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The Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award is presented to the author(s) or editor(s) of a recent book that makes a significant contribution to psychology as an international discipline and profession, or that adds to our understanding of global phenomena and problems from a psychological point of view. Examples include psychological interventions at the micro- and macro- levels, multinational organizations, questions of mental health, pedagogy, peace and war, gender roles, contributions of indigenous psychologies to global psychology, textbooks that integrate theory, research and practice from around the globe, edited volumes integrating contributions from scholars around the world, and overviews of international and global psychology.

Eligible Nominations

Nominations may include authored or edited volumes in any language. All submissions must be accompanied by a 2-page letter in English making a case for the book’s potential contribution to global psychology. Copyright must be in the current year. Nominations may not include fiction and biographies.

Specifics of the Award

Award recipients will be announced in Spring, and invited to give an address in the DIvision 52 Suite at that year's Convention. The award carries a stipend of $500 and paid convention fees to help fund attendance at the APA convention.

Nominations Process

In judging the contribution of each book, the following set of guidelines will be used:

  • How creative and novel are the ideas expressed in the book?
  • How large and significant a contribution does the book make to psychology as a global discipline and profession?
  • Are the book’s contents international or global in nature?
  • Is the book scientifically rigorous and logically sound? Are its theoretical bases well supported and translatable into sound and ethical practice?
  • What is the literary quality of the work? Is it interestingly and well written? Is the audience for whom it is written explicitly stated and does it reach that audience?
  • Does the book maintain a clear focus on psychology as a science and practice?

All nominations must be accompanied by a 2-page letter, and three copies of the book.
Nominations are due by October 1 and sent to:
Renée Goodstein, Ph.D.
Chair, Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award
Psychology Department
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA
(718) 489-5437
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About Ursula Gielen

Ursula Gielen (1916-1997, Germany) was vitally interested in the well-being of indigenous, persecuted, and poor people around the world, with a special emphasis on women and children. Her legacy and commitment to international concerns and human welfare continues through her children: Ute Seibold, a former foreign language secretary in Switzerland; Uwe Gielen, an international psychologist in the United States; Odina Diephaus, a former interpreter with the European Parliament in Belgium and France; and Anka Gielen, a counseling psychologist in Germany.

Past Recipients:

2017: ITC International Handbook of Testing and Assessment. Editors: Frederick T. L. Leong, Dae Bartram, Fanny M. Cheung, Kurt Geisinger, Dragos Iliescu