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2018 AAPA Election Results

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Thank you to everyone who voted in the 2018 AAPA Elections. We welcome the newly elected AAPA leadership team members:


President-Elect and Vice President-Elect: Richelle Concepcion and Nellie Tran (2018 – 2020)

Division Council Representative (CoR): Gagan “Mia” Khera (2018 – 2020)

Secretary/Historian: Gloria Wong-Padoonpatt (2018 – 2020)

Board of Director: Kim Langrehr (2018 – 2020)

Student Board of Director: Swapandeep “Swap” Mushiana (2018 – 2020)


We would also like to express our appreciation to the outgoing Board members for their excellent leadership on the AAPA Executive Committee:

Board of Director: Marcia Liu

Student Director: Ming Tu

Secretary/Historian: Amy Kobus

Division Council of Representative (CoR): Monique Shah Kulkarni.


Congratulations and we look forward to a wonderful year ahead with your leadership!

AAJP Vol. 9 No. 2 featuring “Community Violence Exposure and Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors Among Hmong Americans” by Kim-Ju, Goodman, and Her

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Asian American Journal of Psychology | June 2018 Issue
Feature Article & Table of Contents


Community Violence Exposure and Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors Among Hmong Americans
by Greg M. Kim-Ju, Zachary T. Goodman, and Susan Her

AAPA would like to congratulate the authors of “Community Violence Exposure and Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors Among Hmong Americans,” which has been chosen as the Feature Article of the June 2018 issue. Below is a brief biography of the lead author, Dr. Greg M. Kim-Ju, and some reflections on this research experience. We hope that the readers of AAJP will find this Feature and the rest of the issue’s articles to be informative and of benefit to their work. The Feature Article may be downloaded for free here, and the June 21 issue’s Table of Contents is at the end of this post.


Brief Biography of Dr. Greg M. Kim-Ju

Greg Kim-Ju received his BA in Psychology from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota and his Ph.D. in Cultural Psychology from Boston College. He later served as a community education volunteer for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. As a recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, he turned his attention to the ways in which young adults in South Korea grapple with their collective identities. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Kim-Ju served as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he examined demographic, educational, and economic characteristics of Asian Americans in Massachusetts. In the Department of Psychology at California State University, Sacramento, Dr. Kim-Ju has been teaching courses on Cross-Cultural Psychology, Multicultural Psychology, and Community Psychology, and Qualitative Research. He conducts research on ethnic identity and psychological correlates and prevention and intervention programs that address academic performance and at-risk behavior. He started the SEL Project, a high-impact and multi-component community mobilization effort aimed at facilitating social and emotional skills with K-12 students, to address bullying and academic issues in public schools.

Reflections from the Lead Author

Dr. Kim-Ju and his research team of Zachary T Goodman and Susan Her experienced firsthand what many multicultural psychologists experience in recruiting ethnic minority participants in psychology. They spent nearly a year recruiting Hmong American participants by attending a number of events and workshops and visiting organizations in the Hmong community in the Greater Sacramento area.


[Articles available on APA PsycNET]
FEATURE ARTICLE: Community Violence Exposure and Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors Among Hmong Americans [Free download of article]
Greg M. Kim-Ju, Zachary T. Goodman, and Susan Her

Campus Safety Experiences of Asian American and Asian International College Students
Cara S. Maffini

Internalization of the Model Minority Myth, School Racial Composition, and Psychological Distress Among Asian American Adolescents
Annabelle L. Atkin, Hyung Chol Yoo, Justin Jager, and Christine J. Yeh

Family Perfectionism, Shame, and Mental Health Among Asian American and Asian International Emerging Adults: Mediating and Moderating Relationships
Lei Wang, Y. Joel Wong, and Y. Barry Chung

Bilinear and Multidimensional Cultural Orientations and Indigenous Family Process Among Korean Immigrant Mothers and Fathers
Yoonsun Choi, You Seung Kim, Jeanette Park Lee, Hyunjee Kim, Tae Yeun Kim, and Su Yeong Kim

Asian American and European American Emerging Adults’ Perceived Parenting Styles and Self-Regulation Ability
Jillian J. Shen, Charissa S. L. Cheah, and Jing Yu

Color-Blind Racial Attitudes Scale for Asian Americans: Testing the Factor Structure and Measurement Invariance Across Generational Status
Brian TaeHyuk Keum, Matthew J. Miller, Minsun Lee, and Grace A. Chen

Ethnically Heterogeneous Friendships and Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety Among Filipino Americans
Janet Chang and Frank L. Samson


Read about the last issue of AAJP ‎
For more information on AAJP
Contact: Bryan S. K. Kim, Ph.D., Editor, Asian American Journal of

Vote now! Asian American Psychological Association – AAPA Executive Committee Election 2018

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You are invited to vote in the Asian American Psychological Association 2018 AAPA Executive Committee Election. The voting deadline is June 20 2018 11:45 pm Pacific Time (US & Canada). Check your email inbox for details. If you have election questions, feedback or want to be removed from future ballot lists, please email Amy Kobus at


Candidate Statements


President-Elect and Vice President-Elect Team

Slate 1: Richelle Concepcion and Nellie Tran

Richelle Conception: I am honored to announce my candidacy for AAPA president, alongside Dr. Nellie Tran.  As a Pinay psychologist with the U.S. Army, Officer in the Hawaii Air National Guard, and current Vice President of AAPA, my work is driven by a desire to build bridges for future leaders and give voice to those who feel unheard.  In the military setting, I have observed the inherent lack of diversity in a large organization that has been traditionally comprised of White straight men. I have advocated on behalf of patients who were victims of various types of discrimination, seeking to alleviate factors which contribute to their clinical concerns.

