APF Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation Fellowship

The AAPA-APF Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation Fellowship provides grants to support psychology’s efforts to benefit the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community through research, training, and service/practice. The grant is to enable better understanding, better treatment, better services and better training, all essential aspects to a healthy, robust, and high achieving AAPI population.

Past Recipients

2015 Stephen Chen
2014 Joey Fung
2012 Cindy Liu and Huijun Li
2011 Neha Navsaria and Razia Kosi
2010 Pei-Chen Hsu and Pei-Wen Winnie Ma
2009 Doris Chang

Fellowship details

AWARD: The $20,000 grant rotates among these three areas: research, training and service/practice. For information, visit here. Support for this program has been provided by the Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation and is administered by the American Psychological Foundation. APF is not accepting applications for the Okura fellowship at this time.

AAPA Dissertation Research Grant

AAPA students (Doctoral candidates) are eligible to apply for the AAPA Dissertation Research Grant. Students applying should have completed and passed a Proposal hearing. AAPA Dissertation Research Grant Proposals should be for the initiation or completion of a dissertation, which has implications for the field of Asian American Psychology. A grant will be awarded to the student with the most outstanding research proposal. There will also be two honorable mentions; all three students will present their research in a symposium at the next AAPA convention.

Past Recipients

2016 Tao Liu
2015 Alicia Ibaraki
2013 William Tsai
2012 Oh Myo Kim
2011 Lauren Berger
2009 Noriel Lim
2008 Manveen Dhindsa
2004 Pei-Wen Winnie Ma
2003 Sunna Jung

Grant details

AWARD: Students may apply for grants of up to $500 for a one-year period.

PROPOSALS: Proposals should be concise, no more than 5 double-spaced pages, exclusive of bibliography and instruments, and should include the following sections:

  • Abstract (one page or less, separate from the body of the proposal)
  • Problem or topic/Rationale
  • Brief overview of Theoretical/Conceptual Framework
  • Research design, including research questions, instruments and measures to be used, subject selection, data collection and analysis.
  • Anticipated results
  • Implications for Asian American Psychology
  • Budget plan

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS: 

  • Curriculum Vita
  • Recommendation from the sponsor/chair or advisor of the research project.

SUBMISSION: Submit one digital copy of the proposal (including supporting documents) to the to the AAPA Dissertation Research Grant Committee Hyung Chol (Brandon) Yoo, Ph.D. at yoo@asu.edu. One comprehensive Word of PDF file would be very much appreciated.

DEADLINE: ALL MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY April 1, 2016.

Winners will be announced at the annual AAPA Awards Banquet. Winners will present their research at the following AAPA annual convention.

The grant winner MUST submit a final report summarizing the results to the AAPA Executive Committee within 12 months of receipt of the grant.

AAPA Distinguished Contributions Award

AAPA formally recognizes members who have made Distinguished Contributions to psychological issues relevant to Asian American/Pacific Islander Americans in three areas: Scholarship, Practice, and Leadership.

Award Criteria

  1. Scholarship: contributions to the development of conceptual psychological schemes or theories; applications of research and theories; the integration of knowledge to provide greater understanding of Asian Americans.
  2. Practice: innovations and outstanding applications of the knowledge base in Asian American psychology; the development of programs, procedures, or technical skills in mental health, intergroup relations, and Asian American welfare.
  3. Leadership: activities related to furthering Asian American interests through legislative, legal, political, or organizational involvement; leadership in local, state, or federal organizations.

Previous Award Recipients

2016 Mary Ann Takemoto
2015 Alvin Alvarez
2013 Karen L. Suyemoto
2008 Gayle Iwamasa
2007 Davis Ying Ja and Vivan Ota Wang
2006 Lisa Suzuki
2005 Yu-Wen Ying
2004 Larke Huang and Jeffery Scott Mio
2003 John Moritsugu
2002 George Hong
2001 Jean Lau Chin
2000 Christine Iijima Hall
1999 Gordon Nagayama Hall
1998 Frederick Leong and Katsuyuki Sakamoto
1997 Yoshito Kawahara
1996 Maria P.P. Root
1995 Alice F. Chang
1994 Nolan Zane
1993 Harry Yamaguchi
1992 S. Andrew Chen
1991 Bertram Brown and Chalsa Loo
1990 Stanley Sue and Reiko True
1989 Derald Sue
1987 Patrick Okura and Richard Suinn
1985 Robert Chin

Nomination information

All materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair: Sumie Okazki, Ph.D. at sumie.okazaki@aapaonline.org by April 1, 2016, 5pm EST.

    1. A formal letter of nomination describing: (a) the qualifications of the for the award and (b) details of the specific contributions in relation to the award goals and criteria.
    2. At least one letter of recommendation (in addition to the nomination letter). The committee will accept up to 2 letters of recommendation.
    3. Nominee’s curriculum vita

Please put the name of the nominee and the title of the award in the subject line of the email.

