About APsyA

Asian Psychological Association (APsyA) Declared at “The Congress of Asian Psychologists” In Jakarta, August 16, 2005

Psychology was introduced to Asian universities at least a half century after Wilhelm Wundt in Germany (or according to American version by William James in the USA) founded it in the year of 1879. Since then, teachings, researches and the application of psychology in Asia, are based almost entirely on the western paradigms. However, evidently some of the theories, methodologies and techniques, which mostly have been developed referring to the western scientific investigations, are not appropriate comprehend the Asia minds.

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Why Asia?

  • + The experience of Asian psychologists reveals that many Western theories are not always applicable in Asia.
  • + So far Asian psychologists are too dependent to the Western psychological schools, organizations and journals.
  • + It is the time now to develop Asian psychological paradigm, because Asian psychology should be developed in its own land, based on its own resources, which is in Asia.

Other practical reasons

  • + Local conventions enable more local psychologists to participate.
  • + Asian journals/publications give more opportunities for Asian psychologists to go international.
  • + It is easier for Western psychologists to look for references on Asian psychology.
  • + Asians need more reasonable membership fee.

Name of Organization

Asian Psychological Association (APsyA)

What is Asia?

Asia in our understanding is a geographical concept, not an ideological, nor school of theory.

Vision and Mission

APsyA’s mission is to advance psychology and the application of its scientific findings throughout Asia. To this end APsyA seeks to strengthen regional and international bonds between psychologists and to promote and to facilitate channels of communication between individual psychologists.

Goals of the Board of Directors

  • + By Laws
  • +Election of officers
  • +Membership recruitment
  • +Determine membership fee
  • +An Asian Psychology Journal
  • +Networking with international organizations, i.e. ICP (International Council of Psychologist), IAAP.

APsyA and IAAP

The actualization of APsyA didn’t start until 2003 and 2004, when it was discussed seriously in ICP BOD meetings in Toronto and Beijing, and finally confirmed in 2005 meeting, where Ray Fowler, an ICP fellow who is also a Board member of IAAP (International Association of Applied Psychology) offered a proposal, which enable APsyA to affiliate with IAAP. In November of the same year, some Asian psychologists in a convention held in Jakarta declared APsyA. It was reported back to Mike Knowles and Ray Fowler (now President and President Elect) of IAAP in the convention of Asian applied psychology in Bangkok, and finally APsyA was confirmed as an IAAP affiliate in its convention in Athens. Both events are in 2006.

APsyA is not the only psychological organization in Asia, but unlike the earlier organizations, such as Asian Social Psychological Association or ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Society (ARUPS), APsyA consists of individual inter-discipline psychologists, who are Asians, living in Asia or outside Asia, or non-Asian Psychologists who are interested in Asian psychology. Every member of this organization will be automatically become member of IAAP (International Association of Applied Psychology), a double membership, and will receive the International Applied Psychology Journal.

APsyA among Other Organizations

Asian Psychological Association (APsyA) is not the only, nor the first organization of psychologists in Asia. Some of the earlier organizations are based on different discipline of psychology (such as Asian Social Psychology Association, Asian Cognitive Behavior Therapy etc.), or they might be regional, or national organizations. However, APsyA is intended to accommodate the interests of inter-disciplinary, cross cultural, and inter-ethnic individual psychologists.

The development of a regional association to promote Asian psychology is another step in creating a network of psychological organizations covering the entire world. There are two major international organizations that cover the entire world of psychology: The International Union of Psychological Science and the International Association of Applied Psychology. Each plays an important role in international communication. Another important international group is the International Council of Psychologists (ICP). The ICP now has members in over 90 countries and sponsors annual meetings at various sites around the world.

China was the first Asian country where psychologists formed a national society (Chinese Psychological Society, 1921), but due to the nation’s internal political conflicts the organization disbanded after a few years. The Society was briefly reorganized in 1937 but was dissolved again due to the Japanese invasion of China. The Chinese Psychological Society resumed operation in 1950, only to be closed for ten years during the “Cultural Revolution” in 1966. In 1977 the organization was able to resume its activities. At the end of the twentieth century, the Society had approximately 3000 members. The Indian Psychological Association was formed in 1925, and the Japanese Psychological Association was formed in 1927. It was not until 1952 that psychologists in another Asian nation, Indonesia, formed a national society. Since then, national associations have formed in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Korea, Singapore, Mongolia, Vietnam, and Pakistan, and possibly others.

In the early 1970s, two brothers, Derald (b. 1942) and Stanley (b. 1944) Sue, coordinated a series of meetings in the San Francisco that included a variety of professionals involved in mental health issues in the Asian community. These meetings eventually led to the founding of the Asian-American Psychological Association (AAPA) in 1972. Membership was small at first and the group struggled to maintain cohesion (Leong, 1995). Despite this small beginning, the AAPA had a membership of over 400 by the year 2000. Although Asian mental health was the original concern of the AAPA, since that time the organization diversified in its interests. Advocacy efforts on behalf of Asian Americans led to involvement on U. S. Census issues and to a long engagement against the English only movement in California. Members of the AAPA developed Asian American psychological theory that was applied to a range of psychological topics, including clinical training and social research. Leaders of the Association were among the very first to develop theory and practice related to multicultural counseling. The National Institute of Mental Health relied on the Association to assist it in its efforts to diversify its training population and members of the AAPA served as key liaisons to the NIMH and other federal agencies for the development of mental health policy. The AAPA developed close ties with the American Psychological Association very early in its existence. AAPA members served on key boards and committees of the APA including the Board of Ethnic Minority Affairs, the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, and the Committee for Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training. The AAPA began publishing the Journal of the Asian American Psychological Association in 1979 and began a series of monographs in 1995 (Leong, 1995). In 1999, Dr. Richard Suinn (b. 1933) served as the first Asian American President of the APA.

Venues of Conventions of APsyA (biennial)

1st Convention of APsyA, 2006: Bali

120 participants, from 15 countries (including USA, UK, Australia and Ireland, on the one hand and Bangladesh, Iran, Kazakstan, Saudi Arabia. Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, on the other hand), and presenting 78 papers in different plenary, paper and poster sessions, one round table discussion, three workshops and one symposium, presenting topics of different fields of applied and academic psychology: clinical, educational, industrial, developmental, gender, psychotherapy, psychological measurement, conflict resolution, etc. and last but not least terrorism.

2nd Convention of APsyA, 2008: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3rd Convention of APsyA, 2010: Melbourne, Australia

4th Convention of APsyA, 2012: Jakarta, Indonesia

Declarators of APsyA - Jakarta August 16, 2005

No. Name Country
1. Fr. Mikhael de Fretes, SVD, MSc. Indonesia
2. Nelden Djakababa Indonesia
3. Hamdi Muluk Indonesia
4. Eka Adityawati Indonesia
5. Berta Esti Ari Prasetya Indonesia
6. Herlina Liu Indonesia
7. Tina Afiatin Indonesia
8. Tian Po Oei Australia
9. Rozumah Baharudin Malaysia
10. Jas Laile Malaysia
11. Naty Dayan Philippines
12. Lukman S. Sriamin Indonesia
13. Monty P. Satiadarma Indonesia
14. Pieter George Manoppo Indonesia
15. Chok Hiew Canada
16. Soerjantini Rahaju Indonesia
17. Sukanlaya Sawang Australia
18. Ifa Hanifah Misbach Indonesia
19. Luh Surini Yulia Savitri Indonesia
20. Ratih Ambarwati Indonesia
21. Dyah T. Indirasari Indonesia
22. Lita Patricia Lunanta Indonesia
23. Rumaya Juhari Malaysia
24. Siti Nor Yaacob Malaysia
25. Maria Eko Sulistyowati Indonesia
26. Meiske Y. Suparman Indonesia
27. Th. Dewi Setyorini Indonesia
28. Novianingtyastuti Indonesia
29. Siti Maliha Indonesia
30. Mimi Patmonodewo Indonesia
31. Sandi Kartasasmita Indonesia
32. Dharmayati Utoyo Lubis Indonesia
33. Ester Lianawati Indonesia
34. Iriani R.D Indonesia
35. Tommy Y. S. Suyasa Indonesia
36. Fidelis E. Waruwu Indonesia
37. Anna W Indonesia
38. Indrawati Widijanti Indonesia
39. Roswiyani P. Zahra Indonesia
40. Rahmah Hastuti Indonesia


Whereas the Asian Psychological Association (APsyA), formed in Jakarta, Indonesia in August, 2005, was established to represent the interests of psychologists in Asia, and;
Whereas, the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), was established in 19— to represent the interests of individual psychologists throughout the world who are concerned with research and practice in applied psychology, and;
Whereas, a close relationship between IAAP and APsyA would be of mutual benefit to the members of both organizations and to their goals of promoting psychology, and;
Whereas both associations wish to broaden their respective constituencies and strengthen the voice of individual psychologists in Asia and other parts of the world, and;
Whereas, it is the intention of both associations to provide services to their members, such as, but not limited to, annual conferences, regional meetings, newsletters, professional publications, websites, award recognitions for early career and distinguished international contributions, and administrative services, and;
Whereas both associations are interested in offering a full range of membership services to psychologists of all specializations and all areas of psychological expertise, and;
Whereas closer collaboration between the our two organizations might reduce duplication and enhance services to members;

THEREFORE, IAAP AND APsyA have entered into discussions of ways to increase administrative efficiencies by working in tandem while permitting both organizations to function as independent, autonomous associations. The following principles will form the basis for a tandem alliance.

  • 1. APsyA members will become members of IAAP with all benefits of IAAP membership, including a subscription to IAAP’S journal, Applied Psychology: International Review (AP:IR).
  • 2. Blackwell, the publisher of AP:IR, will bill the members of each organization, collect the dues payments, and deduct an agreed upon amount to pay for the journal subscription and administrative services. Blackwell will forward the remainder of the dues collected to each organization.
  • 3. Blackwell’s services will include, but not be limited to: sending members of both organizations copies of the IAAP journal, and providing administrative services associated with dues collection: membership data base management; billing, and dues collection.
  • 4. Other office activities for ICP and IAAP not covered by Blackwell are sorted out and assigned by each association to their own elected, appointed, or contracted individuals. Correspondence, internal budgeting and accounts payment, convention management, board meeting management; newsletter production; awards; and other activities normally associated with running a professional society will be the responsibility of each organization separately.

  • 5. APsyA agrees to hold its meetings, when it is possible, in conjunction with the IAAP congress (ICAP) held every four years, and to encourage its members to participate actively in these congresses and other regional meeting sponsored by IAAP, particularly when they are held in Asia. IAAP and APsyA will notify each other of sites selected for their conferences. Special conference registration rates will be accorded to members of APsyA and IAAP to the conferences sponsored by either.
  • 6. APsyA and IAAP will provide each other with a regular, exchange about association activities, including conference materials such as the call for papers, registration and hotel information, and eligibility for awards. A liaison from APsyA will be invited to sit with the IAAP board and a liaison from IAAP will be invited to sit with the APsyA board.
  • 7. Every four years, prior to the ICAP conference, these tandem association agreements will be reviewed by each association and amended by mutual agreement, if needed.