Update on Division 52

Division 52 News

Get the latest news and updates on APA's Division of International Psychology

By Danny Wedding, PhD

Fellowship nominations sought

The Division of International Psychology is inviting members who have made "unusual and outstanding contributions" to international psychology to self-nominate for fellowship in the Division. The deadline for submitting all materials is December 1, 2009. Three letters of endorsement from current APA Fellows are required; at least two of these have to be members of Division 52. The criteria used for evaluating fellowship applicants can be found on the Division 52 website. Questions can be directed to Harold Takooshian.

The Division also needs reviewers for the D52 program at the 2010 APA Convention in San Diego; anyone willing to serve in this role should contact program co-chair Janet Sigal.

New publication

Division 52 will be collaborating with the APA Publications and Communications (P&C) Board to develop a new journal titled International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation. The first issue of the journal will appear in 2011, and the journal will publish "conceptual models, investigative methodologies, and intervention strategies to help understand, study, and influence the world's major mental health problems. The journal will promote psychological science and practice that is contextually informed, culturally inclusive and serves the public interest. Recognizing that mental health problems are imbedded in economic, environmental , political , and social contexts, is a multidisciplinary title that will incorporate empirical findings from education, medicine, public health, applied and basic psychology, sociology and other related disciplines." We are actively recruiting a new editor for the journal (for a 2011–2016 term); statements of one page or less in support of a nominee for the job of editor can be submitted by e-mail to Molly Douglas-Fujimoto, Managing Director, Education Publishing Foundation. In addition, interested individuals can self nominate or nominate others. On the Home menu on the left, find "Guests." Next, click on the link "Submit a Nomination," enter your nominee's information, and click "Submit."

Ursula Gielen award

This year Division 52's 2008 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award was presented to Culture and Leadership Across the World: The GLOBE Book of In-Depth Studies of 25 Societies edited by Jagdeep S. Chhokar, Felix C. Brodbeck, and Robert J. House. This book investigated the relationship between societal cultures, organizational cultures, and leadership practices. Writing about this book in PsycCRITIQUES, Stanley J. Morse noted "The GLOBE project is...a serious, challenging, sorely needed, monumental endeavor" (Morse, S. J. (2008). of industrial and organizational psychology: Culture and leadership in 25 societies. PsycCRITIQUES, No Pagination Specified. doi: 10.1037/a0014128). Winners of the Ursula Gielen Book Award receive full payment for their APA convention fee along with a cash award of $500.

Course syllabi

Finally, the division is continuing with its efforts to post relevant course syllabi on its website. Anyone who teaches a course that is infused with international content is encouraged to submit the syllabus for the class to Richard Velayo.