2022 Election of Officers & Regional Representatives

The election this year includes the offices of President-Elect, Deputy Secretary-General, and several Regional Representatives. The Standing Committee on Elections (President, Past-President and President-Elect as per our constitution) compiled the following list of candidates based on nominations from members of IACCP and direct solicitations. The ballot solely encompasses members in good standing, who were nominated from among the membership of IACCP; no nomination was rejected by the committee.

Please vote online by April 15, 2022. Election results will be reported at the General Meeting in July 2022 and on the IACCP website.

Step 1. For President-Elect and Deputy Secretary-General and a change in the IACCP constitution click on the IACCP Officers link below. (All members can cast a vote). After casting your vote, you will be redirected here to continue to Step 2. below.

Step 2. For voting for your regional representative select your region from the list (You can only vote in the region you are registered for)

Biographical statements by candidates appear below.

Jump to: President-Elect | Deputy Secretary-General | South Asia | South East Asia | Middle East - North Africa | North America | Europe | Central America | South America

Note: Voting eligibility

Members in good standing, Honorary Members, and sponsored Members may vote. Members must have​ paid their annual dues, and sponsored Members must have received their sponsorship, by February 1 of the year of the election as indicated in the IACCP Constitution. (Clause 2.4.3)

Information About the Officers to be Elected


The current President is Colleen Ward of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zeeland; the President-Elect is William Gabrenya of FIT of Florida,United States.

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 duties 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 terms of office of the three Presidents are two years.

Deputy Secretary-General

The current Deputy Secretary General is Anat Bardi Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom.

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 of the Deputy Secretary-General is two years and may serve two 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 serve for four year terms and may be elected for up to two consecutive terms.


Biographical Statements by Candidates

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President-Elect (2 candidates)

Candidate 1 - Rolando Diaz-Loving

Biographical Information

Rolando Diaz-Loving obtained his PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981 and the “Distinguished Alumnus Award” in 2001. He is a Full Professor and Head of the Psychosocial Research Unit at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Dr. Diaz-Loving’s research is a reference in couple and family relationships, sexual and contraceptive behaviors, health and obesity, cross-cultural psychology and ethno-psychology. His publications on personality and social psychological processes are integral to the creation of a Mexican ethno-psychology. His bio-psycho-social-cultural theory on human relationships has guided innumerable studies and programs about family and couple´s relationships, and his studies in sexual behavior, contraceptive behavior, health, HIV and obesity are groundwork for numerous intervention programs. The work of Diaz-Loving as an author include the co-edition of 18 volumes of Social Psychology in Mexico, 224 articles in scientific journals, 223 chapters in specialized books, 21 research books and two textbooks. He has also taught several generations of researchers in Latin America. He has directed 49 doctoral, 26 masters and 28 bachelor level theses and dissertations.

To disseminate the research conducted at the Psychosocial Research Unit, he has given more than 1000 presentations in 30 different countries. He has received funding for research from the Pan-American and World Health Organization, Fogarty Foundation, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Population Council, among others. He was President of the Interamerican Society of Psychology and a member of the Executive Committee for the International Association of Cross Cultural Psychology. He was a consultant to the World Health Organization, the International Union of Scientific Psychology and the Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative. He is currently the President of Division 3 of International Association of Applied Psychology.

He created and edited the "Revista de Psicología Social y Personalidad" and Psychological Research Records.” He has also been the coordinator of the scientific committee for conferences organized by the Mexican Association of Psychology, the International Association of Cross-cultural Psychology, the Interamerican Society of Psychology and the International Association of Applied Psychology. He has also been a member of the editorial committee of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Social Behavior, Interamerican Journal of Psychology, Puerto Rican Journal of Psychology, and Applied Psychology: An International Review and Personal Relationships, among others.

Vision Statement

I had the great fortune to attend the 7th International Conference in Acapulco Mexico in 1984 where I presented "Cross-cultural comparison of a measure of instrumental and expressive traits. Before, and since then, I have had the total conviction --as I expressed in the article Diaz-Loving, R. (1999). The indigenization of psychology: Birth of a new science or rekindling of an old one? Applied Psychology. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 48 (4), 433-449--, that psychological knowledge grows exponentially when culture and ecosystem are included in the equation. I truly believe that psychology as a science and an applied field becomes of better use when we add cultural and situational relevance to the traditional validity and reliability of the psychological research method. In order to achieve Wundt´s dream of an experimental, developmental, evolutionary and cultural psychology, we should all include in our practice and teaching of psychology, the understanding of qualitative, observational, descriptive and ideographic methodologies, as well as quantitative, experimental and nomothetic methodologies, in conjunction with knowledge of historical, social, cultural, exosystemic and psychological theories. I also believe that the integral training that cross-cultural psychologists have, is the only alternative to the constant crises in the practice of psychology in different parts of the world.

As I have done in the past (as a member of the executive of IACCP representing South America first, and then Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America; as the organizer of three Regional Latin American IACCP Conferences in Merida, Yucatan (1994), Hermosillo, Sonora (1996) and Mexico City (2007); and as a member of the Editorial board of The Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology for over two decades), I pledge to serve the members of IACCP, to expand the mission of IACCP and to advance and integral perspective of psychology.

Candidate 2 - Zeynep Aycan

Biographical Information

Zeynep Aycan is a Professor with dual appointment in the Department of Psychology and Faculty of Management at Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey. She holds the Koç Holding Chair of Management and Strategy. Aycan is the Founder and Director of the Leadership Lab at Koç University (http://leadlab.ku.edu.tr).

Aycan received her MA from Bogazici University, Turkey (under the supervision of Cigdem Kagitcibasi), Doctoral Degree from Queen’s University, Canada (under the supervision of John W. Berry), and conducted post-doctoral studies McGill University, Faculty of Management (under the supervision of Rabindra N. Kanungo). Aycan’s research focuses on the impact of culture on various aspects of organizational processes, including leadership, human resource management, women’s career development and work-life balance. She published 6 books and more than 80 book chapters and research articles in journals, including Annual Review of Psychology; Annual Review of Organizational Behavior and Organizational Psychology; Science; Journal of International Business Studies; Journal of Applied Psychology; Human Relations; Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Aycan was the co-founder and the co-Editor of the International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management for 14 years (Sage Publ). She served as the President of the International Society for the Study of Work and Organizational Values (ISSWOV), and the President of the Turkish Psychological Association, Istanbul Branch. She was the Chair of the Organizing Committee of the Regional Congress of IACCP.

Awards and recognitions include National Science Council of Turkey Award; American Psychological Association Ursula Gielen Global Book Award; Chartered Management Institute Leadership book of the Year Award; Best Paper Award of the Applied Psychology: An International Review; Global Young Academy Member; Elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP); Elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS).

