Opening and Closing Panelists

Opening Panel


Stanley Sue

Dr. Stanley Sue is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Palo Alto University and at the University of California, Davis. From 1981-1996, he was a Professor of Psychology at UCLA. From 1971-1981, he was Assistant and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. He also served as Director of the National Research Center on Asian American Mental Health, an NIMH-funded research center from 1988-2001, and was 1996-2001 Director of Asian American Studies Program at UC Davis.

His research has been devoted to the study of the adjustment of, and delivery of mental health services to, culturally-diverse groups, especially Asian Americans. In terms of past scholarly impact and contributions, Dr. Sue was ranked first in multicultural counseling (Ponterotto, Fingerhut, & McGuinness, 2012). He has served as President of APA Divisions 9 and 45 and of the Western Psychological Association.

Alvin Alvarez

Alvin Alvarez is currently the Dean of the College of Health and Social Sciences at San Francisco State University. His doctorate is in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland. His scholarship focuses on Asian Americans, racial identity, and the psychological impact of racism and has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and has been awarded the Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship and the Asian Pacific American Network Research Award from the American College Personnel Association. He received the Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award from the Society of Counseling Psychology. He is a past President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race – Division 45 of APA and the Asian American Psychological Association who awarded him their Distinguished Contributions Award and the Early Career Award. His proudest achievements though are his two daughters – Sabrina (11) and Sophie (8) – who are convinced they are smart and funny girls with even more important things to accomplish than him!

Nellie Tran

Nellie Tran, Ph.D. is the daughter of Vietnamese refugee boat people, mother to two little humans, and spouse to another. She is an Associate Professor with the San Diego State University Dept of Counseling & School Psychology. She is an activist-scholar and a community psychologist by training. Her scholarship and activism work is both personal and professional across multiple topics such as improving hostile academic spaces for students and faculty to local coalition building to more effectively connect resources in the asylum seekers crisis at the San Diego-Mexico border. My central mission is to infiltrate systems of oppression to disrupt from within. Within AAPA, she has served as a leadership fellow, co-chair of the leadership fellows program, a board director, finance officer, and currently your vice president. Outside of AAPA, she has served on a charter school board, Division 27 EC board, and as a clinic research director.

Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt

Dr. Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research programs include different aspects of Asian American mental health, specifically the stressful impact of microaggressions and addictions. Gloria also is the current Secretary/Historian for AAPA and considers AAPA her professional home where she has developed life-long relationships. She has been an active member for over ten years and started her AAPA journey as a student volunteer. AAPA is deeply intertwined with Gloria's professional identity and this organization has afforded her numerous opportunities to pursue various social justice initiatives. Although the world is a bit gloomy at this moment, she is excited for the future of this organization.


Jennifer Hsia

Jennifer Hsia, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in Keck School of Medicine at USC. Her appointment is Behavioral Health Consultant Psychologist at USC Student Health. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota in 2015 where she completed her predoctoral clinical internship at American Lake VA in Tacoma, Washington and a clinical postdoctoral fellowship at the San Diego VA/UC San Diego. She received an APA MFP Predoctoral MHSAS fellow and was a PSI Fellow in 2018. Clinically, Dr. Hsia has interests and experiences in integrated healthcare, health psychology, and behavioral medicine. Professionally, she is Co-chair of 2020 AAPA Convention. She is passionate about serving individuals from underserved and underprivileged communities and speaks Mandarin.

Maximilian Tokarsky

Max Tokarsky, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist from Dayton, Ohio who works in integrated primary care settings for Community Health Clinics of Greater Dayton and as an Independent Contractor. He received his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology in 2018 from the Wright State School of Professional Psychology. He fondly remembers completing his internship and postdoctoral training at The Guidance Center in Long Beach, California. He is the Communications Chair of The Division on Asian Americans of Multiple Heritages and the incoming Co-chair of the AAPA Convention. Max is passionate about serving children, communities of color, and immigrants. He was a 2016 Predoctoral Fellow of the APA's Minority Fellowship Program. He enjoys bicycling, dodgeball, yoga, chanting, and meditation for self-care.

