Paul B. Pedersen: 2010 Recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology Award
Paul Bodholt Pedersen, the recipient of the 2010 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology, is being honored for his distinguished and prolific career as a counselor educator specializing in intercultural and multicultural issues, and his significant influence on the growth and direction of multicultural counseling. He is an intercultural trainer; an organizational consultant; and a pioneering researcher in cross-cultural psychology. Broadly educated in Asian Studies, comparative religion, theology, and philosophy, as well as counseling psychology, he has worked as a researcher, teacher, and consultant in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
Dr. Pedersen is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the School of Education at Syracuse University (1996-present). He previously held academic positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Syracuse University, the East-West Center, and the University of Minnesota, and served as faculty or visiting fellow at Harvard University, University of Hawaii, and the University of Pittsburgh - Semester at Sea.
Pedersen is a fellow in Divisions 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues), 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), and 52 (International Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Dr. Pedersen's educational experiences include an A.A. degree from Grand View Junior College in 1956, a B.A. in 1958 from the University of Minnesota in History and Philosophy; an M.A. in 1959 in American Studies from the University of Minnesota; an M.Th. from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 1962; an M.S. in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1966; and a Ph.D. in Asian Studies (including examining fields of Counseling, Cultural History, Comparative Religion, and Political Theory) at Claremont Graduate School in 1968.
He has had substantial career experience in a variety of international settings including: teaching at an Indonesian university in Medan, Sumatra (1962-1965); teaching in the University of Malaya and doing research in Malaysia (1969-1971); full time study of Mandarin in Taiwan (1999-2000); Foreign Student Advisor/Counselor in the International Student Advisor's Office of the University of Minnesota (1971-1978); External Examiner at three universities in Malaysia; Numerous consulting experiences in Asia, Australia, Africa, South America and Europe; and a Senior Fulbright award teaching at National Taiwan University (1999-2000).
Dr. Pedersen has authored or edited 45 books, 100 articles, 82 chapters, and 22 monographs on aspects of multicultural/cross cultural counseling and international communication. His body of work includes such classic books as: Counseling Across Cultures (a textbook in its sixth edition, with Draguns, Lonner and Trimble), Critical Incidents in International Counseling (with Arthur), Handbook for Developing Multicultural Awareness (with Ishiyama, fourth edition), Preventing Prejudice (with Ponterotto and Utsey, second edition), Understanding Multicultural Malaysia (with Abdullah), Progress in Asian Social Psychology: Conceptual and Empirical Contributions (with Yang, Hwang, and Daibo), Counseling Refugees: A Psychosocial Approach to Innovative Multicultural Interventions (with Bemak and Cheung), Handbook for Developing Multicultural Awareness (third edition), Hidden Messages in Culture-Centered Counseling: A Triad Training Model, Constructive Conflict Management: Asian and Pacific Cases (with Iandt), Five Stages of Culture Shock: Critical Incidents Around the World, Culture Centered Counseling Skills (with Ivey), Mental Health Services: The Cross-Cultural Context (with Marsella and Sartorius), and many others.
Pedersen’s research activities include translation and administration of a 500 item multi-scaled inventory in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore; survey research on Malaysian student attitudes for the Japanese newspaper Yomuri Shimbun; Co-Director of Research for a 10 day intercultural communication laboratory for 60 Japanese/ U.S. intercultural communication experts at Nihonmatsu, Japan funded by the Lily Foundation; re-entry research among LASPAU students from Brasil; Director of Research on Sex-role Stereotypes in Higher Education on an HEW grant; Director of a 3 year NIMH mental health training program; two National Science Foundation travel grants to present papers at the Pacific Science Association meetings in New Zealand and the Philippines; National Science Foundation 6 year grant to study the re-entry adjustment of engineers returning to Taiwan after study abroad; National Institute of Education grant to develop a measure of crosscultural counseling skill; State of New York Department of Social Services grant to develop mental health training materials on unaccompanied refugee minors; a two year Harvard Institute for International Development project in Indonesia to evaluate and up-grade training at Bank Rakyat Training Centers; a National Association of Foreign Student Affairs grant for a research conference in November, 1992 on the Reentry of ASEAN and Pacific Island Students; an Asian Foundation grant to co-organize a conference in Penang, Malaysia on constructive conflict management in a cultural context.
Dr. Pedersen's consultancies have included work in over a dozen countries with public and private organizations. Consulting has included an average of ten or more training seminars a year on aspects of intercultural communication or mental health. Clients include: The American Psychological Association, American Educational Research Association; American Association for Counseling and Development; University of Miami; Social Actions at Kadena, Clark and Young-son Air Force Bases; Center for Applied Linguistics; Berkley Industries; The World Bank; Pan American Airlines; Northwest Airlines; EXXON Malaysia; American Field Service; The Dialogue Congress of Alpbach; The University of Guam; Harvard University; Pace University; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Fordham University; The National University of Malaysia; the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Agency for International Development; The Altbach Foundation; The Pacific Science Association; Stanford University; City University of New York; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Professional Seminar Consultants; National Institute of Health, Health and Human Services; Australian Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Australian Immigration Office and Harvard Institute for International Development and Bank Rakyat (People's Bank) Indonesia; National Taiwan University; Vaal Triangle Techniken; The Asia Foundation; a grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdierrst, and the International Institutes for Conflict Management, Australia; University of Malaysia at Sabah, Harvard Medical School, National Research Council of Taiwan and Academia Sinica, Taiwan.
Finally, Dr. Pedersen has provided leadership on international issues to a large number of professional associations including: three years as President of the 1,800 member Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR); Senior Editor Multicultural Aspects of Counseling (MAC) Series, Sage Publications; Advising Editor for Education and for Psychology, Greenwood Press book series; Board Member of “The Micronesian Institute” Headquartered in Washington D.C.; External Examiner for Universiti Putra Malaysia, University Kebangsaan, and Universiti Malaysia Sabah in Psychology; Senior Fulbright Scholar teaching at National Taiwan University (1999-2000); invited to give a Master Lecture, American Psychological Association, Los Angeles (August, 1994); Senior Fellow at the East West Center (1975-1976, 1978-1981); and election to the Committee for International Relations in Psychology (CIRP), American Psychological Association (2001-2003).