Vision Statement

I have been a proud member of IACCP since 1992. My vision in a leadership role in IACCP entails facilitation of three types of activities. First, I believe in the value of strengthening ties with associations whose members are considered as the stakeholders of IACCP (e.g., those who conduct and/or use cross-cultural psychology theories and research). These ties will foster interdisciplinary learning and broaden IACCP’s scope and impact. Second, I would like to stimulate collective efforts to advance our theories and methodologies to capture culture and cross-cultural phenomena as reflected in the rapidly changing realities. I believe IACCP’s scientific leadership and guidance is much needed to understand and navigate the new world order. Last, but not least, I would like us to collectively develop strategies to attract the next generation cross-cultural psychologists. It would be an honor to serve the Association.

Deputy Secretary-General (2 candidates)

Candidate 1 - Sophie Walsh

Biographical Information

Shalom to all members of the IACCP. I am Sophie, a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at Bar Ilan University, Israel. I was born in the UK, where I completed my undergraduate degree in social sciences at Cambridge University, before immigrating to Israel, where I completed my MA in Clinical Psychology, my Clinical training and my PhD, looking at developmental processes of immigrant emerging adults with Professor Shmuel Shulman. My post-doc at the Hebrew University focused on experiences of discrimination among emerging adult immigrants from Ethiopia and the Former Soviet Union in Israel. My interest in cross-cultural psychology started, no doubt, following my own immigration and my understanding of the psychological impact that such a transition involves. Despite a relatively “privileged” immigration, I realized that moving from one culture to another, and moving away from one’s home society, involves very deep and significant inner processes, which I wanted to start to understand. Over time, my interests have developed to trying to understand the interplay between social processes (e.g. discrimination and attitudes to immigrants) with inner processes of identity and well-being. In particular I am interested in inner processes (e.g. feelings of lack of belonging, alienation, lack of hope) that mediate between immigration or minority status and discrimination with risk (e.g. substance use and delinquency and low psychological well-being). I am also interested in the resilience resources such as the family and community, which can moderate such processes. In the past few years I have also been developing, together with Prof .Eugene Tartakovsky, a Threat-Benefit Model of attitudes to immigrants which examines the ways in which different immigrant and minority groups can represent different domains of threat and/or benefit to a society, the way that personal values that we hold can predict these attitudes and how such attitudes may impact on well-being of the immigrant group and/or behaviors of society members (e.g. willingness to be in contact).

Vision Statement

I am happy to submit my application for Deputy Secretary General of the IACCP. The past couple of years have been very hard ones for all of us, in the academic world and throughout. In some ways, zoom has allowed us to come closer to colleagues across the world in different cultures, for whom travelling can be expensive and inaccessible. Yet, in other ways, the world has become much larger, distances much greater and it is a long time since we have been able to meet. For parents in academia, pressures of parenting in the COVID period have added stress to academic pressures. As cross-cultural researchers, this distance and the lack of ability to meet, has significant consequences. Yet during this time, Anat Bardi, who is now finishing her term as Deputy Secretary has impressively worked to reverse the distance by setting up a membership committee, with sub committees looking at grants, how to improve conferences, how to make IACCP more accessible for people from different languages and enabling sharing of knowledge through seminars and webinars. In the hope that we are returning to a time of in person meeting, I see myself as continuing in Anat’s shoes and working toward enabling the network to come together in what will hopefully be a post-COVID world. My application is from a place of wanting to be more involved in the IACCP, to give to the community in which we work and to think about how to help upcoming researchers, from diverse cultures, to be involved, to share their knowledge and to be able to be an active part of IACCP. The next couple of years will entail understanding how the new hybrid world, which we are, now learning to navigate, can best serve to bring members closer and be involved and how IACCP can support this process.

Candidate 2 -Johnny Fontaine

Biographical Information

Johnny Fontaine studied Psychology at the KULeuven in Belgium and did a postgraduate degree in the Quantitative Analysis for the Social Sciences at the KUBrussels in Belgium. In 1999 he defended his PhD thesis at the KULeuven on “Cultural bias in Schwartz’s value instrument: An exemplary study on cultural bias in social-psychological and personality questionnaires”. Since 2002 he works at Ghent University in Belgium where he is currently full professor at and head of department of the Department of Work, Organization, and Society at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. He teaches on psychological assessment and on cross-cultural psychology. Besides being a long-standing member of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, he is an active member of the European Association of Psychological Assessment, of which he was the president from 2015 till 2019. In line with his teaching, he developed his research at the interface between cross-cultural psychology and psychological assessment with a focus on cultural comparability of assessment instruments (either used by cross-cultural psychologists to investigate cultural context differences or used by psychologists with culturally diverse populations). Starting with his master thesis, his earlier work focused on (assessment) of values across cultural groups. His current research mainly focuses on emotions, and builds further on work he started during his research internship at Tilburg University. Among others, his cultural-comparative emotion research deals with self-conscious emotions, the cognitive structure of emotions, and assessment of emotions more broadly. He also aims at extending his theoretically-oriented research to applied fields. He is currently promoting a project on moral distress among health care professionals in Belgium and is the UGent promotor of a European HORIZON2020 project on the assessment and training of emotional competencies for young adults through the development of a smartphone app.

Website: https://www.ugent.be/pp/pao/en/research/pacde.htm

Vision Statement

When I started my master’s degree, I realized that cross-cultural psychology was my passion. At the time I was lucky that I could do my research internship with Ype Poortinga at Tilburg University in his research group with Fons van de Vijver. I learned two fundamental academic lessons for life: (1) I was taught to disagree with experts in a reasoned way and (2) I became a part of a big family that gave a sense of scientific belonging. Most importantly, they introduced me to the Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, which became for me the inspiring home base for my academic development. I still remember vividly the first cross-cultural conference I attended as a master student in Debrecen, Hungary, in 1991. In Tilburg I was raised with a strong sensitivity for the methodological quality of cross-cultural research, and throughout my career it remained a major point of attention, both in my earlier research on the Schwartz values as in my current emotion research. With my cross-cultural luggage I further developed in the domain of psychological assessment, where I experienced a stimulating cross-fertilization between the two domains. Moreover, as the past-president of the European Association of Psychological Assessment, I got the experience of how important a professional organization is for a thriving research community. Now that I have more time in my professional life to devote myself to my cross-cultural passion, I would be very happy to do something in return to the association which was my home base throughout my career. I would like to further help creating a welcoming and warm environment for up-and-coming talent from across the globe and to help further developing our association as the reference platform for the so much needed scientific debate about the role cultural contexts play in psychological functioning.


Regional Representatives

South Asia (1 candidate)

Candidate 1 - Shagufa Kapadia

Biographical Information

My engagement with the field of psychology and human development spans more than three decades, resembling a tapestry of varying shades and hues.

