ICP2021 Online

ICP2021 took place October 22-24, 2021 via ZOOM.
Many sessions are available online for viewing.
The Sessions with Active Links can be viewed online,

Conference Programs

Opening Session

  • Welcome from Josephine Tan, ICP President
  • ICP Attendees’ Welcome Video
  • Welcome from Andrew Simon, ICP President-Elect
  • What is ICP – narrated by Merry Bullock, ICP Secretary-General
  • Closing Remarks


Fathali Moghaddam – The Dictator Cometh: The Psychology of Rising Authoritarian Strongmen

Moderator Josephine Tan, ICP President

Many major societies have experienced a decline in democracy, and a rise of authoritarian strongmen, in the 21st century. In order to better understand and reverse this trend, psychologists must explore what I call ‘political plasticity’ (how much and how fast political behvaior can change) over the long term. This talk is based on three books, The Psychology of Dictatorship, The Psychology of Democracy, and Threat to Democracy: The Appeal of Authoritarianism in an Age of Uncertainty. I explore the springboard to dictatorship, and the psychological characteristics of the citizen capable of supporting and sustaining democracy.

Introduction: Moghaddam

Talk: Moghaddam

Discussion: Moghaddam


Terri Morrissey and Richard Plenty – Living and Working in Uncertainty 

Moderator Merry Bullock, Ahimsa International,  ICP Secretary-General

We live in a world of uncertainty. Dealing with it requires a combination of logic, intuition, resilience and self awarenss. To do it well we also need the ability to think critically and have the courage to try things out.  In this talk we explore the psychological strategies and the competences needed to navigate our way and, we introduce our model for living and working with uncertianty – The Richmor Model.

"Uncertainty Rules"

Introduction: Morrissey/PLenty

Talk: Morrissey/Plenty

Discussion: Morrissey/Plenty

Award Talk

The Urgency of Internationalizing Our Curricula: A USA Perspective

Susan Nolan, Seton Hall University, USA; Moderator Andrew Simon, Seton Hall University, USA

This presentation will explore the internationalization of curricula to develop global citizenship among students. We must pay attention to whose voices are heard within psychological science – with respect to samples, researchers, and gatekeepers. Susan will explore both content and pedagogy that instructors might consider when designing more inclusive courses.

Introduction: Nolan

Talk: Nolan

Discussion: Nolan

Award Talk

Latent Psychological Hazards of Living in a Volatile Environment: Effects of Socioecological Stressors on Political Ideology and Political Restriction

Linus Chan, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R. (China); Moderator Chris Mulchay, Asheville Testing, USA

How does living in a volatile environment contribute to cultural and political differences? In this talk, I discuss large-scale multi-national studies my colleagues and I conducted that examine how socioecological stressors influence literacy, political ideology, political restriction, collectivism, and societal conference.

Introduction: Chan

Talk: Chan

Award Talk

Ethics in Cross-Cultural Health-care

Roswith Luise Roth, University of Graz, Austria

  • Moderator Irma Barron, Albizu University, USA
  • Summary: The aim of an international survey was the issue whether physiotherapist learn about the moral code of conduct, ethical reasoning and decision making during their basic education. The results showed big differences around the world. It is crucial to assess and reflect the manner of teaching ethics and cross-cultural competences

Introduction: Roth

Talk: Roth

Discussion: Roth

Award Talk

Interfacing Scholarship and Action in Promoting Gender Equality

Fanny M. Cheung, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R. (China)

  • Moderator Merry Bullock, Ahimsa International, USA/Estonia
  • Summary:  During my serendipitous journey of becoming a feminist psychologist, I have capitalized on opportunities to promote gender research while advocating gender equality. Challenges faced by women I encountered have informed my research and initiatives to establish the research infrastructure. Gender research and action were intertwined throughout this journey.

Introduction: Cheung

Talk: Cheung

Discussion: Cheung

Invited Symposium

Climate Justice

Chair: Erinn Cameron, USA
Perhaps the most urgent crisis of our time, climate justice is both an ethical and political issue and disproportionately affects vulnerable and marginalized populations. This symposium will address psychology’s interaction with climate justice and psychologists’ role in providing solutions.



