Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award

This award is presented to the author(s) or editor(s) of a recent book that makes the greatest contribution to psychology as an international discipline and profession, or more specifically, the degree to which the book adds to our understanding of global phenomena and problems from a psychological point of view.

Sponsor: Division 52


Ursula Gielen (1916-1997, Germany) was vitally interested in the well-being of indigenous, persecuted, and poor people around the world, with a special emphasis on women and children. Her legacy and commitment to international concerns and human welfare continues through her children: Ute Seibold, a former foreign language secretary in Switzerland; Uwe Gielen, an international psychologist in the United States; Odina Diephaus, a former interpreter with the European Parliament in Belgium and France; and Anka Gielen, a counseling psychologist in Germany.

Examples include psychological interventions at the micro- and macro-levels, multinational organizations, questions of mental health, pedagogy, peace and war, gender roles, contributions of indigenous psychologies to global psychology, textbooks that integrate theory, research and practice from around the globe, edited volumes integrating contributions from scholars around the world, and overviews of international and global psychology. 

Winners will be presented with a certificate, and invited to give an address at the APA Convention. They will receive one full payment of the convention fee and a stipend of $500 to help fund their attendance at the convention.

In judging the contribution of each book, the following set of guidelines will be used:

  1. How creative and novel are the ideas expressed in the book? 

  2. How large and significant a contribution does the book make to psychology as a global discipline and profession? 

  3. Are the book’s contents international or global in nature? 

  4. Is the book scientifically rigorous and logically sound? Are its theoretical bases well supported and translatable into sound and ethical practice? 

  5. What is the literary quality of the work? Is it interestingly and well written? Is the audience for whom it is written explicitly stated and does it reach that audience? 

  6. Does the book maintain a clear focus on psychology as a science and practice?

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Past Recipients