MFP Honors Four Alumni

During the 2013 APA Convention in Honolulu, the APA Minority Fellowship Program held an award ceremony honoring four MFP psychologists. 

Kamana’opono M. Crabbe, PhD

Kamana’opono M. Crabbe, PhDKamana’opono M. Crabbe, PhD, is the recipient of a special Training Advisory Committee Award. Crabbe is a Native Hawai’ian Health Scholarship recipient who received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2002. He completed a predoctoral internship in clinical psychology and postdoctorate fellowship in behavioral medicine-health psychology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu from 2001-2003. His research interests have focused on the etiology of depression, particular syndromes of Hawai’ian states of depressive illness and implications of acculturative processes that influence cultural identity among Native Hawai’ians. Additionally, he has a particular passion for cultural competency and social determinants as barriers to improved health and well-being in the Native Hawai’ian community. Crabbe is a licensed clinical psychologist and the newly appointed Ka Pouhana, or CEO, for the Office of Hawai’ian Affairs. He is also a ho’oponopono practitioner and trained chanter in traditional cultural ceremonies and rituals. Crabbe has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He was also a psychology major at the University of Hawai’i. He is a Moanalua Valley resident whose hobbies include surfing, canoeing and voyaging.

Barbara W. K. Yee, PhD

Barbara W. K. Yee, PhDBarbara W. K. Yee, PhD, is the recipient of the James Jones Lifetime Achievement Award. Yee (AKA Bobbie) is a professor and chair of the department of family and consumer sciences at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She obtained her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Denver. Since the fall of Saigon in 1975, she has been interested in how Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee families, especially older immigrants, adapted to the loss of homeland and culture. Yee's research examines how gender, health literacy and acculturation influence chronic disease health beliefs and lifestyle practices across three generations of Vietnamese, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders living in the United States. She has collaborated on a research project that examined the impact of health literacy on breast and cervical cancer health beliefs and lifestyle factors among Filipino and Mexican American immigrant women. Her current research examines health beliefs and lifestyle practices among two to three generation Native Hawai’ian and Pacific Islander families.

Yee serves on as associate editor for the Asian American Journal of Psychology, American Psychological Association, editorial board of the Journal of Orthopsychiatry and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. She previously served on the editorial boards of the Journals of Gerontology, Psychological Sciences, Psychology and Aging® and served as guest editor for a 1995 special issue of Health Psychology entitled "Behavioral and Sociocultural Perspectives on Ethnicity and Health."

Yee is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and Gerontological Society of America. Yee has served on the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health, served as chair and member of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee of the Novartis International, and served on the Committee on Women, Committee on Aging and Minority Fellowship Committee of the American Psychological Association, Minority Taskforce of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Yee briefed the Honorable Secretary of Health, Donna Shalala and Surgeon General, David Satcher in 1998, regarding research data challenges to illuminating health disparities among ethnic minority women. She was invited to provide a futures presentation for federal government leaders entitled "Overcoming disparities in access and use of health services. "Variations in adaptive aging" at the "Coming of Age. Federal agencies and the longevity revolution" to celebrate the International Year of Older Persons in 1999. Yee was honored as the Joseph C. Valley Gerontological Professional of 1999 by the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center on Aging for her research, teaching and advocacy on behalf of underserved elders around the world.

Helen A. Neville, PhD

Helen A. Neville, PhDHelen A. Neville, PhD, is the recipient of the Dalmas Taylor Distinguished Contributions Award. Helen A. Neville is a professor of educational psychology and African-American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently chairs the counseling psychology program and in the past she was a provost fellow at the same institution. Prior to coming to Illinois, she was on the faculty in psychology, educational and counseling psychology, and black studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she co-founded and co-directed the Center for Multicultural Research, Training and Consultation. She is the lead editor of the "Handbook of African American Psychology" and is a past associate editor of The Counseling Psychologist and of the Journal of Black Psychology. Neville has been recognized for her research, teaching and mentoring efforts including receiving the American Psychological Association Graduate Students Kenneth and Mamie Clark Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Professional Development of Ethnic Minority Graduate Students and the Charles and Shirley Thomas Award for mentoring and contributions to African American students and community. She was also recently honored with the Association of Black Psychologists' Distinguished Psychologist of the Year award.

Monica Ulibarri, PhD

Monica Ulibarri, PhDMonica Ulibarri, PhD, is the recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award. Monica Ulibarri is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Ulibarri received her BA in psychology from Claremont McKenna College, and her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Arizona State University. During graduate school her research focused on understanding social and cultural factors that may influence HIV risk among Latina women. Next, Ulibarri received a NIMH Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research for her postdoctoral fellowship in the department of psychiatry at UCSD, and also received postdoctoral training in UCSD's Division of Global Public Health. As a postdoctoral fellow, Ulibarri published several first-authored papers in the area of mental health, gender-based violence (physical, emotional and sexual abuse in childhood, intimate partner violence and client-perpetrated violence) and HIV risk among female sex workers in Mexico. Ulibarri's current research is funded by a NIDA K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award titled "Dyad-level Predictors of HIV Risk Among High-risk Couples in Tijuana, Mexico". The study examines how individual- and relationship-level factors such as psychological distress, substance use, intimate partner violence and sexual relationship power are associated with HIV risk behaviors among female sex workers and their non-commercial, steady intimate partners in Mexico. Ulibarri has also served as a co-investigator on several NIDA funded studies examining HIV risk among female sex workers in Mexico (R01 DA023877; R01 DA028692; R01 DA027772). Most recently, Ulibarri received an Academic-Community Partnership Pilot Grant from UCSD's Clinical and Translational Research Institute to examine risk factors for the commercial sexual exploitation (sex trafficking) of high risk adolescent girls in San Diego County.

In addition, Ulibarri is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in therapy with Spanish-speaking individuals, couples and families. She is a clinical supervisor for second year practicum students in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in clinical psychology. Ulibarri is originally from Santa Fe, N.M., but currently resides in San Diego, Calif. with her husband and children. Her hobbies include: cooking, reading, salsa dancing (when she gets a chance) and doing activities with her 10-year-old daughter's Girl Scout troop, and taking her 4-year-old daughter to soccer.