My research has focused on eliciting cultural perspectives on adolescent development, morality, social support exchange, acculturation, identity, and youth aspirations and life goals.
• Engagement in decade long research in adolescent development in the Indian context (Springer book Adolescence in urban India: Cultural construction in a society in transition, 2017).
• Cross-cultural research with adolescents and emerging adults in Canada (Shastri-Indo Canadian Fellowships at University of Western Ontario - 2006, 2010) and USA (Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship, New School for Social Research, New York, 2004) on identity and parent-child relationships in the context of immigration and acculturation.
Recently, I completed a collaborative cross-cultural study on social support exchange involving the US, Japan and India (National Science Foundation, USA).
• Currently I am involved in a conducting a phenomenology with youth from a low-income context (Small Grants Award, Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood). It seeks to identify how the Indic Framework of Life Goals serves as an overarching Positive Youth Development model to represent youth aspirations and life goals.

• Introduction of new courses addressing culture - development interface (examples: Adolescence across Cultures, Trends and Issues in Human Development) and issues of sustainable development (master’s specialization on ‘Child Development and Education for Sustainable Development’ in the Department of Human Development at The M.S. University of Baroda, 2019).
• International teaching of graduate courses - ‘Multicultural Psychology’ and ‘Family and Couple Systems Therapy’ as Visiting Faculty in the Department of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University, Virginia, USA (2009, 2014).
Shagufa Kapadia CV IACCP 2
Current Scholarly Dissemination and Networking • Co-edited book, ‘Going Global: How Psychologists Can Meet a World of Need’, (APA, June 2022). The book addresses how psychologists can adopt culturally sensitive teaching, research, advocacy, and practice to address pressing global issues.
• Initiated work on an edited volume titled, ‘Handbook of Human Development’ (Springer Pub.). Centered on the culture-development interface, the book engages with indigenous cultural frameworks to examine and understand human development in the Indian context.
• I have set up an India chapter of the International Beliefs and Values Institute (IBAVI) (Bellingham, Western Washington University). Its mission is to explore the influence of cultural beliefs and values on actions, policies, and practices around the world (see www. http://www.ibavi.org/). I also represent my university on the IBAVI initiative ‘Applied Global Studies Association’ (AGSA). It includes a network of countries (US, Japan, Sweden, Chile, Spain, Australia, and India) with the goal of creating international, interdisciplinary low-cost, flexible academic programs pertaining to global issues.

Vision Statement

IACCP appeals to me as it is closely aligned to my scholarly interest in unraveling cross-cultural perspectives in human development. I am enthusiastic about representing IACCP in the South Asian region for a number of reasons, the foremost being to enhance its visibility in the region through increase in membership and organization of programs that will offer South Asian scholars a conducive platform to discuss topics and issues of regional and global relevance. Cross-cultural understanding of human behavior and development is sine qua non to address critical global issues such as health threats (e.g., Covid-19 pandemic), poverty, education, migration, gender inequity, and sustainability. IACCP is well-placed to guide scholars in integrating research, teaching and practice that would interweave issues that are of concern to individuals and families across the world. I am keen to organize webinars and workshops on research and teaching to address and integrate pressing global issues, thereby strengthening the social relevance and pluralistic character of Psychology.
The South Asian region is characterized by immense cultural diversity, which Psychology in these regions has yet to adequately address. As Regional Representative, I would like to work with other Regional Representatives toward strengthening indigenous cultural perspectives on mind and behavior in Psychology curriculum, and ensure representation of the work of South Asian scholars, which I observe, is largely missing from most cross-cultural syllabi. Early Career Scholars (ECSs) are the future architects of Psychology. I would like to organize capacity building workshops and topical networks involving early career and senior scholars. Such platforms will offer opportunity to explore and mentor research and teaching collaborations, in favor of the long-term goal of strengthening Psychology. In the course of my tenure as Regional Representative I am keen to hold a regional conference in India involving collaboration between IACCP and the National Academy of Psychology (NAOP) - India. Overall, I look forward to working in tandem with IACCP to strengthen cross-cultural perspectives in Psychology in the South Asian region.

South East Asia (2 candidates)

Candidate 1 - Chan-Hoong Leong

Biographical Information

I am currently Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). Prior to this, I spent 11 years at the Institute of Policy Studies, a policy think-tank in the National University of Singapore (NUS). I was Senior Research Fellow, and Head (2016-2019) and Deputy Head (2013-2016) of Social Lab, a research and fieldwork consulting unit. As part of my former and current job scope, I work closely with academics from the various disciplines and universities to study contemporary challenges in public policies. This includes the management of ethnic relations, immigration, and economic inequality. I currently serve as Singapore’s national representative for the World Association for Public Opinion Research, and editorial board member for the Asian Journal of Social Psychology (2018 -now) and International Journal of Intercultural Relations (2014-2015). I am a Fellow and elected Board member of the International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR) and I chair the Rae and Dan Landis Outstanding Dissertation Award committee at the IAIR. In Singapore, I have served on various government appointed advisory bodies including the National Integration Workgroup on Community in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). My research direction is informed by my multidisciplinary education and employment – I read a PhD in Psychology (2006, Wellington, NZ), and M.Sc.’s in Statistics (2011, NUS) and Applied Geographic Information Systems (2019, NUS). Presently, my academic interests sit at the intersection of culture, identity, and human-environment interactions. I use a myriad of methodologies, analytical tools, and theoretical frameworks and disciplines to make sense of human behaviours, motivations, and their cognitive processes. Most recently, I am interested in how the neighbourhood’s conditions shape residents’ immigrant social inclusion and their physical and emotional wellbeing. I publish widely, catering to both academic audience (i.e., scientific journals) and policymakers (e.g., evidence-based applied research, policy reports, op-eds).

Vision Statement

In the last two decades we have witnessed a series of catastrophic economic, political, security ruptures to our global systems. From the terrorist attack in 9/11, to the overnight collapse of financial institutions in 2008, climate change, rise of populist authoritarian regimes, geopolitical conflicts, and the COVID-19 pandemic, these seismic and at times insurmountable calamities have made a lasting imprint to our way of life, our relations to others in the community, and to those who are culturally distinct from us. In a world that is under sieged with despair and uncertainty, there is never been a more important time for us to reflect, relate, and reacquaint with the people and the environment around us. Importantly the complexity of and interwoven challenges today cannot be distilled through a singular theoretical lens – cross-cultural psychology alone cannot provide all the answers, but it can serve as a pillar to the plethora of academic disciplines and a prism to understanding how individual and collective dynamics are manifested in Southeast Asia, a culturally plural region that has seen more than its fair share of ethnic, religious and social contestations. I feel blessed for the friendship, encouragement, and thought- provoking exchanges I have had with the scholarly community in IACCP over the past 20 years. I want to give back to the association for the opportunities and support I have received and to support or mentor those who walk the path after me. It will be a privilege to share my network and research experience in policy development, regional identity politics, and geographic information sciences, to help advance a more holistic and informed approach to cross-cultural and intergroup studies in this part of the world. I look forward to learning from and working in partnership with the IACCP family.

