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2012 Election of Officers and Regional Representatives

The election this year includes offices of President-Elect, Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, and several Regional Representatives.  These individuals were selected by the Standing Committee on Elections (President, Past-President, President-Elect) based on nominations from the members of IACCP. Please vote online by March 30, 2012. Election results will be reported at the General Meeting in July and in the Bulletin.

Biographical statements by candidates appear below.

Note: you must have been a member of IACCP by February 1 of this year to be eligible to vote as indicated in the IACCP Constitution.

Information About the Offices to be Elected


The current President is Kwok Leung of the City University of Hong Kong; the President-Elect is Yoshi Kashima of the University of Melbourne, Australia; and the Immediate Past-President is Heidi Keller of the University of Osnabrueck, Germany.

The duties of the President are:  

  1. Call and preside over all meetings of the Executive Council and all General and Extraordinary General Meetings of the Association.
  2. Approve the agenda that is prepared by the Secretary‑General for all meetings of the Executive Council and for all General and Extraordinary General Meetings of the Association. 
  3. Serve as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Elections.
  4. Serve on committees as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws.

The dues of the President-Elect are:

  1. Carry out the President's duties in the absence of the President; and in the absence of both the President and the resident‑Elect the Executive Council shall choose one of its other members to carry out the President's duties.
  2. Serve on the Standing Committee on Elections and serve as Chairperson of the Witkin/Okonji Award Sub‑committee.
  3. Serve on committees as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws.

The duties of the Immediate Past‑President are:

  1. Serve as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Awards.
  2. Serve on committees as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws.

The term of office of the President is two years.


The current Secretary-General is William Gabrenya of the Florida Institute of Technology, USA. 

The duties of the Secretary-General are:

  1. Be responsible for the administration of the Association, including but not limited to: prepare all meeting agenda as set in consultation with the President; send notices of General, Extraordinary General, and Executive Council Meetings; record and keep the minutes of these meetings; conduct postal or electronic (online) ballots as needed; supervise the Treasurer; and supervise the Membership Coordinator.
  2. Report to the General Meeting on behalf of the Executive Council giving an account of the main activities in the Association since the previous General Meeting. 
  3. Serve as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Membership and Professional Standards.
  4. Share equal legal authority over and access to all banking, financial, and accounting records and assets of the Association with the Treasurer.
  5. Share equal access to the membership records of the Association with the Treasurer.
  6. Serve on committees as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws.

The term of office is four years and may serve two terms.

Deputy Secretary-General

The current Deputy Secretary General is Márta Fülüp, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary.

The duties of the Deputy Secretary General are:

  1. Assist the Secretary‑General in the general administration of the Association and perform such other duties and functions as may be assigned by the Executive Council.
  2. Serve as Chairperson the Harry and Pola Triandis Doctoral Thesis Award selection committee.
  3. Serve on committees as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws.

The term of office is two years and may serve two terms.


The current Treasurer is Sharon Glazer, CASL, University of Maryland, USA. The Treasurer position is no longer an elected position. The Treasurer is appointed by the Executive Council.

The duties of the Treasurer are:

  1. Be responsible for all the funds of the Association and present a financial report at each Executive Council Meeting and at the General Meeting.
  2. Maintain adequate financial records as legally required by the U.S. State of incorporation and all legal entities, such as the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, that require such records for tax or other purposes; file state and federal tax returns.
  3. Share banking, financial, and accounting records with the Secretary-General at all times.
  4. Be responsible for transferring funds to support the Association’s activities and maintaining adequate records of said transfers.
  5. Coordinate the annual collection of membership dues.
  6. Serve on committees as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws

The term of office is four years and may serve infinite terms.

Regional Representatives

The duties of Regional Representatives are:

  1. Be responsible for promoting the work of the Association in their respective Regions.
  2. Act as liaison between the Executive Council and the organizers of all IACCP‑sponsored conferences in their Region.
  3. Serve on the Program Committee for all IACCP sponsored conferences in their Region.
  4. Serve on the Harry and Pola Triandis Doctoral Thesis Award selection committee.
  5. Develop and encourage activities in their Regions.
  6. Report to the Association on activities undertaken in their Region to promote IACCP.

Regional Representatives are elected for four year terms and may server for two terms.


