To identify, highlight, assess, collaborate, and disseminate global trends facing marginalized and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 and similar pandemics as well as other international emergencies.

The expanded mission includes providing an overview of global trends on legal and ethical issues that indigenous peoples and those that have been incarcerated face are of interest since these disenfranchised groups often show higher COVID-19 prevalence rates. As is the case in many societies around the world, COVID-19 has highlighted pre-existing issues such as income inequality, disparities in access to physical and mental health care as well as ethical and legal challenges centering around the tension between individual autonomy and collective well-being. Ethical and intergenerational solidarity frameworks will be utilized to assess these global challenges. After collaboration with various key stakeholders’ information will be disseminated to those that would benefit from this information including psychologists, relevant public leaders, social policy makers, interdisciplinary providers, educational institutions, and various organizations. ext paragraph here


To have a global and multi-disciplinary alliance that operates from the foundational principles of International Psychology.


  1. To realize and emphasize the global value of human nature and the care thereof
  2. Identify ethical issues surrounding care, support, privacy, and safety of its communities
  3. Elevate and increase global collaborations that apply best practices utilizing culturally appropriate procedures and techniques
  4. Promote understanding of the inequalities and disparities that exist around the world that influence mental health policies and protections


Dr. Falu Rami – Chair

Dr. Karen Brown – Co-Chair

Dr. Lemny Perez

Dr. H. Russell Seawright

Dr. Mercedes McCormick

Dr. Laura Dryjanska

Dr. Peter Battista

ETHICS – moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity; rules of conduct; standards of behavior

Ethics Information and Material: Links and Resources

http://Weblink: http://www.amazon.com/Ethics-Psychology-Mental-Health-Professions/dp/019995769X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441373285&sr=1-2

http://American Psychological Association (2010). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct (including 2010 and 2016 amendments). Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx 

Leong, F.T.L., & Lyons, B. (2010) Ethical Challenges for Cross-Cultural Research Conducted by Psychologists From the United States. Ethics & Behavior, 20(3-4), 250-264

Leach, M.M., & Oakland, T. (2007). Ethics standards impacting test development and use: A review of 31 ethics codes impacting practices in 35 countries. International Journal of Testing, 7, 71-88.

Seawright, H. R. (2017). Going Beyond the Principles: Ethical Theory is a Core Component of Psychological Literacy. Address presented at European Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference in Salzburg, Austria.

Eggert, D.E. & Flynn, M.A. (2010). When the third world comes to the first world: Ethical considerations when working with Hispanic immigrants. Ethics and Behavior, 20 (3-4), 229-242. 

HEALTHCARE – the organized provision of medical care to individuals or a community

Healthcare Information and Material: Links and Resources

Chowkwanyun, M., & Reed, A. L. (2020). Racial Health Disparities and Covid-19 — Caution and Context. New England Journal of Medicine, 383(3), 201-203. doi:10.1056/nejmp2012910

Marmot, M. (2017). Social justice, epidemiology and health inequalities. European Journal of Epidemiology, 32(7), 537-546. doi:10.1007/s10654-017-0286-3

Kola, L. (2020, June 02). Global mental health and COVID-19. Lancet Psychiatry 2020, 1-2. doi:10.1016/ S2215-0366(20)30235-2

Marmot, M. (2020). Society and the slow burn of inequality. The Lancet, 395(10234), 1413-1414. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(20)30940-5

The mental health of those whose rights have been taken away: An essay on the mental health of indigenous peoples in the face of the 2019 Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak – https://reader.elsevier.com/reader/sd/pii/S0165178120309185?token=55FCDAFDCD277CA10E8055628D349269A7BF226FE62E2ED788A2C8D8E25EF2983C7C341DFFB6228A0D7B4246BDAD9BCC

Homeless mentally ill people and COVID-19 pandemic: The two-way sword for LMICs – https://reader.elsevier.com/reader/sd/pii/S1876201820301787?token=C8B9F5E9437A35D726CECB27B7A023CCBC0A356A89ADFDD4DC50DC8D09105E7FD27BB141F4F43B3164CD7FE1C732277D

