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2015 Convention CFP now available

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The 2015 AAPA Convention Call for Proposals is now available! This year’s conference will take place on August 5, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We are excited about the theme, “Perspectives Across the Lifespan: Toward a More Holistic Understanding of Asian American Psychology” and hope to receive a variety of proposals across the discipline of Asian American Psychology.

Download the Call for Proposals here:

Submission deadline: JANUARY 30, 2015

2014 Convention Keynote Speaker – KIRAN AHUJA

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Kiran Ahuja was appointed on December 14, 2009 to the position of Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), housed in the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she is responsible for directing the efforts of the White House Initiative and the Presidential Advisory Commission on AAPIs to advise federal agency leadership on the implementation and coordination of federal programs as they relate to AAPIs across executive departments and agencies. The White House Initiative on AAPIs works with these entities to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through increased access to, and participation in, federal programs in which they may be underserved.

For almost twenty years, Ms. Ahuja has dedicated herself to improving the lives of women of color in the U.S. Well-known as a leader among national and grassroots AAPI and women’s rights organizations, Ms. Ahuja served as the founding Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) from 2003-2008. Through her leadership, Ms. Ahuja built NAPAWF from an all-volunteer organization to one with a paid professional staff who continue to spearhead successful policy and education initiatives, expanded NAPAWF’s volunteer chapters and membership, and organized a strong and vibrant network of AAPI women community leaders across the country.

Ms. Ahuja grew up in Savannah, Georgia, where her understanding of race, gender and ethnicity was formed as a young Indian immigrant. She attended Spelman College, an historically black college, and the University of Georgia School of Law. Following law school, she was chosen as one of five Honors Program trial attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, where she litigated education-related discrimination cases and filed the Department’s first peer-on-peer student racial harassment lawsuit. In addition, she participated in the Division’s National Origin Working Group as part of a core group of attorneys who organized response efforts for the Division after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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.

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:
  • 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

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.