Biographical Statements by Candidates

President-Elect (two candidates)

Patricia Greenfield

Patricia M. Greenfield received her Ph. D. from Harvard University. She is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and one of the founders of the Bridging Cultures Project. Greenfield’s central theoretical and research interest is in the relationship between culture and human development. Her studies encompass social change, child development, weaving apprenticeship, and textiles in Chiapas, Mexico; cross-cultural value conflict experienced by the Latino and multiethnic communities of Los Angeles in educational and home settings; developmental implications of electronic media; and cross-species comparative research on communication and symbolic processes. In 2009, she published her theory of social change and human development in Developmental Psychology. At UCLA, Greenfield directs Children’s Digital Media Center@LA and is founding director of the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. She has held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University; the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University; and the School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience, Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a past recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Behavioral Science Research and has received teaching awards from UCLA and the American Psychological Association. In 2010 she received the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society from the American Psychological Association. For more information, visit greenfieldlab.psych.ucla.edu, weaving-generations.psych.ucla.edu, and www.cdmc.ucla.edu.

Ute Schönpflug 

Ute Schönpflug started her academic career as a Fulbright student at Northwestern University, Evanston/ILL where she qualified for a Master of Science and partly for a Ph.D. degree. After her return to Germany she held positions at Ruhr-University Bochum, Technical University Berlin, and Martin-Luther-University, Halle/East Germany. Currently Ute Schönpflug teaches Educational Psychology and Developmental Psychology at the Free University Berlin. She is a member of several international societies for research on human development. Motivated by her interest in mono- and multilinguistic language acquisition she became an adjunct member of the Institute of Cognitive Science in Boulder/Colorado to coordinate her main research activities in the areas of text comprehension of mono- and bilinguals with this institute. In her research contexts she emphasizes educational implications and applications. For more than two decades she has been a member of IACCP and for more than one decade she has enjoyed being an associate editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Her cross-cultural interests emerged into longitudinal and cross.-sectional investigations on cultural transmission of values between parents and adolescent offspring crossing the border to sociobiology and its evolutionary perspective. Cross-cultural comparisons were achieved with colleagues from the USA, Poland and Shanghai/China.  Her main focus for presidential activities would be to mediate contacts to scientists of related disciplines, and to associate them to IACCP to extend its scientific impact and networks.

Secretary-General (one candidate)

William Gabrenya

William Gabrenya is current the Secretary-General of IACCP and is editor of the Cross-Cultural Psychology Bulletin (1995-present). He was chair of the Communication and Publications Committee of IACCP (2000-2008).  He has served as Webmaster since the inception of the IACCP website in 1995. Bill received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979 then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Ohio State University for two years. He joined IACCP in 1980. Since 1981, he has been on the faculty of the Florida Institute of Technology in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Undergraduate Programs and a member of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Management.  He has been a visiting faculty member at Jacobs University-Bremen, Germany and National Taiwan University on two occasions. Bill's research interests include cross-cultural competence, sojourner adjustment/performance, assessment, sexual behavior, modernity, and social class.  His area interest is Chinese society. He has served on the consulting editor boards of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and the Asian Journal of Social Psychology.

Deputy Secretary-General (one candidate) 

David Sam

David Lackland SAM is a professor of cross-cultural psychology at the University of Bergen, Norway.  Sam obtained a B. Sc. (Honors) degree in psychology from the University of Ghana, before migrating to Norway as a student, where he did his PhD.  He teaches courses in cross-cultural psychology, cross-cultural psychopathology and medical anthropology. Sam’s main research interest is in psychology of acculturation and intercultural relations.  His interest in acculturation arose first from his background as an international student, and later as an immigrant. Sam has published extensively on young immigrants’ psychological adaptation in general, and from a cross-cultural comparative perspective.  He was co-editor of two books on acculturation (in 2006), and a co-author of the 3rd edition of Cross-cultural psychology: Research and applications, published by Cambridge University Press, in 2011.  Sam has visited and given lectures/seminars at a number of leading universities in Australia, Finland, Germany, UK and USA. Sam has been Associate Scholar at Queen’s University, (Canada), Fulbright scholar at the California State University (Los Angeles), a Visiting Scholar at the University of Hawaii (Honolulu), and Brandeis University (Boston).  Sam has also given a number of workshops including the Acculturation Stream workshop during the first IACCP PhD Summer School in Istanbul. He has been a member of the IACCP since 1992, and has actively participated in all the international, and most of the regional congresses of the IACCP during these past 20 years.  He is an outgoing European representative of the IACCP, and is the IACCP representative of the Advanced Research Training Seminars (ARTS) organized by the International Union of Psychological Science and the International Association of Applied psychology.  

