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International Psychology. Authors : 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

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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: