ICP Elections – 2022

The ICP elections include THREE items for voting:

  • Changes to the ICP Bylaws
  • Vote for ICP President-Elect to serve as President-Elect 2023-24 and President 2025-6
  • Vote for three Director at Large positions to serve 2023-2025

ICP Member Voting

A link to the ICP online ballot will be emailed to each eligible voter (Regular Members, Professional Associate Members in good standing, e.g. 2022 dues paid) on October 13.

Ballots may be completed and submitted during the voting period, which is October 13-27.

If you do not receive your ballot on October 13, please send a note to icpincinfo@gmail.com

BALLOT ITEM # 1: Changes to ICP Bylaws

Overview of Proposed Changes

Substantive changes:

    • Granting students the right to vote in elections
    • Changing the terms of office to two years for President, President-Elect, and Past-President positions
    • Changing the term of office for all positions to coincide with the calendar year
    • Specifying term limits for Director-at-Large positions
    • Designating the Secretary-General as a voting member of the Board
    • Adding the Long Range Planning Committee as a Standing Committee
    • Establishing a way to sunset ad hoc committees and task forces,
    • Providing succession plans for resignations or failure to attend Board meetings.

Housekeeping Changes: Clarify areas, maintain consistency in language, incorporate the current strategic plan into the Bylaws.

Click here to see all changes to 2019 Bylaws (deletions and insertions)

BALLOT ITEM #2 – Candidates for ICP President-Elect

Candidates for President-Elect

Polli Hagenaars, Netherlands
Élison Santos, Brazil
Ada Sinacore, Canada

BALLOT ITEM #3 – Candidates for Board of Directors

Candidates for Director at Large

Polli Hagenaars, Netherlands
Lucy Mukuria, Kenya
Élison Santos, Brazil
Nancy Sidun USA

Candidate Statements / Bios

Statements – Candidates for President-Elect

Polli Hagenaars, Netherlands – Candidate for President-Elect

Polli Hagenaars, Netherlands

I am a licensed and registered healthcare psychologist, and trainer for inclusion and diversity policy with my own institute -C5- in Amsterdam, NL. Throughout my career, social inclusion/exclusion has been a major professional focus: practicing in schools for special education, teaching and developing curricula on ‘Transcultural Pedagogy’ at university colleges in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, acting as a consultant to the municipality of The Hague for combating racism in the educational system, developing intercultural educational materials and teacher training programs, giving workshops in, and advising organisations on diversity policies.

My concern about social inequality is reflected in numerous public as well as professional functions, and in my engagement with associations of psychologists. Highlights are a range of activities as chair of the division on “Interculturalization” of the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists (NIP), including a leading role in the organization of two national conferences: ‘Frantz Fanon, exclusion makes ill’, and ‘Identity, professionals show their true colours’. In 2019, I received the ‘Sindbad’ award from the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists (NIP) for my commitment to intercultural work.

I was the convenor and an active member of the Board Human Rights & Psychology of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Association (EFPA, 2014 – 2020). In this context, I initiated -together with my colleagues- a range of activities promoting the engagement of psychologists with human rights, including the organisation of symposia at international conferences. An example is the Expert Meeting in 2016 ‘Human Rights Education and Fundamental Rights Awareness for Psychologists’, together with the EFPA, EIUC (European Inter University Centre), now the Global Campus for Human Rights in Venice, and the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

I participated at the APA (American Psychological Association) ‘Commission on Ethics Processes’ (after the Hoffman Report, 2016-2017); see: https://www.apa.org/ethics/ethics-processes-report.pdf

I am the co-founder and co-chair of the ‘Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights’ (2020), and editor of the monthly Bulletin, http://humanrightspsychology.org/; Director-at-Large of the international Council of Psychologists; Member of the International Advisory Board of CANPA; co-chairing the Human Rights Group of the NIP; and giving presentations and symposium contributions at diverse conferences (APA, CANPA, IUPsyS, ICP, ECP, NAOP, IAAP).

