2022 Election of Student & Early Career Representatives
Biographical Statements by Candidates
Student Representative (2 candidates)
Candidate 1 - Ihuoma Faith Obioma
Since February 2019, I have been a Ph.D. student at the Social Psychology Department of Goethe University, Frankfurt researching on “cross-cultural gender stereotyping and its effect on housework and workplace diversity in the Global South and North”. Specifically, I examine these variables in Nigeria, South Africa, Germany, and India. During this time, I have prepared and published works from a cross-cultural perspective. Over the years I have volunteered at various institutions and positively contributed to my team. I joined IACCP to meet like minds and have been actively involved in the progress of the association since 2020. This involvement includes 3-4 hours of group discussion and independent tasks for the association. Because I am already highly integrated into the association, I believe I would be the ideal student representative.
Candidate 2 - Henry Lopez
AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, & GRANTS
PUBLICATIONS Lopez, H.N., Somo, A., & Devos, T. (2022) State-level cultural tightness–looseness accounts for implicit associations between American and White identities. 3, 1-10. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cresp.2021.100033 Goldstein, S. B., & Lopez, H. N. (2021). An intersectional investigation of study abroad intent among Latino/a and White first-generation college students. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 33 (2), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v33i2.534
Every human being is a cultural being. However, only 11% of the world is represented in psychology's most prestigious journals (Thalmayer et al., 2021). The study of human behavior has ignored 89% of the world, yet there has been little movement towards resolving this issue. I have gained a rich understanding of culture's potent influences on human behavior, and I am committed to diversifying the field of psychology by using samples from human groups that have been vastly underrepresented in psychological research. My commitment to diversifying psychological research is a key goal of the IACCP, and it would be a pleasure to serve as the student representative for the association.
Early Career Representative (6 candidates)
|2015–2019||PhD in Social Psychology with distinction
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), Germany
|2017||Visiting PhD student
University of Sussex, School of Psychology, UK
|2010 – 2012||MSc in Psychology with distinction
National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, Russia
|2006 – 2010||BSc in Psychology with distinction
National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, Russia
|2019–present||Department of Psychology, Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany
|2012 – 2015||Department of Psychology, HSE, Russia
Program coordinator of the double-degree MSc program “Applied Social Psychology” in collaboration with Tilburg University (2014-2015)
|2010 – 2016||Centre for Sociocultural Research, HSE, Russia
Research fellow (2015 – 2016)
Junior research fellow (2012 – 2015)
Research assistant, manager (2011 – 2012)
Research assistant (2010 – 2011)
IACCP played a formative role in my academic path. Since 2011, when I attended my first IACCP conference in Istanbul, IACCP has consistently been a place where I would find mentors, collaborators, and friends with passion for science and openness to the world and its diversity of perspectives. As an Early Career Representative, I would work to broaden the association’s reach and increase the number of early career scholars from underrepresented regions of the world who are actively involved in the association. I will dedicate my time to strengthening the tools that the association has already developed to support early career scholars, such as the IACCP summer schools, SPARK and Witkin-Okonji grants, and early career awards. Moreover, I would like to diversify the IACCP’s toolbox of early career support mechanisms by proposing and arguing for student publication awards and a new small research grants scheme. I want more early career researchers around the world to find what I found in IACCP 11 years ago: a supportive community where everyone is welcome and where local knowledge meets and becomes part of the global.
Dr. Lusine Grigoryan, Postdoctoral researcher, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
CURRENT POSITION 2021- Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Zhejiang University
PhD Applied Psychology September 2016
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China Concentration in Cross-cultural Psychology
Masters of Arts, International Studies May 2009
Concordia University Irvine, California Concentration in International Education
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor Family Studies/Child Development May 2007
Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona Cum Laud
It is with great honor that I write my motivation letter to contribute to the Early Career (EC) of IACCP for the 2022-20244 term and continue to serve as EC Representative. In 2016, I had the privilege of serving as the Student Representative and I can honestly admit it has opened my eyes to IACCP. It was an extremely rewarding experience to volunteer in such a capacity and to be working so closely with leading scholars and now, new friends. I served on the emergency committee to draft a Code of Conduct for conferences. It was rewarding to work closely with the regional representatives in Europe, Oceania and Africa. Currently, I continue my service as the C&P Summer School coorganizer. Our school has successfully launched 4 sessions in conjunction with IACCP conference. We have enrolled over 150 PhD and graduate students who have all left excellent feedback regarding their summer school experience. Professionally, IACCP is very welcoming and the best-fit association for my career development. I have lived abroad for most of my adult life including spending time in Chile and China. I completed my Ph.D. Cultural Psychology at a Zhejiang University and now teach about how culture impacts behavior. I am currently the Associate Editor of International Journal of Intercultural Research (IJIR) and serve as the Education Committee Member for Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP). I hope I can continue to bring my collaborative spirit and a new perspective to the IACCP EC so we can grow and expand membership in underrepresented areas of the world.
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Colgate University
Hamilton, NY, U.S.A. 2019-present
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, National Taiwan University
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Department of Business Administration, Truman State University
Kirksville, MO, U.S.A.
As I do culture related work, the question I come across most often is, “What is culture?” Recently, a colleague asked, “But isn’t human biology all the same? Why should we be concerned about the role of culture?” Moreover, the most common question I get from students is, “How do I incorporate culture into research?”
My research interests are interdisciplinary in nature and lie at the intersection of cross-cultural, political, and social psychology. Particularly, I focus on the role of culture in the political psychology of intergroup relations. Childhood experiences living in North Africa, East Asia, and North America enabled me to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and cemented an early interest in culture and intergroup relations. My overarching research goal is to contribute to the understanding of intergroup conflict by elucidating how ideology, identity, and emotion motivate political perception, attitudes, and behavior.
I joined IACCP three years ago and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to get more involved – so that I can not only benefit as a member but also contribute. After obtaining my doctoral degree in Taiwan, I returned to the U.S. and have been working in academia for almost three years. As a novice myself, I have wondered about the field of cross-cultural psychology, while trying to find a path, in addition to connecting to others and responding to various challenges along the way. I hope that sharing my experience studying, researching, and working in diverse settings could help early career members in navigating this difficult transition in life (among other things). Cross-cultural psychology is my passion, and I would be immensely grateful for the opportunity to serve IACCP and to help the Association grow.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration!