Invited Presenters

Invited Presenters

Dr Richard Adderley (Bahamas)

Lessons learned from a Decade of Focus on Youth Research in The Bahamas

Assistant Professor in Psychology at The University of the Bahamas & immediate past president of the Bahamas Psychological Association.

Prof Oscar Barbarin (USA)

Social and Biological Processes in the Development of Anti-Social Behaviour

Professor and Chair of African American Studies and Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland.

Prof Carol Falender (USA)

Clinical Supervision Through a Global Lens

Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, and Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychology. Past Chair of the Supervision Guidelines Task Force of the Board of Educational Affairs of the American Psychological Association.

Dr Janel Gauthier (Canada)

 The Integration of Human Rights into Codes of Ethics in Psychology: Critical Issues and Recommendations

Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Laval University, Canada. President of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and a past-president of the Canadian Psychological Association. Former Chair of the Ad Hoc Joint Committee that developed the Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists (2008).

Prof Kurt Geisinger (USA)

 The Interplay of Test Adaptation and Test Reviewing: Interactions and Pitfalls

Director of the Buros Center on Testing and W. C. Meierhenry Distinguished University Professor at the University of Nebraska. President-elect and Treasurer of the ITC. He has edited or co-edited numerous volumes on psychological testing, as well as the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Mental Measurements Yearbooks. He is co-editor of the ITC Handbook of Testing and Assessment

Prof Neil Gowensmith (USA)

Challenges and Solutions in Forensic Psychology

Core faculty member at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, teaching exclusively in the Forensic Psychology graduate program. Founder and Director of the University of Denver’s Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training (Denver FIRST) and former Chief of Forensic Services for the State of Hawaii.


Prof Cheryl Tawede Grills (USA)

Community Defined Evidence Practice—Implications for African Psychology

Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University. National Past President of The Association of Black Psychologists, and Founder and Director of Imoyase Community Support Services, a non-profit program evaluation research organization.


Prof Polli Hagenaars (Netherlands)

Psychology from a Human Rights Perspective: A Critical Analysis

Registered, practicing healthcare psychologist in Amsterdam-NL and a trainer in diversity and non-discrimination. Convenor of the Board of Human Rights & Psychology of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA).

Prof Juvia Heuchert (USA)

African Contributions to Peace Psychology

Peace psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Allegheny College. Clinical Psychologist in private practice. Researcher on mood states and the current author of the Profile of Mood States 2 (POMS 2).

Dr Mia Amour Jules (Barbados)

Emerging Adults’ Susceptibility to Sexting Influences: Dangerous or Developmental?

Clinical Psychologist in Barbados and Lecturer in Psychology at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus. Past OAS Research Fellow, a UWI full postgraduate scholar, a University of Nottingham doctoral visiting scholar and a Commonwealth split-site scholar.

Prof Pam Maras (UK)

Psychological Science, Psychologists and Public Engagement: Science, Practice and Impact

Professor of Social & Educational Psychology and Director of Research & Enterprise at the University of Greenwich, London. Director of the Research Centre for Children, Schools & Families. President Elect of the International Union of Psychological Science, the first woman to hold the office of President since the union was established in 1889.

Prof Donna Maynard (Barbados)

Psychoeducational Assessment of Caribbean Children: Reflections and Future Directions

Registered psychologist and senior lecturer in clinical and counselling psychology at the University of the West Indies, Barbados.

Dr Guerda Nicolas (USA)

Independent but not Free: Breaking the Chain of Oppression in Haiti

Originally from Haiti, Dr. Guerda Nicolas joined the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies at the University of Miami in 2008 and is the past the Chair of the Department. She is a licensed psychologist and former Associate professor at Boston College.

Prof Wade Nobles (USA)

Skh Djr-Disciplinary Foundation for a Pan African (Black) Psychology Curriculum: A Global Initiative

Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies and Black Psychology in the Department of Africana (Black) Studies, at San Francisco State University. Co-founder and Past President of the Association of Black Psychologists.

Prof Marcia Sutherland (USA)

Mental/Physical Well-being for Optimal Functioning in the Global Africa (Black) World

Associate Professor in the Departments of Africana Studies and Psychology at the University of Albany, Sate University of New York.

Prof Ava Thompson (Bahamas)

Internationalizing Psychology Education and Training: The Need to Broaden the Discourse

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of the Bahamas. Past-President of the Bahamas Psychological Association and the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations (CANPA).

Prof Michael Wessells (Columbia)

Protecting Africa’s Children: Issues of Power, Community, and Sustainability

Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. A long-time practitioner-researcher on child protection and psychosocial issues, he has worked at grassroots level in diverse African countries and regularly advises NGO, UN, and government stakeholders on issues of community-based child protection.

Prof Frank Worrell (USA)

The Evolution of the Psychological Study of Ethnocultural Identities: Racial Identity, Ethnic Identity, and Ethnic-Racial Identity

Professor of School Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Visiting Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.  Current Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Prof Everett Worthington (USA)

Promoting an Increased Understanding of and the Practice of Forgiveness in Africa

Commonwealth Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. Project Director to promote forgiveness research in West and South Africa.