Deadline Dec 1 each year

About Ursula Gielen

Ursula Gielen (1916-1997) was vitally interested in the well-being of indigenous, persecuted, and poor people around the world, with a special emphasis on women and. hildren. Her legacy and commitment to international concerns and human welfare continues through her children: Ute Seibold, a former foreign-language secretary in Switzerland; Uwe Gielen, an international psychologist in the United States; Odina Diephaus, a former interpreter with the European Parliament in Belgium and France; and Ansk Gielen, a counseling psychologist in Germany.


The Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award is presented to the author(s) or editor(s) of a recent book that makes a significant contribution to psychology as an international discipline and profession, or that adds to our understanding of global phenomena and problems from a psychological point of view. Examples include psychological interventions at the micro- and macro- levels, multinational organizations, questions of mental health, pedagogy, peace and war, gender roles, contributions of indigenous psychologies to global psychology, textbooks that integrate theory, research and practice from around the globe, edited volumes integrating contributions from scholars around the world, and overviews of international and global psychology.

Eligible Nominations

Nominations may include authored or edited volumes in any language. All submissions must be accompanied by a 2-page letter in English making a case for the book’s potential contribution to global psychology. Copyright must be in the current year. Nominations may not include fiction and biographies.

Specifics of the Award

Award recipients will be announced in the Spring, and invited to give an address in the DIvision 52 Suite at that year’s Convention. The award includes convention registration fees and a stipend of $500 to help fund attendance at the APA convention.

Nominations Process

In judging the contribution of each book, the following set of guidelines will be used:

  • How creative and novel are the ideas expressed in the book?
  • How large and significant a contribution does the book make to psychology as a global discipline and profession?
  • Are the book’s contents international or global in nature?
  • Is the book scientifically rigorous and logically sound? Are its theoretical bases well supported and translatable into sound and ethical practice?
  • What is the literary quality of the work? Is it interestingly and well written? Is the audience for whom it is written explicitly stated and does it reach that audience?
  • Does the book maintain a clear focus on psychology as a science and practice?


All nominations must be accompanied by a 2-page letter, and three copies of the book.
Nominations are due byDecember 1 and sent to:
Jamie Macdonald, Ph.D.
Chair, Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award
Psychology Department
St. Francis College
179 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 489-5437

Past Recipients:

Handbook of Positive Youth Development: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice in Global Contexts. Editors: Radosveta Dimitrova and Nora Wiium.

The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Human Rights. Editors: Neal Rubin and Roseanne Flores.

Rule Makers, Rule Breakers. Author: Michele Gelfand (University of Maryland)
Honorable Mention: Positive Psychology in the Middle East/North Africa. Editors: Louisa Lambert & Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi

Parenting from Afar and the Reconfiguration of Family
Editors: Maria Rosario T. Guzman (University of Nebraska, Lincoln), Jill Brown (Creighton University, Omaha), Carolyn Pope Edwards.

The Cultural Nature of Attachment: Contextualizing Relationships and Development. Editors: Heidi Keller (University of Osnabrück, Germany) and Kim A. Bard (University of Portsmouth, UK).

The ITC International Handbook of Testing and Assessment. Editors: Frederick T. L. Leong (Michigan State University, USA), Dave Bartram (CEB Talent Measurement Lab, USA), Fanny M. Cheung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China), Kurt F. Geisinger (University of Nebraska, USA), and Dragos Iliescu (University of Bucharest, Romania).

Organizations and Management in Cross-Cultural Context. Authors: Zeynep Aycan (Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey), Rabindra N. Kanungo (McGill University, Montreal, Canada), and Manuel Medonça, McGill University, Montreal, Canada).

The Oxford Handbook of Multicultural Identity. Editors: Verónica Benet-Martínez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain) and Ying-Yi Hong (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore).

Fathers in Cultural Context. Editors: David W. Shwalb (Southern Utah University, USA), Barbara J. Shwalb (Southern Utah University, USA) and Michael E. Lamb (University of Cambridge, UK).

Overcoming Evil: Genocide, Violent Conflict, and Terrorism. Author: Ervin Staub (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA).

Silencing the Self across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World. Editors: Dana C. Jack (Western Washington University, USA), and Alisha Ali (New York University, USA).

International Handbook of Cross-Cultural Counseling: Cultural Assumptions and Practices Worldwide. Editors: Lawrence H. Gerstein (Ball State University, USA), P. Paul Heppner (University of Missouri, USA), Stefanía Ægisdóttir (Ball State University, USA), Seung-Ming Alvin Leung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), and Kathryn L. Norsworthy (Rollins College, USA).

Culture and Leadership across the World: The GLOBE Book of In-Depth Studies of 25 Societies. Editors: Jagdeep S. Chhokar (Indian Institute of Management, India), Felix C. Brodbeck (Aston University, UK), and Robert J. House (University of Pennsylvania, USA).

Families Across Cultures: A 30-Nation Psychological Study. Editors: James Georgas (University of Athens, Greece), John W. Berry (Queen’s University, Canada), Fons J. R. van de Vijver (Katholieke Universiteit Brabant, The Netherlands), Cigdem Kagitcibasi (Koc University, Turkey), and Ype H. Poortinga (Katholieke Universiteit Brabant, The Netherlands).