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International psychology

International Psychology


Mercedes A. McCormick, PhD

Pace University, New York, NY, USA

Matthew R. Constable

Pace University, New York, NY, USA

Editing Consultants:

Michael J. Stevens, PhD, DHC

Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA

Richard S. Velayo, PhD

Pace University, New York, NY, USA

What is international psychology
What Is International Psychology?

  • “An emerging branch of psychology that focuses on the worldwide enterprise of psychology in terms of communication and networking, cross-cultural comparison, scholarship, practice, and pedagogy.”

    (Gielen & Verderame, 2007)

What is international psychology1
What Is International Psychology?

  • Concerned with:

    • The emergence and practice of psychology in different parts of the world.

  • Advocates:

    • Committed involvement in worldwide and regional policymaking organizations, such as:

      • International Union of Psychology Science (IUPsyS)

      • International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP)

      • International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP)

      • International Council of Psychologists (ICP)

      • European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA)

      • Sociedad Interamericana de Psycologia (SIP)

Theories and perspectives
Theories and Perspectives:

  • Critical Psychology

  • Liberation Psychology

  • Post-Modernism

  • Social Constructivism

  • Social Identity Theory

  • Social Reduction Theory

  • Symbolic Interactionism

  • Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory

History of international psychology
History of International Psychology:

From its beginning in the late 19th century, modern scientific psychology has had an international dimension…

  • The First International Congress of Physiological Psychology in 1889, in Paris, included more than 200 participants from 20 different countries.

  • Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920), the father of scientific psychology, supervised 190 doctoral students from at least 10 countries.

History of international psychology1
History of International Psychology:


  • Began in Europe

  • Remained a predominately Western enterprise until well after World War II

  • During the 1930s, many prominent psychologists from Germany and Austria emigrated to the U.S.

    • Psychology in the U.S. eventually assumed worldwide leadership.

    • An increased global awareness among many U.S. psychologists remains important in fully representing the world of psychology.

History of international psychology2
History of International Psychology:


  • During the last 3 to 4 decades, psychology has expanded worldwide and assumed a global presence

  • Global estimate of active psychologists has surpassed one million:

    • 300,000 Psychologists in Europe

    • 200,000 in Latin America

    • 277,000 in the U.S.

      (Stevens & Gielen, 2007)

History of international psychology3
History of International Psychology:


  • Psychology has also gained ground in East and Southeast Asia, and is becoming increasingly visible in some Muslim countries.

  • Psychology continues to be frequently considered as an unnecessary luxury in the poorer regions of the world.

  • In general, psychology as a discipline has prospered in well-to-do and individualistic countries and cultures.

What is the american psychological association
What Is the American Psychological Association?

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the U.S.

  • As of 2008, the APA has 54 divisions.

  • With 148,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

  • Based in Washington, DC.

    Visit the APA at:

What is division 52
What Is Division 52?

  • Division 52 of the American Psychological Association (APA), is the

    Division of International Psychology

  • Brief History:

    • Founded in 1997

    • Creation was the result of many years of planning and work by a small group of people dedicated to fostering an international outlook within the APA

    • Currently has over 1,000 members

What is division 521
What Is Division 52?


  • Division 52’s purpose:

    • To further the development and advancement of international relations among psychologists in the areas of:

      • Sharing knowledge

      • Encouraging exchanges

      • Encouraging intercultural research and development in clinical practice

      • To promote the general objectives of the APA

What is division 522
What Is Division 52?


  • Division 52 represents:

    • The interest of all psychologists who:

      • Foster international connections among psychologists

      • Are engaged in multicultural research or practice

      • Apply psychological principles to the development of public policy

      • Are otherwise concerned with individual group consequences of global events

What is division 523
What Is Division 52?


  • Division 52 encourages:

    • Member participation in intercultural research

    • Discussions of effective assessment and treatment models in working with particular cultures

    • A better understanding of the psychological problems which predominate in a given region of the world

What is division 524
What Is Division 52?


  • In other words:

    • Div. 52 encourages the development of a more international perspective in psychology by:

      • Sponsoring programs to stimulate interest in and share information about international psychology

      • Providing networking opportunities for psychologists from around the world through the Division’s newsletter, the International Psychology Bulletin

      • Providing opportunities for students to meet and interact with other students and psychologists from around the world

Students in division 52
Students in Division 52:

  • Division 52 is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to meet and interact with other students from around the world.

  • Students are encouraged to join Division 52, attend social and networking events at the APA conventions, and become active in the Division’s Student Committee.

Apa division 52 student committee
APA - Division 52Student Committee:

  • Mission:

    • To be a strong, diverse, and productive team that is dedicated to helping students become involved with the dynamic community of international psychologists.

    • Support and guidance are provided to coordinate and create opportunities that further the future careers of students.

    • The Committee seeks to encourage and inspire the development of new leaders in the field of international psychology.

Careers in international psychology
Careers in International Psychology:

  • Will provide global opportunities to become a:

  • University teacher

  • Researcher on international issues to

  • promote mental health and well being

  • Consultant to global universities,

  • businesses, and mental health

  • agencies on issues of curriculum

  • development, human resources, and

  • therapeutic interventions


  • Gielen, U. P. (Ed.). (in press). Conversations with international psychologists. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

  • Pawlik, K., & d’Ydewalle, G. (2006). Psychological concepts: An international historical perspective. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

  • Pawlik, K., & Rosenzweig, M. R. (Eds.). (2000). International handbook of psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Stevens, M. J., & Wedding, D. (Eds.). (2004). Handbook of international psychology. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

  • Stevens, M. J., Gielen, U. P. (Eds.). (2007). Toward a global psychology: Theory, research, intervention, and

    pedagogy. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

  • Wedding, D., & Stevens, M. J. (Eds). (2008). Psychology:

    IUPsyS global resource (CD-ROM) (9th ed.). Hove, UK:

    Psychology Press.

Want to learn more about div 52
Want to Learn More about Div. 52?

  • Visit the official APA, International Psychology website at:

  • Apply & become a Member of Div. 52 or to the Student Committee at: