Psychological Foundation and the
Throughout the intervention,
children navigate the two cultures so
Okura Mental Health Leadership
Fellowship. The grant is part of a
larger $75,000 donation from the
Okura Mental Health Leadership
Foundation, an organization dedicated
to strengthening treatment, services
and training for the Asian-American
and Pacific Islander community. The
grant is the third in a round of three
funded fellowship projects: The first
two focused on research and training,
respectively, while Navsaria and Kosi’s
centers on service. In March, the
foundation announced the funding of
a second round of grants (see sidebar).
The project includes several
• An online needs assessment to
determine parents’ most pressing
• Monthly webinars and in-person
seminars based on those topics,
supported by content experts;
• Ongoing Web-based information
keying off feedback from the webinars
and seminars; and
• Culturally sensitive brochures on
parenting topics that the researchers
will disseminate nationally through
community events, workshops, social
media and listservs.
Navsaria and Kosi plan to address
issues faced by both first- and second-generation parents, who encounter
different kinds of parenting dilemmas
based on their upbringings. They’ll also
target all socioeconomic groups. For
example, the webinars will be national
in scope and tap educated parents with
computer skills, while the in-person
seminars will capture parents in the
Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas
with populations who may not be as
educated or computer literate.
they’ll encourage parents to consider
the strengths of both South Asian and
American cultures and find a balance
that works for them, Kosi adds.
“We want to help parents and
they can experience the best of both
worlds,” Kosi says. n
Tori DeAngelis is a writer in Syracuse,
Asian-American grants get three-year renewal
The Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation announced in March
that it will support three more years of the American Psychological
Foundation (APF)/Asian American Psychological Association/Okura
Mental Health Leadership Fellowships. Thanks to the generosity of
the Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation, APF will be able to
continue these grants through 2015.
The grants exemplify the Okura Foundation’s mission of developing
psychologists’ career potential to improve Asian-American and Pacific
Islander health and mental health, says Ford Kuramoto, DSW, the
Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation’s president.
The Okura Foundation had provided grants for the last three years,
from 2009–12. “We were very impressed by the quality of projects
and the backgrounds of the young psychologists who were selected,”
says Kuramoto. “We think we got a lot of bang for our buck.”
The grants also capture a central vision of the foundation’s founder,
the late psychologist K. Patrick Okura, PhD, to develop leadership
potential in Asian-American and Pacific Islander mental health
professionals, Kuramoto says.
As in previous years, each recipient will receive $20,000, says APF
Executive Director Elisabeth R. Straus.
Two changes will help strengthen the new grants’ impact,
she says. For one, they will now go exclusively to early career
psychologists, those seven years or less postdoctorate. “This
is a group that truly needs funding,” says Straus. In addition,
psychologists can now submit under any category — research,
practice or training — during any of the three years of funding. Unlike
the first round, where a proposal was chosen each year under only
one of those categories, “each year we’ll pick the strongest proposal,
regardless of category,” Straus says.
The next deadline is Oct. 1, 2013. Visit www.apa.org/apf/funding/okura-fellow.
aspx for an application.