Justin McDonaldGreetings to my relatives!

Well, the year begins cold on the outside but warmly in our spirits as our focus turns from the holidays to the tasks, opportunities and challenges ahead for our division, our family. I’d like to begin by saying again what an honor it is being in this position and how profoundly I desire to help us achieve a solid and productive year for our members. Read more…

Luis A. Vazquez, PhD.

PsychologicaL Cloning
I was going to write about my role on the executive committee and some of the issues I hope to address during my term. However, I was struck last week by a film I saw from Ted.com that was based on the advancement on cloning and nanotechnology. The film showed several demonstrations of the ability of scientists to clone cells, small animals (dogs, cows, etc.), leading up to the cloning of a monkey. The film also depicted on technology that could gather data and visual information. The amazing thing about this technology is that it started as a small helmet placed on the head of a bee. Read more…

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Dr. Jean Lau Chin

This is my final report as President of Division 45. I have had a great year, thanks to the support and efforts and all on the Executive Committee. While I will highlight events and issues since our August annual meeting at the APA Convention, I also want to take this opportunity to summarize what we have accomplished and what I envision for our future.

First and foremost, we successfully developed our 2015 Strategic Plan with the addition of a 4th overarching goal: Strategic Goal 4: Promote the elimination of racism and social injustice in society through research, education, practice, policy and advocacy. Read more…

Good day friends and colleagues. During the past year our esteemed division’s Executive Committee voted to add a new committee to the committee structure. Referred to as the Committee of Past-Presidents (COPPs) the decision and recommendation represent the division’s long standing commitment to honoring and valuing our elders and at the same time creating a wonderful opportunity to have past division presidents serve on the Executive Committee to provide wisdom, historical background information, and experienced (perhaps seasoned) guidance on the direction and policies and procedures of the division.
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Talk Story and Talking Sticks
Greetings! Welcome to the spring, 2012 newsletter. I join you as your new FOCUS editor. I have inherited this wonderful task from the estimable Melissa Morgan Consoli and had the pleasure of meeting the other Executive Committee members at our January mid-winter meeting. I believe that Division 45 embraces the idea that we all have stories to tell and that giving voice to those stories truly matters. I was delighted to participate in the talking circle and learn about the Talking Stick. Read more…

Talking about The Talking Stick

In 2000, this Talking Stick was presented to the Division 25 Executive Committee by our former Division President, Dr. Joseph Trimble. We have incorporated it into our committee meetings and processes. We hope to have a sculptured replica with us at the 2012 APA Orlando Convention for all to see. We share with our members and friends this brief guide to understanding its importance. We hope you agree that it symbolizes what our division is and hopes to be. Below are insights provided to us by Dr. Trimble:

Although the origins of the Talking Stick (aka, “Spirit” or “Prayer” stick) are lost to history, its meanings resonate even now. For individuals, the Talking Stick symbolizes the search for “guidance, strength, and understanding.” Used in group discussions, it reminds us to speak honestly and with integrity: Read more…

APA has allotted Div 45 with 22 hours of programming; 15 substantive and 7 non-substantive program hours. Moreover, APA awarded Div 45 with two free substantive hours of poster presentations. Reviews are complete and the final program has been created. We had 189 submissions; approx. 157 posters presentations and 32 symposium sessions underwent peer review. We secured support from 86 reviewers (names available upon request). Finally, I have agreed for Div 45 to co-list with various Divisions on approx. 20 proposals and we will co-sponsor one event with Div 12. I wish to thank Wanmdiwi Rose, (University of North Dakota) for her assistance in organizing the programming. The finalized Div 45 programming will look as follows:
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John Gonzalez, Ph.D., Bemidji State UniversityAaniin Division 45 Niijiwag! (Hello Division 45 Friends!)