Regional Representatives

Subsaharan Africa - Central and South Africa (two candidates)

Joseph Lah Lo-oh

Joseph Lah Lo-oh is Assistant Lecturer of Human Development, Child and Adolescent Psychology and Educational Sciences in the Faculty of Education at the University of Buea, Cameroon. He also directs a youth research and service facility, the Centre for Productive Youth Development Cameroon. Lo-oh holds a B.Ed. in Curriculum Studies, an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Buea, Cameroon. He has been a member of ISSBD since 2007. He is also in the founding board of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood and member of several national and international societies interested in human development. He has participated in several of ISSBD’s meetings at both regional and international levels. Lo-oh is noted to have played key roles in championing the course of ISSBD in Cameroon and in the Africa sub region. He is good at collaboration and is a leading consultant in networking emerging scholars in his country with effective and efficient others and institutions. He does transitions research with focus on childhood, adolescence and emerging adulthood.

Deon Meiring

Deon Meiring is an Associate Professor at the Department of Human Recourses Management at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In October 2007 he was appointed as Assistant Professor extraordinary at the Department of Industrial Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch where he heads up the Assessment & Development Center Research Focus Area. Deon's field of specialization is in advance assessment practice and he has extensive experience in Assessment & Development Centres design and personality test construction. He has been registered as an Industrial Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) since 1995. He consults on a part time basis in industry on executive and specialized assessment projects. He completed his PhD at the Tilburg University, Netherlands under Prof Fons van de Vijver in 2007. He has published scientific articles and chapters, and has presented his research at local and international conferences. In 2010 he received an honorary membership from the Assessment Centre Study Group (ACSG) for his work in assessment centre field in South Africa. He is the chairperson of the 2012 International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) conference that will be hosted in Stellenbosch, July 2012 (www.iaccp2012southafrica.co.za). He is also the chairperson of the Local Organizing Committee of the First World Conference of Personality (1 WCP) that will take place in Stellenbosch in 2013 (www.perpsy.org)

East Asia 

Sylvia Xiaohua Chen

Sylvia Xiaohua Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a M.A. in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University, U.S.A. Her major research interests center on language and culture, self and identity, and personality and social behavior in cultural contexts. Specifically, her work focuses on examining the social impact of bilingualism and biculturalism, along with the effects of cultural contexts, on psychological consequences, the universality of culturally-derived constructs and their behavioral manifestations, the function and application of social beliefs, and socio-cultural influences on illness behaviors and help-seeking patterns. To this end, Sylvia has published over 30 journal articles and book chapters. She received the Jung-heun Park Young Scholar Award conferred by the Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) in 2005 and several academic awards from the American Psychological Association Division 52 (International Psychology) during 2005-2007. Currently, she is a representative-at-large of the AASP and on the editorial board of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

James Jian-Min Sun

Dr. James Jian-Min Sun is currently a professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, and adjunct professor at the School of Labor and Human Resource, Renmin University of China. He received his Ph.D in psychology from the Department of Psychology, Beijing Normal University in 1994 and joined Renmin University upon graduation. He was a Fulbright scholar at University of Florida in 2007-2008 and has studied and leactured in more than 30 universities world-wide, such as Harvard University, Carnegie-Mellon University, University of Illinois at Urbana, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Toronto, University of Cambridge, London School of Economics, University of Kiel, National University of Taiwan, Baptist University of Hong Kong, among others. He has published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, International Journal of Psychology, Acta Psychological Sinica, Journal of Applied Psychology (Chinese), Sociological Research (Chinese), Journal of Business Studies (Chinese), Journal of Social Psychology (Chinese) and has published more than 20 books in human resource management and applied psychology. He is on the editorial board of Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Business and Psychology, Management Learning. He is a member of IAAP, IACCP, AOM, SIOP, SPSP. 

