Beginning in the late 1960 there was some recognition of “Special Interest Groups” within the Canadian Psychological Association. According to John Berry, the first of these was one that he organised on Environmental psychology. As time progressed, well into the late 1970s this group, and the field of environmental psychology moved towards the examination of specific factors in the physical environment while interest in the cultural environment was neglected. In the fall of 1980, following a meting of CPA in Vancouver, Geraldine Schwartz became the first chair of this section on International / Cross-Cultural psychology. At that time the section was described as “CPA-Interest group on International Cross-Cultural Psychology” and shortly afterwards all sections were numbered and Section 10 was our designation. In the late 1990s the numbering system was dropped for the current system that includes only the name (with Punctuation added).
The Founding Members of the section were: Geraldine Schwartz (Chair), Hank Janzen, Francois Desrosiers, John Berry, Don McEachern, Tim Hogan, Giles Aussant, George Small, Michel Pierre Janisse, Ada Dihllon, RS MacArthur, Jack Sikand, Bruce Bain, Mark Sandilands, John Fentness.
Beginning in 1980 the Section was formed under the Applied Division of CPA. Current CPA by-Laws on Sections are found here, while our own mandate began with an initial agenda for the 1981 conference considering the following activities:
1) Presentation of Current Cross-Cultural Research , in symposia or seminars by Canadian Psychologists currently engaged in these activities
2) Conversation hour led by some prominent people in the field
3) Business-Membership meeting
4) Social Hour in conjunction with the International Council of Psychologists, the International Association of Cross-Cultural & the Inter-American Psychology Association
5) It was also suggested that this interest group (Section) might be able to host colleagues from abroad who visit our country.
Currently we still take an active role in the annual convention where we typically have a full agenda across the three days. These include Symposia, poster presentations, conversation hours, workshops and Keynote Speeches.
We currently have several members on the International Relations Committee, a CPA committee that addresses the association’s activities and contacts with international organisations, scholars and practitioners.
We have a section e-mail list to foster communication among our members along with this website that has been designed to provide a hub of information and contact for our members and others who may be interested in our activities.
Section Email List-serve is available to members of the section through the Section Executives.
Currently the the section on International & Cross- Cultural psychology is actively engaged in the annual CPA convention proceedings, the CPA sub-committee on international affairs, fostering student scholarly development, and providing a forum and vehicle for the communication and collaboration of research and practice on psychological issues pertaining to international and and cultural affairs.
Each Year at the Annual Conference recognise the excellence of our student presenter with two awards.
The John W. Berry Award is given to the best student paper presentation in a symposium or paper session.
The Francis E. Abound Award is given to the best student poster presentation.
The Marta Y. Young Award is geven to the best student short presentatation.
Past Activities and Gallery
At each annual meeting of the CPA we have several sectoin activities including a featured speaker, a student symposium, a section dinner and our section business meeting. Here is a list of past events and some photos (Gallery).
Members of this section are currently involved in a wide variety of activities. Please let us know of your current projects and publications to add to our section listings. Contact us through our executive
Student Resources: Canadian Universities teaching culture and Psychology
Teaching Resources: Handbooks & Textbooks
International and Cross-Cultural Psychology Journals