Keynote Addresses

Please note that The International Congress of Psychology is a unique event comprising several thousand participants in over 40 thematic areas. Each ICP 2020 theme has its own scientific working group  and program track. Experts in the particular field select an outstanding and respected expert to present a Keynote Address at the thematic plenary session. Keynote Addresses remains very special presentation which is honorary and their speakers were nominated in a very competitive process.

Clinical Psychology

Bernal Guillermo Puerto Rico In Search of a Global Family Psychology
Dudley-Grant Rita British Virgin Islands Disasters and the Role of Regional Psychology(ies): A Caribbean Perspective
Gewirtz Abigail United Kingdom of Great Britan  
Khoury Brigitte Lebanon  
Sodi Tholene South Africa Botho/Ubuntu as a foundation for an African-centred and contextually relevant psychology
Stelios Georgiades Cyprus  
Zinchenko Yuri Petrovich Russian Federation Crossroads and Labyrinths of Psychology: from Classical Patterns to Post-Nonclassical Future
Steven Lawyer Canada  

Cognitive Psychology

Boroditsky Lera United States of America  
Denis Michel France Space, spatial cognition, navigation: Where psychology meets technology
Guo Xiuyan China  

Herlitz Agneta



The impact and stability of sex differences in cognition


Matsuzawa Tetsuro Japan Evolution of human mind viewed from the study of chimpanzees
Sebanz Natalie Hungary How t(w)o act together
Srinivasan Narayanan India Intentions, control, outcome content, and sense of agency
Verbruggen Frederick Belgium  
Singer Murray Canada Text comprehension: Advances and challenges in validation processing

Crises, Disasters and Trauma Psychology

Hobfoll Stevan United States of America  
Jacobs Gerard United States of America  
Levanon Talia Israel  
Tehrani Noreen United Kingdom of Great Britain Early Interventions for Traumatic Stress in Emergency Services
Bering Robert Germany  

Cross-Cultural Psychology

Abubakar Amina Kenya  
Cheung M. C. Fanny China The Need for International & Intersectional Perspectives on Psychology of Women
Guerda Nicolas Haiti  
Idemudia Erhabor South Africa Psychology in Africa versus African Psychology: What context matters?
Khan Katija Trinidad and Tobago Culture vultures and other creatures: Navigating cultural validity in the global psychological landscape
Worrell Frank Trinidad and Tobago Ethnocultural Identities: Stages, Statuses, or Attitudes?
Chen Xiaohua Sylvia Hong Kong Toward Global Consciousness: Current Studies and Future Directions
Bond Michael Hong Kong Finding cross-cultural psychology: A pilgrim's progress journeying in the Middle Kingdom and beyond

Developmental Psychology

Houdé Olivier France

Cognitive developmental psychology 40 years after Jean Piaget (1980-2020)

Richaud Maria Cristina Argentina The relation between socio-emotional development and cognitive development in children
Ramus Franck France Epidemiology of cognitive development
Silbereisen Rainer Germany How macro social change affects individual behavior and development: New concepts and results
Barbarin Oscar United States of America Psychosocial Development of Boys of Color

Educational Psychology

Assor Avi Israel  
Elliot Andrew J. United States of America Perceived competitiveness and achievement motivation
Grabner Roland Austria Non-invasive brain stimulation: A promising method to enhance (school) learning?
Graesser Arthur C. United States of America Conversations with computer agents can help adults learn difficult material: A fusion of psychology, AI, education, and linguistics
Singh Nandini C. India DALI - The first standardized assessment tool to identify dyslexia in Indian Languages
Spiel Christiane Austria Turning girls‘ brains pink and boys’ brains blue – the effects of gender stereotypes in education
Spinath Birgit Germany The Importance of Motivation for School Success and Beyond
Tabane Ramodungoane South Africa National Health Insurance and psychological wellness of South African Citizens

Environmental Psychology

Williams Kathryn


Learning from the ways that psychological concepts are applied in environmental management

Verdugo Victor Corral



Positive environments: Merging human wellbeing with environmental quality

Pahl Sabine

United Kingdom The Role of Psychology in the Global Problem of Plastic Pollution

White Mathew

United Kingdom

The psychological benefits of aquatic environments: 10 years of the Blue Gym project

Evolutionary Psychology

Butovskaya Marina

Russian Federation

Aggression and reproduction in non-industrial societies: do you need to be violent to obtein better reproductive success?

