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2013 AAPA awards: Call for nominations (deadline June 3)

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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 AwardsBanquet 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.

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).

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

All materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair: Sumie Okazaki at sumie.okazaki@nyu.edu by June 3, 2013, 5pm EST.

 

 

AAPA Early Career Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research

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 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.

A qualified candidate must demonstrate outstanding contribution 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.

For the list of previous awardees, see “Awards for Members” under JOIN.

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 research and scholarship 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

All materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair: Sumie Okazaki at sumie.okazaki@nyu.edu by June 3, 2013, 5pm EST.

 

 

AAPA Distinguished Contributions Award

AAPA formally recognizes members who have made Distinguished Contributions to psychological issues relevant to Asian American and Pacific Islander Americans. The awardees are honored during the Awards Banquet at the annual AAPA Convention.  A qualified candidate must have demonstrated distinguished contribution in one or more of the following areas:

  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.

For the list of previous awardees, see “Awards for Members” under JOIN.

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 scholarship, practice, and/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

All materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair: Sumie Okazaki at sumie.okazaki@nyu.edu by June 3, 2013, 5pm EST.

 

AAPA Lifetime Achievement

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.  The areas of contributions for thisaward are similar to those for the Distinguished Contributions Award, namely Scholarship, Practice, and Leadership.  The awardees are honored during the Awards Banquet at the annual AAPA Convention.

The award is given only occasionally, and to-date there has been only 5 recipients of this prestigious award from the Association.

For the list of previous awardees, see “Awards for Members” under JOIN.

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.
  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

All materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair: Sumie Okazaki at sumie.okazaki@nyu.edu by June 3, 2013, 5pm EST

It Takes a Village: The Immediate Mental Health Response to the Oak Creek Sikh Temple Shootings

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A thoughtful reflection on the Oak Creek Sikh Temple shootings which occurred on August 5, 2012. This story was written by AAPA member Puni Kalra for the organization Counselors Helping (South) Asian/Indians, Inc (CHAI).

By Puni Kalra

On Sunday, August 5, 2012, at approximately 10:30 am, a gunman arrived at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and killed 7 people, including himself. I was sitting in my home in Aurora, Colorado that morning and learned of the event as I was scanning my Facebook newsfeed. I immediately ran to the television and could not believe what I was seeing…swat teams at a Gurdwara and images of Sikh men, women, and children in distress. It was utterly heartbreaking. I went numb for the next 24 hours.

The following night, I called my childhood friend in Chicago to process what had happened. We were both still in shock. Having grown up in the Sikh community and going to youth camps since the age of six, this hit very close to home in every way — physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The Gurdwara was my second home, and even though I may have grown up in Chicago and this was an hour away, it didn’t matter. This was still my Gurdwara and the people that were affected were my Sikh brothers and sisters.

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Okura Foundation Fellowship awarded

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Congratulations to Dr. Cindy H. Liu, Ph.D and Dr. Huijun Li for receiving this year’s AAPA-APF Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation Fellowship. The AAPA-APF Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation Fellowship supports psychology’s efforts to benefit the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community research on issues specific to the AAPI community, training of providers to support the AAPI community, service/practice programs for the AAPI community.

The AAPA-APF Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation Fellowship increases understanding, treatment, services and training to help generate a healthy, robust, and highachieving AAPI population. One $20,000 research grant annually.

The purpose of Dr Liu’s and Dr. Li’s project is to evaluate the mental health knowledge and attitudes of parents of Chinese American youth and to determine the efficacy of psycho-educational workshops on community groups of Chinese American parents. The proposal is concerned with parents of Chinese American youth for the following reasons. First, Asian Americans, including Chinese Americans, tend not to utilize mental health services unless problems escalate and become very severe. In particular, the stigma of mental illness plays a prominent role in how parents may recognize and obtain help for their children. Second, the onset of severe mental illnesses such as psychosis and depression largely occurs during adolescence, a period during which parents may attribute changes in mental health status to typical developmental changes such as transitions with social or school functioning.

Given that Chinese American parents are often receptive to parent education programs aimed toward improving their children’s functioning (especially their academic functioning), the propose to design and conduct psycho-educational workshops that increase mental health knowledge and improve mental health attitudes. Dr. Liu and Dr. Li are particularly interested in evaluating the design of a culturally based workshop (e.g., a workshop that targets culturally based concerns (e.g., stigma) and goals (e.g. academic achievement). Through such a workshop, the hope is to promote mental health knowledge in Chinese American parents of youth that could be applied across different cultural communities.

