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The Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests (CNPAAEMI) in collaboration with the Society of Counseling Psychology is launching a yearlong, interorganizational Leadership Development Institute (LDI). CNPAAEMI consists of the following national associations: Asian American Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologists, National Latina/o Psychological Association, Society of Indian Psychologists, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues – Division 45 of the American Psychological Association (APA). The inaugural meeting will take place as a special preconference activity at the Biennial Conference of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, May 24, 2012. The LDI is funded by the CNPAAEMI organizations, Division 17 and APA’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology.

The CNPAAEMI LDI aims to: (a) Create a mechanism for identifying and/or attracting racially and ethnically diverse psychologists and mental health professionals to become active participants in CNPAAEMI and its respective organizations; (b) Foster and support culturally grounded leadership skills among psychologists and mental health professionals that are transferable to multiple settings (e.g., families, work settings, professional organizations, neighborhoods communities, etc.); (c) Establish networking and sustainable coaching and mentoring opportunities to nurture ongoing leadership development; (e) Develop a model of multiracial and multiethnic coalition building to promote inter-organizational collaborations.

For the inaugural year, one Leadership Fellow will be selected from each participating CNPAAEMI organization and Division 17 to create a six-person cohort that will meet, train and work together for the entire year. Each Fellow will also be working with a mentor from their sponsoring organization as well as a mentor from another CNPAAEMI organization to expose them to multiple organizational and leadership perspectives LDI. Fellows will have an opportunity to develop and implement a leadership plan that will benefit their respective associations with the assistance of a mentor. They will also develop a range of leadership skills including negotiating institutional/political systems, successfully bidding for leadership positions, networking and creating collaborative partnerships, and developing a leadership niche in the field. Fellows will also receive a stipend to assist with travel costs.

2012 CNPAAEMI LDI Fellows

Asian American Psychological Association Leadership Fellow

Anne Saw

Anne Saw is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis and associate director of the NIMH-funded research center, Asian American Center on Disparities Research at UC Davis. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Psychology and Asian American Studies, her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Clinical/Community Psychology, and completed her clinical psychology internship at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Using interdisciplinary and community participatory research frameworks, her research focuses on understanding the psychological and sociocultural mechanisms that shape coping and health behaviors of people affected by chronic illnesses, designing and evaluating culturally responsive psychosocial health interventions geared towards reducing behaviors that increase health disparities, and refining and improving the methodologies of health research conducted with ethnic minority populations. She is currently working on a project to identify and examine the effectiveness of culturally appropriate smoking cessation interventions for Asian immigrants with serious mental illness.


Association of Black Psychologists Leadership Fellow

Faith Troupe

Dr. Faith Troupe earned her doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. In addition, she earned a Master’s in Community Psychology in 2002 and Bachelor’s in Psychology from Florida A&M University in 1999. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. A current resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Troupe is working towards licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist with the hopes of establishing a private practice.
Dr. Troupe specializes in working with families and couples. She gained experience working as an in-home counselor with children diagnosed with various mental health issues including abuse, grief and loss, depression, Bi-polar Disorder, and ADHD. She has also worked with families and couples whom have adopted children both domestic and international providing parenting education and conflict management. This experience has enabled her to facilitate numerous workshops in the community on parenting, marriage and relationships, and conflict management. She has traveled to South Africa as a Fulbright-Hays Scholar to study women, children, and social change. Her research interests include the role of women in traditional African religions, parental influence on educational outcomes, and marital/ couple conflict.


Division 17 Leadership Fellow

Michiko Iwasaki

Michiko Iwasaki received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University 2006. She completed pre-doctoral internship and two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Iwasaki is currently an Assistant Professor in the APA-Accredited Counseling Psychology Program at West Virginia University. Her career focuses on the areas of geropsychology and cultural diversity. She is devoted to becoming a strong and formidable change agent in order to help foster the intersection of geropsychology and cultural diversity, now termed “gerodiversity” (Iwasaki, Tazaeu, Kimmel, Baker, & McCallum, 2009). Dr. Iwasaki values the unique emphasis of the field of counseling psychology (e.g., strength-based approach, preventive work, vocational assistance, developmental/educational focus, multiculturalism, and social justice) and she assists seniors, baby-boomers, and their family members who come from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Dr. Iwasaki was the recipient of a number of awards and training opportunities including the Minority Aging Network (MANIP) Summer Institute by the APA, Geriatric Psychiatry Summer Institute (SRI) by the NIMH, and Member on Culturally Competency in Geropsychology by the APA-CONA, and the AARP Andrus Fellowship in Minority Doctoral Leadership by the GSA and AGHE


Division 45 Leadership Fellow

Erika Morton

Dr. Erika Morton completed her graduate education at Saint Louis University. Her dissertation research focused on the effects of racial microaggressions and colorblindness on the working alliance of cross-racial counseling dyads. Dr. Morton completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Washington, D.C. VAMC and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Pittsburgh VAMC. In August 2011, Dr. Morton was hired as a staff psychologist in the Trauma Recovery Program at the Baltimore VAMC. She finds working with veterans fulfilling and is rewarded and challenged by her work on a daily basis.