My motivation for running for the President-Elect position is that I want to add my inspiration for human rights and the well-being of all people to that of ICP colleagues and work together on the mission of the ICP.

Élison Silva Santos – Candidate for President-Elect

Élison Santos, Brazil

It would be a meaningful privilege to serve as the next president in this organization that I’m so proud to be a member and where I’ve learned so much since the moment I had the first contact back in 2017, during the New York Conference. I believe each one of us has a mission in our lives and it’s manifested as we evolve in our personal and professional development and as we get involved with the needs of the world around us, this process gives us responsibility, purpose and meaning. I’ve always been committed to my development, I started my Psychology training in 1997 in a course that was supposed to take 5 years, but because of financial difficulties, I had to pause my studies twice and dedicate myself just to work, at the end it took me 10 years to finish it. However, it also gave me a great amount of experience in different areas. I co-founded an advertising agency that today is top one in the area, I co-founded an Institute of Applied Psychology to offer international online courses and a publisher that aims to translate and release psychology books, fulfilling our mission to promote knowledge without borders. I’ve worked as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Brazil for the past 15 years. Today, I also coordinate a Research Group on Viktor Frankl’s work at the Lab of Mental Health Multi Methods at the University of São Paulo.

At ICP, during the past years I’ve served as Director-at-Large, collaborating with the current president Dr. Josephine Tan as Area Chair for South America, Chair of the Social Media Committee and Co-chair of the SIG Decolonizing Psychology. I’ve also served as Co-chair of the SIG Latin America & Caribbean. I’m a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights. I’ve also been part of the Webinar Committee, collaborating with President-Elect Dr. Andrew Simon who has been a mentor and with whom I’ve learned a lot. I’ve also served in the ICP Conference Organizing Committees in these past years.

As ICP’s next president I will continue the great work and leadership of Dr. Tan and Dr. Simon, promoting more and more collaboration among the members. I envision that the high valued mission of “human rights, dignity and justice” can be more widespread in the means of communication, social media and other content materials like books, journals,  videos, blogs and others, produced by our members, strengthening our voice in the world, our consultative status at the UN and honoring those who came before us setting the foundations, since 1941.

Ada L. Sinacore – Candidate for President-Elect

Ada L. Sinacore, Canada

At this time, I would like to put my name forward to be president-elect of the International Council of Psychologists (ICP). My experience as a leader is comprehensive. I have a long standing of history of leadership at my university, including being a Department Chair, Graduate Program Director, member of Senate, council representative and committee leader at all levels of the university. Moreover, my leadership in the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is well known. I am a CPA Fellow and just completed my term as President of the association, and currently am Past-President. As well, I have been Chair of the Accreditation Panel, Chair of the Counselling Psychology Section, Secretary/Treasurer of the International Section, and I been involved in a wide range of additional CPA activities. Further I am nationally and internationally recognized for my expertise in educational and organizational development whereby, I have worked with several governments (e.g. Taiwan) and embassies (e.g. Mexican, Canadian in Chile) to develop programming to address gender equity and violence in educational and organization institutions. This work requires the ability to have difficult dialogues across diverse cultural contexts a skill essential to the president of a diverse organization such as ICP 

In addition to experience, the incoming leader needs to have a comprehensive understanding of the human rights and social justice work in which the council is committed. The strength of ICP lies in its range of expertise as evidenced by the webinars, interest groups, and advocacy work. During my tenure as CPA president, I centralize human rights and social justice work (HRSJ) within the association through developing a HRSJ newsletter, insuring HRSJ is a theme at the national convention, and co-Chairing a board level HRSJ committee. As well, I took the lead in developing policy statements with respect of Gender Equity, 2SLGBTQIA+ rights, as well as, advocating for Indigenous people. Currently, locally and globally we are seeing a whittling away of certain human rights as is evidenced by overturning of Roe v Wade and other policies being developed nationally and internationally (e.g. anti-trans legislation, the war in the Ukraine, rises in anti-Black racism, record levels of anti-Semitism). 

