International Advisory Board

Our International Advisory Board works with us to develop our international strategic direction, share research interests, and develop collaborations.

Members are outstanding academics in their field of expertise, and each will visit CACR in Aotearoa New Zealand during their three year term.

Professor Judith Gibbons

Professor of Psychology and International Studies, Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, USA

Judith Gibbons

Professor Gibbons has spent her career mentoring students at all levels as they design and conduct psychological research. She is the editor of International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, and Consultation. She is President-elect for the Interamerican Society of Psychology (SIP) and former president of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research.

Read Professor Judith Gibbons profile here.

Professor Susumu Yamaguchi

Professor of Social Psychology, University of Tokyo, Japan

Susumu Yamaguchi

Professor Yamaguchi has been working in the area of cross-cultural and social psychology. The aim of his research is to promote intercultural understanding by advancing scientific knowledge about human beings in various cultural contests by emphasising indigenous perspectives. He has previously taught at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the University of Michigan. He is one of the founders and a past president of the Asian Association of Social Psychology.

Read Professor Susumu Yamaguchi's profile here.

Professor David Sam

Professor of Cross-cultural Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway

Professor Sam divides his position at the University of Bergen between the Department of Psychosocial Science (Faculty of Psychology) and the Centre for International Health, Global health and Primary Health Care (Faculty of Medicine). He teaches courses in cross-cultural psychology, medical anthropology and cultural psychiatry. His research interests include psychology of acculturation, and the role of culture in health. Professor Sam has published extensively on young immigrants’ psychological adaptation in general, and from a cross-cultural comparative perspective. He was co-editor of two books on acculturation (in 2006), and a co-author of the 3rd edition of Cross-cultural psychology: Research and applications, published by Cambridge University Press, 2011. His 2016 book: the 2nd edition of the Cambridge handbook of acculturation psychology, received the 2017 outstanding book award from the International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR). He co-edited with John W. Berry the 4-volume anthology on Cross-cultural psychology, published in 2018 by Routledge. Professor Sam was Deputy Secretary General of the International Association for Cross-cultural Psychology (IACCP) and is a fellow of the International Academy of Intercultural Relations (IAIR).

Read Professor David Sam's profile here.

Dr Nathaniel Mohatt

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado, USA

Dr. Mohatt is a Research Psychologist within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center; an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; and a Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine Division of Prevention and Community Research. Dr Mohatt's work is focused on culture-based and community engaged research to prevent suicide and related behaviors among rural, military veteran, and indigenous communities. His research investigates the development and implementation of prevention programs to promote community protective factors (such as, indigenous ways of knowing and military veteran values of service) and reduce community risk factors (such as, public stigmas and diminished access to care). A central focus of this research is application of empowerment methods, community based participatory research, and cultural considerations for developing and implementing effective rural and indigenous prevention and health care services.

Read Dr Nathaniel Mohatt's profile here.

Professor Russell Gray

Professor of Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Russell Gray’s research spans the areas of cultural evolution, linguistics, animal cognition, and the philosophy of biology. He helped pioneer the application of computational evolutionary methods to questions about linguistic prehistory and cultural evolution. His work has shed new insights on the 200 year-old debate on the origin of Indo-European languages, dubbed by Diamond and Bellwood as “the most intensively studied, yet still most recalcitrant problem in historical linguistics”. In collaboration with colleagues in Europe he extended this evolutionary approach to test hypotheses about the roles of culture and cognition in constraining linguistic variation. His core research focuses on questions about the history of languages, cultures and people in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Together with Simon Greenhill he developed a large lexical database for the languages of this region.

Read Professor Russell Gray's profile here.

Dr Chan-Hoong Leong

Senior Fellow for Social Cohesion Research, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A profile image of Dr Chan-Hoong Leong, wearing a grey suit.

Dr Chan-Hoong Leong is a Senior Fellow for Social Cohesion Research at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Before this, he held leadership positions in various academic institutions (National University of Singapore), and most recently in a global policy advisory firm (Verian Group).

His research focuses on immigration, inter-racial relations, national narratives, and more recently, human-environment interactions. Chan-Hoong is a Fellow and elected board member (2019–2023) of the International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR), where he chairs the Rae and Dan Landis Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award Committee (2019–present).  He has served as Consulting Editor for the International Journal of Intercultural Relations (IJIR 2013-15) and Asian Journal of Social Psychology (2018–now), and Guest Editor for the IJIR 2013 and 2019 Special Issues “Multiculturalism: Beyond Ethnocultural Diversity & Contestations” and "Viewing intercultural adaptation & social inclusion through constructs of national identity", respectively.

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