President Daryl Fujii, PhD, ABPP-CN
President-Elect Nicholas Thaler, PhD, ABPP-CN
Secretary Lauren Mai, PsyD
Treasurer Mimi Wong, PhD
Member-at-large Jasdeep Hundal, PsyD, ABPP-CN
Daryl Fujii, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Daryl Fujii, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, is a staff neuropsychologist at the Veterans Affairs Pacific Island Health Care Services Community Living Center. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming in 1991, interned at the Sepulveda VAMC, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. Daryl earned his diplomate in clinical neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology in 1999 and was elected to fellow status of the American Psychological Association in 2006 and the National Academy of Neuropsychology in 2016.
His research interests include cross-cultural neuropsychology, schizophrenia, geriatrics, secondary psychosis, and psychosis secondary to traumatic brain injury. Daryl has 70 publications including three books: The Spectrum of Psychotic Disorders: Neurobiology, Etiology, and Pathogenesis (2007), The Neuropsychology of Asian-Americans (2010), and Conducting a Culturally-Informed Neuropsychological Evaluation (2016). Daryl is currently the Chair of the VA Pacific Island Health Care Services and Central California Internal Review Boards.
Nicholas Thaler, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Nicholas Thaler, Ph.D. ABPPCN, is half Japanese and Russian-Jewish. Like many mixed-race kids, I grew up trying on many different identities. This led me to explore issues of ethnicity, culture, and language throughout my life. In college I was the president of the Hapa (half Asian) club in UC San Diego. Throughout my graduate studies, I learned how little information there was available regarding Asian and Asian Americans in neuropsychology. It is therefore a privilege to be among the passionate and energetic members of this organization who are dedicated to building a new foundation for future academics, clinicians, and patients. I look forward to working with you all! For fun: My son is half Indian, quarter Japanese, and quarter Jewish. Does that make him a "trappa?" I welcome any thoughts!
Jasdeep Hundal, PsyD, ABPP-CN
I am of Asian-Indian decent and was born and raised in the Indian State of Punjab before immigrating to the US and settling in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. I am conversationally fluent in Punjabi and Hindi and have working knowledge of Urdu. A graduate of Roosevelt University, I completed internship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York followed by a fellowship at the JFK-Johnson Rehabilitation Institute’s Center for Head Injuries in New Jersey. My clinical practice is varied, and, while I see the full range of neurological disorders, my particular interest is in sports concussion/mTBI, epilepsy, movement disorders, and dementia. I take an active role in training externs, interns, residents and fellows in neuropsychology, psychiatry and neurology. My treatment philosophy emphasizes a comprehensive integrative approach to diagnosis and management of brain-based disorders.
Lauren Mai, Psy.D.
I was a refugee at 7 months old when my parents escaped Vietnam by boat. I came to America when at age 2 and was fortunate to learn to read, write, and speak Vietnamese as I grew up in southern California. At a young age, I knew my life’s work would revolve around the history, trauma, and wellbeing of this group. Throughout college, graduate school, and clinical rotations, I was constantly reminded of how invisible Vietnamese were in the world of psychology. I wanted to make a difference (cliche, I know!) and work with underserved, underrepresented groups. I chose rotations with Vietnamese patients and neuropsychological training. I am a staff neuropsychologist at ZSFG/UCSF. Out of wanting to provide access to Vietnamese patients, I also see Vietnamese patients for psychotherapy. Being part of this group allows me to support and feel supported to work towards a personal and professional goal of helping the Vietnamese community. I hope to build/create resources to improve the quality of our care for individuals of Asian backgrounds.
Mimi Wong, Ph.D.
Mimi Wong, PhD, was born in Guangzhou China and immigrated to the USA with her family when she was about 8 yrs old. As she progressed in her clinical training, she learned that not only were there few psychological and neuropsychological resources available to the Chinese and Asian American patient population, there was also little peer or mentor support for those training to serve this population. This led to a journey of seeking out and helping to create a new community, the Asian Neuropsychological Association, with the shared vision of providing excellent culturally sensitive neuropsychological services for all individuals of Asian descent. For fun, she likes to play tennis, badminton, snowboard, travel, and enjoy time with family and friends.