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Asian American Center on Disparities Research

University of California, Davis
Psychology Department
149 Young Hall
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Tel: (530) 723-9831
Fax: (530) 752-2087

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Stanley Sue Receives APA Division 45 Lifetime Achievement Award (6/26/18)

Emeritus Distinguished Professor Stanley Sue received the 2018 APA (Division 45) Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given every other year to a senior person who has made outstanding contributions over the course of his/her career in the promotion of ethnic minority issues. Dr. Sue will receive the award at the APA Division 45 Presidential Address, Business Meeting, and Awards Ceremony on Friday, August 10th from 1:00-3:50pm in the Hilton San Francisco, Ballroom 5.

PT Paid Project Coordinator Position Available (6/11/18)

The Vietnamese Caregiver Study within the Department of Neurology at the UC Davis School of Medicine is seeking a project coordinator for a research study on dementia caregiving in the Vietnamese community. The principal investigator in this study is Dr. Oanh Meyer, faculty member at the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center in the Department of Neurology. Alongside Dr. Meyer, the project coordinator will have the opportunity to work with community-based partners in the Sacramento area to coordinate an intervention study that helps families taking care of someone with dementia. The project coordinator will oversee and manage the day-to-day activities of the study, including but not limited to participant recruitment and engagement, data management, and research assistants’ tasks. He/she will gain valuable experience in the entire process of research – from developing IRB protocols to interviewing research participants to coding and analyzing mixed methods data. The project coordinator will also have the opportunity to be a co-author on presentations and papers. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about intervention research in a community-based setting with an understudied and high disparity population.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a social science or related field, however, advanced undergraduate students (junior or senior) may qualify if they have excellent writing and oral skills. Must be fluent in Vietnamese (oral required, written preferred). The project coordinator should have a valid California driver’s license and be able to travel to Sacramento for lab meetings, intervention sessions, and meetings with community partners. This is a one-year, part-time (20-40%), paid opportunity with potential for full-time employment (salary commensurate with level of experience).  A cover letter and resume should be submitted to Dr. Oanh Meyer at olmeyer@ucdavis.edu as soon as possible. Position to start immediately.

Research Assistant Positions Available (6/11/18)

The Vietnamese Caregiver Study is seeking research assistants for an intervention study to reduce stress in Vietnamese caregivers caring for a family member with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The principal investigator in this study is Dr. Oanh Meyer, at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Research assistants will be responsible for outreach and recruitment of caregivers in the Sacramento and Bay Areas, as well as administrative work. He/she also will learn how to conduct interviews and psychosocial assessments in the community. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the experiences of an understudied population as well as intervention implementation. Research assistants should have a valid California driver’s license and be able to travel to interviews and actual intervention sessions. Vietnamese language proficiency is required. This is a one-year, part-time, volunteer opportunity with potential for pay. Interested individuals should contact Dr. Oanh Meyer DIRECTLY at olmeyer@ucdavis.edu.

AACDR Undergraduate Research Assistant Receives UC Davis Undergraduate Travel Award (12/4/17)

Helen Fann received an Undergraduate Travel Award from the UC Davis Undergraduate Research Center to present a research poster, “A Pathway to Culturally Competent Interventions: Addressing Ethnic, Gender, and Socioeconomic Background Differences in the Social Validity of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,” at the 2017 Asian American Psychological Association Convention. The 3-day conference was held at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV from October 6-8, 2017.

The Undergraduate Research Center administers undergraduate travel awards for up to $500 to students who travel to present at undergraduate research conferences and meetings of regionally or internationally recognized professional societies.

AACDR Undergraduate Research Assistant Receives Dukes Fund Travel Award (10/26/17)

Helen Fann received a Fall 2017 Dukes Fund Travel Award from the UC Davis Psychology Department to present research at the Asian American Psychological Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas, NV.

Dukes Fund Travel Awards are $200-$1,000 travel grants competitively awarded to Psychology graduate and undergraduate students. Travel must be to a scientific conference and students must be presenting a scientific talk or poster at the conference.