Europe  (One of two positions; two candidates)


Márta Fülöp 

Márta Fülöp is scientific Director and head of the Cultural Comparative Psychology Research Group of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) and professor of social psychology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary.  She graduated from ELTE in 1980 and received her Ph.D. from HAS in 1995. She was the president of the Social Psychology Division of the Hungarian Psychological Association  2000-2008. Her main research topic is competition and she approaches it from cross-cultural and cultural psychological points of view. She has a wide network of professionals across Europe due to serving as an Executive Committe member of the Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe SOCRATES Academic Network since 1998. She was a research fellow of the Japan Foundation in 1996-1997 in Japan, a Lindzey Fellow in the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford,  USA between 1997-1998, a visiting professor at Kansai University, Japan in 2004. She organized the 6th Regional Congress of IACCP in 2003 in Budapest. She was Deputy Secretary General of IACCP 2008 - 2012.

Carolin Demuth 

Carolin Demuth studied psychology from 1995-2002 at the Free University Berlin with a strong focus on cultural psychology. In 2008, she received her doctoral degree from the University of Osnabrueck, Dept. of Culture & Development, where she has since been working as lecturer within the Master program "Intercultural Psychology." She is also teaching within the Master program of the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), Osnabrueck. From February to May 2012, she is visiting scholar at Clark University, Worcester, USA. Her research focuses on the dialogical interplay of human development and culture, particularly with respect to the role of parental ethnotheories, discursive practices and narrative identity construction. It covers culture comparative studies with families from diverse communities such as middle class families in North Germany and New Delhi (India), farming and urban Nso (North-West Cameroon) and Turkish migrant families in Germany. For her doctoral dissertation  ("Talking to infants: how culture is instantiated in early mother-infant interactions: The case of Cameroonian farming Nso and North German middle-class families") she was awarded a certificate of honor in the IACCP Harry and Pola Triandis Doctoral Dissertation Award competition in 2010. She has served as workshop presenter (and assistant) on qualitative methods, such as grounded theory and discourse analysis, at various IACCP conferences and within several Advanced Research and Training Seminars (ARTS). She also serves as reviewer for the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Insular Pacific (one candidate)

Chris Sibley 

I am a senior lecturer in social psychology at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. I teach in courses relating to social psychology and research methods. I completed my PhD in 2005 at Victoria University of Wellington. I’ve published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, primarily on intergroup relations, prejudice and personality. In 2010 I was awarded an Early Career Research Excellence Award by The University of Auckland for my research on the causes and outcomes of prejudice and discrimination. I am the lead researcher for the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study. This is a representative longitudinal study that assesses change and stability in the personality, social attitudes, and values of roughly 6500 New Zealanders each year, and running the study keeps me fairly busy. I have six general areas of research interest. These can be broadly labelled as follows: personality and prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination, sexism and gender inequality, intergroup relations in New Zealand, social dominance and political ideology, and identity and psychological wellbeing. I am particularly interested in modelling change in ideology and intergroup attitudes over time. 

North America (USA position; two candidates) 

Judith Gibbons 

Judith Gibbons, Professor of Psychology and International Studies at Saint Louis University, researches the developmental psychology of adolescents, gender, and intercountry adoption. She is a past-president of the Society of Cross-Cultural Research, a Fulbright scholar at the Universidad del Valle Guatemala, the editor of International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Consultation, Practice, and the president-elect of the Interamerican Society of Psychology (better known by its acronym in Spanish, SIP). For IACCP, she served half a term as the representative from North America (from 2011-2012).

Rita C. Rodabaugh

I have been a professor and administrator in colleges and universities since 1977, teaching anthropology, psychology and sociology.  I have an EdD from Florida International University in psychology with cognates in anthropology and sociology.  I have a master’s degree in psychology with a minor in anthropology from East Carolina University and bachelor's degrees in both anthropology and psychology.  I am now retired and I serve as a Teaching Assistant Professor for the Psychology Department at East Carolina University.  I teach two cross-cultural courses:  Global Understanding: Psychological Perspectives and Ethnocultural Influences on the Development of the Self.  I have served as the Chief Academic Officer at two colleges and the Executive Director for a university faculty development center.  I have served several national organizations as an officer and a board member. 

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