American Univesity of Beirut

Dr. Brigitte Khoury president elect of APA’s international division

Safa Jafari Safa, Office of Communications,​​

Dr. Brigitte Khoury has been voted as president elect of the international division of the American Psychological Association (APA), the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. Associate professor at the Psychiatry Department of AUB’s Faculty of Medicine, Khoury is the first international president of the division and will assume her new title in 2020.

Division 52, or the Division of International Psychology, represents psychologists who are interested in promoting greater global awareness throughout the discipline. With around 900 members all over the world, it encourages international engagement through its programs and initiatives, professional meetings, conference sponsorship, student and education – counseling programs, and collaboration with APA’s Office of International Affairs. APA is the largest association of psychology around the world, with more than 128,000 members worldwide.
“This is such a great honor for me, representing AUB and Lebanese psychology at APA,” said Khoury. “As the first international president of the division since its start 20 years ago, I am proud that it's Lebanon, and the Arab region, that wins such a recognition by APA members.”

At AUB, Dr. Brigitte Khoury is the founding director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program, which is the first (established in 2011) and only official clinical psychology training program in the Arab region, and director of the Outpatient Adult Services at the AUBMC Psychiatry Department. In the year 2000, she was appointed by AUB President Fadlo Khuri to serve on the first task force for gender equity and Title IX, and, in 2017, to form an advisory council for the program and head it as chair.

Khoury is director of the Arab Regional Center for Research and Training in Mental Health, where she collaborates with the World Health Organization, Geneva for the revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), by coordinating field studies across multiple countries and training professionals in the upcoming new diagnostic system. She is a consultant for several NGOs and UN bodies such as UNFPA, UNHCR, International Medical Corps, and Medecins sans Frontieres, and has worked extensively with Syrian refugees since 2013. She is a founding board member of the Arab Union for Psychological Science and its current vice president, working on encouraging Arab countries that do not have psychological associations to establish them and to regulate the profession in their respective governmental health bodies. She is also the founding president of the Lebanese Psychological Association, which established the practice guidelines and licensing criteria for all psychologists in Lebanon. 

“As a division president I will strive to bring closer psychologists from around the world, establish a collaborative network, enhance exchanges, and support international psychologists in their advocacy and promotion of the field, giving a voice to all the division members,” said Khoury. “My ambition is to expand on the mutual and cross-cultural dialogue where US psychologists will be infused with the knowledge and experience of international psychologists, and vice versa.”

Khoury will serve one year as president-elect, one year as president, and one year as immediate past president. The duties of the president-elect are to work collaboratively with the “Presidential Trio” (past-current-elect) to provide continuity in the implementation of the Division 52 strategic plan. The president-elect also serves as co-chair with the past president of the Strategic Planning Committee and participates actively in division committees on awards and nominations as well as the Board and the Presidential Advisory Committee.

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