Closing Panel


Annabelle Atkin

Annabelle Lin Atkin graduated with a BA in Psychology and Asian & Asian American Studies from the University of Connecticut. After teaching English in Korea, she returned to graduate school, earning her PhD in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University. Annabelle is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University working on the Arizona Youth Identity Project. Her personal research interests are in the race-related development of Multiracial and Asian American adolescents and young adults, inspired by her experiences growing up as a Biracial Asian American. She is interested in understanding processes and experiences related to racial-ethnic socialization, racial-ethnic identity, and discrimination, examining how these factors interact to affect well-being. Annabelle's recent work involves qualitative interviews and measurement development addressing familial racial-ethnic socialization and support experiences of Multiracial youth. She also studies the racial attitudes, critical consciousness, and racial-ethnic socialization experiences of diverse individuals in efforts to understand the factors that motivate people to work towards achieving racial justice. Annabelle has been involved in the AAPA community as the expansion coordinator for the Division on Students, the student representative for the Division on Asian Americans with Multiple Heritages, and as a convention planner. 

Kevin Lau

Kevin K. H. Lau is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at Arizona State University and a predoctoral intern at California State University, Northridge. He has been a member of AAPA since 2017. Since then, he has served as a student volunteer and Media Committee Co-Chair, and he is now the Chair of the Division on Students. As the new Chair, Kevin hopes to enhance student members' experiences by providing support, advocating for their needs, and creating more opportunities for professional development.

Matthew Lee 

Matt Lee (PhD in clinical/community psychology) is a full professor in Northeastern University's Human Services program, where he teaches courses in counseling theory and practice, cross-cultural psychology, ethnic identity and conflict, and race, identity, and empowerment, and the senior capstone. His research has examined campus climate and advocacy for diversity/inclusion, and Asian American mental health as it relates to experiences of microaggressions that may be associated with phenotype or socialization.

Devika Srivastava

Dr. Devika Srivastava is a licensed Psychologist in private practice in Houston, Texas. She received her B.S in Psychology from University of Houston, did M.S coursework in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Columbia University, and received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University in New York City. She completed a doctoral internship at the DeBakey VA as well as her post-doctoral fellowship in Houston. Dr. Srivastava also was a Doctoral Fellowship at the American Psychological Association in the Public Health Directorate in the Office of Governmental Relations where she helped lobby federal policy in congress on health, social, and human rights policy for women, families, immigrants, veterans, people of color, refugees, students, and LGBTQIA+ populations, aging populations, and those with chronic illness. She also conducted policy research related to mental health and health outcomes for people of color and helped in advocating mental health legislation for various advocacy organizations on federal and state levels. Dr. Srivastava also served as a Clinical Programs Analyst at the Harris Center where she conducted clinical outcomes research and program evaluations on all county and state public mental health programs. She also helped create the Mental Health Needs Council report assessing mental health needs for different populations in Harris county for political advocacy purposes. Dr. Srivastava was also an Assistant Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and provided psychological and assessment services to all of the medical units of Ben Taub Hospital as well as supervised Post-doctoral Psychology Fellows, lectured medical students, and behavioral health therapists. She also was the Coordinator for The Social and Health Equity Course and lectured Psychiatry residents on issues related to multiculturalism and disparity, including presentations specifically on cultural competency and multicultural populations, and disparity in healthcare. Dr. Srivastava also has numerous research publications on mood disorders, psychotic disorders, chronic pain, family conflict, ethnic identity and perceptions of discrimination and mental health of second generation Asian American, risk factors for mental distress and psychosis, and on sexuality. Additionally, Dr. Srivastava served as a Financial Officer in the Asian American Psychological Association. 

Dr. Srivastava presently is the Chair of the Division on South Asian Americans (DoSAA) in the Asian American Psychological Association. She also organized the first national DoSAA mental health conference bringing together an entire community of providers, professionals, researchers, students, and community policy makers who presented (34 presentations and research posters) on various topics related to South Asian American mental health. She is also co-editor on the first ever book coming out focused on South Asian American Psychology and mental health and psychology.


Richelle Concepcion

Richelle Concepcion, Psy.D., MPH is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with the United States Army at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.   She previously worked in a number of clinical settings which include the Desmond Doss Health Clinic at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton's Deployment Health Center and Patton State Hospital in California.  Prior to her current position as President of the Asian American Psychological Association, Dr. Concepcion previously held numerous leadership positions within the organization which include Convention Co-Chair, Board Member and Vice President.  She was also a member of the inaugural cohort of the AAPA Leadership Fellows Program.  She also serves as a Clinical Representative (Disaster Response Task Force) for the Hawaii Psychological Association as well as standing memberon the American Psychological Association's Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance.  She is currently a Public Health Officer with the Hawaii Air National Guard on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam where she has also served as a Violence Prevention Implementer (formerly Green Dot) trainer and Emergency Management Liaison for the 154th Medical Group. Her areas of clinical interest include: diversity issues among veterans/active duty service members, health promotion/education, and the integration of traditional healing methods with psychotherapy.