Division of Occupational Psychology

International and national organisations

International organisations

European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP)

EAWOP website | EAWOP e-journal

EAWOP supports the development and application of W&O psychology in Europe and promotes cooperation between scientists and professionals working in the field across Europe. It has organisational and individual membership and runs a congress every two years.

The highest body in EAWOP is the General Assembly. It decides about the general policy and budget of the association. It also elects the President and the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee elaborates and implements the association’s policy and fulfils all further roles vis à vis the members and the outside world. The EC is supported by Task Forces and the Secretariat. The Constituent Council, composed by representatives of the Constituents, advises the Executive Committee on any relevant matter. Angela Carter is our current representative on the Constitutent Council.

Currently EAWOP has a joint working group with EFPA on European Test standards. Helen Baron is following its deliberations for the DOP.

European Federation of Psychological Associations (EFPA)

EFPA website

EFPA only has psychological societies as members. It is a general (rather than occupational) psychology organisation. Its aim is to facilitate cooperation between psychologists in Europe and to promote the development and interests of psychology in Europe. BPS representation is at the general society level rather than through the DOP. It has a number of activities including a congress held every two years, the publication of the European Psychologist. Current activities include the development of the European Diploma and representation of psychologists in the European Union.

International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP)

IAAP website

IAAP is the oldest international association of psychologists. Founded in 1920, it now has more than 1.500 members from more than 80 countries. Its mission is "to promote the science and practice of applied psychology and to facilitate interaction and communication about applied psychology around the world".

The Association distinguishes five membership categories: Full Members, Student Members, Honorary Members, Fellows, and Affiliate International Organization Members. Officers of IAAP (President, President-Elect, Past-President, Secretary General, Treasurer) are elected every four years by the Board of Directors which meets biennial. It runs the International Congress of Applied Psychology every 4 years.

It has 16 divisions including Division 1 - Division of Organizational Psychology. IAAP publishes a quarterly Applied Psychology - an International Review.

International Test Commission (ITC)

ITC website

The ITC is an "association of national psychological associations, test commissions, publishers and other organizations committed to promoting effective testing and assessment policies and to the proper development, evaluation and uses of educational and psychological instruments". It has organisational and individual membership.

The ITC initiates and manages international projects relating to testing issues. Recent projects have included one on test adaptation guidelines and one on test use. Its official journal is the International Journal of Testing (published by Lawrence Erlbaum). The ITC has organized a number of major international conferences and holds regular symposia on testing and test issues at international conferences.

International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS)

IUPsyS website

IUPsyS works to promote "the development of psychological science, whether biological or social, normal or abnormal, pure or applied."

This is the worldwide organisation of psychological societies. It has a single member from each country. It runs a very large congress every four years. Until recently the Royal Society was the British Representative, but this has now transferred to the British Psychological Society.

National organisations

The Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) host a comprehensive list of national psychological organisations and their contact details.

Our group have also put together factsheets relating to several national organisations:

If you would like to contribute or update a factsheet, please contact the working group chair.