Leongomez Juan David Colombia Human voice modulation: Dynamic signals and social contexts in action
Fernandez Ana Maria Chile Jealousy as an adaptation to protect close attachment bonds
  Poland Inter-individual differences in olfactory perception
Varella Correa Marco Antonio Brazil Evolutionary Artisticology and the convergent evidence pointing to the evolved status of artistic propensities
Dixson Barnaby Australia Cross-cultural and experimental studies of sexual selection on human morphology.
Lang Martin Czech Republic The Role of Evolved Psychological Mechanisms in Religious Rituals

Forensic Psychology

Kosinski Michal United States of America  
Pillay Anthony South Africa The minimum age of criminal responsibility needs global alignment and a basis in science
Vrij Aldert United Kingdom of Great Britain  


Nyberg Lars Sweden Memory, Ageing, and Brain Maintenance

Health Psychology

Blatný Marek Czech Republic  
Menon Anitha Zambia Interpersonal Violence in Lives of Women
Mpofu Elias Zimbabwe Faithful Health: Constructing Well-being with Religion Followers
Renner Britta Germany  

History of Psychology

Swartz Leslie South Africa Disability in the Global South and the silence of psychology   

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Korunka Christian Austria Flexible work: Psychological and social aspects of a multifaceted phenomenon

Media Psychology

Livingstone Sonia United Kingdom of Great Britain Children's risks and opportunities in a digital world: a global perspective
Peter Jochen Netherlands  

Methodology in Psychology

Govia Ishtar Jamaica Designing and conducting research for impact
Maree David South Africa Re-imagining psychological science: moving beyond epistemic polarities
Meiser Thorsten Germany What's in a Likert response? Psychometric models for measuring traits and response styles.

Military and Space Psychology

Annen Hubert Switzerland About the benefit of psychological findings for military organizations
Boe Ole Norway Why character strenghts are important for military officers and organizations
Gouws Jacques Canada Military Psychology: A Front Line Role as Peacemaker
Suedfeld Peter Canada  


Bak Thomas United Kingdom of Great Britain  
Bezdíček Ondřej Czech Republic Processing Speed Differentiates Decliners from Successful Agers in Healthy Aging
Crowe Simon Australia The long-term adverse cognitive consequences of the GABA-A agonists alcohol and the benzodiazepines.
Lamm Claus Austria The social neuroscience of empathy - from shared affect to self-other distinction
Landeira-Fernandez Jesus Brazil Neuropsychological aspects of human consciousness: dissociations from animal behavior and artificial intelligence
Mei - Chun Lee Taita Hong Kong Neuroplasticity of the Human Brain
Reuter Martin Germany  
Suchy Yana United States of America Using the ConVExA Approach for Addressing Poor Ecological Validity of Executive Function Tests
Tyrer Stephen United Kingdom of Great Britain  
Varrassi Giustino Malta  


Political Psychology

Auer Stefan Hong Kong  
Bar-Tal Daniel Israel Human beings and their needs, narratives, and leaders with authoritarian tendencies: Socio-psychological analysis of the deterioration of democracy and the rise of authoritarianism.
Boehnke Klaus Germany Social Cohesion: A Source of Happiness, Wellbeing, and Health?
Mc Farland Sam United States of America All Humanity is One: The Study of Global Human identification and Citizenship
Moghaddam Fathali United Sates of America  
Hagenaars Polli Netherlands Putting human rights for psychologists at the core of the profession: the role of education
Waitoki Moana New Zealand Pedagogy of the survivors: Indigenous psychology as resistance in a colonised land


Positive Psychology

Araujo Ulisess Brazil Active learning methods to foster moral development
Delle Fave Antonella Italy No discipline is an island: Crossing borders in well-being research
Ruch Willibald Switzerland Character strengths: what are they and what are they good for?
Soosai Lawrence India Altruism as a Pathway for Psychological Well-being: A Cross-Cultural Exploration
Chia Liu Woon Singapore Developing 21st Century Learners: Good and Bad Motivation(s)?
Vallerand Robert J. Canada The Role of Passion in Positive Psychology
Vazquez Carmelo Spain  
Wissing Marié South Africa The Changing Landscape of Positive Psychology: The Third Wave and Move to an Open Science



Mohanty Ajit


Revisiting Bilingual Education (BE): Can Multilingual Education Stand on the two feet of BE?


