child and pets.

Formerly: Historian & Secretary (2019-2021)

Jason D. Reynolds (Taewon Choi), Ph.D. (he/him)

Past Chair

Jason is a transracial Korean American adoptee and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of San Francisco. His research focuses on the areas of transracial adoption, identity development, names, mentorship, racial and ethnic socialization, qualitative research and psychobiography, and social justice training. He completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School and received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. He enjoys mentoring and learning from his graduate students.

Adam Y. Kim, Ph.D. (he/him)

Communications & Membership

Adam is an adopted Korean American and adoption researcher. Adam believes in using his research, teaching, and work in the community to advance nuanced conversations and critical perspectives on adoption that can improve the lived experiences of adopted individuals.
Adam is a visiting assistant professor at Wesleyan University where he teaches courses on adoption, race, social psychology, and diversity science. He received his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota in 2020, where he specialized in personality psychology and culture. His scholarly work focuses on identity, politicization, and solidarity in the contexts of adoption and racial marginalization. Recently, he has published work related to adoption in Journal of Family Psychology, Asian American Journal of Psychology, and The Routledge Handbook of Adoption. His other scholarly work examines multiracial coalition building, politicized identity, and collective action.

Formerly: Student Representative (2019-2020)

Danielle Godon-Decoteau, Ph.D. (she/her)

Treasurer

Danielle is a Korean American transracial and international adoptee. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Mount Holyoke College in the Psychology and Education Department. Danielle obtained her degree in clinical psychology in 2018 from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research focuses on Asian American mental health, internalized racism, and transracial adoption. Danielle hopes to raise awareness about the diversity of Asian American experiences and encourage critical examination of the intersections of race, culture, identity, and mental health.

Molly Sawdy (she/her)

Student Representative

Molly is a second-year clinical psychology doctoral student at Suffolk University. She identifies as a transracial adoptee from China. She graduated from Bates College with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Chinese. After college, she worked as a research assistant at the VA Boston Healthcare System, first at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research and then later at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD. She is currently a practicum student at the McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute and serves as a student representative for the Division on Multiracial and Adopted Asian Americans (DMAA), Asian American Psychological Association. Molly's research interests include examining barriers to accessing effective mental healthcare for minoritized populations.

Yuki Yamazaki, M.A., & Ed.M. (she/her)

Student Representative

Yuki is a Multiracial Asian American and a PhD Candidate in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University. Her research centers on the microaggression and stereotype experiences of biracial and multiracial Asian Americans and the impact of discrimination on mental health. She is currently completing her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Manhattan Psychiatric Center and is an adjunct lecturer at NYU. She lives in NYC where she can be found exploring new cuisines and fawning over her bearded bunny.

Past Executive Committee Members

Annabelle Atkin, Ph.D. – Student Representative (2018-2020)

Cirleen DeBlaere, Ph.D. – Chair (2018-2019); Past Chair (2019-2020)

Alicia del Prado, Ph.D. – Chair (2017-2018); Past Chair (2018-2019)

Amy Kobus, Ph.D. – Chair-Elect (2019-2020); Past Chair (2020-2021)

Mele Kramer, M.S. – Historian & Secretary (2021-2022)

Maximilian Tokarsky, Psy.D. – Communications & Membership (2018-2020)

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