Candidate 2 -Adrian Liem

Biographical Sketch

My name is Andrian, originally from Indonesia and I earned my PhD in Psychology from the University of Queensland, Australia (Apr 2015-May 2019). During my stay in Australia, I actively engaged in the School by taking a role as Postgraduate Student Representatives in the International sub-committee (2016) and Research sub-committee (2017). I was also interested to know better the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and culture. I was fortunate to have a volunteer experience at an Indigenous family care centre.
I then did a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship (Sep 2019–Aug 2021) at the University of Macau under the mentorship of Prof Brian Hall and A/Prof Agnes Lam in developing a mental health app for overseas Filipino workers in Macau. During this fellowship, I was also engaged with Indonesian migrant workers and unions. I was then interested more in domestic work because apparently many of the migrant domestic workers also have to take care of the elderly adults besides doing the chores.
This curiosity led me to my current research fellowship at Monash University Malaysia, which started in Sep 2021. In this fellowship under the mentorship of Dr Sharuna Verghis and Prof Tin Tin Su, I am exploring the mental health, attitudes toward dementia, and awareness of dementia among Indonesian domestic workers in several countries in Asia. Besides, I am joining two research groups that were formed after the 1st Southeast Asia Indigenous Psychology Scientific Meeting last December. Our groups will explore two topics, which are 1) The Experience of Stigma and Coping among Marginalized Students in Three South East Asian Countries: A Cross-Cultural Study and 2) Wellness in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines. Please kindly visit my Academia account to read more about my research (https://umonash-my.academia.edu/AndrianLiem/Analytics/activity/overview).

Vision Statement

I have been a member of IACCP since 2013, when I started my career as a lecturer in Indonesia. My primary motivation for applying for a Regional Representative for the Southeast Asia (SEA) region position is to contribute more to the organization and grow together with other members, especially after my experiences in working with scholars from diverse cultures and countries. I want to link and strengthen the connection between scholars in the SEA region as we have rich cultures and dynamic situations in this region. For example, Indonesia and the Philippines just experienced volcanic eruptions and typhoons. I know some experts from these countries in disaster psychology and would be great if we could share the cultural perspective of disaster management to understand better how the SEA community cope with these unfortunate events and design culturally appropriate prevention and intervention plans when needed.
I also want to learn from other members and increase engagement through research/teaching collaboration and socio-cultural exchange activity. For instance, we could make a special issue for authors in the SEA region on a specific topic (i.e. disaster and coping), which would be useful not only to the IACCP members but also to global readers. Through this collaborative engagement, I would also like to increase the visibility of SEA members, which researchers or topics from the Global South, particularly LMICs, are sometimes still viewed disfavour. In addition, I am interested to engage scholars from Timor-Leste since geographically their location is in the SEA region and introducing IACCP to their community.
In summary, I hope that I could improve my cultural humility by learning from other members and at the same time could contribute more to IACCP by creating stronger collaboration among SEA members and promoting the organization to more people in the region. Thank you.

Middle East - North Africa (2 candidates)

Candidate 1 - Angela Maitner

Biographical Sketch

I completed my graduate training at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, where I focused on intergroup relations from a social cognitive perspective. I then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kent, UK, building my expertise in the Social Identity tradition. I have worked in the UAE for the past 12.5 years. Thus, my academic career has spanned three continents and three “United” countries, while my work looks at what brings people together, and what pulls them apart.

In the UAE, I teach courses on Cultural and Social Psychology, and Research Methods. I also coordinate a dynamic major program. Although we faced many challenges developing our program, it is now one of the fastest growing majors on campus. The drive our diverse student body is showing for psychological education highlights the importance of grounding our program in cultural narratives and emic work.

Inspired by my current placement in a Department of International Studies, much of my work takes an interdisciplinary approach (see Maitner & Stewart-Ingersoll, 2015; Maitner & Henry, 2018; Maitner, 2021). I have conducted intra- and cross-cultural projects that describe or explain important cultural influences on attitudes, behavior, and cognition. Some of this work is descriptive, helping quantify norms and values underlying cognitive and emotional processes in the UAE (Maitner, 2015; 2022; Maitner & Henry, 2018). Other work directly tests resulting experimental hypotheses (Maitner et al., 2017; Maitner & Summerville, 2022; Maitner et al., in press).

In the last year, my work has explored perceptions of status within the UAE, focusing within a single national context (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/13684302211042421), cross-cultural differences in counterfactual thinking, comparing White Americans to Arabs in the UAE (http://hdl.handle.net/11073/21587), and how emotions motivate regulatory behavior across dignity, honor, and face cultures with data from 11 countries (http://hdl.handle.net/11073/21588).

Please see: https://www.aus.edu/faculty/angela-maitner

Vision Statement

Since 2009, I have been an Assistant, Associate, and now Full Professor of Psychology at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. During this time, I played a central role developing a psychology program which integrates culture as a central component. Since the major launched in 2019, I have served as program coordinator. Working with a diverse group of majority Arab students, I have learned a lot about the challenges associated with conducting research outside of dominant regions and about contextualizing psychological research, centering emic narratives, and working across disciplines to develop a deeper understanding of human psychology.

In the last few years, I have coauthored work focused on expanding open, replicable, and inclusive science. In addition, I have hosted multiple symposia and conferences on Arab psychology, including a conference on Basic Psychological Research in the Arab Middle East, and a bridge-building symposium on emic perspectives on psychological research. With that event, we were able to spotlight six AMENA researchers and highlight challenges and opportunities associated with conducting research in the region while supporting eight AMENA students to attend a professional conference. To enhance research ties in the region, I built a listserv (with emailed summaries now sent in English and Arabic) of researchers working in or focusing on Arabs in the Middle East to enhance research connections and share knowledge. The listserv currently consists of 50 members working in 12 countries (AMENA researchers interested in joining may email: psychresearchame@aus.edu).

Working with IACCP, I would like to play a role further enhancing connections and infrastructure within the region. From the UAE, I can communicate directly with all Arab colleagues, as well as with other colleagues in the geographic region and beyond.


My area of specialization is cross-cultural psychology and my interests include social values, beliefs, ethnic stereotypes, organization.

