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A Conversation with Regional Psychology Leaders: Charting the Future of Psychology as a United Discipline


  • Dr. Ann D. Watts, IUPsyS Immediate Past Secretary-General and Honorary EC Member


Distinguished representatives from the International Union of Psychological Science’s Regional Membership will contribute insights grounded in the unique contexts of their respective regions. Panellists’ organisations include the Arab Union of Psychological Science, ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS), Asia Pacific Psychology Alliance (APPA), Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations (CANPA), Central American Union of Colleges and Associations of Psychology (UCCAP), European Federation of Psychologists Associations (EFPA), and the Pan-African Psychology Union (PAPU).


Contemporary psychology has witnessed a significant expansion in its scope, reflecting the diverse phenomena of 21st-century human existence. From mental health to environmental issues and the intricacies of global organisational dynamics, psychologists have developed concepts and frameworks, as well as research and application models, aimed at enhancing humanity’s well-being. However, amidst these notable advancements, the discipline faces a myriad of challenges. These include the enduring dominance of Western academic scientific psychology, a global state of poly-crisis that includes the recent pandemic, navigating the rapid pace of technological advancement and the implications, geopolitical conflicts and war, in addition to increasing inequality.

The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) will convene a panel titled “A Conversation with Regional Psychology Leaders: Charting the Future of Psychology as a United Discipline”. This panel seeks to stimulate critical discourse on the current state of psychology and chart pathways toward a more inclusive and relevant global discipline that serves humanity. The Panel’s overall aims are twofold: to advocate for a discipline that mirrors the rich diversity of our global community and to ensure its readiness to confront the complex challenges it faces. Through open dialogue to foster collaboration, the panel seeks to chart a course for psychology that transcends geographical and cultural boundaries, fostering inclusivity and innovation for the betterment of humanity.

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