Not the Huxtables or Tiger Mom – Identifying the Needs of South Asian Parents in the US

Last night at the 40thAnniversary of the Asian American Psychological Association’s (AAPA) Convention, CHAI, Inc was awarded a $20,000 from the AAPA-APF Okura Mental Health Foundation Fellowship and the Okura Foundation to collaboratively work with Dr. Neha Navsaria, psychologist at Washington University School of Medicine to develop and distribute informational brochures and create virtual and in-person parenting sessions to help address the needs of South Asian parents by turning clinical and research knowledge on the South Asian community into accessible parenting tools.

From left to right: Neha Navsaria, PhD., Anna Lau, PhD., Vice President, AAPA Executive Board, Richard Lee, PhD., President, AAPA Executive Board, Razia Kosi, LCSW-C, Executive Director, CHAI,Inc. 

Surveys on parenting issues and concerns will be distributed widely to assess interests from the community on what materials they want created for use. Focus groups will be held in the Baltimore, MD-Washington DC metropolitan area, with possible additional focus groups in regional areas.

Counselors Helping (South) Asians/Indians, Inc. (CHAI, Inc.) is a nonprofit in the Maryland area dedicated to providing education, information and referrals to the South Asian community on issues related to mental health and wellness and increasing cultural competency among mental health professionals working with the South Asian community.

The AAPA-APF (American Psychological Foundation) Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation Fellowship provides grants to support psychology’s efforts to benefit the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community through research, training, and service/practice.

For more information, contact CHAI.

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