APA's Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is sponsoring several symposia and events at APA's Annual Convention. They include:
"Mana maoli: connecting the past with the present to preserve the future for native Hawaiians," Saturday, July 31, noon. In this symposium, chaired by MFP's James Jones, PhD, native Hawaiian psychologists and APA MFP Fellows Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula, PhD, of the Tripler Army Medical Center, and Kamana'opono Crabbe, PhD, of the Hana Community Health Center, will discuss the effects of colonization and acculturation on the identity, health and well-being of Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiians).
They will emphasize the importance of traditional values, beliefs and practices in healing and maintaining good physical and mental health. In addition, they will present a new paradigm of native Hawaiian psychology, involving traditional values, health concepts and healing practices.
"New directions in ethnic-minority research," Friday, July 30, noon. This symposium highlights advances in ethnic-minority psychology through dissertation research presented by the speakers, each of whom were supported by MFP. The speakers are Karen G. Cheng, PhD, of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; Anita F. Fernander, PhD, of the University of Kentucky; Zewelanji Serpell, PhD, of James Madison University; and Mary J. Wilke, PhD, Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian Behavioral Health Center. The session will be chaired by Kim Nickerson, PhD, MFP associate director.
MFP award ceremony/poster session/social hour, Friday, July 30, 6 p.m. This special event offers a networking opportunity for those interested in ethnic-minority issues in psychology. Awards will be given to MFP alumni who have made significant professional achievements and contributions to psychology. Posters on the work of current MFP fellows will provide fodder for discussion.