Within AAPA, I have served in increasingly complex and integral leadership positions over the past 12 years:  as a leader in two AAPA divisions (DoW, co-founder of DoFA),  chair of the convention planning team (2009-11), a Board Director (2011-13), and Vice President (2016-present).  These experiences have provided me with extensive knowledge about how AAPA operates and where improvements are necessary. Additionally, my responsibilities outside of AAPA also focus on empowering Filipino/a youth on Oahu with my recent involvement in the Filipino American National Historic Society – Hawaii Chapter.  I am a Life Foundation board member, an HIV/AIDS service agency in Honolulu and volunteer as a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Worker.

Dr. Tran and I currently co-chair the AAPA Leadership Fellows Program and established AAPA’s Student Leadership Institute.  Our vision for AAPA is to continue fostering leaders through these pipelines and build capacity to assist members seeking to become leaders outside of AAPA in their other organizations, schools, and communities.  I want to continue to build an inclusive AAPA where folks feel like their voices are heard and affirmed. Therefore, I plan to initiate a new cultural climate assessment to better understand the membership voice. I also plan to continue to push our definition of diversity deeper to reflect both ethnic/cultural diversity as well as professions and disciplines where Asian American mental health is relevant, including public health, ethnic studies, sociology, and education by seeking collaborations with other organizations.

Nellie Tran: It is with excitement that I announce my candidacy for AAPA Vice President, running in partnership with Dr. Richelle Concepcion’s candidacy for President. Over the last decade, I have served AAPA as the Finance Officer (2016-present); a Board Director (2013-15); on the convention planning committee (2008-10), and as co-chair of the Leadership Fellows Program (2014-present). Most recently, I envisioned, developed, and implemented the AAPA Graduate Student Leadership Institute. I am an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and School Psychology Department and the Research Director at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement at San Diego State University. My experiences as a Vietnamese American, Community Psychologist, researcher on microaggression interventions in education and counseling, and a director at a community mental health clinic have fostered my empathy and expertise of organizational effectiveness and transformative change. I believe that AAPA is an organization that can and should continue to welcome and serve all members, foster deeper connections, and create pipelines for diverse leaders and professionals. If elected, I would work with President Concepcion to further promote member involvement and voice, especially for those who continue to feel on the margins. I will strive to continue to build on AAPA’s fiscal health in ways that match our social justice values. My project ideas include supporting members via additional personal and professional development through webinars, project grants, and promoting collaborative partnerships among members. I also aim to expand our developing therapist referral system to be inclusive of consultants, speakers, and community organizers.

Slate 2: Ulash Thakore-Dunlap and Devika Srivastava

Ulash Thakore-Dunlap: I am honored to submit my nomination for AAPA President. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in the MA Counseling Psychology Program at Wright Institute, and am engaged in clinical practice. I joined AAPA in 2007, and it has become a community that is close to my heart. I know the organization well given my various leadership roles as: first Treasurer for the Division on South Asian Americans (DoSAA) in 2008, DoSAA Chair in 2011, Communications Officer for the Executive Committee in 2011-2014, and now member of the Board of Directors (2015-present). I also assisted in the formation of Division on Practice, and am the incoming Chair. Outside of AAPA, I am Co-Chair of the Mental Health Board of San Francisco, advising the Behavioral Health Director and Board of Supervisors about mental health funding, policy, and services. I also serve as Training Advisory Committee Member for APA Minority Fellowship Program. I seek presidency to continue AAPA’s amazing work and achievements, and to further grow and unite us. Honoring members, we must ensure all have a place at the leadership table. For example, in the 46-year history of AAPA we have NEVER had a South Asian President, and have only had 5 South Asian EC members.  My running mate, Devika Srivastava, brings a new perspective and shares with me a common vision of “AAPA For All.”

Devika Srivastava: I am running for Vice President because I truly support Ulash’s vision for collaborations and equality within the organization, unifying our voices. I am a Counseling Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, where I provide clinical services and supervision at Ben Taub Hospital – serving low SES people of color. Current leadership roles include Co-Chair of the AAPA Committee on Policy and Legal Cases and incoming Co-Chair for DoSAA. I was a clinical outcomes analyst with the Harris Center – conducting research serving underrepresented populations. I also have significant experience advocating for mental health legislation impacting Asian Americans.