Decoloniality, Epistemic (In)Justice and Climate Psychology: Views From Below

Garret Barnwell, South Africa
By drawing attention to the coloniality underpinning climate change, I argue that psychologists are able to resituate themselves more meaningfully in relation to global social struggles that seek not only to avert the climate crises but to address climate/coloniality. This decolonial option is fundamental for the flourishing of a pluriversal world.


Talk: Barnwell

Climate Justice and Survival – Lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis

Sharon Coen, University of Salford; Co-author: Thalia University of Westminster, UK 
Drawing on the COVID-19 crisis, we argue that Survival is an Hegemonic Social Representation, a matrix whose elements are dynamically defined and constructed by different groups. The definition and establishment of the elements of the matrix could be key to whether actions promoting climate justice are supported and implemented.

Introduction: Coen

Talk: Coen

Five Roles For Psychologists In Addressing Climate Change, And How They Are Informed By Responses To The COVID-19 Outbreak

Stuart Whomsley, NHS, United Kingdom
Five areas where psychologists can help address climate change are: (1) Changing behaviors causing climate change. (2) Increasing human connection with nature (3) Advising leadership for planet protecting good governance. (4) Psychological interventions for those affected. (5) Preparing for bad outcomes. Responses to COVID-19) give insights for climate change responses.


Talk: Whomsley

Invited Symposium

Processes of Decolonization

Chair: Polli Hagenaars,  Netherlands
This symposium discusses the meaning of decolonising for Psychologists as persons (Decolonising minds); Psychology in theory and research (Decolonising Psychology); and Society (Decolonising Society).  There is a growing awareness of the influence of colonial history on theory, assessment and practice of psychology. Also, the effects of former colonisation are still felt today, in global economic relationships, in social relationships, in attitudes and prejudices, and also in the transgenerational transfer of traumas to children of survivors.  How can psychologists on a global base, in representations, in epistemology, in practices, in relationships, work on decolonising minds, psychology and society?



Decolonizing Psychology In Developing Societies

Rama Charan Tripathi, Allhallabad University. 
Developing societies are often characterized as valuing ‘relatedness’ compared with privileging individual achievements. In most developing societies of the East, cultural knowledge is used to construct ‘relational selves’ that contrast with the “othering” imposed by coloniation. Psychologists in developing societies need to develop ‘glocal’ psychologies, incude construction of ‘local universals’.

Talk: Tripathi

Psychology and Pan-Africanism in Decolonial Times

Shose Kessi, University of Cape Town, South Africa. 
This presentation traces some key moments in the development of psychology as a discipline that has been both implicated in and resistant to forms of oppression and inferiorization across the globe and how a Pan-African lens to psychological research may contribute to the decolonial turn in the social sciences.

Talk: Kessi

Sunt Lacrimae Rerum: Coping with Material Traces of European Colonialism

Giovanna Leone, Sapienza – Università di Roma, Italy
Insights on the role of objects in memory processes – traced back to classic descriptions of the human mind – allow psychologists to better understand conflicting reactions to material traces of colonialism still present in the contemporary European environment. Such research may give a specific contribution to decolonization processes.

Talk: Leone

Invited Symposium

Disabilities Justice

Chair: Natalie Porter, CSPP/Alliant University, USA



Seen, Unseen, and Seldom Heard

Elaine Rogers, University of Limerick, Ireland. 
Disabled people are over-represented in less favourable social environments, under-represented in valued environments, and have reduced participation in decision making. This talk will consider this claim and reflect on some of the ways that psychologists can support disabled people.

Introduction: Rogers

Talk: Rogers

Disability, Invisibility, and the Unfinished Work of Transformation

Leslie Swartz, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.  
Despite a constitutional commitment to disability inclusion in South Africa, people with disabilities are left behind and subject to abuse and even death.I suggest reasons for continuing exclusion. My particular emphasis is on the politics of inclusion and vulnerability in light of race and class struggles.

Introduction: Swartz

Talk: Swartz

Rethinking Disability Research: Moving the field forward

Rhoda Olkin, Alliant International University, USA
Despite important disability laws there are no changes in implicit attitudes toward disabled persons. To address this core issue we need research that informs a more widespread societal approach to improving conditions for disabled people. This talk focuses on specific suggestions for researchers and clinicians to move disability justice.

