Division 52 update

By John D. Hogan, PhD

Division 52

The Division held its mid-winter Board meeting in March 2011, in Cambridge, Massachusetts — in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA). As usual, we packed a lot of activity into a five hour meeting, and even had a chance to share an extended coffee break with EPA Executive Officer Fred Bonato, EPA Program Chair Diane Finley, and several of the EPA Board members.

Among the highlights of the Board meeting was our vote to expand the Division 52 Board to include a voting student member, as well as a voting Early-Career Psychologist (ECP). Each of these items requires a change in the bylaws and therefore has to be approved by the membership. We also voted to change the name of our mentoring award to the Henry David International Mentoring Award, to honor one of the division’s founders who died last year. Henry was a wonderful person, a terrific mentor to so many people, and a great friend of international psychology. We’re pleased to honor him in this small way.

At the suggestion of the Division President-Elect, Neal Rubin, we encouraged each of our committees to include a Student member as well as an ECP member. We are also creating a column for students and ECPs in our newsletter, the International Psychology Bulletin (IPB). Neal proposed a "Heritage Mentoring Project," through which we will encourage students to write articles for the IPB about significant international figures in psychology, past and present. The students will be supervised by senior members of the Division. We hope that students and ECPs will find some of these activities attractive and become active members of the Division. We are very aware of our need to encourage our younger members and to provide leadership for the next generation.

In addition to the Board meeting, the Division organized a full program related to our international mission. We presented posters, individual papers, and several symposia on topics ranging from "Psychology in Russia Today" and "Publishing Opportunities in International Psychology" to the impact of human and natural disasters. We also had the chance to share a symposium with Psi Chi, the renowned honor society in psychology which is in the process of transforming itself from a national honor society to an international one. Attendance was strong at all of our events.

Our "regular" program for the APA Convention in August has long been completed. We had more submissions than we could handle in the limited time made available to us and only half of the submitted symposia could be accepted. Fortunately, the program chairs — Senel Poyrazli and Mark Terjesen — were able to turn many of the paper submissions into posters; otherwise the bulk of them would have been rejected for the convention. The Division will host a suite again this year at the Convention, with extensive programming there. A list of programs should be available from the Division booth at the convention. We invite attendees at the convention to drop by, if only for a brief visit. We always have some light refreshments available, and we would enjoy chatting with you.

I’ve saved one of the most important items for last. In January, 2012, the Division will launch its new journal – International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Consultation, Practice — which will be edited by Judith Gibbons. The editorial board consists of 43 scholars representing 33 countries. This journal is an important extension of the Division’s mission, and we are very excited about its future.