To support our vision, we have three platforms:

Increase Collaboration: We will create collaboration. We envisage an AAPA where our elders and mid-level professionals will share their wisdom, feel included, and invested in our newer generations. Related, our students and young professionals feel mentored. To encourage interconnection, we will survey current members to understand what they most value in AAPA, using the results we will implement a member-driven plan. We also plan to conduct online member meetups and twitter chats. And we will foster deeper collaboration between AAPA divisions.

Increase Inclusion: We will create a taskforce to explore low rates of EC leadership participation among many groups (masters level practitioners, LGBTQ people, South Asian and Southeast Asian Americans, etc.). We will create leadership pipelines to increase representation and examine models for inclusion (i.e. provide portfolio development and expand fellowship program). Through our online presence, we will launch a campaign to highlight AAPA’s divergent voices and celebrate and recognize the achievements of our members.

Helping to Foster Growth: We believe that mentorship to all is of the utmost importance to strengthen AAPA. For our graduate students, we will continue to explore scholarship and mentorship opportunities, and new ways to support the Division on Students. We will expose AAPI youth to different career paths in psychology through increased social media presence, and providing mentorship.

Finally, if elected, Ulash will be the first South Asian and Master’s level professional to serve as President. We firmly believe it is time for AAPA to wholeheartedly embrace greater inclusion – sending a message that AAPA stands for dismantling hierarchies, and becoming the inclusive home we all know it can be.

-Ulash Thakore-Dunlap


Division Council Representative (CoR)

Candidate: Gagan “Mia” Khera

I am running for Chair/CoR Divisions for the AAPA. I am currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Curry College in Massachusetts. I am currently Chair of DoSAA the second oldest Division, and have been on the EC of DoSAA for the past 4 years. I am also a former AAPA Leadership fellow, and 15+ years back served as a site person for the AAPA conference in DC among other roles. I am passionate about serving AAPA in this position because I and others worked hard to help create the Council of Representatives for the Divisions. During its inception (based off of bylaws), I served as the interim chair, and helped organized and facilitate planning calls with Division leaders. During those calls we shared ideas and best practices and then because DoSAA was in a position of historical knowledge, I helped find a nomination for someone to serve as the CoR Chair. The bylaws state that the person cannot be serving a leadership position in a Division at the time, thus, not wanting to leave DoSAA during my term, I decided to wait until now for this amazing opportunity. I believe I can work hard to help the Divisions feel heard within AAPA and also relay information from the EC back to the Divisions.

Thank you,

Gagan “Mia” Khera, PhD



Candidate: Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt

It is my pleasure to accept the nomination for the position of AAPA Secretary/Historian. I am an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and my research program involves different aspects of Asian American mental health, specifically the stressful impact of microaggressions and gambling addiction. I have been an active member of AAPA for ten years and consider this organization my professional home. I started my AAPA journey as a student volunteer, and then over the years, I took on more leadership roles. I joined the Division on Students (DoS) my first year and later was appointed a board position. Upon receiving my Ph.D., I quickly transition to Convention Co-Chair. For the past two years, my overall service agenda (life focus) was planning the AAPA annual convention. It was tough, but I am deeply grateful for the experience. I expanded my professional networks exponentially and developed some life-long relationships. Most importantly, I learned the intricacies of the organization which equips me for this position. As Secretary/Historian, I plan on working closely with the other EC board members and supporting the missions of the AAPA President, President-elect, and Vice President.

Thank you for your time.

Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt



Candidate 1: Anindita Gangyly

I am nominating myself for the Board of Director position for the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) because I feel passionate about working the AAPA team in the areas of education, advocacy, research  and clinical application of Asian American psychology.  I bring ten years of direct clinical experience in community mental health and 8 years of teaching graduate students. I will also bring my current interagency collaboration experience as Associate Director of Training (ADOT) in American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University in Southern California. As ADOT, I have experience of serving as liaison with different training sites and agencies, and I can apply this experience to connecting as interagency liaison for the AAPA to other organizations. I also have strong interpersonal skills and I am a collaborative person. I am looking forward to working with the AAPA team in furthering the growth and success of this organization.

Thank you,

Anindita Gangyly


Candidate 2: Kim Langrehr

Kim Langrehr is a tenured, associate professor and training director of the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. For the past 12 years, Kim has been involved in professional service and community leadership through AAPA, the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP), and the international Korean adoptee community. In particular, Kim was one of six individuals selected to participate in SCP’s inaugural Leadership Academy, a task force designed to foster leadership skills in promising counseling psychologists. Based on this training, Kim chaired the early career psychologists committee for the 2014 SCP National Conference in Atlanta and became the co-chair of the SCP Adoption Research-Practice Special Interest group, a position that she continues to hold. Kim also currently serves on the advisory board of Korean Adoptees of Chicago (KAtCH), a 501c3 organization that she co-founded in 2008.

Kim joined AAPA in 2006 as a graduate student and subsequently volunteered to serve on AAPA’s convention planning committee in 2009. Since this time, Kim has continued to volunteer for various AAPA convention and planning tasks (i.e., proposal submissions, poster judging). As a tenure-track faculty member, Kim maintains an active research agenda that supports the lifespan experiences of Asian transnational adoptees and mentors doctoral students who are studying Asian American mental health. Given that AAPA has played an integral role in her professional development, Kim would like to support her community and use her skills to help support AAPA’s mission in effort to enhance the future of Asian American mental health.