Introduction: Olkin

Talk: Olkin

Invited Symposium

Health Equity

Chair: Mary Beth Kenkel, Florida Institute of Technology.
Health equity is achieved when people are able to attain their full health potential and are not disadvantaged from doing so because of environmental or social factors. Health inequities are reflected in differences in the length and quality of life; in rates of disease, death, and disability; in severity of disease; and in access to treatment. This symposium will identify the barriers to achieving health and mental health equity and describe strategies to reduce barriers to achieve equity.

Introduction: Health

Discussion: Health

Child and Adolescent Mental Health & Wellbeing

Zeinab Hijazi, UNICEF, New York Headquarters.  
Gaps in mental health care stem from historic lack of investment and action promoting positive mental health, prevention, and care for children, adolescents, and caregivers with mental health problems. This presentation will showcase UNICEF’s multi-sectoral and multi-layered approach which reframes mental health as a lifespan asset.

Introduction: Hijazi

Talk: Hijazi

Achieving Health Equity: Psychology’s Role

Jennifer F. Kelly, American Psychological Association, USA
Health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health experienced by socially disadvantaged populations. These systematic and avoidable differences are intensified by political, economic, and social influences. This presentation will address the contribution that psychology can offer in achieving health equity.

Introduction: Kelly

Talk: Kelly

Reaching the Last Mile: Scaling Up Psychological Therapies Globally

Vikram Patel, Harvard Medical School, USA
This lecture will describe innovations to improve the access to evidence informed psychological therapies globally.


Talk: Patel

Lightning Talks –

Moderator Vera Luckgei, University of Heidelberg, Germany

  • Violence Against Women and Female Incarceration Rates Predict Estimated Prevalence Of Modern Slavery Across Countries
    Janine Ray, Erinn Cameron, Kristine Jacquin, Fielding Graduate University, Canada
  • Eco-anxiety and youth: A scoping review
    Anne-Sophie Dorion, Guadalupe Puentes-Neuman, Fabienne Lagueux, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Rising Waters: Understanding the Impact of Climate Change on Coastal Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples
    Monica Zabinski, Hilary Hines, Taylor Levitt, Leah Horvath, National Louis University, USA
  • Decolonizing Psychological Statistics
    Jamie L. Layton, Elena Cantorna, LeAnne Zaire, Linda Montano, Clara Obrien, Lynette Bikos, Seattle Pacific University, USA
  • Decolonizing Psychological Statistics Courses
    Elena Paola Cantorna, Jamie Layton, Leanne Zaire, Linda Montano, Clara O’Brien, Lynette Bikos, Seattle Pacific University, USA
  • Decolonizing Ghanian Psychology: Best Practices for Cross-Cultural Transnational Feminist Research
    Erinn Cate Cameron, Janine Ray, Olivia Mounet, Kristine Jacquin, Fielding Graduate University, USA

Lightning Talks

Music and Conflict

Special Interactive Session with Barbara Dunn

Human Rights Celebration


Awards Ceremony

  • Presentation of 2021 ICP Awards

Introduction to the 2021 Awards Ceremony

Mary Beth Kenkel, Awards Chair, Moderator

2021 Fukuhara Award for Distinguished International Research and Service

Introduction to the Fukuhara Award

Congratulations from Machiko Fukuhara

Radosveta Dimitrova, 2021 Recipient

2021 Frances Mullen Award for Distinguished International Contributions

Introduction of the 2021 Mullen Award Recipient

Harold Takooshian, 2021 Recipient

2021 Denmark-Gunvald Award for Feminist Research

Introduction to the Denmark-Gunvald Award

Congratulations from Florence Denmark

Anita Kamal, 2021 Recipient

2021 Sukemune-Bain Award for Encouragement of Early Career Research

Introduction to the Sukemune-Bain Award

Bisma Ejaz, 2021 Recipient

Town Hall Meeting

ICP at the United Nations

ICP Recognition of UN Day

Closing Ceremony

ICP Updates

  • Global Network of Psychologists for Human Rights – presentation of the Network
  • ICP and COVID-19 Projects
  • ICP at the United Nations