Apples and oranges: international comparisons of COVID-19 observational studies in ICUs –  https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(20)30368-4/fulltext

COVID-19 has “devastating” effect on women and girls https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31679-2/fulltext

Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis – https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31142-9/fulltext

The Lancet Psychiatry: Study finds few immediate mental health effects of COVID-19, but longer-term impact must be considered. (2020, May 18). EurekAlert! Science News. Retrieved from https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/tl-pss051820.php

ADVOCACY – any action that speaks in favor of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others

Advocacy Information and Materials: Links and Resources

Support to the humanitarian response in Lebanon. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.who.int/migrants/publications/WHO_Lebanon_AnnualReport.pdf

INDIGENOUS – refers to an ethnic culture that has not migrated from its homeland, and is not a settler or colonial population; ethnic groups who are the original or earliest known inhabitants of an area, in contrast to groups that have settled, occupied or colonized the area

Indigenous Populations Information and Materials: Links and Resources

Mexico COVID-19: Getting the message to Indigenous communities – https://youtu.be/hTvNqO_FBQ0

The Brazilian city where Covid-19 poses major threat to indigenous communities – https://youtu.be/jNxO3V2HsJE

Keeping COVID-19 out of Indigenous communities – https://youtu.be/FN5lR2tl5gs

Brazil’s Indigenous tribes: COVID-19 spreading in Amazon region – https://youtu.be/p7KzVaG2cZM

What non-Indigenous Canadians need to know – https://youtu.be/b1E-3Hb1-WA

How the COVID-19 Relief Bill Impacts Indigenous Communities | NowThis – https://youtu.be/coPcK1ombHQ

Indigenous leaders rush to prepare remote communities for COVID-19 | ABC News – https://youtu.be/377luBt0T_s

http://How Indigenous Communities Are Battling Coronavirus Alone | Time


http://COVID-19 presents a disproportionate threat to indigenous people

UN: COVID-19 ‘grave threat’ to the world’s Indigenous people –  https://youtu.be/BaDdwu0fcxs

COVID-19 spreading fast among Brazil’s Indigenous tribes – https://youtu.be/9xC6aY1TgI8

http://How Corona affects indigenous people | COVID-19 Special

http://How COVID-19 is impacting indigenous peoples in the U.S.

Disaster looms for indigenous Amazon tribes as COVID-19 cases multiply – https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/06/disaster-looms-indigenous-amazon-tribes-covid-19-cases-multiply/#close

COVID-19 and Indigenous Peoples: An imperative for action – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7272911/pdf/JOCN-9999-na.pdf

http://Indigenous populations: left behind in the COVID-19 response

http://How Covid-19 could destroy indigenous communities

COVID-19: we must not forget about Indigenous health and equity – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7361596/pdf/AZPH-9999-na.pdf

Evidence mounts on the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on ethnic minorities – https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S2213-2600%2820%2930228-9

COVID-19 and Indigenous peoples – https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/covid-19.html#:~:text=The%20coronavirus%20(COVID%2D19),Indigenous%20peoples%20around%20the%20world.&text=Indigenous%20peoples’%20traditional%20lifestyles%20are,the%20spread%20of%20the%20virus.

Protect Indigenous peoples from COVID-19 –https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lucas_Ferrante/publication/340696998_Protect_Indigenous_peoples_from_COVID-19/links/5e9d8e2c92851c2f52b2e276/Protect-Indigenous-peoples-from-COVID-19.pdf

COVID-19, indigenous peoples and tourism: a view from New Zealand https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616688.2020.1768433?scroll=top&needAccess=true

The challenges facing indigenous communities in Latin America as they confront the COVID-19 pandemic –  https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1186/s12939-020-01178-4.pdf

INTERGENERATIONAL SOLIDARITY – refers to the degree of closeness and support between different generations

Intergenerational Solidarity Information and Materials: Links and Resources

Cruz-Saco, M. A., & Zelenev, S. (Eds.). (2010). Intergenerational solidarity: Strengthening economic and social ties. New York, NY: Palgrave McMillan.