Lauren Berger Receives 2017 APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology (6/26/17)

Dr. Lauren Berger’s dissertation research titled, Unpacking the Relationship between Ethnic Identity and Adjustment among Biracials, was selected the winner in the 2017 APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology competition. The APA CEMA continues to strive for increased research that will promote a better understanding of the complex issues facing communities of color (i.e., African-Americans/Blacks, Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Hispanics/Latino(a)s). To this end, CEMA sponsors an award for the most outstanding dissertation in psychology which addresses concerns relevant to populations of color.

Dr. Berger will receive an award plaque during the 125th APA Annual Convention at the CEMA Social Hour on Thursday, August 3rd at 6pm in the Union Station room of the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC hotel.

For more information on the APA CEMA Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology, please visit: http://www.apa.org/about/awards/tanaka-award.aspx

Lauren Berger Receives UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research by a Graduate Student/Postdoc (5/5/17)

Center Associate Director, Dr. Lauren Berger, was selected as the graduate/postdoc recipient of the 2017 UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research. This annual award was instituted in 2015 as a way to recognize the critical contributions of individuals at the trainee level to the excellent mentoring of, and advocacy for, undergraduate research. For more information on the UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, please visit: http://urc.ucdavis.edu/awards/chancellors_award/index.html

Nolan Zane Receives 2017 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award (3/8/17)

Professor Nolan Zane was selected by the UC Davis Academic Senate Committee on Public Service to receive the 2017 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award for his “great outreach to the UC Davis community and beyond“. The Award, which includes an honorarium, is presented by the Davis Division of the Academic Senate in recognition of significant contributions to the world, nation, state and/or local community through distinguished public service. The Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award is based on our recognition of the University’s tradition of excellence in public service and demonstrates the commitment of the Davis campus to continuing this tradition.

The recipient(s) of the 2017 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award will be honored at a combined Academic Senate and Academic Federation awards reception during the Spring Quarter, 2017. In addition, the recipients and their service may be highlighted in UC Davis promotional articles or videos that discuss their service, and the importance of scholarly public service.

AACDR Undergraduate Research Assistants Receive Dukes Fund Travel Awards (11/15/16)

Pak See Ip and Izabela Villanueva each received a Fall 2016 Dukes Fund Travel Award from the UC Davis Psychology Department to present their research at national conferences.

Dukes Fund Travel Awards are $100-$500 travel grants competitively awarded to Psychology graduate and undergraduate students. Travel must be to a scientific conference and students must be presenting a scientific talk or poster at the conference.

AACDR Undergraduate Research Assistants Receive UC Davis Undergraduate Travel Awards (7/21/16)

Jean Abigail Saavedra and Mengxue Sun each received an Undergraduate Travel Award from the UC Davis Undergraduate Research Center to present their research poster, “Examining Ethnic, SES, and Gender Variations in Self-Disclosure Tendencies,” at the 2016 American Psychological Association Division 45 Research Conference. The 3-day conference was held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California from July 7-9, 2016.

Pak See Ip, Suzanne Cheng, and Johana Mendoza Berrios each received an Undergraduate Travel Award from the UC Davis Undergraduate Research Center to present their research, “Sex and Ethnic Differences in the Social Validity of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,” at the 2016 Asian American Psychological Association Convention. The 1-day convention will be held at University of Colorado-Denver in Denver, Colorado on August 3, 2016.

Kim-Thien Nguyen, Austin Yu, Sida Bai, and Timothy Diep each received an Undergraduate Travel Award from the UC Davis Undergraduate Research Center to present their research, “Exploring the Roles of Mental Health and Cultural Factors on Parenting Behaviors in Asian Immigrant Parents,” at the 2016 Asian American Psychological Association Convention. The 1-day convention will be held at University of Colorado-Denver in Denver, Colorado on August 3, 2016.

The UC Davis Undergraduate Research Center accepts applications for undergraduate travel to undergraduate research conferences and meetings of nationally and internationally recognized professional societies (or discipline specific equivalent—e.g. performance at nationally recognized festivals) to present their research. Awards are for travel (planned or already completed) during the current academic year and summers preceding and following.