AAPA Lifetime Achievement Award

The AAPA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes distinguished and exemplary long-term contributions to the field of Asian American Psychology from a senior level psychologist. Long-term is defined as a career spanning no less than 25 years.

Award Criteria

Scholarship: contributions to the development of conceptual psychological schemes or theories; applications of research and theories; the integration of knowledge to provide greater understanding of Asian Americans.
Practice: innovations and outstanding applications of the knowledge base in Asian American psychology; the development of programs, procedures, or technical skills in mental health, intergroup relations, and Asian American welfare.
Leadership: activities related to furthering Asian American interests through legislative, legal, political, or organizational involvement; leadership in local, state, or federal organizations.

Previous Lifetime Award Recipients

2015 Nolan Zane
2014 Larke Nahme Huang
2013 Frederick T. L. Leong and Gordon C. Nagayama Hall
2004 Alice F. Chang
2003 Reiko Homma-True
2000 Patrick Okura
1999 Richard Suinn
1993 Derald Wing Sue and Stanley Sue

Nomination information

All materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair: Sumie Okazaki, Ph.D. at sumie.okazaki@aapaonline.org by April 1, 2016, 5pm EST. Please put the title of the award in the “subject” headline of the email.

  1. A formal letter of nomination describing: (a) the qualifications of the person relative to the specific award goals and criteria and (b) detailing the specific contributions in relation to the award goals and criteria.
  2. At least one letter of recommendation (in addition to the nomination letter). The committee will accept up to 2 letters of recommendation.
  3. Nominee’s curriculum vita.

AAPA Early Career Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research*

The AAPA Early Career Award for Research recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of Asian American Psychology from a psychologist early in his or her career. The candidate may not be more than 8 years post-Ph.D. at the time of nomination. The awardees are honored during the AwardsBanquet at the annual AAPA Convention.

This award will be given to an early career psychologist who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in research and scholarship. (*Prior to 2013, this award category encompassed both research and service. Starting 2013, there are separate Early Career Awards for Distinguished Contribution to Research and for Distinguished Contribution to Service.)

Award Criteria

A qualified candidate must demonstrate achievement in one or more of the following areas: (a) development or advancement of psychological theories in Asian American psychology; (b) noteworthy research contributions that further the knowledge base of Asian American psychology.

Previous Award Recipients

2016 Shu-wen Wang
2015 Munyi Shea
2014 Derek Iwamoto
2013 Joyce Chu and E.J.R. David
2012 Y. Joel Wong
2011 Kevin Nadal and Hyung Chol (Brandon) Yoo
2010 Su Yeong Kim
2009 Meifen Wei and Wei-Ching Hwang
2008 Lawrence Yang
2005 Kevin M. Chun and Y. Barry Chung
2004 Alvin Alvarez
2003 Jeanne Tsai and Bryan Kim
2002 Richard Lee
2001 Jeanette Hsu and Christine Yeh
2000 Sumie Okazaki
1999 Gayle Iwamasa

Nomination information

All materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair: Sumie Okazaki, Ph.D. at sumie.okazaki@aapaonline.org by April 1, 2016, 5pm EST. Please put the title of the award in the “subject” headline of the email.

Required Materials:

  1. A formal letter of nomination must describe: (a) the qualification of the for the award and (b) details of the specific contributions to practice, advocacy, or leadership that merit the award. Self nominations are welcome.
  2. At least one letter of recommendation (in addition to the nomination letter). The committee will accept up to 2 letters of recommendation.
  3. Nominee’s CV

AAPA Okura Community Leadership Award

In recognition of the outstanding contributions and tireless support provided by K. Patrick Okura, his wife Lily, and the Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation, the AAPA Okura Community Leadership Award was created to recognize a leader who demonstrates outstanding community service and/or leadership that benefits the Asian American community. The awardees may come from a variety of disciplines including: psychology, social work, health, psychiatry, medicine, etc.

About K. Patrick Okura and Lily Okura

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K. Patrick Okura and his wife Lily had been married for just two months in December, 1941 when the U.S. War Department gave them four days to pack only what they could carry and sent them to live on an internment camp. Like thousands of other Japanese Americans, Okura was imprisoned immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor during an era when an Asian heritage was viewed as a threat to national security, an experience that has since stayed with him. In 1988, when the U.S. government paid the Okuras and all other former internment camp prisoners $20,000 each, they used that money, along with personal savings, to help today’s Asian-Pacific Americans, who they believe are imprisoned in a different way: The Okuras launched the Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation, which helps Asian-Pacific Americans overcome racial, sociopolitical, language and other barriers through its Week in Washington Leadership Seminar.

