*National Overview - Azerbaijan Republic, 2004
This article was adapted from "Azerbaijan Republic National Tour" in Wedding, D., & Stevens, M. J. (Eds.). (2009). Psychology: IUPsyS Global Resource (Edition 2009) [CD-ROM]. International Journal of Psychology, 44(Suppl. 1).
Since Azerbaijan has about one million refugees and displaced people, and survives a transition from totalitarian regime, currently the focus is on various methods of psychotherapy, counseling, work with communities, and helping people to cope with traumas. Research projects mostly are focused on comparison of various pilot projects and new approaches in education and community development, in order to adjust these approaches to local realities.
Evaluation of the Step By Step pilot educational program run by the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation) was done in 2001-2002. Comparative studies were made among state and private secondary schools in different regions of Azerbaijan.
Research on the psychological consequences of forced migration (2000–2001). Results were published in a brochure and distributed to humanitarian and international organizations working with refugees and displaced people in Azerbaijan.
Although a department of psychology was established in the early 1930s and it was famous for studies of ethnic psychology, only in the early 1990s has Baku State University started a degree program in psychology. Unfortunately, the program mostly focuses on theories and research approaches and does not provide training in counseling or therapy. Baku State offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs. Several other universities have Ph.D. programs in psychology.