Student Director

Candidate 1: Michelle Chan

It is my pleasure to nominate Michele Chan for AAPA’s Student Board of Directors position.  I have worked with Michele as her primary research advisor since she began our MA program in Fall 2016.  Michele’s research to date is innovative, thoughtful, and has the potential to make strong contributions to the field, particularly with respect to constructs of culture, race, and ethnicity and mental health among Asian American and Multiracial Asian American populations.

Michele has an impeccable work ethic and strong academic skills.  Her leadership and interpersonal abilities are also incredible.  She is responsible, committed, and able to get along well with others.  She has been a positive role model for the undergraduates in my lab, and has also demonstrated great mentoring skills as a Teaching Assistant.  Indeed, even a quick glance at Michele’s CV shows how deeply committed she is in service and in working with others.

Michele’s constant commitment to the field also shines through the internship and clinical work experiences that she has pursued.  I will be truly sorry to see her graduate this summer and move on to a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at UNC-Greensboro.  I know she will continue to grow and an opportunity to be involved with AAPA as a student representative would be fantastic, and hopefully a win-win for all involved!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or if I can provide any additional information.

Best regards,

Lisa Kiang, Ph.D.


Candidate 2: Balvinder “Nisha” Chaturvedi


I would like to nominate myself for student director position.

My legal name is Balvinder k Chaturvedi but I like to called by Nisha Chaturvedi.

I live in Conroe, Texas and currently work as an addiction counselor at a private practice. I work very closely with specialty courts (Drug and DWI). I am a single parent and Masters level clinical mental health counseling student at Lamar University. I have to repeat my masters as my education from India (Masters in Counseling) was not accepted as a norm. I plan to do Ph.D. once I graduate from Lamar ( Mar 2020). I also hold a diploma degree in M.B.A (human resources) from a reputed Indian University.  I was advised by my teacher to join AAPP because of my interest in helping Asian-American community around me. As a current student I would like represent students interest and continue what my predecessor has started and that is the presence of AAPP on social media. I am also available to assist in annual conference planning as needed. I would love to see students’ community receive some mentoring and internship opportunities and if possible have this information available to all student members at the time of joining AAPP.  I sincerely hope that I am considered for the position.

Thank you.


Nisha Chaturvedi

Mental Health Counseling Program

Lamar University


Candidate 3: Gabriel Corpus

I am a second year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at Palo Alto University and I am nominating myself for the student Board of Directors position on the AAPA Executive Committee. I am motivated to work alongside this committee because of my drive for working with AAPI communities. To effectively do this, I believe it is important to have a diverse training experience outside of class by being involved in leadership at the national level. As a student member of the Board of Director, I hope to experience how to manage a large organization like AAPA, inspire others to be interested in AAPI communities, and to further hone my current leadership abilities.

I believe I stand as a strong candidate because of my current experience as Co-Chair for the AAPA Education Committee (founded in 2017) and as a student representative for the Division of Filipino Americans (DOFA). As a Co-Chair of the Education Committee, I have managed our project to archive and disseminate AAPI mental health related information resources. As a DOFA representative, I connect students with similar Filipino interests and engage them in the field of Filipino American Psychology.

As a student member of the Board of Directors, my goal is to strengthen AAPA by fostering positive relationships with related psychology divisions and Asian related organizations outside APA. I believe a multidisciplinary approach to serving our community is important and creating bonds with other like-minded organizations will help AAPA grow. I hope you consider my nomination for this position.


Gabriel H. Corpus

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology

Palo Alto University


Candidate 4: Swapandeep “Swap” Mushiana


Past AAPA offices held (if any): None

Past contributions to AAPA and/or Asian American psychology: I was fortunately selected to AAPA’s inaugural Leadership Institute in 2017, and contributed to a student-led seminar on mentorship and leadership for the upcoming AAPA convention.

Goal statement: The central challenge for AAPA is maintaining core values while adapting to meet emergent membership needs. As a member of the Executive Committee, my focus will be to honor the collective wisdom of our membership and promote student perspectives to drive organizational development.

I approach the role of student representative with a learning orientation grounded in communication, engagement, and advocacy. I will use a stakeholder-driven approach to elicit feedback in order to accurately represent the perspectives of our students. In regards to communication, an iterative dialogue throughout my tenure on the EC will produce a clear understanding of the challenges students face when progressing through the field of mental health and social services. It will be a priority to collaborate across divisions and engage with all disciplines within AAPA to identify common challenges students face. My hope is to create a shared vision to guide my advocacy and service for students within AAPA.

As student representative, it is vital to continue to build the initiatives of my predecessors such as maintaining a strong social media presence to connect students across the organization. I will use formal assessments and informal processes to be responsive to issues salient for our membership. By keeping my pulse on the desires for students, the initiatives will reflect feedback from members that may center around general/professional development, mentorship, and community.

My overall objective is to bring a strong student voice to the EC to help create an organizational home that students continually return to as they become professionals. I would be an immense honor to represent the lifeline of our evolving organization. Thank you for your consideration.

