Candidate Statements for Division 52. International Psychology

Please note that the submission of a candidate statement was voluntary, so not all candidates listed on the ballot will have a statement.

Candidate: Brigitte Khoury, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to run for president-elect of Division 52.

I was born in Paris, raised in Lebanon, then pursued a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University. I am a faculty member at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. I provide psychotherapy, teach, supervise training and conduct research, which focuses on sexuality, refugee relief, diagnostic classification, and international psychology. I am a consultant to WHO, UN bodies, and other NGOs.

I established the Lebanese Psychological Association, the licensing process, and the 1st Clinical Psychology Training Program in Lebanon. I led a task force against sexual harassment and discrimination at the university, and advocated for LGBTQ+ mental health care in Lebanon.

My story with Div52 is the one of a family who supported me through my career. I was a student member, then a member at large, and chaired two committees. I joined CIRP (international relations), which allowed me to advocate for international psychology, and participated in the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, which prepared me well for my role of president.

Having lived in different regions of the world, gave me an insider’s look on psychology, with its challenges across the globe. As a president I will strive to increase the division’s visibility and membership, establish a collaborative network, and support psychologists working internationally in their advocacy and promotion of the field. My ambition is to expand on the dialogue where US psychologists will be infused with the knowledge and experience of international psychologists, and vice versa.




Candidate: William F. Pfohl, PsyD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to run for President of Division 52 and will choose Building Bridges as my theme. The Division’s new vision and strategic plan needs implementation. Bridges need to be built within the Division, within APA, and with international colleagues. I believe psychology is global. Division 52’s reach and influence can promote strong research from an international perspective, connect international organizations, and connect other interested Divisions within APA. Building Bridges within APA with the Office of International Affairs and other Divisions with international interests will widen our ability to collaborate concerning international psychology. Collaborative Programing at each Convention offers a unique opportunity to share/collaborate with other divisions and our international colleagues.

The Division’s demographics include a diverse group who look to the Division for support, ideas, fellowship and guidance. Student and ECP membership is the new blood and strength of any organization. Fast Connect can keep the Division dynamic and fun. There is a strong cadre of Fellows whose input can be solicited for their collective historical wisdom - important for any organization. Finding new effective methods to communicate with our membership through social media, our newsletter and our journal is critical.

As a Division Fellow and Program Co-Chair (2013-14), I understand the needs and strengths of the group. With international leadership experience as President of the International School Psychology Association. (ISPA), I have developed contacts worldwide to facilitate collaborations, research, and advocacy. My interest areas are children’s rights, mental health issues for children/teens, and international crisis/trauma training.




Candidate: Lynette H. Bikos, PhD, ABPP

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

Please consider my nomination for Member-at-Large/Vice President for Engagement. With a scope of responsibilities spanning membership, outreach, student and ECP concerns, and liaison relationships, this feels like a natural fit for the D52 tasks to which I have already been drawn.

Since its 2010 conference, I have been organizing and promoting International Psychology at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association. These activities have included (a) assembling one or more internationally focused symposia proposals, (b) hosting the international poster session, (c) creating a pre-conference primer (and post-conference summary) that is posted to various outlets (e.g., WPA website, D52 newsletter/listserv/FB page), (d) creating and distributing swag, and (e) coordinating a student-first-authored poster contest. The poster contest has been popular enough that we have implemented it several times at APA. This past year I created a “Toolkit for Promoting D52@Professional Conferences” as well as an abbreviated, “Poster Contest Toolkit.”

Core to my approach in coordinating submissions for the WPA international program and organizing the poster-contest activities is to invite/connect those who may not know about international psychology or the division – up to and including prospective students. I hope this approaches will translate well in the VP of Engagement’s role with student concerns, ECP concerns, and liaising with other organizations and members.

My commitment to global engagement begins at home. I am a committed bicycle/bus commuter, accruing over 2,000 miles annually. Further, our family life is richer because of the 11 international students who have stayed with us over the years.




Candidate: Irene Lopez, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

How can we secure a more central and prominent role for international psychology? Furthermore, how can we get more people actively involved our division and help foster more fruitful collaboration between divisions? I am seeking to become Vice President for Engagement for Division 52 to help disseminate the good work in our field and to help connect us to one another. In particular, I believe that a global psychology needs a global presence and would work hard to make the findings of our field more prominent to the American Psychological Association. To this end, I believe we need a more concerted and organized effort to centralize the various ways information is disseminated. Additionally, I would a more concerted effort to help streamline our communications to bring a bolder and unified vision to our Division. If we can more effectively communicate with one another, we can then work more effectively across divisions, to make further diversify our field. Based on my prior experiences as a member of other APA committees, as well as my own work in helping internationalize the curricula at my own institution, I believe that I could help lead the way to creating a more streamlined and dynamic organization. For more about me please visit: www.irenelopezphdcom




