Keynote Speaker

Nolan Zane, PhD

Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies, University of California-Davis
Director, Asian American Center on Disparities Research


Nolan Zane, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis and Director of the Asian American Center on Disparities Research.  The center is the only nationwide research center that focuses on the mental health issues of Asian American populations and communities.  Recently, the center received the 2015 Richard M. Suinn Minority Achievement Award in recognition of its outstanding work in recruiting, training, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of color.  Professor Zane has chaired the Department of Asian American Studies both at UC Santa Barbara and at UC Davis.  He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Washington.  His research focuses on the development and evaluation of culturally based sociobehavioral interventions for ethnic minority clientele, ethnocultural moderators of change in psychotherapy, and the determinants of addictive behaviors among Asian Americans.

He has authored numerous articles on Asian American mental health treatment and services, cultural differences in intra- and interpersonal dynamics (e.g., self-consciousness, assertion), and addictive behavior patterns in Asian communities.  He also has co-edited books on Asian American health issues (Confronting Critical Health Issues of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans), the psychology of Asian Americans (Handbook of Asian American Psychology and Readings in Asian American Psychology), and culturally informed evidence-based psychological practices (Evidence-Based Psychological Practice with Ethnic Minorities: Culturally Informed Research and Clinical Strategies).  As the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator, he has been awarded research or evaluation grants totaling over $19 million in direct costs.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), served as President of the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), and received the Distinguished Contribution Award and Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAPA, the Distinguished Career Contribution to Research Award from Division 45 of APA, and the President’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Mental Health Disparities Science, and the Samuel S. Turner Mentor Award from Division 12 of the APA.  He also received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research at UC Davis.  He has served as a consultant or grant reviewer of research for culturally-diverse populations for numerous organizations and research institutes including the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.  He also was appointed to the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Evidence-based Psychological Practice.  His current research examines cultural differences in the role of face concern and shame in interpersonal relationships with a special focus on client and care provider interactions.

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GABRIELLA RUSTIA

National Conference Co-Chair
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Social Chair
Pre-med Committee

APAMSA President, Rush Medical College
To relax: I get outside for a walk.
For study breaks: I do some SQUATS to feel awesome!
For fun: I go to bar trivia at Vintage Lounge.
Favorite TV shows: New Girl, Parks & Rec, and The Amazing Race… to name a few.

VICTORIA VUONG

National Conference Co-Chair
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APAMSA Internal Vice-President, Rush Medical College
To relax: I play trivia.
For study breaks: I go for a run.
For fun: I develop my culinary skills.
Favorite TV shows: Game of Thrones… only have time for one!

MARK CHEE

National Conference Co-Chair
Speakers/Workshops Committee

APAMSA President, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
To relax: I go on long runs.
For study breaks: I catch up on podcasts.
For fun: I go to trivia night at the University of Chicago Pub.
Favorite TV shows: Sherlock, How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation

STEVEN TRAN

National Conference Co-Chair
Sponsorship Chair

APAMSA President, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
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For study breaks: I play basketball.
For fun: I train to be a Pokemon Master!
Favorite TV shows: The Simpsons, Suits, Game of Thrones, Parks and Recreation (“Treat Yo’self!”), Ballers, The Office, 30 Rock… too many to list!

SOYOUNG CHANG

National Conference Co-Chair
Finance Chair

APAMSA, Rosalind Franklin University College of Pharmacy
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For study breaks: I go to the gym to workout or I cook!
For fun: I go to the movies and explore good restaurants/coffee shops.
Favorite TV shows: Currently–The Walking Dead. My all time favorite shows are Lost and Fringe.

WENLI DAI

Speakers/Workshops Committee

APAMSA, University of Chicago School of Medicine

Lucy Xu

Speakers/Workshops Committee

APAMSA, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

MENG WU

Speakers/Workshops Committee

APAMSA University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
To relax: I like to bike along the lakeshore or wander around the Art Institute.
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Favorite TV shows: The Last Airbender, Adventure Time, Stranger Things

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Logistics Committee

APAMSA, Rush Medical College
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Finance Committee

APAMSA, Rush Medical College
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Favorite TV shows: 24, Daredevil, Modern Family

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Finance Committee

APAMSA, Rosalind Franklin University College of Pharmacy
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Favorite TV shows: Big Bang Theory, House of Cards, Empire, Jane the Virgin, Revenge, Chinese historical/wuxia dramas

MOSES KOO

Social Committee

APAMSA Community Service Chair, Rush Medical College
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For fun: I play videogames, learn/create dance choreo, and eat desserts! Favorite TV shows: Archer, Running Man (런닝맨), Rick and Morty, GoT

JONNAH SONG

Social Committee

APAMSA, Rosalind Franklin University College of Pharmacy
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For study breaks: I play games–League of Legends, Binding of Isaac, Don’t starve, Blade and Soul, etc.
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MICHAEL CHANG

Pre-med Committee

APAMSA External Vice-President, Rush Medical College
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Favorite TV shows: Suits, Daredevil, Peaky Blinders

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Pre-med Committee
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APAMSA, Rush Medical College
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