33. Applied Psychology, Epilogue

  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. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch33

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Knowles, M. C. (2011) Applied Psychology, Epilogue, 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.ch33

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. Monash University, Melbourne, 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, epilogue;
  • origins of applied psychology - wisdom of every culture on earth, exemplified in cultures with a rich written history, as India and China;
  • study and assessment of mental illness - province of clinical psychologists, working in medical faculties in cooperation with psychiatrists;
  • World Wars, contributing - to growth of applied psychology, giving rise to industrial and organizational psychology;
  • specialization within each field of applied psychology - high degree of specialization within each field in its own right;
  • cooperation with other disciplines and professions - relationship affected by asymmetrical views of professional distinction, health and mental health;
  • applied psychology, contributing substantially - to betterment of society globally, problems in the wake of social “progress”;
  • visibility and impact, and public awareness - extensive relationships, applied psychology establishing itself with other disciplines and professions;
  • political influence at the international level;
  • Handbook, showing, applied psychology - as a field characterized by a long gestation, and a relatively short history


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Specialization and Diversification

  • Further Specialization within Each Field of Applied Psychology

  • Cooperation with other Disciplines and Professions

  • Specific Problems Facing Contemporary Society

  • Demanding Challenges Facing the Discipline

  • Summary

  • References