Candidate: Luli Emmons, PhD

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

The Division 52 APA Council representative must have a strong voice at the table. As Division 52 representative, I would aim to take a leading role in promoting relevant and pressing international perspectives in professional psychology. Domestic policies and strategic initiatives in professional psychology have far-reaching implications for international mobility and human rights. I consider the engagement of students and Early Career Psychologists to be crucial. They are at the leading edge of our profession; they are most fluent in the global and technological language of today. Their future careers and international mobility are most impacted by APA decisions made now. As an early participant in the international congress leading to the development of global core competencies, I believe global understanding of how core competencies are implemented must be continuously informed by collaboration with our partner psychological associations around the world. I recognize dilemmas surrounding reconciliation of domestic standards with those of other countries particularly for competencies and qualifications for practice. I would advocate on behalf of Division 52 leadership, membership interests and priorities for progress and resolution of these dilemmas. My commitment is to global engagement and collaboration of all stakeholders to advance the quality of professional psychology. I believe it is my responsibility and privilege to bring my experience in leadership, administration, teaching and practice to this important governance and advocacy.




Candidate: Neal S. Rubin, PhD, ABPP

Office: Council Representative

Candidate Statement:

This is a time of significant change for our division and our association. Our division is undergoing a major reorganization to enhance our structures and processes with a view to augmenting our effectiveness and responsiveness to members while broadening our international representation. Our association is terminating the practice organization (APAPO) and rebuilding a companion organization to the APA currently titled the Institute of Psychology (APAIP). This new structure is intended to re-integrate science, practice and advocacy to secure the future integrity and well-being of our profession. These changes are occurring as association leadership is re-envisioning a new more ethical APA in the aftermath of the ethical and moral failings revealed in the Hoffman Report.

Experienced leadership is needed at such times. In my first term as Council Representative, I have consistently asserted international and human rights perspectives as valuable contributions to the Council’s decision making processes. Doing so involves listening carefully to the items that come before Council, analyzing the issues with care, discussing these issues with division members and our Board, and then engaging with other Council representatives and members of the Board of Directors to infuse a global frame of reference into the evolving discourse. Cultural humility, cross cultural sensitivity and a global frame of reference are essential to represent Division 52.

If elected to a second term in Council, I will continue to provide a strong voice for International Psychology as we create a new vibrancy in our division and we envision a new ethical APA.




Candidate: LeAnn G. DeHoff, PhD

Office: Early Career Psychologist

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be nominated for a second term as Early Career Psychologist Committee Chair for Division 52. Division 52 has been my professional home since 2015. Our community of members is comprised of passionate psychologists who work across the globe. While each member’s area of expertise differs, we have a similar desire to consider cultural context, different worldviews, and human rights.

As the current ECP Committee Chair, I have worked to connect members worldwide and ensure the voice of ECPs is heard across multiple forums. ECPs want to know how to achieve international jobs, how to become involved in international research, and where to find international psychology training. In 2017, I co-hosted a Member Engagement Group discussion at the APA Convention, which resulted in two initiatives to help respond to these requests: a) a searchable database so members can find others who have similar interests; and b) webinars / training / CEs opportunities. This conversation was influenced by the division’s new strategic plan, which illustrates its ability to listen to its members, especially ECPs and students, and to find ways to address their desires.

Our community of members is innovative and inspiring. I encourage all members to become involved to support the future of our division. Checkout div52.org and call / email a committee chair. I know they would love to hear from you!

If I am elected to be the Early Career Psychologist Committee Chair, I commit to continuing the work I’ve started, advocating for ECPs worldwide.




Candidate: Katelyn E. Poelker, PhD

Office: Early Career Psychologist

Candidate Statement:

It is an exciting time be part of Division 52 and I am eager to serve as ECP Committee Chair. In my recent roles as 2018 Suite Program Chair and ECP committee member, I have learned a great deal about the Division’s vision as well as ECP-related issues. ECPs are a diverse group – practitioners, researchers, educators, and policy makers. If elected, I hope to provide professional development opportunities for ECPs who are beginning diverse careers. I would like to create opportunities to infuse teaching and research with international content, while instilling a passion for all things international in our students. I would also seek collaboration from colleagues in applied areas of our discipline to develop programming to promote the professional development of internationally-minded ECP practitioners of psychology. Furthermore, in talking with ECPs regarding Suite Programming for the 2018 APA Convention, I have learned a great deal about the needs of our Division’s ECPs. We are eager for opportunities to network with each other and with more senior members of the Division to establish collaborations. In short, ECPs are enthusiastic for opportunities to learn from others in the Division. We are fully committed to the idea that international work is best accomplished with a collaborative spirit and team-oriented approach. I would be delighted to help create and facilitate such initiatives. If Division 52’s revised bylaws are accepted, moving us to a 3-year leadership pipeline structure, I look forward to working with LeAnn DeHoff as part of the Division’s ECP team.