Candidate 2 - Michael Weinstock

Biographical Information

As an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, I chair a program called Education, Learning, and Renewal, which concerns educators and learners in both formal and informal learning environments. I formerly chaired the school psychology program and currently sit on the university research ethics committee. My research focuses on epistemic development and thinking over the lifespan. As my working assumption is that a major factor in epistemic development is exposure to diverse perspectives, I have developed a particular interest in social change from homogenous to more heterogenous social contexts as a motor of developmental shifts in understanding the nature of knowledge and knowing. My work in this area also assumes that social epistemology—cultural ways of knowing and conceptions of the sources of knowledge, as well as the epistemological characteristics of specific reasoning contexts—would be reflected in individuals' reasoning and epistemic orientations. I have advised graduate students in research in their own cultural communities looking at the effect of rapid social change across generations on epistemologies, values, and conceptions of psychology as a field of knowledge and practice. Two of the articles from these projects were published in the IACCP's Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. My association with the IACCP includes being a member and nearly annual conference attendee since 2013, as well as an ad-hoc reviewer for the JCCP.
Before my doctoral studies, I was a high school history teacher, which presaged my interest in human development, social change, and epistemic thinking. It also explains my appropriate position in a department of education and research which has often looked at formal schooling as a sociocultural context in development. With my focus on education, I sit on the editorial boards of two leading education journals, Educational Psychologist and Learning and Instruction.
Webpage: https://in.bgu.ac.il/humsos/edu/english/pages/staff/michael_weinstock.aspx

Vision Statement

My main area of research interest is in epistemic development —how people develop conceptions of the nature of knowledge and knowing. My interest in epistemology and culture extends back to when I was an undergraduate philosophy major, but was sharpened by my experience as an immigrant, and in particular as an immigrant, from the US, to a country made up of immigrants from around the world with significant indigenous populations, My courses, and the entire Israeli society, are made up of many cultural perspectives, epistemologies, and sociodemographic characteristics, not only between the Jewish and Arab populations but within the numerous subcultures within those populations. I often recall a trip to visit my wife's parents in Israel early in my graduate school studies while I was reading Vygotsky's Thought and Language. At the time, there were waves of immigration from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union adding to the existing multicultural mix. It struck me as natural lab in which to study sociocultural processes in development. Although I had not set out to be a cultural psychologist, it became obvious that research psychology was necessarily cultural. As my research has become more centered on cultural processes and values, I have come to IACCP international and regional conferences regularly. Over time, I have had students present at the conferences every year since 2014, and one student who taught in the summer school. In addition, I have reviewed a number of articles in the association's Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology as well as having published articles in the journal on social change and generational shifts in values. Given the above, my interest in IACCP is to facilitate student involvement, promote research by indigenous researchers, and outreach to psychological associations and journals to increase focus on cultural psychology throughout the field.


North America (Canada) (2 candidates)

Candidate 1 - Raquel Hoersting

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Raquel Hoersting is an assistant professor for the Doctor of Clinical Psychology program at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador), Master’s and PhD degree at the University of North Texas (USA), and a postdoctoral fellowship in Social Psychology, Work and Organizations at the University of Brasilia, Brazil. She has a background in clinical and social psychology that is focused on culture and mental health, particularly on identity shifts related to cultural, social and group aspects and processes. She coordinates the Intercultural Inquiry in Psychology Lab, which conducts research on topics related to the intersection of social identity, belonging, culturally congruent psychological interventions, and psychological processes of creativity and change within intercultural dimensions. She is a registered clinical psychologist in Canada and Brazil, EMDR Therapy full trainer, and has experience working with individuals who present with complex trauma and other mental health issues for over 15 years.

Vision Statement

I have often described my first IACCP conference in 2014 as professionally life-changing. Until then I had not known what it was like to be among a group of people who were interested in the subject of psychology and culture. Over the years I met colleagues through IACCP who would significantly impact my life-- some by learning of their research, and others through friendship, mentorship, and collaborations. I can trace many professional events in which the IACCP was at root, even if indirectly-- including my move to Canada three years ago to take up a position at the University of Prince Edward Island (ask me next time!). There are tremendous benefits from being associated with the IACCP and I know that this does not happen per chance. It is the result of the service and often unseen work and commitment that many contribute. It would be an honour to serve as the IACCP Regional Rep (Canada) if given this opportunity.

Candidate 2 -Igor Grossmann

Biographical Information

2012 Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Michigan
Supervisor: Richard E. Nisbett
2009 M.S., Psychology, University of Michigan
Supervisor: Richard E. Nisbett
2006 Vordiplom (B.S. equivalent), Psychology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. DAAD-honored year abroad, University of Michigan

Research Interests

Cultural change and evolution; Emotion regulation; Epistemic cognition; Judgment; Forecasting; Moral psychology; Political Psychology; Psychometrics; Reasoning; Social Cognition; Wisdom.

Academic appointments
2017 - present Associate Professor (with tenure)
Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Canada
2012 - 2017 Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Canada

H-Index 38 Citations 6,390

Awards and Honors

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2020 Societies 2019 Young Investigator Award from the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MIDI)
2019 Joseph B. Gittler Award from the American Psychological Foundation
2019 SAGE Young Scholar award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
2018 USERN Prize in Social Sciences, Universal Scientific Education and Research Network

2018 Outstanding Alumni Award, International Max Plank Research School on the Life Course
2017 Ontario Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science
2015 Rising Star Award, Association for Psychological Science
2015 Runner-Up for “Application of Science Award,” NeuroLeadership Institute
2015 Psychological Science Editor’s Choice article – Grossmann & Kross (2014)
2015 President’s New Researcher Award, Canadian Psychological Association
2013 The Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award, The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues – Grossmann, Karasawa et al. (2012)
2013 APA Dissertation Award (Div 20: Adult Development & Aging)
2012 2013 Summer China Program Fellow (declined)
2011 Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan
2010 Science Editor's Choice article – Grossmann & Kross (2010)
2010 Daniel Katz Dissertation Fellowship in Psychology, University of Michigan
2010 APS RISE Research Award, Association for Psychological Science
2009 Philip Brickman Memorial Prize, University of Michigan
2008 APS RISE Research Award, Association for Psychological Science
2005 - 2006 DAAD Fellowship, DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service, Germany
2005 - 2006 Max-Kade Scholarship, University of Michigan
2005 Outstanding Poster, European Congress of Psychology Students
2004 Outstanding Poster, Student Congress of the Association of German Psychologists
2003 - 2005 e-fellows.net Scholarship, e-fellows.net, Germany
2002 - 2008 Stipendium der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation Fellowship), Germany
2002 - 2003 Undergraduate Fellowship, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Germany