Swapandeep Singh Mushiana

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology

School of Nursing and Health Professions

University of San Francisco


Candidate 5: Van Phan

My name is Van Phan and I am a third-year graduate student in the University of South Carolina’s (USC) Clinical-Community psychology doctoral program. Before attending USC, I earned my Bachelor’s in Psychology at Georgia State University where I worked as a research assistant under Dr. Wing Yi Chan. Outside of research, I actively engaged with community partners, working towards the betterment and empowerment of ethnic minority communities and first-generation youth. Through these community connections, I secured a position at Asian Americans Advancing Justice’s Atlanta branch as a research fellow and Vietnamese outreach specialist. These foundational experiences shaped the research that I currently engage in which focuses on risk/resilience and protective factors behind the disparities of disadvantaged and underserved populations.


I was a participant in AAPA’s inaugural Graduate Student Leadership Institute, a two-day intensive leadership building and networking experience. As Student Director, I would promote the values touched upon at the institute, focusing on equity and inclusion. As a Vietnamese American based in the U.S. Southeast, I would like for others at the fringe of AAPA to feel like they have equal opportunity to engage effectively with the organization. To that effort, I would like to assist in improving outreach and sense of community within AAPA, especially for student members. I would also like to continue maintaining our social media presence. Overall, I would like to accurately represent and highlight student interests while advancing the mission and values of AAPA. Thank you for considering me for this role!

Van Phan

Doctoral Student in Clinical-Community Psychology

University of South Carolina



AAPA 2018 Annual Convention: Call for Proposals

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(NEW THIS YEAR: The 2018 AAPA Convention has its own website! Please see details below for link and proposal submission instructions.)



August 8, 2018

San Francisco, California





Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST


**Proposals that address the convention theme will be prioritized**

**Given our tight timeline, we are NOT able to extend the submission deadline this year**


  1. To submit an abstract, you must first create an account by registering on this page: (
  2. After registering, Dryfta (portal company) will email you a temporary password, which you will use to sign in to the system for the first time. You will be prompted to change your password.
  3. After you are logged in, click on “Abstract Submissions” at the top of the page and follow the template to complete and submit your abstract proposal.





Centering and Uplifting our Intersecting Voices

This year’s theme continues to build on previous convention themes with the goal of encouraging necessary and difficult conversations that can strengthen research, practice, and advocacy efforts in Asian American mental health. Our theme for this year focuses on individual and community empowerment that centers around (re)claiming space, uplifting our voices, and acknowledging all the intersecting identities that make us unique. Intersectionality is defined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw as “how overlapping or intersecting social identities, particularly minority identities, relate to systems and structures of oppression, domination, or discrimination.” Our hope is that this theme will be a call to action to honor those that inspire us to keep fighting for our values and beliefs while acknowledging the efforts of AAPA’s current and past members.


“Throwing rocks, building bridges” is a tribute to the past, present, and future of AAPA. We stand upon the shoulders of our elders – the ones who have provided the rocks necessary for the current generation to throw. As rock throwers and agitators, the current generation pushes the boundaries necessary to successfully propel AAPA into the future, with the recognition that we are in the same fight. Our elders laid the foundation from where we build the bridges to our common goals. By encouraging members to acknowledge our past and present, we aim to move towards breaking down walls and building bridges between AAPI and other groups, our multiple identities, and subgroups within AAPA in celebration for the future of our organization.


We are seeking proposals that draw attention to the experiences of those with multiple intersecting identities,  underrepresented Asian American groups (e.g., South Asians, Southeast Asians, Filipinos, religious minorities, LGBTQIA+, international folks), as well as those that bridge past AAPI research or clinical applications with present or future directions. In addition, we are interested in submissions that focus on collaborative projects (both nationally and internationally), interdisciplinary scholarship, multicultural perspective, cross-cultural psychology, and other works that further social justice movements. We encourage submissions from researchers, community leaders and activists, mental health providers, and educators who work with underrepresented communities. Moreover, we welcome submissions from professionals and scholars in allied fields (e.g., Anthropology, Asian American Studies, Communication, Education, History, Law, Nursing, Political Science, Public Health, Psychiatry, Social Work, and Sociology) with whom we collaborate and whose work informs Asian American mental health.


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

  • Intersections of social identities such as race, gender, and sexual orientation (examining complexities of our different identities, focus on the different experiences)
  • Research/outreach with underrepresented AAPI groups (Southeast Asian, Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ, etc.)
  • Collaborative and interdisciplinary work examining the diversity of the AAPI community
  • Exploration and examination of existing research, conceptual, and/or therapeutic models with AAPI groups and adaptations/supplements to such models (e.g., cultural adaptations to cognitive behavioral therapy models, using both minority stress and intersectionality frameworks in research and/or clinical work)
  • Research, outreach and other topics involving the LGBTQIA+ communities
  • Social reform, public policy, and political action (involvement of AAPIs in current national and international political movements)
  • Social justice and equity
  • Immigration, immigration reform, needs and challenges of immigrant communities (examination of different adaptation experiences, process of acculturation, code switching, etc.)
  • Identity development across different racial/ethnic minority groups (while incorporating intersectionality such as racial and ethnic identity development at different ages/across the lifespan, intersections of race/ethnicity and gender identity development, etc.)
  • Experiences of  intersectional microaggression and other forms discrimination (e.g., gendered racism, sexualized racism, generational differences across experiences of discrimination, international perspectives on discrimination and microaggressions)  
  • Inter/within group conflicts; intergroup coalitions
  • Mental health and health disparities (research, outreach, programs that focus on access to care)
  • Increasing visibility in the education system and clinical and counseling settings
  • Multicultural, and polycultural perspectives
  • Increasing visibility of AAPIs with multiple heritages