Dr. Liu is the Director of Multicultural Research, Commonwealth Research Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Assistant Research Professor, Department of Psychology at University of Massachusetts Boston.

Dr. Huijun Li, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology at Florida A&M University and Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

2013 Convention Call for Proposals

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As research, practice, and community work evolve to address the unique needs of the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) population, the 2013 Asian American Psychological Convention theme, “Social Justice and Prevention: Strengthening Our Community,” will reflect such efforts.  This year’s convention will invite programs addressing advocacy, equity, and fairness in the health care system, intergroup and community relations, and preventative efforts in reducing disparities between AAPIs and other social groups.

We are seeking submissions that highlight achievements in the field of AAPI psychology, innovative approaches in working with AAPI individuals, and collaborative partnerships with allied professions such as Asian American Studies, Education, History, Law, Nursing, Psychiatry, Public Health, Social Work, and Sociology.

Proposals may address, but are not limited to, the following topics within AAPI psychology:

  • Practice, policy, and research efforts to address or prevent health disparities in AAPI communities and understand the diversity of experiences within the AAPI community
  • Collaborative, interdisciplinary research assessing the physical and mental health needs of AAPIs, including topics such as critical race theory and Asian American studies
  • Interventions (clinical, educational, community-based) that address the unique needs of AAPIs
  • Mentoring/leadership and community-based programs engaged in fostering the development of AAPI youth, families, and scholars

Who May Submit

AAPA members at all levels of training (professional, graduate level, and undergraduate level), including non-psychologists interested in psychological issues affecting AAPIs are encouraged to submit proposals. Non-AAPA members at all levels may also submit proposals. We particularly encourage submissions from those interested in AAPI psychology who have not previously participated in AAPA conventions, and practitioners, scholars, and researchers from the Hawaii region.  Because strengthening the diversity of our colleagues in other organizations is of particular importance for psychologists of color, we strongly encourage submissions from members of the Association of Black Psychologists, Society of Indian Psychologists, and the National Latina/o Psychological Association.

  • There is no limit to the number of submitted proposals per individual.
  • Individuals, however, can only be the first author of one proposal submission. In the event that multiple first author submissions are received by an individual, the committee will review only the first proposal received.  Exempted from this rule are presenters who are invited speakers.
  • Deadline for all submissions is March 23, 2013 at 11:00 p.m. PST
  • Please submit presentations at: http://forms.apa.org/aapa/
  • All presenters are required to officially register for the convention

Types of Submissions

  • Interactive Sessions: In a typical 60-minute session, a facilitator introduces the topic and sets up a context for subsequent discussions and interactions among participants.  For questions about submitting an interactive session proposal, please contact Sessions Co-Chair Nicole Rider.
  • Symposia: In a typical 60-minute symposium, three or four presentations are given around a common theme.  An expert discussant may provide feedback.  The symposium proposal submission must include one program summary that integrates the multiple presentations within the session.  It must also clearly indicate the titles and contents of each presentation within the symposium.  A chair for the symposium must be named on the application portal.  No individual paper proposals for symposium presentations are accepted.  For questions, please contact Sessions Co-Chair Nicole Rider.
  • Posters: Throughout the day, posters are displayed to disseminate information on various conceptual and/or empirical reports.  During the designated 60-minute poster session, participants are invited to interact with poster presenters.  Single research papers should be submitted as posters. For questions, please contact Poster Session Co-Chair Seung Yu at seung.b.yu@gmail.com.

Guidelines for Proposals

All online proposals should include:

  1. Contact information for the presenters
  2. Abstract (50 to 100 words) with no author names
  3. Program Summary (500 to 700 words) with no author names
  4. 3-4 Learning Objectives (not required for poster submissions)

Proposals will be sent for anonymous reviews.  As such, the Abstract and Program Summary should not include identifying information of the author(s) and/or presenter(s).

Submitters will be notified by email upon receipt of their proposal.

For submissions highlighted as being potential programs which can award Continuing Education units (CEUs), individual authors will be contacted to provide additional information.

Submission outcomes will be sent via email by the end of April 2013.

Additional Information

Presenters should bring their own laptops (those with Mac laptops should bring the appropriate adaptor to connect to the LCD projector).  LCD projectors for power point presentations will be provided.  Requests for additional AV equipment will be addressed after the final selection of presenters has been decided.

For all other questions regarding the 2013 AAPA Convention, please email one of this year’s co-chairs, Matthew Lee or Anjuli Amin.