Vision Statement

IACCP is the organization that has profoundly shaped by understanding of psychology during my formative years as a student. I also had the privilege to shape IACCP’s scientific discourse as a member of the organizing committee of Guelph conference, and as a presenter as meetings of the association. Consequently, I feel strongly compelled to contribute to IACCP as a regional representative. I also believe to be qualified for the role, given my prior leadership experience on several national and international organizations.
My chief motivation that compels me to contribute to the IACCP agenda as a regional representative is twofold. First, as demonstrated in the body of research on cultural change I had a chance to contribute to (e.g., Grossmann & Varnum, 2015; Santos, Varnum, & Grossmann, 2017; Varnum & Grossmann, 2017), I view it as essential for cross-cultural psychology to address the topic of within- and cross-cultural change, with a purpose of building theories that are not only able to provide qualitative explanations of how cultural differences may have evolved, but also provide quantifiable and falsifiable predictive markers of how cultures evolve and change. This endeavor is important in the time of dramatic pandemic-related societal changes (Grossmann et al., American Psychologist, 2021). Second, spending 17 years of my academic career in North America, I am acutely aware of the incredibly rich diversity of cultures in the region (from the desert mountain cultures of Zapotecs and Mixtecs to the tropical Yucatecas in Mexico, to the regional cultures in the US, to the widely diverse indigenous, Québécois and Anglo-influenced cultures in Canada, to the complex cultures of migrants). And yet, North America continues to be chiefly “represented” by certain privileged subgroups. As a representative, I will aim to expand IACCP contacts within and across the region, and to highlight the diversity of our region to the public and on a scientific stage.

North America (USA) (2 candidates)

Candidate 1 - Sharon M. Flicker

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Sharon M. Flicker earned her PhD from the University of New Mexico in 2004 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University-Sacramento. She has worked in various capacities as a professor and psychologist in Bangladesh, Japan, Ghana, Peru and Germany. Her research investigates cross-cultural differences and similarities in relationships processes, including forgiveness, emotional display rules, arranged marriage, and love languages, and has been published in the International Journal of Psychology, among other outlets. She has attended multiple IACCP conferences and deeply values the connections she has made there as well as the inspiration and knowledge she has gained.

Vision Statement

I would be honored to represent the interests of the North American IACCP membership to support the mission and values of the association. Informal networking with North American-based members can be challenging in the online environment. I would like to schedule short regional meetings during online conferences to gain a better appreciation of the perspectives of my North American colleagues regarding IACCP policies and events. In terms of initiatives, my sense is that the demand for training for cross cultural psychology knowledge and research skills surpasses the available educational opportunities for students, particularly in North America. To this end, I’d seek to expand and increase advertising for online cross-cultural psychology workshops, with the goal of providing educational opportunities for interested students who may not be able to access available training through their home universities. Additionally, IACCP is consistently the most welcoming conference I attend. I’d love to see us build on that by ensuring all participants, especially first-time participants and participants from countries with lower representation at the conference, feel seen and included. I’d also support increased visibility of majority world research and researchers at IACCP conferences. Finally, the goals of cross-cultural psychology can be best met through increased networking between researchers globally – so much of the research in this field answers questions posed by majority world researchers, I’d love to support creative, collaborative initiatives that center questions posed by minority world researchers.

Candidate 2 - Jessica McKenzie

Biographical Information

Jessica McKenzie is Associate Professor of Child and Family Science at California State University, Fresno, where she directs the Human Development and Culture Research Lab and teaches courses on culture and diversity, ethnographic research methods, and adolescent development. Her mixed methods research investigates how culture structures the life course, and how youth and families psychologically negotiate cultural change. Jessica maintains lines of research in Thailand, where she examines the psychological implications of globalization, and the U.S., where she examines the psychological implications of immigration. To learn more about Jessica’s research and teaching, you may visit www.jessica-mckenzie.com.

Vision Statement

Jessica considers IACCP a professional (and personal) home, and regularly publishes in and reviews for JCCP. If elected for this position, she will prioritize promoting the work of the Association, and representing cross-cultural researchers based, in the United States. Beyond this, she will aim to: (a) capitalize on the strengths of our interdisciplinary Association to facilitate conversations about engaging qualitative and quantitative epistemologies to address issues of cross-cultural significance, and (b) work with other Regional Representatives and the Executive Committee to develop ways for researchers—particularly early- and mid-career scholars—across diverse geographic regions to discover shared research interests and support collaborative project-building.

Europe (4 candidates)

Candidate 1 - Christin-Melanie Vauclair

Biographical Information

Current occupation: Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Organizational
Psychology, ISCTE-IUL; Full Research Member at the Centre for Psychological Research and Social Intervention (CIS-IUL), ISCTE-IUL
Work Address: Av. das Forças Armadas, 1649-026 Lisboa, Portugal

In 2011, I obtained my PhD in Psychology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and in 2004 my master’s degree in psychology from the University of Regensburg (Germany). I
completed a study abroad semester at the University of São Paolo (Brazil) in 2002.

Since 2019, I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social & Organizational Psychology at ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute (Portugal) where I arrived as a Marie Curie Fellow in 2011. I was a
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Kent (UK) in 2010 where I am still affiliated as a honorary research fellow.

My research focuses on cultural differences in values and morality and issues of intercultural relations as well as prejudice and perceived discrimination, based on age and/or ethnicity. My
research outputs includes 40+ peer-reviewed articled, published in high impact ISI-listed peerreview journals (mostly Q1 or Q2; see list of publications). Most of my work is related to crosscultural
or intercultural issues. I have presented over 50 conference papers, most of which as oral presentations at international conferences, and I have been invited to give talks on research topics
related to my expertise. I have received several awards for my work (German Study Award; Harry and Pola Triandis Dissertation Award). Moreover, I have been able to secure highly competitive (inter)national and European funding for research and education as a PI or Co-I totalling over €3M.
I have 15 years of teaching experience at the tertiary level gained in different countries (New Zealand, UK and Portugal. I have (co-)supervised almost 20 master thesis and I am currently (co-
)supervising 3 PhD thesis. At ISCTE-IUL, I have taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels since 2012, with a particular focus on intercultural/ cross-cultural psychology and research
methods. I contributed to the creation of the Master in Psychology of Intercultural Relations and I have been coordinating the joint master programme Erasmus Mundus European Master in the
Psychology of Global Mobility, Inclusion and Diversity in Society (funded by the Erasmus+) from 2016 to 2021.