Who May Submit

Individuals (AAPA members and non-members) at all levels of training (professional, graduate level, and undergraduate level), including non-psychologists interested in mental health issues affecting AAPIs are encouraged to submit proposals. We particularly encourage submissions from those interested in AAPI mental health who have not previously participated in AAPA conventions. 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 other organizations, including but not limited to, the Association of Black Psychologists, Society of Indian Psychologists, and the National Latina/o Psychological Association.


While there is no limit to the total number of submitted proposals per person, individuals can only be the first author of one proposal submission. In the event that multiple first author submissions are received from 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 April 15th, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST
  • All presenters are required to officially register for the convention


Types of Submissions

  • Interactive Sessions: In a typical 90-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 Yun Garrison at .

  • Difficult Dialogues: In this 90-minute session, a facilitator engages participants in a meaningful

dialogue about issues that are difficult to discuss in everyday conversations. Proposal submissions must delineate how facilitators will establish and manage a safe space that promotes respectful expression of opposing views, and provides an environment in which differing perspectives are defended, heard, and considered by participants who hold conflicting cultural values and ideas.  For questions about submitting a difficult dialogue session proposal, please contact Sessions Co-Chair Yun Garrison at .

  • Symposia: In a typical 90-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 Yun Garrison at .

  • Posters: Posters are displayed to disseminate information on various conceptual and/or empirical reports.

During the designated 90-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-Chairs are Iris Miao at and Dieu Truong at


Guidelines for Proposals

  • All online proposals will need to include:
  • Contact information for each presenter
  • Abstract (500 to 700 words) with no author names
  • Program Summary (50 to 100 words) with no author names
  • 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 that may be eligible to award Continuing Education units (CEs), individual authors will be contacted to provide additional information.
  • Submission outcomes will be sent via email by May 5th, 2018.


Proposal Rating Criteria

Proposals will be rated based on the following criteria:

  • Relationship to convention theme
  • Relevance/timeliness of topic
  • Membership appeal
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Scientific/empirical soundness (for research symposia and posters)
  • Adequacy of strategy for involving audience (for interactive sessions and difficult dialogues)
  • Contribution to the field


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 PowerPoint presentations will be provided. Requests for additional AV equipment will be addressed after the final selection of presenters has been decided.


Visit the 2018 AAPA Convention website at for more information.. For all other questions regarding the 2018 AAPA Convention, please email one of this year’s co-chairs, Nic Rider at or Justine Fan at

AAJP 2016 Best Paper Award

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Asian American Journal of Psychology | 2016 Best Paper Award

AAJP 2016 Best Paper Award Winner:
“You’re Asian; You’re supposed to be smart”: Adolescents’ experiences with the Model Minority Stereotype and longitudinal links with identity
by Taylor Thompson, Lisa Kiang, and Melissa R. Witkow

(from: Asian American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 108-119.

AAPA would like to congratulate the authors of “‘You’re Asian; You’re supposed to be smart’: Adolescents’ experiences with the Model Minority Stereotype and longitudinal links with identity,” for winning the AAJP 2016 Best Paper Award. The article was published in the June 2016 issue of Asian American Journal of Psychology. The award winners were announced at the 2017 AAPA Convention Awards Banquet by Dr. Bryan Kim, Editor of AAJP. Below is a brief biography of the authors, Drs. Taylor Thompson, Lisa Kiang, and Melissa Witkow, and their reflections on this research experience. AAPA would like to thank and recognize the award winners and all authors who continue to make outstanding contributions to AAJP.

Brief Biography of Dr. Taylor Thompson

Taylor L. Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in psychology and English—creative writing. She received a master’s in psychology from Wake Forest University and a doctorate in counseling psychology and school psychology from Florida State University. She currently serves as a licensed psychologist for Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics in Jacksonville, Florida. Her research interests and projects have focused on the experiences of youth from diverse backgrounds, including Asian American adolescents, gifted and talented children, and college students with disabilities.

Brief Biography of Dr. Lisa Kiang

Lisa Kiang is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Wake Forest University. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Denver and received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her primary research interests are in the intersections of self and identity, family and social relationships, and culture, with a focus on adolescents from immigrant and ethnic minority backgrounds. Major themes include relational or contextual influences on identity formation, and culturally protective factors in promoting development and well-being.


