Introducing the 2012 APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology
Puncky Paul Heppner, PhD, Co-Chair
Dr. Heppner is Curators' Professor and Director of the Center for Cultural Competence at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been involved in a wide array of multicultural and international activities (e.g., research, cross-cultural teaching, mentoring). He has also been a prolific researcher, and the recipient of numerous research, teaching, mentoring and service awards, including APA's Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.
"I am not only very honored to serve as Co-Chair of CIRP, but also absolutely delighted to share this role with Dr. Tina Richardson who has such a deep array of cultural skills. The CIRP Committee is an extremely talented and visionary group of psychologists, and I have been extremely impressed not only by their exceptionally broad array of cross-cultural knowledge and skills, but by their dedication to strengthen psychology at home and abroad. Moreover, I have been extremely impressed with the Office of International Affairs Director Merry Bullock for her vision, systematic and strategic planning, and dedication to the globalization of psychology."
Tina Q. Richardson, PhD, Co-Chair
Dr. Richardson is a Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Education at Drexel University. She is also a Fellow at the Center for Collaborative Online and International Learning (COIL), an American Council on Education Fellow, and a recipient of multiple Fulbright-Hays Awards. Her teaching and scholarship focuses on assessing learning outcomes associated with international experiences and multicultural competence.
"I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to serve as Co-Chair of CIRP and contribute to the bi-directional exchange of psychology internationally. I take very seriously the opportunity to work with my Co-Chair, Dr. Puncky Heppner, and the Director of OIA, Merry Bullock, as well the CIRP members who have an unwavering commitment to promote psychology as a science. I am excited about helping to implement the CIRP strategic plan and support proactive initiatives to enhance international collaborations that promote and develop psychology globally."
Barbara M. Byrne, PhD
University of Ottawa
Focus: statistics; statistical methodology of structural equation modeling; cross-cultural research and testing practices; construct validation issues related to the measurement and structure of self-concept, burnout and depression
Jean Lau Chin, EdD
Adelphi University, Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
Focus: clinical psychology; diversity and cultural competence; Asian American health and mental health; leadership styles; psychotherapy training and clinical practice
Virginia Kwan, PhD
Arizona State University
Focus: social & personality psychology; social-perception processes; diversity and multicultural identity dynamics; cultural priming; judgment and decision making
Chandra MN Mehrotra, PhD
College of St. Scholastica
Focus: gerontology; aging and diversity; statistics, research methodology, psychological measurement and program evaluation
Bonnie K. Nastasi, PhD
Focus: school psychology; culturally appropriate health promotion and health risk prevention programming for child, adolescent and adult populations
Susan V. Opotow, PhD
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Focus: social and organizational psychology; aggression, conflict and peace; morality and ethics; organizational behavior; intergroup relations; applied social psychology
Chris E. Stout, PsyD
Center for Global Initiatives
Focus: clinical psychology; global psychology and health care, complex systems and overcoming mediocrity