Vision Statement

I would like to express my interest for the post of regional representative at IACCP. I have been a member since 2007 and attended the regional and international conferences ever since. I have also
been awarded with the Harry & Pola Dissertation Award in 2012. I believe that I could contribute to IACCP in important ways given my long-time association with IACCP, work experience, background and special interests.
I am currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at ISCTELisbon University Institute in Lisbon (Portugal). I arrived at ISCTE in 2011 as a Research Fellow and was part of a team that created the Master in Psychology of Intercultural Relations. In 2016, I led a successful funding proposal within the Erasmus+ framework to set up the European Erasmus Mundus Master Psychology of Global Mobility, Inclusion and Diversity in Society (Global-MINDS). As the European Consortium Coordinator, I have been managing all academic aspects related to the delivery of the joint master degree which involves international mobility between the five consortium universities (in Portugal, Norway, Poland, Ireland and Turkey). Both master programmes recruit applicants from all over the world and students can complete their compulsory internship in any country. This coordination experience, which involves international promotion, and also the diversity of exposure to a new generation of students who are interested in culture & psychology and to potential employers, has given me great insight into some of the challenges and opportunities for cultural psychology as a discipline. Over the past 20 years, I have also lived and worked in Germany, Brazil, France, New Zealand, and the UK and gathered insights about academia in these countries while teaching and/or doing cross-cultural research. One of my main concerns is to improve intercultural relations in multicultural societies in a theory-driven and evidence-based manner. Culture is an integral part of my personal and professional life concerning research and education. I would be honoured to be able to contribute in making IACCP attractive and interesting for present and
prospective members of all backgrounds and to develop and promote the work of the Association in the European Region.

Candidate 2 - Anastassia Zabrodskaja

Biographical Sketch

Anastassia ZABRODSKAJA is Professor of Intercultural Communication and Head of the Communication Management Master’s programme at Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media and Arts School (Tallinn, Estonia). She is in charge of the management of the European Master’s in Intercultural Communication programme in Tallinn University. Her primary research interests are identity, language contacts and linguistic landscape. She teaches courses focusing on intercultural communication, identity and diversity. Her teaching journey at university began in 2005, working then as a lecturer. Her scholarly interests are broad: she defended her PhD in linguistics (more specifically, contact linguistics, current Russian-Estonian language contacts in Estonia and contact-induced language change), but her area of expertise also includes changing identities and ethnolinguistic vitality of Russian-speakers living in the Baltic countries, linguistic landscapes (language use in public space) and stereotypes. In addition to the mentioned areas of inquiry, she conducts comparative research on mixed families in Estonia, with the emphasis on language and culture intergenerational transition and intercultural communication patterns (translanguaging). Over the past two years, she has investigated stories and experiences of international students in Estonia and the influence of the coronavirus on their studies at “home away from home” to find out if linguistic, cultural and religious backgrounds played a role here. Professor Anastassia Zabrodskaja is a Regional Representative (Europe) on the Executive Committee of International Association of Language and Social Psychology and co-chair of the Ombudsperson Conduct and Ethics Committee (together with Prof. Elirea Bornman) of the International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR). Professor Anastassia Zabrodskaja is a Management Committee Member of the European Family Support Network Cost Action: A bottom-up, evidence-based and multidisciplinary approach. Professor Anastassia Zabrodskaja acts as the Editor for Sociolinguistic Studies and is the Editorial Board member for Journal of Multilingual Theories and Practices. Profile in the Estonian Research Information System: https://www.etis.ee/CV/Anastassia_Zabrodskaja/eng

Vision Statement

I would like to nominate myself for an IACCP Regional Representative in Europe. As a multilingual speaker and researcher, I have always been fascinated by the notion of Intercultural Communication. I am an experienced university lecturer, skilful organizer of academic events, good in forming scientific contacts and partnerships, and diligent in publishing scientific articles and editing special issues and volumes.
My main research areas/interests are:
1. Intercultural communication (identity, ethnolinguistic vitality, linguistic landscapes, family language policy, stereotypes)
2. Sociolinguistics and language ideology
3. Multilingualism and multilingual practices (bilingual teaching, code-switching, language contacts, translanguaging)
4. (Distance) learning in higher education during COVID-19 [my research focuses primarily on international students in Estonia].
By addressing issues of ethnolinguistic vitality, identity, linguistic landscapes, I tackle the accommodation of linguistic diversity within the European Union, which, as with any management of difference, has been problematic in Europe and elsewhere. I examine the issues of culture and language identity, language use and maintenance, integration, and cohesion faced by Russian-speaking communities in Estonia. The situation of Russian-speakers in post-Soviet Estonia is different from that of minorities or immigrants in West-European countries. It cannot be simply described as a classic case of majority-minority, indigenous-immigrants or indigenous-colonizers. It presents a sociolinguistic constellation previously unknown in Western sociolinguistics. My research certainly adds new empirical evidence to the field of intercultural communication. While my focus is clearly sociolinguistics, my publications address key intercultural topics such as identity, intercultural contact and relations, and adaptation to new cultural contexts. Sociolinguistic theories and concepts are central to intercultural communication in Europe and I am well-positioned in this field in the Estonian context. I am convinced that my "glocal" (both global and local) experiences, diverse knowledge and tremendous willingness to contribute will be of benefit to the sustainable development of the IACCP activities in Europe.

Candidate 3 - Vaclav Linkov

Biographical Sketch

Vaclav Linkov works as an assistant professor at Institute of Applied Psychology, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he teaches cross-cultural, traffic, political, and cognitive psychology. He also works as a senior researcher at Autonomous Driving Department, CDV – Transport Research Centre, Brno, Czech Republic. Dr. Linkov got master degrees in discrete mathematics and psychology and PhD. in social psychology from Masaryk University, Czech Republic. He spent over two years studying intensive classes of Korean and Chinese languages in Korea, Taiwan, and mainland China. In 1998 Dr. Linkov established first official organization for legalization of marijuana in the Czech Republic and served as its chairman in 1998-2000. In 2000 he tried to establish a political party, which was cancelled by the Czech Republic for its goal to punish crimes of communist regime like sentencing people to death on political order. In 2006 Dr. Linkov won this case at European Court for Human Rights, who ruled that Czech Republic has to allow punishment of crimes which would be considered as crimes in democratic countries. Dr. Linkov received the 2020 IACCP Early Career Award and the 2021 Distinguished Early Career Professional Contributions Award from Society for Media Psychology and Technology. His interests cover indigenous psychologies, cultural diversity in psychology and social sciences, autonomous vehicles, and role of mathematics in social sciences.

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Vision Statement

I am interested in changing the way the social science research is evaluated in that direction that cultural diversity and especially inclusion of smaller cultural groups will be included into science-evaluating indicators. Because content of psychology and other social sciences is highly influenced by the way how their output is evaluated, inclusion of cultural diversity into such evaluation will cause that psychology will contain larger diversity of researchers and studied samples and that will increase quality of culture-related research. I am currently applying for a project aiming to develop some culture-related measures which should happen in 2023. As a regional representative I want to search for ways how IACCP might help such measures to become actually implemented into international databases for evaluation of social sciences.

