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What is Division 52's Mission?

The Division of International Psychology represents psychologists who are interested in promoting greater global awareness throughout the discipline.

The Division encourages cross-national communication through its newsletter, International Psychology Bulletin (IPB), its journal, International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Consultation, Practice, as well as its website (www.div52.netnet), listservs, and social media.

The Division encourages international engagement through its programs and initiatives, professional meetings, conference sponsorship, student and ECP programs, and collaboration with APA’s Office of International Affairs.

The Division honors and supports international engagement and activities through its awards and convention programming, and a range of activities including initiatives on human rights, international ethics, immigration, women in developing countries, internationalizing the psychology curriculum, cross-cultural research, assessment and counseling, global trauma and disaster, collaboration with international organizations, and student and early career advancement.

Division 52's Structure

APA Division 52 Organizational Chart 2019

APA Division 52 Bylaws
(updated 2017)

Division 52 Publications
International Perspectives in Psychology
International Psychology Bulletin

What Does Division 52 do?

The Division of International Psychology ( Division 52) represents the interest of all psychologists who foster international connections among psychologists, engage in multicultural research or practice, apply psychological principles to the development of public policy, or are otherwise concerned with individual and group consequences of global events.

To encourage the development of a more international perspective in psychology, Division 52:

  • Sponsors programming at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association to stimulate interest in and share information about international psychology;
  • Provides networking opportunities for psychologists from around the world through the division’s newsletter the International Psychology Bulletin, convention programming, and other activities;
  • Supports the activities of APA’s International Affairs Office and its Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP);
  • Provides a welcoming “home base” for APA’s international affiliates during conventions;
  • Promotes the development of international consulting, training, and research opportunities for psychologists with US based international agencies and exchange programs with international agencies based elsewhere; and
  • Encourages the internationalization of the psychology curriculum through educational initiatives and resources.


Presidents of APA Division 52

1997 Ernst Baier (Founding President)
1998 Ernst Baier 
1999 Florence L. Denmark
2000 Frank H. Farley
2001 Gloria B. Gottsegen*
2002 Charles Spielberger*
2003 Harold Takooshian
2004 Richard S. Velayo
2005 Norman Abeles
2006 Joy K. Rice
2007 Michael J. Stevens
2008 Uwe Gielen
2009 Lynn Collins
2010 Danny Wedding
2011 John D. Hogan
2012 Neal Rubin
2013 Mercedes McCormick
2014 Senel Poyrazli
2015 Mark Terjesen
2016 Jean Chin*
2017 Craig Shealy
2018  Merry Bullock
2019 Nancy Sidun
2020 Brigitte Khoury