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Publish Date:
25 Apr, 2013


Psychology Day at the United Nations April 25th, 2013

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UN Psychology Day Participants

The 6th annual Psychology Day at the United Nations was held at the UN Church Center in New York on April 25th, 2013, with the theme Psychology and Violence in the Global Context: Antecedents, Consequences and Prevention. The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) was a co-sponsor of the event and was represented by Executive Committee member, Ava Thompson. Co-sponsors and participants represented a number of other international psychological organizations including the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations (PCUN), American Psychological Association (APA), International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and International Council of Psychologists (ICP).

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Dr Thompson at UN Psychology day addressing participants

The event featured opening remarks, a keynote presentation and two panel sessions that addressed violence across the life span. Key issues addressed throughout the event included psychology’s contributions to violence prevention, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Violence Prevention initiatives and capacity building priorities. IUPsyS’s representative, Dr Thompson, participated in the first panel with a presentation entitled Violence in the Majority World: Impact on Children and Youth that highlighted the need for a collective disciplinary response and IUPsyS’s capacity to contribute to a global interdisciplinary, multi-sectorial and comprehensive effort to prevent violence and reduce its developmental impact. The day’s event concluded with a reception that provided an opportunity for socializing, regional and global networking and dialogue about promoting psychology’s role at the United Nations.

For further details, contact Ava Thompson at: athompson@cob.edu.bs

APA-IUPsyS Global Mental Health Fellowship

Psychologists with research experience and leadership in areas related to the WHO Mental Health Action Plan are invited to consider a 1-year Fellowship working in Geneva, Switzerland at WHO headquarters in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The final approval of funding for the program will be confirmed in December 2014 and applicants will be notified of the fellowship decision by 01 February 2015. Fellows are expected to bring their own core salary funding. Supplemental funds for travel and accommodation will be provided pending funding approval. The application deadline is 30 November 2014. For more information, see: http://www.apa.org/about/awards/global-health-fellowship.aspx.