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SRA International Fellowships

In 2008, SRA established the International Fellows Program, an initiative designed to foster international and cultural diversity in SRA. This program provides support for the International Fellow to attend, present, and discuss his/her research in a symposium or roundtable at a biennial meeting. International Fellows are senior scholars or professionals who have well-established reputations and networks in regions of the world less familiar to the general SRA membership. The SRA International Fellow presentation at biennial meetings provides an opportunity for SRA members to learn potentially unique and indigenous ways of understanding adolescence across the world. The International Fellow’s registration, transportation and lodging expenses are covered by SRA. He/she also receives a $500 honorarium.

We are excited to announce the 2018 SRA International Fellow:

Rita GiacamanRita Giacaman, is a professor of public health at the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University, occupied Palestinian territory. A founding member of the Institute, she was a researcher/practitioner in the 1980’s Palestinian social action, which led to the development of the Palestinian primary health care model. In the 1990s, she participated in building the Palestinian community based disability rehabilitation network. Since 2000, she has been focusing on the impact of chronic war-like conditions and exposure to violence on the health and well being of Palestinians, with an emphasis on psychosocial health among adolescents and young people; and the development of measures to assess health and well-being in conditions of protracted violence. She has published extensively locally and internationally. Rita was awarded an Honorary PhD from LSE in 2011 for having made an “outstanding contribution to the increased understanding or appreciation of ‘the causes of things’…”

2018 SRA International Fellow Address: From the Biomedical to the Wounds Inside: Re-conceptualizing Health in War
Chair: M. Loreto Martinez, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Speaker: Rita Giacaman, International Fellow
Thu, April 12, 2:00 to 3:30pm
Hilton, Third Floor, Minneapolis Grand Ballroom-Salon A
Past SRA International Fellows:

Çiğdem KağıtçıbaşıÇiğdem Kağitçibaşi is Professor of Psychology at Koç University, İstanbul, Turkey. She was a visiting professor at Duke, Columbia, Harvard, and University of California, Berkeley and was twice a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS). She was the vice president of the International Union of Psychological Science and the International Social Science Council; she was elected the first woman president and subsequently honorary fellow of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. She has received awards from American Psychological Association, International Association of Applied Psychology, Society for Research on Adolescence, and European Society for Developmental Psychology, among others. Her applied work on parenting and early childhood education and more recently on adolescents has led to program and policy developments in Turkey and abroad. Her international publications include 13 (co)authored or (co)edited books and 170 journal articles/book chapters. Her book, Family, Self and Human Development Across Cultures: Theory and Applications (2007) reflects her work.

2016 SRA International Fellow Address: Can We Enhance Early Adolescent Development in School Contexts?
Speaker: Çiğdem Kağitçibaşi, International Fellow
Barbara IbrahimBarbara Lethem Ibrahim, the 2014 SRA International Fellow, is founding director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, established in 2006 at the American University in Cairo. Previously she served as Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa of the Population Council, and as a program officer for Urban Poverty at the Ford Foundation. She is a global migrant, born and educated in the United States, studied in Beirut and moved to Egypt with her husband where she has lived and worked since 1975. Her M.A. in sociology is from the American University of Beirut and Ph.D. from Indiana University. Her book, Charity to Social Change: Trends in Arab Philanthropy, was published in English and Arabic in 2008/9. Other publications are on youth activism in Egypt, adolescent survey research in multiple countries, and the roles of higher education in civic transformations. In 1999 she was inducted into the International Educators’ Hall of Fame and received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies in 2003. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) and the Ibn Khaldun Center in Cairo.

2014 SRA International Fellow Address: “Youth in the Arab Uprisings: What the Research Missed”
Chair: Silvia H. Koller, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Speaker: Barbara Ibrahim, International Fellow

Raija-Leena PunamäkiRaija-Leena Punamäki, the 2012 SRA International Fellow, is a psychologist and professor in University of Tampere, Finland. Her research focuses on child and adolescent development and mental health in traumatic conditions, especially in war and military violence. The research topics include symbolic processes (dreaming, fantasy and playing), family dynamics and attachment development. The main aim is to translate the knowledge of adolescent emotional, symbolic, social and cognitive development into evidence- and theory-based treatments for young trauma survivors. In the field of war trauma, she works in close cooperation with Palestinian and Kurdish colleagues, in research, professional training and interventions. In the Nordic and Finnish context, she studies social, emotional, psychophysiological impacts of ICT (Information and communication technology) on adolescent development, and predictors of suicide, drug abuse and school violence among adolescents. She is an active member of the Finnish Psychologist for Social Responsibility, and the Board Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, of the Research on Family Relations, of the National Doctoral Program, and of the Nordic Network for Research on Refugee Children.

2012 SRA International Fellow Roundtable—“What Should Change and Why in Preventive Interventions for Traumatized Adolescents? Cognitive, Emotional and Symbolic Processes”
Moderator: Doran French, Purdue University
Panelist 1: Raija-Leena Punamäki, International Fellow
Panelist 2: Stephen T. Russell, Commentary

Silvia H KollSilvia Kollerer, the 2010 SRA International Fellow, is Brazilian and works as Professor and Chair of the Center for Psychological Studies on At Risk Children, Youth and Families at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She was Associate Editor of the International Journal of Behavioral Development, member of the Scientific Committee of the International Society for Research in Behavioral Development (ISSBD) Biennial Meetings (Belgium, Canada, Australia, Germany, Zambia), one of the organizers of the Brazilian Workshop of ISSBD in 2007, served on the Executive Committee and as the Ad Hoc Representative of Latin America for ISSBD. She is member of the International Committee of SRCD and serves on the Executive Board of the Interamerican Society of Psychology (SIP). Her research focusing primarily on ecological development, populations at risk, street children and positive psychology has been supported by the Kellogg Foundation, World Childhood Foundation, World Bank, EveryChild and various Brazilian agencies. Dr. Koller has published in several international and Brazilian journals.

2010 International Fellow Roundtable Discussion Symposium—“Street Children in Latin America: Lessons From the Ground”
Chair: Brian K. Barber, University of Tennessee
Panelist 1: Silvia H. Koller, International Fellow
Panelist 2: Patricio E. Cumsille, Commentary
Panelist 3: Niobe Way, Commentary

A. Bame NsamenangA. Bame Nsamenang was selected as the inaugural SRA International Fellow for 2008. He is Associate Professor of Psychology and Learning Science at Yaoundé University’s Advanced School of Education [ENS Bambili campus], Cameroon. He is the CEO of the Human Development Resource Centre (HDRC), a research and service facility in Bamenda, Cameroon. Professor Nsamenang has taken up the challenge that sub-Saharan African scholars face to connect their academic and professional knowledge and their skills and values to the state of their communities and Afrique Noire Interactive contextualism and biological embedding—the foundational determinants of human thriving, health, and social competence—constitute his theoretical foundation. He is one of Africa’s most visible scholars in developmental science, extensively publishing and guiding influential works on adolescence and early childhood development in Africa. Professor Nsamenang’s lifetime commitment is to contribute to an Africentric developmental science to enrich adolescent research and global psychology. For more information and a list of selected publications, see:

Inaugurating the SRA International Fellows Program, Paper Symposium—“A Focus on Africa With Professor A. Bame Nsamenang”
Chair: Brian K. Barber, University of Tennessee
International Fellow: A. Bame Nsamenang
Commentators: Reed Larson and Deborah J. Johnson

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