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U.S. National Committee for IUPsyS

The National Academy of Sciences is the U.S. adhering body to the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and it maintains its relationship with the union through the U.S. National Committee (USNC)/IUPsyS. IUPsyS works to promote the development, representation, and advancement of psychology as a basic and applied science nationally, regionally, and internationally.

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Travel Awards Available for 2016 International Congress of Psychology
Sponsored by APA and the U.S. National Committee for Psychology (USNC), this program will support graduate student/early career psychologists and midcareer/senior psychologists to attend the International Congress of Psychology in Yokohama, Japan, July 2016. Participants will present and discuss their research to an international audience, and engage in a mentoring program to promote the development of international collaborations and networking.

Graduate students/early career psychologists will be paired with midcareer/senior psychologists who have experience in international research and collaboration and who will serve as mentors at ICP2016 to support the development of networking, international contacts, and collaborations. The mentee award level is $2,400, while the mentor award level is $2,000. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Funding is exclusively available to support scholars working in science areas supported by programs in the NSF Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, learning sciences, developmental sciences, perception action and cognition, social psychology, psycholinguistics, and judgment and decision-making.

The application deadline is December 1, 2015, and awardees will be notified by Jan. 15, 2016. For more information, including eligibility requirements, visit the Travel/Mentoring Program page or email APA's Office of International Affairs with “APA-USNC” in the subject line.

USNC/IUPsyS Report Cited in Numerous Journals
"Building Infrastructure for International Collaborative Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences" (2014) and "International Collaborations in Behavioral and Social Sciences Research" (2008) are being downloaded frequently from the National Academies Press site. As of September 2015, the 2014 report has been downloaded 562 times, while the 2008 report has been download 948 times. Additionally, "International Collaborations" (2008) has been cited in an array of journals since its release, including The Journal of Engineering Education, American Psychologist, and Early Human Development. View a complete list of citations here.

USNC/IUPsyS Workshop Reviewed in SRCD and IUPsyS Newsletters
“Building Infrastructure for International Collaborative Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences,” a USNC/IPsyS workshop held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. in September 2013, was highlighted in two recent newsletters. The January 2014 edition of the Society for Research in Child Development newsletter provides an overview of the workshop’s four panels, while the April 2015 edition of the International Union of Psychological Science newsletter links to both the full workshop report and report in brief.

Building Infrastructure for International Collaborative Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: Summary of a Workshop
InBuilding Infrastructure cover September 2013, the USNC/IUPsyS convened a workshop to address ways of overcoming challenges to effective international collaborative research in the social and behavioral sciences and education. This workshop was a follow-up to a 2006 workshop on the benefits of and obstacles to international collaborations. Participants at the 2013 workshop discussed ways that universities and other organizations can address common challenges. These include strengthening infrastructure to support international collaboration, fostering relationships with potential collaborators, dealing with cross-cultural dissemination and authorship, developing strategies for anticipating and resolving conflicts, the advantages and challenges of new technologies, and building cultural competence. Judith Torney-Purta and Oscar Barbarin co-chaired the workshop. The workshop was held with support from the Spencer Foundation.  The report was released at a public meeting on January 28, 2015, along with a presentation of a related NRC workshop summary, Culture Matters: International Research Collaboration in a Changing World.

Building Infrastructure two-page report-in-brief (PDF). The full report may be purchased or downloaded free from National Academies PressCulture Matters is also available from NAP.

The 31st International Congress of Psychology
The 31st International Congress of Psychology, the flagship event in international psychology, will be held July 24-29, 2016, in Yokohama, Japan. ICP brings together scientists, practitioners, students, and other professionals interested in behavior under the aegis of the IUPsyS, the voice of international psychology. For more details, please visit the Congress website.

Highlights from IUPsyS General Assembly
The IUPsyS General Assembly (GA) held its biennial meeting at the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), July 10, 2014, in Paris, France. Sonia Suchday, Pace University, chaired the delegation. Pam Flattau, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute, served as second delegate. For a brief report of the GA, please see Activities and Events.





Activities and Events


IUPsyS International Webpage


Contact the USNC/IUPsyS

Ester Sztein, Assistant Director
Pam Gamble, Administrative Associate

This material is based upon work that was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number BCS-1446732. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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