Grenyer Brin Australia
 New Directions in the Treatment of Personality Disorder
Iwakabe Shigeru Japan Transforming Painful emotions: Change process research in Psychotherapy
Kyriakos Platrites Cyprus Clinical psychologists join the Cyprus General Healthcare System: A challenge for talk therapies.

Längle Alfried


Meaning and fulfillment in life. The contribution of Existential Analysis and Logotherapy


Psychological Counselling

Duarte Maria Eduarda Puerto Rico Counseling promoting open minds, fair societies, and a better world: what counselors can do?
Farias Miguel United Kingdom of Great Britain Fifty years of Meditation Science: Facts, Myths, and Lies
Maree Kobus South Africa Promoting Group Self- and Career Construction Counselling: Linking Conscious Knowledge with Subconscious Insight
Nyklicek Ivan Netherlands Does mindfulness facilitate wellbeing and health? For whom and how?
Timulak Ladislav Ireland Emotion-Focused Therapy for Depression, Anxiety and Related Disorders: a Transdiagnostic Formulation


Psychological Testing and Assessment

Frey Andreas Germany Computerized Adaptive Testing in Psychological Research and Application

Psychology and Ethics

Allan Alfred Australia A reflection on clients' privacy in the first quarter of the 21st century
Gauthier Janel Canada Psychology’s Involvement in the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights: Issues and Recommendations

Psychology of Communication

Scott Sophie United Kingdom of Great Britain The science of laughter

Kozlowski Steve

United States of America  

Psychology of Developmental Disorders

Caravolas Markéta United Kingdom of Great Britain  
Spanoudis Georgius Cyprus Typical and atypical development: Investigating the interplay of language and cognitive processes

Psychology of Economics and Business

DiGirolamo Joel

Wageman Ruth

Stephan Ute

United States of America

United States of America

United Kingdom

The Future of Coaching: Theory Meets Reality

Leading teams: Unleashing the power of collaborative intelligence

Entrepreneurs’ Mental Health and Well-Being: A Review and Insights for the Future of Work

Psychology of Emotions

Consedine Nathan New Zealand  
Liang Keng-Chen Taiwan A tale of two engrams--Roles of amygdala and hippocampus in fear learning
Matsumoto David United States of America Reflections on Four Decades of Research on Culture, Emotion, and Expression

Psychology of Gender

Gough Brendan United Kingdom                                                                                                    

Psychology of Morality

Flegr Jaroslav Czech Republic Effects of Toxoplasma gondii on human behavior and personality – Twenty-five years after
Klicperová-Baker Martina Czech Republic  

Psychology of Personality

Paulhus L. Delroy Canada Surveying Four Dark Personalities: The Short Dark Tetrad (SD4)
Suh Eunkook M. Korea Making Sense of Happiness Findings: Why is Social Experience so Crucial?
Tredoux Colin South Africa The Own Group Bias in Face Recognition: Recent evidence, and prospects
Yik Michelle Hong Kong  
Di Blas Lisa Italy Personality development from children's perspective
Farley Frank United States of America T Behavior: The Thrilling, Risky Life

Psychology of Prevention and Intervention

Sanchez Marizaida Puerto Rico Implementation Science from an Intersectionality Approach: Lessons learned from the Caribbean
Seedat Mohamed South Africa Epistemic Freedom and Epistemic Justice in Community Psychology: Reflections from the South
Suffla Shahnaaz South Africa  

Psychology of Religion

Paloutzian Ray United States of America Believing is a Meaning Making Process -- An Integrative Core to Psychological Science
Saroglou Vassilis Belgium Fundamentalism Across Cultures: A Personality and Social Psychology Perspective