Brief Biography of Dr. Melissa Witkow (Not Pictured)

Melissa R. Witkow is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Willamette University. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UCLA and her B.A. in Psychology from Pomona College. In her research, she studies the intersection between peer relationships and academic motivation and achievement during adolescence, and how adolescents from diverse backgrounds negotiate the demands in their lives.


Reflections from the Lead Author
This study grew out of a thesis project that began in our lab a decade ago. As I was first learning about the model minority stereotype, one of the things that struck me was the stereotype’s lengthy history. As stated in the paper, stereotypes of Asian Americans as an industrious wonder group grew out of Chinese immigration in the 19th century. The idea that the thoughts of people over 150 years ago could shape how people treat each other now—like some sort of strange cultural heirloom—interested me almost as much as how the stereotype has evolved over time. Asian immigrants and their ancestors have been viewed as everything from threatening invaders to pleasant high-achievers in America based on what was convenient in the sociopolitical context. After learning all of this, my biggest questions became how youth exposed to such a shifting image felt about it and how the image affected their views of themselves and their backgrounds.

To put this idea into action, our initial data collection involved putting some miles on the car traveling to a network of schools in North Carolina, some of which had relatively low densities of Asian American students. Our procedure involved calling down eligible students to a common area in the school (e.g., cafeteria, library). One distinct impression I remember was worrying over the students feeling singled out. Indeed, some appeared nervous or made jokes about being gathered in this way. However, others appeared to feel a sense of pride in being called upon as experts of their own experiences. Our co-author, Lisa, remembers many students feeling pleased that they were being studied and that someone cared about their thoughts and feelings. Either way, the data collection experience really made me take pause and wonder how the salience of this Asian American identity fluctuated for these teenagers minute-to-minute, day-to-day, and in different periods in their lives. Reflecting back now, I wonder what the study results would look like if we started over again today? Given what we know about model minority myths being propped up during times of racial tension, I wonder if the current adolescent generation’s awareness of stereotyping and the salience of their identities has changed materially from our initial group, even just 10 years later? I suppose research on an anthropological artifact like a stereotype will always be a moving target. People constantly change, and so do their opinions and relationships. Luckily for us social science researchers, there will always be ongoing questions to ask!


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2017 AAPA Inaugural Class of Graduate Student Leadership Institute participants

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AAPA Leadership Program Chairs, Drs. Richelle Concepcion and Nellie Tran are pleased and excited to introduce the Inaugural AAPA Graduate Leadership Institute participants!

The leadership institute is an intentional effort to bring AAPA student members together for a 2-day intensive leadership building and networking experience. The Leadership Institute brings individuals together for an intensive period in order to facilitate networking and bonding that will hopefully allow students to continue to work together and support one another.

Please join us in congratulating this outstanding group of people!

The selection process was highly competitive as we received applications from several exceptional candidates. We strongly encourage folks who’ve sought additional supports and opportunities to engage in work they find meaningful outside of their home graduate programs to consider applying next year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Richelle Concepcion or Dr. Nellie Tran.

AAPA Press Release: DACA Repeal Is Harmful for Immigrant Mental Health

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DACA Repeal Is Harmful for Immigrant Mental Health



September 6, 2017

Contact: Kevin Nadal, Ph.D.,

President, Asian American Psychological Association |

NEW YORK: The Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) strongly condemns the repeal of Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals. With this recent decision, 800,000 DREAMers, who arrived to the U.S. as children, will no longer be protected under federal law and may be deported after 6 months. It is estimated that 16,000 young Asian Americans are currently DACA recipients, and that only about a quarter of eligible Korean (24%), Filipino (26%), and Asian Indians (28%) even applied for the program in the first two years. Thus, there are thousands of other undocumented Asian Americans who could have benefitted from this program.

AAPA recognizes that Asian Americans have experienced many discriminatory immigration laws throughout history- including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 (which was the first ban of immigrants from any country and had permanently prevented all Chinese people from entering the US); the Asian Exclusion Act of 1924 (which limited the number of immigrants to 2% of the total number of people from that country already in the US); the Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1934 (which set a quota of 50 Filipinos per year); and the Luce–Celler Act of 1946 (which set an annual quota of 100 for Asian Indians and Filipinos). Due to anti-Asian sentiment, the Filipino Repatriation Act of 1935 provided government funding for transportation to Filipino who promised to never return to the US. However, the majority stayed because they wanted the chance to fulfill their American dreams, and the Supreme Court found the legislation to be unconstitutional.


While the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 put an end to immigration quotas, we must remember the history of immigration for Asian Americans – in order to contextualize, and empathize with, DACA recipients and other DREAMers today. Like these earlier immigrants from Asia and other countries who came without documentation, DREAMers merely want the opportunity to thrive in the land of opportunity. DACA recipients are teachers, attorneys, community organizers, health care workers, students, and more. They came to this country as children; they are just as American as those who are born in the US. While there is no logical reason to repeal this program, there are dozens of reasons of why it would be bad for our country – economic loss, dismantled families, mental health consequences for all involved, and more. These Americans should not be criminalized. They did nothing wrong. They cannot be “sent home”; the US is their home.