National Latina/o Psychological Association Leadership Fellow

Ezequiel Pena

Dr. Ezequiel Peña earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology in 2005 from the University of Texas at Austin after earning his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1986 from Trinity University. Dr. Peña is currently an assistant professor in the Psychology Department of Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in San Antonio, Texas, where he teaches Multicultural Counseling Theories, Latino Psychology (English & Spanish sections), Pre-practicum Psychotherapy Lab (bilingual section), and Individual Theories of Counseling. He also supervises bilingual master’s and doctoral students in the OLLU training clinic. Dr. Peña serves as Training Director for the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program and Director of Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations where he participates in developing evidence-based practices for their bilingual training program.

Dr. Peña’s theoretical approach includes social constructionism (postmodern, narrative, multicultural, and feminist). His research interests include Spanish-language psychotherapy, supervision, and training; Latina/o psychology; multicultural psychology; discourse analysis; philosophical foundations of postmodern psychology; and history of the U.S. mental health movement. He is currently conducting a research project funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The project is examining the needs of bilingual therapist trainees who are heritage speakers of Spanish. He recently received the 2012-2013 OLLU Moody Professor award in recognition of his contributions to academic programs through effective teaching and outstanding faculty leadership.

Dr. Peña is a member of the National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA) and was actively involved in the 2010 biennial conference collaboration with Our Lady of the Lake University. He is currently president-elect of the Bexar County Psychological Association (BCPA). He is also involved in American Psychological Association Divisions 45, 44, and 17. Throughout his leadership experience, Dr. Peña examines the crossroads of cultural, LGBT, and transnational identities as he seeks to empower racial and ethnic minorities, women, and LGBT communities.


Society of Indian Psychologists Leadership Fellow

Wendy Peters

Wendy Peters is Native Hawaiian and holds a PhD in Psychology with areas of emphasis in Transpersonal, Social, Spiritual, and Cultural psychology. She is currently on the Clinical faculty and a member of the Native Health Research Team at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine Center for Rural Health.

2012 CNPAAEMI LDI Mentors

Asian American Psychological Association Leadership Mentor

Karen Suyemoto

Karen Suyemoto, PhD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her research focuses on issues related to racial identity, racism, and resisting oppression. Current projects focus on (a) how individuals and communities create and maintain (“police”) meanings of race, ethnicity, and identities that contribute to or resist oppressive systems and the effects of these meanings on individuals marginalized within the minority group; and (b) the development of anti-racist therapy, education, and community organizations as intervention and impacts on both privileged and oppressed peoples. Dr. Suyemoto has provides consultation and training on anti-racist therapy and education locally and nationally, and is the Past President of the Asian American Psychological Association


Association of Black Psychologists Leadership Mentor

Linda Myers

Dr. Linda James Myers is an internationally recognized scholar and cultural critic whose research and production of culturally syntonic psychological knowledge places Africana Studies at the forefront of the paradigm shift supported by contemporary science and converging with Eastern Philosophies. As a scholar/practitioner, author, and medicine woman, her work includes the development of a theory of Optimal Psychology grounded in the wisdom tradition of African deep thought and manifest in non-immigrant African (Indigenous) American culture. Her psychotherapeutic/psycho-educational approach, Belief Systems Analysis, has been widely adopted and used in substance abuse treatment and other behavioral health programs throughout the US and internationally. Trained as a clinical psychologist, Dr. James Myers is currently a Professor at The Ohio State University, and past Dean of the Graduate School of Psychology at New College of California. She also serves as executive director of The Center for Optimal Thought, a private non-profit psycho-educational training organization dedicated to transformative learning, spiritual, moral, and leadership development through multi-dimensional self knowledge.