Candidate 4 - Matt Gobel

Biographical Sketch

Matt Gobel is a Lecturer in Psychology and the Programme Director for the Social and Organisational Psychology MSc at the University of Exeter. His academic career has been a cross-cultural journey: Born and raised in the former East Germany, Matt completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Paris, was an exchange student at McGill University, and did his PhD at the University College London. Matt was also a research fellow at the Kokoro Research Center in Kyoto and at the Center for the Study of the Mind in Santa Barbara.
Matt studies social hierarchies and investigates in what way culture shapes who gets to the top, how leaders interact with their subordinates, and how their thoughts and behaviours differ across cultures. For example, a forthcoming review article proposes a novel theoretical model explaining why and in what way high-ranking individuals in Western cultures are self-oriented, but those in East-Asian cultures are also other-oriented. Another forthcoming research paper shows how status-related judgments at work can be very different in France compared to the U.S. None of Matt’s research would be possible without outstanding collaborators, many of who are IACCP friends, spanning across both the West (e.g., France, Spain) and the East (e.g., Japan, Korea) as well as the Global South (e.g., Chile).
Matt teaches Cultural Psychology to undergraduate students, supervises PhD students, and hosts visiting scholars from across the globe. He facilitates knowledge exchange, organising the external speaker series of his research group, and takes part (and at times hosts) the UK Culture and Psychology meeting. Recently, Matt co-organised an EASP small-group meeting and co-edited the JCCP special issue on “Europe’s Culture(s)”.
Cross-cultural psychology is a topic close to Matt’s heart as he lives in an intercultural marriage and raises his daughter in a multi-cultural family.

Vision Statement

I have been an IACCP member since 2011. Being also a member of EASP, I am highly motivated to become an active voice for a European vision of (cross-) cultural psychology (as recently outlined in JCCP), serving the association as a European regional representative.
My principle aims in applying to this post are to share my enthusiasm about (cross-) cultural psychology with the next generation of (cross-) cultural researchers and to keep IACCP the best professional organisation for them to join.
To this aim, I would want to work hard to:
1) expand educational opportunities beyond our successful summer school, creating additional capacity-building opportunities through online workshops. New technological tools in combination with our research on video meeting signalling could make them socially engaging, whilst their reduced costs would make them accessible to ECRs and students.
2) maintain the high standard of in-person regional IACCP conferences. I would like to put my experience in organising EASP small group and UK Culture and Psychology meetings to use, and keep our meetings friendly and stimulating whilst being mindful of possible inequalities in their accessibility (e.g. for IACCP members with lower income).
3) increase the knowledge exchange amongst IACCP members. I would like to serve as a bridge connecting ‘WEIRD’ and ‘non-WEIRD’ IACCP scholars in different parts of the world, for example by organising networking events, mentor workshops advising on research fellowship opportunities (e.g., ERC Marie Curie Fellowships), and an IACCP membership list of available research hosts and possible mentors.
I am a member of an amazing IACCP family with enormous human and intellectual potential. It would be a great honour and responsibility to serve her as a European regional representative.

South America (1 candidate)

Candidate 1 - Claudio Torres

Biographical Sketch

Cláudio V. Torres is a professor at the Department of Basic Psychological Processes at the University of Brasilia, Brazil. He obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology at the UCSD (1999) in San Diego – California (USA), investigating cross-cultural preferences between Americans and Brazilians employees on leadership. Since then, he has taught and conducted research through visiting professorships at the Griffith University, Australia (2004), University of Sussex, UK (2009), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (2013 and 2018) and the University of Baltimore (2021), always developing cross-cultural research. His main interests include basic human values, cultural values, consumer behavior, and political psychology. Participated in previous research projects that included studies on indigenous approaches to achieve informal influence, the validity of the basic values in the refined value theory, political consumerism and core political values, among others. Dr. Torres has published over 90 articles and book chapters on above related content, and has supervised about 50 MSc Theses and PhD Dissertations. He lectures courses on Cross-cultural Psychology, Consumer Behavior, Social Psychology, and Cultural Diversity and Inclusion.

Central America (1 candidate)

Candidate 1 - Mariano Rosabal-Coto

Biographical Sketch

Costa Rican. Grade in Psychology from the University of Costa Rica and PhD. in Developmental Psychology and Culture from the University of Osnabrück, Germany.  Researcher at Institute of Psychological Research and Professor of Human Development at the Psychology Faculty in  Universidad de Costa Rica.  Teaches also in the Postgraduate Studies in Clinical and Health Psychology, as well as the Graduate Clinical Psychology of the Social Security Program, has served as professor in other public universities.

Member of IACCP since 2008.

His research areas of interest are cultural psychology and the cultural psychology of development. He has worked on topics such as intercultural psychology, parenting and culture, divorce and parenthood, childhood and discipline, social change and intergenerational change, familism as a culturally specific trait. Its  current projects are focused  in the cultural conceptions of attachment, social change and its impact on the social values ​​of three generations of women, debates on ethical issues on cultural and cross-cultural methods.   Active memeber in local and international forums on human development.  Author and co-author of dozens of articles in local and international journals.

Besides research activities, since 15 years he leads a successful outreach project closely linked with popular and science communication.

He has been a consultant for UNICEF, and for more than 30 years, he has been also active as practitioner for children, adolescents and adults.

Leaded the organization and was Chair of the V Latin American Regional Conference in San José, Costa Rica in 2019.

Vision Statement

¡Hola!  My name is Mariano Rosabal-Coto,  Costa Rican psychologist, Professor and Researcher at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

My interest to run as a candidate as representative for the Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Region, is to work for the promotion and integration of an underrepresented area in the field of Cultural and Cross-cultural Psychology. My gradual involvement with the work of the IACCP, has familiarized me with the importance that alliances and collaborative networks offer for the development of specific research and academia in general. The region of Central America and the Caribbean, particularly require an impulse in the realization of collaborative networks and a strategic regional integration that allow greater presence and contribution in the task of psychology either at the local level, as the worldwide.

Although in Latin America we share the same language and a great cultural heritage, we reproduce patterns of the global world, in the form of inequity in the access to development. We face  a daily life in which forced migration, military conflicts, high levels of poverty, among others, generate different forms of violence and inequity. We face challenges that are often contradictory with traditional and dominant academic work. These factors often limit the systematization and dissemination of our work, making it invisible. However, I would like to work to make visible all that we have to offer.

Convinced that the academic development of a country is paramount for a better quality of life, my goal is to manage a greater integration of the region, promote the dissemination of local developments, promote culturally sensitive approaches to our contexts and promote networks of collaboration between us and with the rest of the world. From this perspective, we have also promoted the initiative that the next Regional Conference in 2019 will take place in Costa Rica, offering us as a bridge that seeks to unite interests, needs and wills to make our world better.

Besides being an academic at the University of Costa Rica, I have two children, work as a practioner and psychotherapist  since more than 30 years. Sports and art feed my free time.