In  2016, the International Council of Psychologists, Inc.(ICP) celebrated its 75th year as a pioneering professional association.

Short History

ICP was founded in 1941. Since then, ICP’s three names reflect the inclusive, innovative, and collaborative nature envisioned by those who established the National Council of Women Psychologists in the USA. In 1946, the name was changed to International Council of Women Psychologists, as female psychologists from all nations were invited to share in furthering the advancement of scientific psychology and its applications throughout the world.

​In 1959, membership was opened to all psychologists, and the name became The International Council of Psychologists. This expansion enabled ICP to broaden its mission, range of activities, and membership.

In 1962, ICP became incorporated in Connecticut in the United Stsstes as a 501C3 non-profit educational organization. In 1981, ICP was granted Non-Governmental Consultative Status to The United Nations Economic and Social Council. ICP’s Main UN Representatives have held leadership positions, including on the CoNGO (Conference of UN NGOs) board, and in many NGO Committees.

ICP’s many activities provide professional opportunities for members to collaborate with each other, with colleagues around the world, and with other associations on matters of professional interest.

International Council of Pdychologists, Inc: The First Quarter Century

By Lillian G. Portenier

Link to ICP History 1942 – 1967


Articles about the ICP

Unfamiliar Feminisms: Revisiting the National Council of Women Psychologists. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34 (2010), 311–327. Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Printed in the USA. Copyright ⃝C 2010 Division 35, American Psychological Association. 0361-6843/10

Cautley, P. W. (1992). Fifty years of the International Council of Psychologists.

Davis, J. M. (2004). The International Council of Psychologists. In A. E. Kazdin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association and Oxford University Press.

Gielen, U. P., Adler, L. L., & Milgram, N. A. (Eds.). (1992). Psychology in international perspective: 50 years of the International Council of Psychologists. Lisse, Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger, pp. i-xii, 1-340.