CIRP convenes for its annual spring meeting

In a productive three-day meeting, CIRP developed a number of new projects and initiatives for committee members to advance

In late March, APA‘s Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP) joined its fellow boards and committees in Washington, D.C., for the spring consolidated meetings. CIRP spent an exciting and productive three days generating new projects and initiatives, and developing concrete programs to support its strategic plan.

The first of these projects is the further development of CIRP‘s brochure series, Going International: A Practical Guide for Psychologists. This series aims to guide psychologists in their ventures abroad by providing information and perspectives that focus on specific activities relevant to international education, research and exchange. CIRP members agreed to work on two brochures. One will address international testing, including training on the use of translated instruments, the ethics of testing internationally, and qualifications for administering and assessing tests internationally. The second will address issues and onthe- ground details of conducting research internationally. These brochures will join the first in the series, "Academic Going Abroad," which may be found online.

CIRP also finalized its new Division International Activities Grant (DIAG) Program. Consistent with its and APA's strategic priorities, CIRP will provide support for Division-initiated programs aimed at fostering internationalization and international member outreach, particularly for projects that are innovative and unique with regards to other programs in APA Divisions and offices. The expectation is that these grants will serve as seed funding for the development of sustained international initiatives. Applications for 2013 projects are due by Sept. 3, 2012. Please see the web for more details.

Other projects CIRP has decided to take on include developing a proposal to create a special journal section that deals with international issues, and undertaking a review of APA’s "Resolution on Culture and Gender Awareness in International Psychology," which was first adopted by the Council of Representatives in 2004.

One of CIRP‘s ongoing programs is its International Scientific Meeting Support Award, which provides funds for scientific meetings to foster the exchange of knowledge among psychologists around the world. The 2012 recipients of this award are: the Interamerican Society of Psychology (SIP) to fund organizational activities at the IV Regional Congress of Psychology in Santa Cruz, Bolivia; the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) to provide meeting registration and travel assistance for students to attend the INS Mid-Year Meeting in Oslo, Norway; the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD) to assist early-career scholars‘ participation in workshops at the 22nd Biennial ISSBD Meeting in Edmonton, Canada; and CES University for its 3rd International Symposium on School Harassment in Medellin, Colombia.

After a lively spring meeting, CIRP is now gearing up for the APA convention where they will welcome presidents from national psychology associations outside the U.S. The presidents, traveling to Orlando from more than 25 countries, will join APA President Suzanne Bennett Johnson for a special symposium on health, education and global partnerships. We hope to see you there!

From left: Susan Opotow, Sally Leverty (OIA), Jean Lau Chin, Tina Richardson (Co-Chair), Puncky Heppner (Co-Chair), Virginia Kwan, Bonnie Nastasi, Merry Bullock (OIA), Barbara Byrne, Dana Townsend (OIA), Chandra Mehrotra (Not pictured: Chris Stout)  CIRP members, international liaisons, and Office of International Affairs staff at Bistro D’Oc for the Spring 2012 CIRP dinner