I am entering my second year as treasurer and want to thank the Finance Committee and the EC for the support and guidance. As reported in the previous issue of the FOCUS, progress was being made at solidifying our budgeting process and procedures. At our midwinter meeting the EC met and approved a final budget for 2012 and established a clear policy that the division would operate under a more traditional budgeting process. Approval of a budget for the upcoming year will now occur at our summer EC meeting during APA Convention. Read more…

Role of the Finance Committee: The Finance Committee shall oversee the fiscal practices and planning of the Society, monitor its financial records, and direct a final audit of the annual financial affairs of the Society.

Committee Membership: The Finance Committee shall consist of five members of the Executive Committee: the Treasurer, President, Past President, President-elect, and the Chair.

Selection of the Chair: The Chair shall be appointed by the President of the Society and shall serve until the successor is appointed and qualify. In the case of a vacancy on the Committee, such vacancy shall be filled by appointment of the President.
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Germine Awad, Ph.D., University of Texas, AustinI am happy and honored to be the new Division 45 membership chair. I look forward to continuing the excellent work Shamin started under her tenure as chair. Currently, we are in the process of changing the membership dues structure to help aspiring and current members who are in financial need. Read more…

Psychology education and the dissemination of the discipline’s scholarship were at the
forefront of many of the actions taken by the APA Council of Representatives at its
February meeting.

Concerning education in psychology, the Council adopted two new guidelines and
approved funding to update a third. The approved guidelines include a taxonomy for
education and training in professional psychology and a framework for the preparation
of teachers of high school psychology [See the E-FOCUS column for links to these
resources]. The approved funding will support a meeting of a Board of Educational
Affairs task force charged with revising the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Major
in Psychology. Read more…

Greetings Members of Division 45. I would like to introduce myself. I am the new Senior Director of APA’s Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA). As some of you may know, this is not only a new position, but a very new role for my career. I am a clinical psychologist by training and prior to joining the staff of APA, I was on faculty in the Psychiatry Department at Georgetown University Medical School, after starting my career in the Psychology Department at Penn State University. Read more…

Greetings everyone! My name is Koko Nishi. It is truly an honor to be elected to serve as the Student Representative for Division 45. I am currently in my third year in the Professional Psychology program at the George Washington University. My interests include intergenerational transmission of trauma, research related to multicultural competence, racial microaggressions, substance abuse, suicide and depression among ethnic minority college students, ethnic identity development, acculturation/enculturation and biculturalism. Division 45 has been an incredible source of support and has allowed me to connect with other students who share similar stories about the struggles of navigating the graduate school experience as a minority student. Read more…

Andrea Ballesteros
Research interests: how marginalization plays a role in the legal system, how psychology can influence societal ethnic minority issues, multicultural competency Clinical interests: Forensic- specifically offender populations Position: Conference Liaison and consultant as previous student representative. Read more…

Most of you will recall that in the August 2011 edition of Science, an article by Ginther et al. showed that R01 applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from Black or African American PhD applicants between 2000 and 2006 did significantly worse than those applications from White applicants, even after controlling for observable career characteristics. Recently, NIH issued a Request for Information (RFI) asking the public to submit feedback and ideas to a special NIH Advisory Committee that was charged by the NIH Director to provide recommendations to the NIH Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce to address racial disparities in NIH grant awards. Read more…

Greetings, division members! I am writing this from Ann Arbor, MI, where at present we appear to have misplaced our winter weather. As a new member-at-large representative on the division executive committee (for the Native American slate), I am looking forward to serving you through the remainder of my elected term of office (December 2014). Read more…

Shamin Ladhani, Psy.D.