Okura had a long, highly successful career in mental health and has been a strong leader and pioneer for Asian-Pacific Americans throughout his life. Among many achievements, Okura worked at NIMH for 17 years, retiring in 1985. During his last four years, he directed the NIMH International Mental Health Program, visiting mental health agencies all over the world. He also helped found the Asian American Psychological Association. In recognition of the tireless support provided by K. Patrick Okura and the Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation, the Pat Okura Community Leadership Award was created for a professional or student who demonstrates outstanding community service and/or leadership that benefits the Asian American community. Awardees may come from a variety of disciplines including: psychology, social work, health, psychiatry, medicine, etc. The award recipient might be a senior leader in community mental health or an Asian American community organization whose leadership has benefited the Asian American community.

$1,000 plus travel stipend to present research at the 2016 AAPA Convention.

Previous Award Recipients

2016 Qian Lu & Jorge Wong
2013 Pawanjit Kalra
2009 Asuncion Austra
2008 Richard M. Lee
2005 Richard M. Suinn
2004 Barbara W. K. Yee
2002 Reiko True

Nomination information

All materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair: Sumie Okazaki, Ph.D. at sumie.okazaki@aapaonline.org by April 1, 2016, 5pm EST. Please put the title of the award in the “subject” headline of the email.

Nominations must include a nomination statement outlining the reasons for nominating the nominee and listing specific achievements.

  1. A formal letter of nomination describing: (a) the qualifications of the person relative to the specific award goals and criteria and (b) detailing the specific contributions in relation to the award goals and criteria.
  2. At least one letter of recommendation
  3. Nominee’s curriculum vita.

AAPA Early Career Award for Distinguished Contribution to Service

The AAPA Early Career Award recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of Asian American Psychology from a psychologist early in his or her career. The candidate may not be more than 8 years post-Ph.D. at the time of nomination. The awardees are honored during the Awards Banquet at the annual AAPA Convention.

This award will be given to an early career psychologist who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the areas of practice, advocacy, or leadership in applied (non-academic) settings.

Previous Award Recipients

2015 Richelle Concepcion
2013 Chun-Chung Choi

Award Criteria

A qualified candidate must demonstrate achievement in one or more of the following areas: (a) innovative and outstanding delivery of psychological services to Asian Americans ; (b) development of programs, procedures, or technical skills in mental health, intergroup relations, and Asian American welfare; (c) activities related to furthering Asian American interests through legislative, legal, political, or organizational involvement (including student and community organizations); (d) leadership in local, state, or federal organizations that serve the public interest of Asian Americans; (e) other advocacy work on behalf of Asian Americans (e.g., providing pro-bono work to Asian Americans whose access to services may be limited).

Nomination information

All materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair: Sumie Okazaki, Ph.D. at sumie.okazaki@aapaonline.org by April 1, 2016, 5pm EST. Please put the title of the award in the “subject” headline of the email.

Required materials:

  1. A formal letter of nomination must describe: (a) the qualification of the for the award and (b) details of the specific contributions to practice, advocacy, or leadership that merit the award. Self nominations are welcome.
  2. At least one letter of recommendation (in addition to the nomination letter). The committee will accept up to 2 letters of recommendation.
  3. Nominee’s CV

 

The Stephen C. Rose Scholarship for Psychology Research on Asian American Youth

The AAPA is proud to offer The Stephen C. Rose Scholarship for Psychology Research on Asian American Youth. Established by The Steve Fund, this scholarship is in memory of Stephen C. Rose whose passions included psychology, in which he attained a graduate degree. It seeks to encourage and promote research on psychological challenges confronting Asian American youth and young adults. This is an area of study which needs greater attention, particularly given the impact of societal issues such as racism, which have a negative effect on the mental health of Asian American college-aged youth.

The Steve Fund has established this annual award in recognition of the inspiration Stephen gave to all of those who knew him. Stephen was a young African American man who lived life with courage, determination, and compassion. He cared deeply about the well-being of others, therefore this fund was created by his family and friends to promote the mental and emotional
well-being of young people of color.

Award: $1,000 plus travel stipend to present research at the upcoming AAPA Convention.
Criteria: Graduate or Undergraduate student members of AAPA may apply

To Apply

To Apply:
• Must be a current student member of Asian American Psychological Association
• Submit a 500-word abstract of proposed research focused on the mental and emotional health
of Asian American students on college campuses
• Submit a 500-word personal statement that provides an overview and background of experience
and interest in the research topic, and background information in terms of where you are in your
studies.
• The recipient of this award will be expected to present the results of their work at an upcoming
AAPA convention

SUBMISSION: Submit one digital copy of the proposal (including supporting documents) to the to the Awards Committee Chair (One comprehensive Word or PDF file please), Hyung Chol (Brandon) Yoo, Ph.D. at yoo@asu.edu. Please put the name of the applicant and “The Steve Fund” in the subject line of the email.

Application Requirements:

A completed Application Package must consist of:

  1. Personal statement
  2. Research summary/abstract
  3. 1-page Letter of Support from Research Advisor/ Sponsor
  4. Unofficial copy of most recent transcript

DEADLINE: ALL MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY April 1, 2016, by 5pm EST.

Previous Award Recipients

2016 Ming-Che Tu