The Asian American Journal of Psychology is the official publication of the Asian American Psychological Association and is dedicated to research, practice, advocacy, education, and policy within Asian American psychology. The Journal publishes empirical, theoretical, methodological, and practice oriented articles and book reviews covering topics relevant to Asian American individuals and communities, including prevention, intervention, training, and social justice. Particular consideration is given to empirical articles using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodology.

Journal Mission Statement

The purpose of the Mission Statement is to clarify mission and objectives for the Journal (AAJP) as defined by the Association (AAPA). The AAJP's Mission Statement reflects the mission of the Association, which is to advance the psychological well-being of Asian American communities through affecting professional practice, research, and teaching. Thus, the Journal aims to promote a better understanding of Asian American individuals and communities through research, practice, advocacy, education, and policy pertinent to all areas of psychology and related disciplines. For the journal, Asian Americans are broadly defined as Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry in the United States and Canada.

Publication Guidelines

We encourage articles that:

  • Contribute towards knowledge of Asian American psychology through research and examination of methodology.
  • Develop and advance theories pertinent to Asian Americans.
  • Promote the education and training of psychologists to work with Asian Americans, including the special issues relevant to the delivery of services to minority populations.
  • Attend to issues of social justice and policy issues related to Asian American individuals and communities.
  • Include attention to diverse communities within the broadest meaning of what it means to be Asian American.
  • Utilize qualitative and mixed method approaches.


The Association seeks interdisciplinary work from scholars with expertise in Asian American issues and mental health practitioners from different fields. In that vein, the Journal is interested in content that reflects collaboration between research and practice. The Association also values student development and encourages students to submit publication of their research and scholarship to the Journal.

Empirical Works and Methodology

The Association would like the Journal to be methodologically inclusive, valuing the respective strengths of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches. Despite the fact that the field of psychology has historically favored quantitative methods, the journal recognizes the in-depth and theory-building contributions of qualitative methods (e.g., phenomenology, case studies). The Journal, therefore, aims to include articles utilizing traditionally underrepresented qualitative and mixed methodologies. The Journal will take into consideration that qualitative research manuscripts take more space than quantitative and will therefore have a larger page allowance for a qualitative manuscript than for a quantitative manuscript.

Addressing Practice-Related Issues

In addition to publishing empirical research, AAJP will address clinical practice, advocacy, education, and policy. In particular, the Association has recognized that the Journal needs to attend to ongoing discussion on practice. Published articles on Asian American psychology may address practice in one of three ways:

  • Focusing primarily on practice,
  • Empirical articles including "implications for practice," or
  • Empirical articles that include separate practice-orientated reflections, with independent practitioners responding to the findings of the research and its relevance to practice.

The Editorial Board will actively solicit article submissions from various content areas (e.g., practice-oriented), disciplines (e.g., Asian American studies), and methodology (e.g., qualitative).

Special Issues

The Editorial Board will reserve special issues (once per year) that are thematic and relate to topics that are underrepresented in the journal, of interest to the membership, and relevant to current trends in Asian American psychology. Special issue topics can be proposed by the Publications Committee in conjunction with the EC, the Editorial Board, and the membership at large.

Editorial Board


Bryan S. K. Kim
University of Hawai'i at Hilo

Associate Editors

Chu Y. Kim-Prieto
The College of New Jersey

Tiffany Yip
Fordham University

Founding Editor

Frederick T. L. Leong
Michigan State University

Senior Editorial Board

Jean Lau Chin
Adelphi University

Christine Iijima Hall
Retired Higher Education Administrator

Gordon C. Nagayama Hall
University of Oregon

Derald Wing Sue
Columbia University Teachers' College

Stanley Sue
Palo Alto University

Richard M. Suinn
Colorado State University

Barbara (Bobbie) Yee
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Nolan Zane
University of California, Davis

Case Studies Editor

Doris F. Chang
New School for Social Research

International Section Editor

Winnie W. S. Mak
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Book Reviews Editor

John Moritsugu
Pacific Lutheran University

Consulting Editors

Soyeon Ahn
University of Miami

Phillip D. Akutsu
California State University, Sacramento

Edward C. Chang
University of Michigan

Janet Chang
Smith College

Roy K. Chen
The University of Texas Rio Grand Valley

Hsiu-Lan Cheng
University of San Francisco

E. J. R. David
University of Alaska Anchorage

Khanh T. Dinh
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Michi Fu
California School of Professional Psychology and Pacific Clinics