I am most honored to be able to introduce myself as the Asian American Member at Large for Division 45. I have been fortunate to serve this division as student representative, membership chair and now in my new role. My goal is to involve more of our members; specifically I am hoping to engage further with our early career psychologists. As an early career psychologist myself, I believe in the importance of engaging the future of psychology in the leadership of our division so I am hoping to hear from all of you and the needs you have from the Division 45 Executive Committee. Read more…

As Black History Month comes to a close, I find myself pondering some of the last public words of Martin Luther King Jr. On April 3, 1968, he gave his last public speech in Memphis, TN; there he promoted unity, collective action, and empowerment. Dr. King spoke ardently in support of striking sanitation workers who were protesting low wages and poor working conditions. The Reverend King made an impassioned call for community action and stressed the importance of being united as a community. He called upon his audience to develop a “dangerous unselfishness” by which each of us in our individual actions works toward a greater collective goal. If each of us chose to boycott one product, for example, we could together bring a company to its knees. In stressing individual action, Dr. King emphasized empowerment, reminding his listeners that “whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere, because a man can’t ride your back unless it is bent.” Read more…

Jeffrey Ring, Ph.D.

Rejuvenation and Gratitude

As a young psychology student at Berkeley many years ago, I had a vision that I would someday become a Spanish-Speaking psychologist in my native Los Angeles. Having grown up in Southern California, I was well aware of the great needs of the underserved Latino/a community, and I felt a calling to help. I am grateful to the many supervisors, mentors and role-models along the way that have inspired and instructed me in the delicate are of community/clinical/health psychology in a culturally and linguistically diverse setting. Read more…

The official journal of Division 45 is Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (CDEMP). In this FOCUS Newsletter issue we wanted to honor the achievements of its current editor, Dr. Michael Zárate. Below is a brief Q and A conducted with the FOCUS editor, Alyson Burns-Glover. [We encourage our readers to follow the link to the webpage provided in the E-FOCUS Column.] Read more…

Thank you for the opportunity to bring you up to date on Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (CDEMP). The journal is doing well, thanks to the great editorial team, the reviewers, and of course to the researchers sending in their great manuscripts. Outlined below are updates since our last newsletter.
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The University of Texas at Austin, CEMA Middle Easterners/Northern Africans (MENA) Working Group
In this edition of FOCUS we would like to introduce you to Dr. Awad and her work on the MENA Working Group [please see the E-FOCUS column for links to the Working Group’s webpage]. Read more…

Future Focus: Calls For Papers

Call for Papers and Products on the theme of “Maximizing Community Contributions, Benefits, and Outcomes in Clinical and Translational Research.” Progress in Community Health Partnerships (PCHP), CES4Health.info (CES4H) and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University are collaborating on a Call for Papers and Products on the theme of “Maximizing Community Contributions, Benefits, and Outcomes in Clinical and Translational Research.” Read more…

Division 45 Kudos

Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award Ceremony Saturday, January 7, 2012
Division 45 members Dr. Stanley Sue, Dr. Jessica Henderson Daniel, and Dr. Janet E. Helms were recipients of the Beckman Trust awards. The details of the ceremony are available here. This award was created “to benefit teachers who have inspired their students to make a difference in their communities” and these students have, in turn, established programs, movements, or procedures that have benefitted their own communities. We congratulate these Division 45 members on their continued efforts. Read more…

We congratulate Dr. Erika Morton as the first annual Division 45 fellow to the LDI. Applications were reviewed in March and 2012. 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. Read more…

NMCS DISTINGUISHED ELDERS AWARDS ANNOUNCED: Recipients will be honored for their pioneering work and years of distinguished service which has laid the path for those of us who walk behind them! We hope that you will join us at the 2013 NMCS in Houston, TX on January 17–18, 2013 to honor and celebrate our 2013 NMCS Distinguished Elders. The Distinguished Elder Award presentation is one of the highlights of the NMCS and has become a much anticipated experience among conference participants, especially graduate trainees and early career professionals seeking wisdom from our Elders. Read more…

Join us at the InterContinental Houston Hotel at the Galleria
The vision of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit is to convene students, practitioners, and scholars in psychology and related fields to inform and inspire multicultural theory, research, and practice. Multiculturalism is envisioned as inclusive of experiences related to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, indigenous heritage, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, social class and socioeconomic status, and other social identities. Read more…

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