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D52 Emmons I received my PhD in clinical psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. As Vice President and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University I created and have directed the Office of Professional Advising and Development since 2007. My career as clinician and training director in public mental health, in non-profit and academic program development, leadership, advocacy, mentorship and teaching inform my commitment to international psychology. My views on international psychology are shaped by a lifetime of world travel; participation in the 2013 5th International Congress on Licensing, Certification & Credentialing of Psychologists, Stockholm; and Programa Científico HOMINIS 2016 in Cuba with APA. I have dedicated my career to finding constructive solutions to challenges in professional psychology, such as the internship crisis. I’ve played a role in creating the California Psychology Internship Council, Bay Area Practicum Information Collaborative, and increasing APA accredited public mental health internships in California.


D52 poelkerMy name is Katelyn Poelker and I am Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hope College in Holland, MI. I graduated with my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology from Saint Louis University in 2017. During graduate school, I had the opportunity to conduct research and assist with teaching psychology courses internationally, mostly in Guatemala. Those experiences were critical for my personal and professional growth, allowing me to merge my love of travel with my passion for psychological science and the application of research to address real-world challenges. As a faculty member, I have been involving my students in international research projects, while emphasizing the importance of viewing the field of psychology through an international lens. I also enjoy spending time with my Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Ruby, as we explore our new home state of Michigan and traveling to visit friends and collaborators in Guatemala.


D52 khouryI am an associate professor at the Psychiatry Department, Faculty of Medicine, at the American University of Beirut (AUB), in Beirut, Lebanon. My main activities revolve around providing psychotherapy to clients, teaching medical students, and supervising clinical psychology graduate students. My research interests focus on issues related to sexuality and reproductive health, LGBTQ+ health, refugee relief and diagnostic classification across international settings.
I am the founding Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program, established in 2010, Director of Outpatient Adult Services at our department and Director of the Arab Regional Center for Research and Training in Mental Health where I collaborate with the World Health Organization, Geneva on the revision of the ICD. I am also the chair of the Advisory Council for gender equity and Title IX at AUB. I am also the founding president of the Lebanese Psychological Association, which established the practice guidelines and licensing criteria for psychologists in Lebanon.

Bio-Bill Pfohl

D52 Pfohl2I taught at Western Kentucky University from 1979-2017; now Professor Emeritus. I am an APA Fellow (including Divisions 52, 16, and 37). I held leadership positions in the International School Psychology Association (President 2009-11); National Association of School Psychologists (President, 1996-97; 2005-06) and President of state associations in Kentucky and New York. I received NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and Kentucky’s Association equivalent in 2012. I received the Peterson Prize from Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology – Rutgers University (2000), where I received my Psy.D. in 1979. I have traveled to 43 countries, including faculty exchanges to Ecuador and China. I train psychologists internationally in school crisis management. I bring a strong background in leadership, and international involvement.