AAPA calls on our U.S. Congress to stop the repeal of DACA, as it threatens the mental health of undocumented families and of all immigrants in general. In his recent essay, Dr. E.J. David, an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska describes the detrimental impact of discrimination on the mental health of immigrants.  He urges: “The U.S. Congress has the power to relieve at least 800,000 people and their families the burden of carrying unnecessary stress. Our elected representatives have the power to stop the stress and its many negative consequences. They have the power to stop the oppression.”


Finally to all DREAMers and other undocumented Americans, AAPA pledges to support you; stand with you; and fight with you. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently stated, “No one is free until we are all free.”


The mission of the Asian American Psychological Association is to advance the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.


AAJP Vol. 8, No. 3, featuring “Perspectives on Work and Work-related Challenges among Asian Americans with Psychiatric Disabilities” by Milner and Kim

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Asian American Journal of Psychology | September 2017 Issue
Feature Article & Table of Contents


Perspectives on Work and Work-related Challenges among Asian Americans with Psychiatric Disabilities
by Uma Chandrika Millner and Min Kim

AAPA would like to congratulate the authors of “Perspectives on Work and Work-related Challenges among Asian Americans with Psychiatric Disabilities,” which has been chosen as the Feature Article of the September 2017 issue. Below is a brief biography of the lead author, Dr. Uma Chandrika Millner, and some reflections on this research experience. We hope that the readers of AAJP will find this Feature and the rest of the issue’s articles to be informative and of benefit to their work. The Feature Article may be downloaded for free here, and the September 2017 issue’s Table of Contents is at the end of this post.


Brief Biography of Dr. Uma Chandrika Millner

Dr. Uma Chandrika Millner works as a Research Scientist at Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and recently joined Lesley University as Assistant Professor. Social justice and multiculturalism form the foundations of her work. Her research interests focus on the community engagement of diverse groups of individuals with psychiatric disabilities with a specific focus on work and employment and Asian mental health.


Reflections from the Lead Author

While exploring ideas for his postdoctoral project, Dr. Min Kim first proposed a replication of my Meaning of Work (MoW) study with Asian Americans with psychiatric disabilities. In response, I recall insisting “Let’s make this as simple and uncomplicated as possible.” The MoW study had a complex design combining consensual qualitative research procedures (CQR) with a participatory component. Anyone who has trained and supervised peers in conducting CQR procedures will know how I felt. With large gaps in the psychosocial rehabilitation literature on Asian Americans with psychiatric disabilities, it can be rather tempting to conduct a behemoth of a project. As a researcher from a minority background, it is really hard to resist this temptation. So instead, I insisted on an unambitious study design with a quick turnaround time. We finally agreed on a study that would build on the MoW project and compare the work perspectives of Asian American and White Americans with psychiatric disabilities. However, “simple” turned out to be far more complicated. We could not find a reliable and valid instrument to meet our needs. On top of that, we could not shake the compelling desire to represent the lived experiences of Asian Americans with psychiatric disabilities without which the study just did not seem complete. Hence, the final version of our project evolved to being a mixed methods study that included instrument development, group comparison, and qualitative inquiry procedures. I suppose some lessons in life are not easily learned. To quote Master Oogway (Kungfu Panda), “One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.” The art of simplicity is definitely a work in progress for me . Nonetheless, we are very pleased to be able to share our work and bring this project to the next level. Dr. Kim is already developing the instrument further and we are working on plans to address the community integration needs of Asian American individuals with psychiatric disabilities.


[Articles available on APA PsycNET]
FEATURE ARTICLE: Perspectives on Work and Work-Related Challenges Among Asian Americans With Psychiatric Disabilities [Free download of article]
Uma Chandrika Millner, and Min Kim

Does Emotion Regulation Moderate the Discrimination-Adjustment Link for Adopted Korean American Adolescents? Yekun Qin, Adam Y. Kim, Jenny C. Su, Alison W. Hu, and Richard M. Lee

Latent Profiles of Acculturation and Their Implications for Health: A Study With Asian Americans in Central Texas.
Yuri Jang, Nan Sook Park, David A. Chiriboga, and Miyong T. Kim

Traumatic Experiences and Associated Symptomatology in Asian American Middle School Students.
Elizabeth Davies-Mercier, Michelle W. Woodbridge, W. Carl Sumi, S. Patrick Thornton, Katrina D. Roundfield, Terrence Lee-St. John, Kristen M.Rouspil, and Jennifer Yu

Help-Seeking and Coping Behaviors Among Asian Americans: The Roles of Asian Values, Emotional Intelligence, and Optimism.
Nina Lei, and John Pellitteri

Searching for Connection—Finding Resolution: A Grounded Theory Analysis of Writings of Korean American Adopted Adults.
Oh Myo Kim, Kevin C.Hynes, and Richard M. Lee

The Response to Rural-to-Urban Migration and Other Life Stressors in Shanghai: Effects on Physical and Psychological Well-Being Among Parents of Young Children
Wen-Jui Han, Judith Siegel, and Liwei Zhang


Read about the last issue of AAJP…y-milner-and-kim/
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