2007 Annual Reports for Boards and Committees
Committee on International Relations in Psychology

Founded in 1944 to advise APA on the rehabilitation of psychological laboratories and libraries in post-World War II Europe, CIRP is one of APA's oldest continuing committees. Over the years, the Committee's policy positions have aimed at fostering the development of international psychology as a science and profession, and on human rights. Thanks to CIRP's leadership, APA applied for, and was granted, special non-governmental consultative status with the United Nations in 2000.

CIRP met twice in 2007. The 2007 members are Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD (Chair); Lynn Collins, PhD; Carol Enns, PhD; Oliva Espin, PhD; Shinobu Kitayama, PhD; Jeanne Marecek, PhD; Stephen Quintana, PhD (Chair Elect for 2008); Juan-Jose Sanchez-Sosa, PhD; and Danny Wedding, PhD.

Highlights from the 2007 meetings included continued development of strategic goals and plans to meet the APA’s international program and policy needs, review of APA’s UN representation, committee-sponsored convention programming, the selection of award winners, the nomination of psychologists for international awards and development of a resolution against genocide, and development of a speakers bureau.

Completed Activities

  • Together with the Office of International Affairs (OIA), planning for the convention visits of 22 presidents of national and regional psychology associations. This included appointing a Hospitality Committee that provided logistical and hosting advice and assistance. Outcomes from these visits, in addition to enormous good will, include plans to develop Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between sister national psychology associations and APA; a listserv for presidents of national psychology associations; discussions of bilateral collaborative efforts

  • Convention programming on Darfur and on UN activities addressing violence. These sessions were well attended.

  • Establishment of a Speaker’s bureau for opportunities to engage psychological experts for presentations at the UN

  • CIRP initiated the process of UN appointments to represent APA in Geneva and Vienna. This representation will position APA to be have better access routes for input to UN policy and program planning

  • Provided input to the OIA for development of the Psychologists Map of the World.  Information gathering on education systems, training, regulation, psychology organizations, and psychologists’ demographics in all countries of the world has begun. The database infrastructure development is in progress.

  • Grants for scientific meeting conferences awarded to (1) the Jordanian Psychological Association to support the 2nd Middle East & North Africa Regional Conference of Psychology (MENA2) in Amman, Jordan ($2000); (2) the Interamerican Society of Psychology to support the 1st Latin American Congress of Psychology Students in Lima, Peru ($1500); and (3) the Centre of Advanced Study at Utkal University to support an International Conference on Adolescent Health in Bhubaneswar, India ($1500).

  • The Resolution on Genocide, developed together with CEMA, was reviewed by Boards and Committees and was recommended by the Board of Directors for placement on the February 2008 Council of Representatives agenda for discussion and approval.

Planned and Ongoing Activities

  • Fulbright initiative – dissemination of information about the Fulbright experience for psychologists as a means of promoting international interactions. The initiative includes invitations to past Fulbright scholars to attend the 2008 APA convention where they will engage in a symposium and small group discussions and will be featured in a video series (to be broadcast via web and podcast technologies) of interviews about their experiences and understanding of psychology across countries. Collaboration is planned with the FAST (Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology) to seek funds to bring international Fulbright psychologists.

  • CIRP is developing an Exchange Data base whereby psychologists can post information on opportunities for international research and collaborative exchange.
    CIRP and the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) appointed members to the APA task force on international perspectives in quality assurance of psychology education and training. As part of this effort, the TF recruited an international advisory committee of 25 colleagues from around the world.

  • The BEA/CIRP working group on internationalizing curriculum will work in implementation and coordination of curriculum activities.