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Advocating for Mental Health Literacy in API Communities

Ya-Shu Liang, PhD, is the founding director of the San Joaquin Valley Asian and Pacific Islander Mental Health Project. She teaches in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, Fresno, and is a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with young adults on issues related to identity, family, and trauma, as well as weight, eating, and body image concerns. Dr. Liang has given presentations on mental health disparities, microaggression, and diversity and inclusiveness, and has published articles on innovative community-based clinical services and language-based discrimination. She is also the President of Central California Asian Pacific Women, a non-profit organization empowering generations of API women in the Central Valley. She recently received the 2018 Okura Community Leadership Award from the Asian American Psychological Association. Social justice and advocacy are dear to her heart, and she believes that, through empowerment and connection, people can heal, survive, and thrive!

Kimberly Saelee, M.A. is a fourth year Clinical PsyD candidate and intern at Reedley City College.  Her research and clinical interests include attachment theory, life-span development, trauma and resilience, and multicultural issues in mental health.  In her spare time, she enjoys acrylic painting, baking, and traveling.

Summer Her, APCC, M.A., is a doctoral student in the Clinical PsyD Program at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Fresno.  She has experience working with individuals in suicide loss and prevention, and domestic violence.  She is interested in examining these areas within the Hmong youth, and exploring resilience, acculturation, and enculturation factors within the Asian American cultures.