Arpana Gupta
University of California, Los Angeles

Sehee Hong
Korea University

Arpana G. Inman
Lehigh University

Gayle Y. Iwamasa
Department of Veterans Affairs, Central Office

Linda Juang
University of Potsdam, Germany

Debra M. Kawahara
CSPP at Alliant International University

Lisa Kiang
Wake Forest University

Giyeon Kim
University of Alabama

Su Yeong Kim
University of Texas at Austin

Greg Kim-Ju
California State University, Sacramento

Thao N. Le
University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Debbiesiu L. Lee
University of Miami

Richard M. Lee
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Hsin-Ya Liao
Washington State University

Cindy H. Liu
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School

Qian Lu
University of Houston

Cara S. Maffini
San Jose State University

David Matsumoto
San Francisco State University

Laurie (Lali) D. McCubbin
Washington State University

Matthew J. Miller
University of Maryland

Jeffery Scott Mio
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Evelyn R. Oka
Michigan State University

Sumie Okazaki
New York University

Anthony D. Ong
Cornell University

Soyeon Park
San Francisco State University

Yong Sue Park
University of Southern California

Desiree Baolian Qin
Michigan State University

Vaishali V. Raval
Miami University

Munyi Shea
California State University, Los Angeles

Margaret J. Shih
University of California, Los Angeles

Anna V. Song
University of California, Merced

Karen L. Suyemoto
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Pratyusha Tummala-Narra
Boston College

Yuying Tsong
California State University, Fullerton

Yijie Wang
University of Texas at Austin

Hyung Chol (Brandon) Yoo
Arizona State University

Eunju Yoon
Loyola University Chicago

Editorial Coordinator

Sharon Ramos
American Psychological Association

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Manuscript Submission

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


Submit manuscripts electronically (.rtf or .doc) through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Bryan S. K. Kim, PhD, Editor
Department of Psychology
University of Hawai'i at Hilo
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720-4091

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's Office.

In addition to addresses and phone numbers, please supply electronic mail addresses and fax numbers, if available, for potential use by the editorial office and later by the production office.


Manuscripts for the Asian American Journal of Psychology can vary in length. Typical manuscripts will range from 10–25 pages with a maximum of 30 pages. Case studies may be on the low end of the page range whereas comprehensive review articles may be on the high end.

Authors should contact the Editor first for permission if they intend to submit a manuscript longer than 30 pages, with a rationale for the extra length.

The Journal publishes empirical, theoretical, methodological, and practice oriented articles covering topics relevant to Asian American individuals and communities, including prevention, intervention, training, and social justice.

Whereas particular consideration is given to empirical articles using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodology, the Journal will publish the full range of articles including but not limited to empirical studies, short research reports, book reviews, methodological reviews, position papers, policy statements, case studies, and critical reviews.

The Journal will also consider proposals for special issues that address specific themes within the field of Asian American psychology. Individuals interested in proposing a special issue of the journal should also contact the Editor to check about its acceptability and feasibility before submitting a full proposal.

For the journal, Asian Americans are broadly defined as Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry in the United States and Canada.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

If your manuscript was mask reviewed, please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material
We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article
If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

Other Information

Special Issues
  • Culture and Prevention

    Special issue of APA's Asian American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 5, No. 2, June 2014. The issue highlights basic and applied research in prevention science, specifically addressing the cultural needs and preferences of Asian Americans as they relate to physical and mental health.

  • Asian American Health Disparities

    Special issue of APA's Asian American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 5, No. 1, March 2014. Includes articles about psychotropic medication adherence; quality of life; occupational health; inpatient psychiatric care; and sociocultural factors that may influence disparities, such as cultural competency, face concerns, and the model minority myth.

  • Tiger Parenting, Asian-Heritage Families, and Child/Adolescent Well-Being

    Special issue of APA's Asian American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 4, No. 1, March 2013. The articles offer a nuanced and accurate perspective on Asian-heritage parenting by taking readers beyond the myth of the tiger mother and dispelling some of the stereotypical, monolithic notions of parenting within Asian-heritage families.

  • Culture, Context, and Mental Health

    Special issue of APA's Asian American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 3, No. 3, September 2012. Includes articles about family assistance attitudes and family cultural conflict; telephone-delivered intervention for disordered gamblers; gender-based comparison of substance use; cultural competence in mental health service delivery; and US mental health policy in an Asian American context.

  • Secondary Analysis of the National Latino Asian American Study (NLAAS) Dataset - Part II

    Special issue of APA's Asian American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 3, No. 2, June 2012. Articles discuss education, psychosocial adjustment, discrimination, and distress among Asian Americans.

  • Secondary Analysis of the National Latino Asian American Study (NLAAS) Dataset - Part I

    Special issue of APA's Asian American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 3, No. 1, March 2012. Articles discuss mental health issues among Asian Americans, including depression, suicidal behavior, and service use.