Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award

This award is presented to the author(s) or editor(s) of a recent book that makes the greatest contribution to psychology as an international discipline and profession, or more specifically, the degree to which the book adds to our understanding of global phenomena and problems from a psychological point of view.

Sponsor: Division 52


Ursula Gielen (1916-1997, Germany) was vitally interested in the well-being of indigenous, persecuted, and poor people around the world, with a special emphasis on women and children. 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 Anka Gielen, a counseling psychologist in Germany.

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. 

Winners will be presented with a certificate, and invited to give an address at the APA Convention. They will receive one full payment of the convention fee and a stipend of $500 to help fund their attendance at the convention.

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

  1. How creative and novel are the ideas expressed in the book? 

  2. How large and significant a contribution does the book make to psychology as a global discipline and profession? 

  3. Are the book’s contents international or global in nature? 

  4. Is the book scientifically rigorous and logically sound? Are its theoretical bases well supported and translatable into sound and ethical practice? 

  5. 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? 

  6. Does the book maintain a clear focus on psychology as a science and practice?


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

How to Apply

All nominations, accompanied by the two-page letter, and three copies of the book, must be sent to:

Renée Goodstein, PhD
Chair, Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award
Psychology Department
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 489-5437

Past Recipients

Fathers in Cultural Context. by D. W. Schwalb, B. W. Schwalb, and M. E. Lamb


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).


Lawrence H. Gerstein, P. Paul Heppner, Stefanía Ægisdóttir, Seung-Ming Alvin Leung, and Kathryn L. Norsworthy (Eds.), International Handbook of Cross-Cultural Counseling: Cultural Assumptions and Practices Worldwide. The first book to focus on an overview of counseling around the world, and how it is practiced in more than 25 countries.

Honorable Mention (the "Silver" Award)
Chris E. Stout, The New Humanitarians: Inspiration, Innovations, and Blueprints for Visionaries (3 vols.) An important and significant scientific contribution to psychology as a global discipline that focuses on 41 international organizations advancing social welfare and social justice.


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, U.K.), 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).