Given these uncertain times, it is imperative that we have a strong and experienced leader, as well as leadership that is informed by Human Rights and Social Justice. Human rights and social justice requires the ability to have difficult dialogue across diverse points of view, such that voices of those who are underrepresented are highlighted, heard, and valued. , At this time in ICP’s history it is particularly important for the organization to have a leader who understands organizational systems and structures, has the requisite knowledge to address the current polarization we are seeing in society, and the skills to offer guidance through these challenging times. I believe that at this time, I can be that leader. 

Website: www.mcgill.ca/socialjustice 

Statements – Candidates for Director at Large

Polli Hagenaars, Netherlands- Candidate for Director at Large

Polli Hagenaars, Netherlands
Polli Hagenaars is a licensed and registered healthcare psychologist, and trainer for inclusion and diversity policy with her own institute -C5- in Amsterdam, NL.

Throughout her career social inclusion/exclusion has been a major professional focus: practicing in schools for special education, teaching and developing curricula on ‘Transcultural Pedagogy’ at university colleges in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, acting as a consultant to the municipality of The Hague for combating racism in the educational system, developing intercultural educational materials and teacher training programs, giving workshops in and advising organisations on diversity policies.

Her concern about social inequality is reflected in numerous public as well as professional functions, and in her engagement with associations of psychologists. Highlights are a range of activities as chair of the division on “Interculturalization” of the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists (NIP), including a leading role in the organization of two national conferences: ‘Frantz Fanon, exclusion makes ill’, and ‘Identity, professionals show their true colours’ . She received in 2019 the ‘Sindbad’ award from the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists (NIP) for her commitment to intercultural work.

She was the convenor and active member of the Board Human Rights & Psychology of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Association (EFPA, 2014 – 2020). In this context she has initiated a range of activities promoting the engagement of psychologists with human rights, including the organisation of symposia at international conferences. An example is the Expert Meeting in 2016 ‘Human Rights Education and Fundamental Rights Awareness for Psychologists’, together with the EFPA, EIUC (European Inter University Centre), now the Global Campus for Human Rights in Venice, and the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). For report see: humanrightsforpsychologists.eu. She participated at the APA (American Psychological Association) ‘Commission on Ethics Processes’ (after the Hoffman Report, 2016-2017); see: https://www.apa.org/ethics/ethics-processes-report.pdf

She is the co-founder and co-chair of the ‘Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights’ (2020), and editor of the monthly Bulletin, http://humanrightspsychology.org/; Director-at-Large of the international Council of Psychologists; Member of the International Advisory Board of CANPA; co-chairing the Human Rights Group of the NIP; and giving presentations and symposium contributions at diverse conferences (APA, CANPA, IUPsyS, ICP, ECP, NAOP, IAAP).

She was one of the Directors-at-Large for three years and she really wants to stay active for ICP and for its Mission.

Selection of publications
Wainwright, T, Plavšić, M., & P. Hagenaars (2022). Psychologists for Human Rights. Psychological Topics, 31 (2022), 1, 119-137.
Hagenaars, P. (2022). Towards a Human Rights Based-and-Oriented Psychology, In: Towards an Integrative Psychological Science. Issues, Approaches and Applications. Eds.:  R.C. Tripathi, Bhoomika R. Kar, Namita Pande. Springer.
Hagenaars, P., Plavsic, M., Sveaass, N., Wagner, U. & Wainwright, T. (eds.) 2020. Human Rights Education For Psychologists: Routledge.

Lucy Wairimu Mukuria, Kenya- Candidate for Director at Large

Lucy Mukuria, Kenya

Major Rtd. Lucy Wairimu Mukuria, MA Counseling Psychology, United States International University- Africa.