Psychology of Sexual Health

Borg Charmaine Netherlands Sexual Arousal and Negative Emotions
Dewitte Marieke Netherlands On the interpersonal dynamics of sexuality
Molaeinezhad Mitra Iran Drama Therapy on Mental Health Status and Self-Efficacy of People with Gender Dysphoria
Klapilová Kateřina Czech Republic Sex and nonverbality in the digital age
Nobre Pedro Portugal The Psychology of Sexual Pleasure: from sexual problems to the promotion of sexual health & rights
Pfaus James Canada The shifting sands of time: What the study of animal sexual behavior was and has become
Varella - Valentova Jaroslava Brazil Resolving the evolutionary puzzle of homosexual orientation
Zucker  Keneth United States of America  
Janssen Erick Belgium The psychophysiology of sexual arousal: Old riddles and new insights.

Psychology of Sport

Maro Cyprian United Republic of Tanzania  
Mudrák Jiří Czech Republic Systemic approach to the development of excellence: evidence from multiple learning contexts
Seiler Roland Switzerland  
Tenenbaum Gershon United States of America Multi-Faceted Perspective of the Study of Motor Expertise


Maercker Andreas Switzerland Trauma sequelae, human rights, and emerging scientific impulses

Social Psychology

De la Rey Cheryl South Africa  
Gollwitzer Peter Germany Effective Goal Attainment by If-Then Planning
Liu Li China Corruption: A Multi-Level Analysis
Oettingen Gabrielle Grmany  
Roland - Lévy Christine France Psychology during the past Hundred years: Looking at the Past to build a better Future
Van Dick Rolf Germany The social identity approach to effective leadership: A global perspective
Bowman Brett South Africa Violence and robbery in South Africa
Stevens Garth South Africa Othering, Violence and the New Governance Regimes of Global Human Mobility

School Psychology

Bartolo Paul A. Malta Diversity, social justice and inclusion: Why are we not there yet?
Furman Anton United Sates of America Skills, Expertise and Activities of School Psychologists: Models vs Reality
Juriševič Mojca Slovenia Motivation To Learn: From Present to Future
Murty Wicaksono Ade Iva India Basic Values of Inter Professional Collaboration : A Study of Health Belief Models among Professional Health Human Capital in Indonesia
Partanen Petri Sweden The role of metacognition and executive functions in mathematical learning in school
Pillay Jace South Africa Opening Minds, Societies and the World to Child and Youth Mental Health Challenges through a Web-based Profiling System: Implications for Families, Schools and Communities

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Blair Karen Canada Developing a Global Perspective on LGBTQ Health, Wellness and Resilience
Peel Elizabeth United Kingdom of Great Britain Opening Minds with LGBTIQ Psychology

Pachankis John


Nel Juan


United Sates of America


South Africa

The Scientific Pursuit of Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health Treatments: Toward Evidence-Based Affirmative Practice


International Psychology as key in responding to (LGBTIQ+) hate: (South) African perspectives


Teaching Psychology

Thompson Ava D. Bahamas Realizing a Global Psychology: The Role of Intercultural Dialogue Between Psychologists

Theoretical and General Psychology

Ratele Kopano South Africa Why We Have To Decolonise Psychology Teaching, Curricula and Departments
Beckers Tom Belgium The fiction of memory reconsolidation therapy
Chiu Chi - Yue Singapore The cultural context of mindset-inspired education transformation
Mendez Milagros A. Puerto Rico A decolonizing psychology within a global perspective
Pérez-Almonacid Ricardo Mexico On the (dis)unification of psychology

Traffic Psychology

Chaloupka-Risser Christine Austria Can Traffic Psychology survive in the Era of car automation?
Hu Jiangbi China  
Krems Josef Germany How we want to be driven. Comfort and automation.


Bulhan Hussein Somalia  
Bullock Merry United States of America  
Cooper Saths South Africa  
Duncan Norman South Africa  
Goboda-Madikizela Pumla South Africa  
Mkhize Nhlanhla South Africa  
Pillay Basil South Africa  
Pons Francisco AND  

Stubbs-Young Nicora



Swartz Leslie

South Africa

Disability in the Global South and the silence of psychology