32. Applied Psychology in the International Context

What More Needs to Be Done?

  1. Paul R. Martin1,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD2,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)3,
  4. Michael Kyrios4,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier5 and
  6. José M. Prieto6
  1. Paul R. Martin

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch32

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Martin, P. R. (2011) Applied Psychology in the International Context, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch32

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 2

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 3

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 4

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 5

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 6

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • applied psychology in the international context - and what more needs to be done;
  • applied psychology, in its early days - dominated by Europe and North America;
  • early days of applied psychology, terminology being different - referred to as “Psychotechnics Congresses”;
  • global expansion of psychology - remarkable, Lunt and Poortinga's (1996) comical observation “…that all the inhabitants of Spain would be psychologists in the early decades,…if the exponential growth of students registering for psychology continued”;
  • American Psychological Association (APA) - “Research in Action” (formerly “Psychology Matters”), web-based compendium of psychological research;
  • place of psychology in forwarding society's agenda - the Australian experience of setting national research priorities, a food for thought;
  • Pawlik and d'Ydewalle, arguing that future challenges for society - will be requiring behavioral sciences, and adoption of an international approach;
  • first experimental psychology laboratory in USA - by G. Stanley Hall, a student of Wundt;
  • organizations, contributing directly to international psychology - three main categories;
  • International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) - organization, working to promote development, representation and advancement of psychology


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Where Has Psychology Contributed and Where Could It Contribute More?

  • What Do Different Regions of the World Contribute to the Advancement of Psychology, and What Are the Problems with the Current Situation?

  • What Organizations a re Contributing to International Psychology and What Do They Do?

  • What More Could Be Done by International Psychology Organizations?

  • How Could International Psychology Organizations Achieve More?

  • Conclusions

  • References