IAAP Policies and Initiatives

One of the major goals of IAAP is to maximize the influence of IAAP on policy development in international organizations. 

United Nations

One way in which this goal is to be achieved is by enhancing the role and influence of IAAP on organizations such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the International Labor Organization. IAAP will contribute to the development and implementation of social policies of the above organizations by increasing the participation of Divisions and members in conducting applied research  and publishing White Papers on topics of interest. IAAP will also increase the number of IAAP representatives to the UN in New York, Vienna and Geneva. 

Activities and reports from IAAP's United Nations Team are available through the United Nations pages.

The Call for UN-Relevant White Papers was issued in May, 2017.

Task Force on Terrorism 

The IAAP Board created a Task Force on Terrorism during its 2016 meeting in Yokohama.  Violence and terrorism are profoundly changing the world we live in, affecting our effectiveness, security and well-being. A better understanding of what spurs violence and terrorism in today’s world is needed to develop more effective approaches to thwart violence and terrorism in the world.  

Aim  The primary aim of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) Task Force on Terrorism is to engage members of the psychology community (teachers, researchers, practitioners, and students) in the issue of terrorism.  

Mandate  The mandate of the IAAP Task Force on Terrorism is to report on the contributions of psychological research to the understanding of psychological dimensions of terrorism, provide research and policy recommendations for psychological science, and propose actions that IAAP could or should take to assist psychologists’ engagement with the issue of terrorism.   

Tasks  To fulfill its mandate, the Task Force will:  1. Summarize research illustrating a psychologically informed understanding of terrorism in terms of its causes, impacts and remedies; 2. Formulate research and policy recommendations for psychological science to address the issues of terrorism; 3. Make recommendations to the IAAP Board of Directors as to what actions IAAP should take to enlist psychologists in the fight against terrorism and play an enduring and expanding role in helping humanity to find a path to peace.