Division 17 Leadership Mentor

Sharon Bowman

Sharon Bowman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services at Ball State University. She is also a psychologist in private practice in Muncie, Indiana. Her doctorate in counseling psychology is from Southern Illinois University Carbondale; her master's is from The University of Akron, and her bachelor's is from The Ohio State University. She is a Fellow of APA through Division 17 and a member of Division 45. Dr. Bowman is a long time member (and past Chair) of the Indiana State Psychology Board, and is Indiana’s Disaster Response Network liaison. She is currently directs the APA and External Interface Board, and recently served as the Emergency Response Coordinator and a member of the Fellows Committee. She was a past member of the Programming Committee, and the Special Task Force for Specialties and Proficiencies in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Bowman is an American Red Cross disaster mental health volunteer and course instructor. Her research interests are in issues of diversity, supervision and mentoring, and disaster psychology.


Division 45 Leadership Mentor

Jean Lau Chin

Jean Lau Chin, Ed.D., ABPP is Professor at Adelphi University in New York. She has held senior management positions as: Dean at two universities and Executive Director of a community health center and mental health clinic. Currently, her work on leadership, diversity, and women’s issues has included being an Oxford Roundtable speaker, designation as a Fulbright Specialist, researcher and author of numerous publications in these areas. As past President of Divisions 45 and 35, she made leadership her presidential initiative, and has served in many leadership positions on national, state and local boards in which she has promoted coalition building and grassroots advocacy to impact national policy on mental health and substance abuse issues related to access, cultural competence, women’s issues and disparities for underserved, low income Asian American communities. She was the first Asian American to be licensed as a psychologist in Massachusetts, and has been the first female in a number of her leadership roles. She has received many awards for her leadership and her work including the Nassau County Executive’s 2009 Women of Distinction Award.


National Latina/o Psychological Association Leadership Mentor

Alberta M. Gloria

Alberta M. Gloria received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University. She interned at the University of California-Irvine and began her academic career at the University of Utah. Dr. Gloria joined the Department of Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison in 1996. She received tenure in 2000, promoted to full professor in 2004, and served as Director of Training from Fall 2000 to Spring 2006. In addition to her role as faculty with the Department of Counseling Psychology she was Director for the Chican@ Latin@ Studies Program (CLSP) at UW-Madison from 2006 to 2008. For the 2008-2009 academic year, Dr. Gloria received a one-year research fellowship and was the Chair of Humanistic Studies at Marquette University. She has served as the Chair of the Master's Program and Master's Admissions Chair in the Department of Counseling Psychology. Dr. Gloria has served as the Chair for the Department of Counseling Psychology since Spring of 2012.

Throughout her career she has sought to advance a Psychosociocultural model of understanding educational experiences for Chican@s, Latin@s, and other racial and ethnic minority students in higher education. Concerns of self-beliefs, social supports, and cultural connections are central to her approach to support students within the academic environment. Dr. Gloria is the Past Chair of the Section on Ethnic and Racial Diversity for Division 17 and past Latina/o Member-at-Large for Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues). She is the Past President of Section III (Latina/Hispanic Women's Concerns) for Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women). She is also the past Chair of Section Chairs for Division 17 (Society for Counseling Psychology) (2005-2007). She is a Fellow of Divisions 45 and 17 of the APA.


Society of Indian Psychologists Leadership Mentor

Gayle Morse

Dr. Gayle Morse has conducted research examining the effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and other toxic chemicals on human health. Currently she is looking at the neurological effects of toxic chemicals and disability as well as treatments for toxic exposure. In her role as the Co-Director of the American Indian Support Program she is responsible for mentoring and coordinating the Retreat and Convention of American Indians Psychologists. The unique design of the Retreat incorporates traditional views into the world of research and allows Native students to meet and interact with elders and leaders in the field of psychology. With colleagues she has published articles about mentoring and the American Indian Convention.

Dr. Morse is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is the current Society of Indian Psychologist’s delegate to the APA Council of Representatives. Formerly was the Interim Vice President of the Native American Concerns Committee of the American Counseling Association. Finally, she is an enrolled member of the Mohawk Tribe, and draws from the tribe the principles of respect, trust, and empowerment that have guided her both professionally and personally.


CNPAAEMI LDI Advisory Board

Alvin Alvarez, Asian American Psychological Association at aalvarez@sfsu.edu
Linda James Myers, Association of Black Psychologists at ljamesmyers@yahoo.com
Helen Neville, Division 17 of APA at helen.neville1@gmail.com
Lisa Rey Thomas, Division 45 of APA at lrthomas@u.washington.edu
Yolanda Garcia, National Latina/o Psychological Association at Y.Evie.Garcia@nau.edu
Margaret Smith Zoeller, Society of Indian Psychologists at mszoeller@argosy.edu

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