As a member of ICP, I can confidently affirm its commitment to promote human rights, dignity, and justice. That is why it would be an honor to take a more active role serving as a Director at Large to support the association to continue to accomplish its mission and achieve its goals as per the 2022-2026 strategic plan. With demonstrated gains on creating, executing and inspiring initiatives that have elevated the human dignity of my clients and patients. It is this high standard of dedication, systemic thinking and compound problem solving that I am offering in the advancement of the ICP objectives.

I am the pioneer Military Psychologist in Kenya. An astute mental health reformer, my personal motto is, “building on the human spirit.” I carry 20 years of experience in technical health, security expertise and thought leadership in mental health; which includes trauma care, health systems management, community buy-in and capacity building. I am an expert analyst on broad-spectrum terrorism, policy and advocacy, psychological operations, reintegration of returnees, and disaster management. I innovatively design and implement strategic plans, analyze mental health for armed security personnel, veterans and their families, as well as the general population; and provide conscious interventions. I founded The True North Kenya, whose vision is to extend the life expectancy and improve life experience for military veterans and families. I am an APA Humanitarian Award 2022 recipient, a top 40 under 40 Women in Kenya 2016 award recipient, holder of the Constitutional Medal 2012, an Acumen fellow 2014, author of the Children’s book series Mutenyo and Friends- Preserving Traditional Play 2015, an Amani fellow 2017, initiator: Military Veterans Bill 2021, co-producer of Where is the Recognition?, 2019, and a recipient of the Segal Family Foundation grant.

Thank you for your consideration.

Elisón Santos, Brazil – Candidate for Director at Large

Elisón Santos, Brazil

It has been a great journey to serve as a member of the ICP Board for the past three years. So much has been done by this team during this time, it’s possible to see that ICP is growing and we all grow with it. During these years I could learn a lot and I think I could also offer some meaningful contributions, playing my role as Area Chair for South America, Chair of the Social Media Committee, where we could create, organize and develop a visual brand for ICP, integrating it in a more modern communicative identity, as co-chair of the SIG Decolonizing Psychology with Polli Hagenaars, where we’re taking steps to meet with new members from different countries and promote a dialogue about the cultural differences the influences of colonization in Psychology, as member of the ICP conferences committees throughout these years, as member of the Steering Committee of the Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights and serving also as a Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Human Rights for the International Journal of Psychology, all of these representing ICP in the best way I can.

I also participated in the creation of the SIG Latin America & Caribbean with Dr. Koerner. ICP has a great mission and it all depend on the work of its members, specially the Board, as I present to you my willingness to continue serving as director at large, I’m also aware that more need to be done and I hope that my presence can be more effective and more fruitful in the years to come. I cannot help but express my gratitude for everyone who shared their work in the Board with me during these three years. It’s a true honor to be part of this with all of you!

Nancy Sidun, USA – Candidate for Director at Large

Nancy Sidun, USA

It would be my honor and privilege to continue serving as a Director-at-Large for the International Council of Psychology (ICP). As our Past-Treasurer and current Director-at-Large, I am actively involved with ICP, and I have grown to appreciate and value this organization’s power and significance. ICP’s mission of promoting human rights, dignity, and justice, echoes my personal and professional values. My long-standing commitment to international issues and human rights, especially human trafficking, compliments the focus and work of ICP. If elected to continue serving as ICP Director-at-Large, I plan to launch a standing task force related to human trafficking. I have the passion and time to invest in this position. I have published and presented widely on human trafficking, most recently at the United Nations Committee on the Status of Women’s Forum, on how COVID-19 has increased the risk of women and youth for sex and labor trafficking. I also had the pleasure of co-editing a special issue for International Perspectives of Psychology (IPP)on Women During COVID. I am in the process of launching another special issue journal for IPP on global reproductive rights. I am very grateful to have been awarded APA Fellow status by the Society for the Psychology of Women and International Psychology.

My investment and passion for volunteering my time and expertise in internationally focused organizations are solid. I am committed to furthering the mission of ICP and welcome the opportunity to continue serving as a Director-at-Large. I would greatly appreciate your vote.