The following presentations were made at Wiley-Blackwell’s Psychology in Asia-Pacific Roundtable, filmed at the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2010.
Each speaker was asked to consider a number of questions:
• What role can your Society play in growing psychology globally, and particularly in Asia?
• Where do you see the greatest potential for collaboration with societies from the Asia-Pacific region?
• What changes do you see taking place in the role of academic and professional psychological associations in the next five years?
• What is unique about the study of psychology in your region? Where do the global methodological alliances and differences lie?
• What do your members most value about collaboration with other global Societies?
• How is the mission of your Society supported by your publishing programme?
Professor Sarlito Sarwono speaks on behalf of the Asian Psychological Association
“We aim to promote the science and practice of psychology and to facilitate interaction and communication among Asian psychologists”
Professor Bob Montgomery speaks on behalf of the Australian Psychological Society
“What we are aiming for is co-operative, collaborative action on a list of trans-national problems. Trans-national problems need a trans-national response”
Professor Gerry Mulhern speaks on behalf of the British Psychological Society
“There is work to do in terms of our liaison, our relationships, with many of the countries in this part of the World. We need to form memoranda of action – to do important, useful things with fellow psychologists”
Dr Buxin Han speaks on behalf of the Chinese Psychological Society
“In general we have two directions. The first one is to keep Chinese psychologists on the frontier of scientific research…the second one is to respond to the needs, the calling, of the nation’s specific needs for societal development”
Professor Marise Born speaks on behalf of the International Test Commission
"The defining characteristic of the ITC is that we are international…we have the intention to provide expert information to anyone who has access to the Internet, through our website, for free"
Professor Fanny Cheung speaks on behalf of the International Association of Applied Psychology
“We hope to foster cultural indigenous perspectives and cross-cultural methodologies…to develop a stronger ‘Asian voice’ in psychology and to develop multilateral communication in psychological knowledge”
Professor Kazuo Shigemasu speaks on behalf of the Japanese Psychological Association
“I would like to encourage a younger generation of Japanese psychologists to be creative... to share their ideas”
Dr Oscar Barbarin speaks on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
“We can pull together people from around the world to share their knowledge… We can work cooperatively to publish, to build professional standards and to develop truly international joint taskforces”