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You're invited to meet the American Psychological Association president, Dr. Debra Kawahara. As the first Asian American woman to lead the APA, she has a vision to bring DEI advocacy to the role. At this virtual session, she'll share her professional journey and her experience working at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University.


Debra M. Kawahara, PhD, is the associate dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. She earned her BA in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology with a focus on multicultural and community psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Kawahara is a feminist and multicultural scholar whose work centers on intersectionality, women of color, particularly Asian American women, and the application of feminist and multicultural values and social justice principles. She is widely published, and in 2018, she became the editor of Women & Therapy. She has served as chair for over 30 dissertations and enjoys mentoring many aspiring feminist and multicultural psychologists, particularly women, and those of color.

In addition, Kawahara is a fellow of APA Divisions 35 and 45 and the Asian American Psychological Association. In recognition of her work, she was awarded an APA Presidential Citation in 2019 and the Shining Star Award at the National Multicultural Conference & Summit in 2017. In 2015, she received Div. 45's Distinguished Career Contributions for Service Award, and in 2012, she received Div. 35's Pioneer Award (Section 5, Asian Pacific Islander Women). She is a current Div. 35 Council of Representatives member (2019-21), an APA Finance Committee member, and an Advisory Committee member for the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology.

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