Board Members & Ambassadors


Pedro Altungy

Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Pedro Altungy is currently a PhD student after having gone through all the previous levels of study in the Complutense University of Madrid. There, he got his degree in Psychology and studied one Master degree in Clinical Psychology and other in General Heath Psychology. He has been part of a research team in the Complutense university since 2014. His current field of expertise is trauma psychological assistance, although his current PhD is in Personality traits and Uncertainty. The mentioned research team is lead by the professor Maria Paz Garcia Vera, president of IAAP Division 6. He has actively collaborated with this Division since 2015, and has had the opportunity to develop with its team different ongoing projects. This experience, along with his vision that the future is build from the present day, will lead the Division into keep its fantastic path and reach more and more students. They will be the ones who will be the professionals of tomorrow!

Vice President

Sara Liébana

Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Sara Liebana is a psychologist with long experience in researching and therapy. She has been member of one of the leading research teams in Spain in psychological assistance to terrorism victims since 2015. She holds a BSc in Psychology and a MSc in General Health Psychology. She is currently a PhD student. Her field of research at the moment is about the dysfunctional beliefs that terrorism victims may have, and their influence in their psychological well-being. She has also collaborated actively with the development of the IAAP special Task Force in Terrorism. She counts with plenty of fresh ideas which will help in pursuing with the development of Division 15. For sure, she will be a great vice president for all of us!

Second Vice President

Stephanie Maurice

Laval University, Quebec City, Canada

Stephanie Maurice is currently a B.A. (Hons) psychology student of the Research and Intervention Concentration at University Laval. As part of her concentration project, she is currently researching Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers by birth cohorts. She is also a research assistant for Project Stories: understanding how donor-conceived children make sense of their origins, and at the Parenfant Laboratory of University Laval, which specializes in child development. Stephanie volunteers at an organization offering psychosocial services to immigrants, as well as at l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale, which specialized in psychiatric care. She aims to pursue studying psychology at the doctorate level. In 2018, she became Division 15 Ambassador for North America, and she has done excellent work promoting applied psychology among students in Canada, U.S.A and Mexico. Now, she will keep on pursuing our common goal as second Vice-President.


Luminita Patras, Ph.D.s

University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Coming originally from Romania, Luminita has been studying and working in 4 European Countries. She   holds a Bsc in Business Administration and a BA in Psychology and she graduated an Erasmus Mundus  Master in Work, Organization and Personnel Psychology. Currently she is a PhD student at the University  of Valencia, her research being focused on the effects of the emotional labor and wellbeing beliefs  (hedonism and eudaimonia) on employee wellbeing. She has been active in different international  association and projects and she strongly believes in IAAP as an incredible opportunity for all students in  psychology around the world. Looking forward, her vision for Division 15 is growth both internally amongst  members, services and events, and externally by creating new networks and new partnerships and  reaching as many students as possible.


Namita Ruparel

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India

Namita Ruparel is a Doctoral Student in the field of Positive Organizational Psychology She holds a Master of Science in Applied Psychology and specializes in Organizational Behavior. Her early research experiences are based in the field of Sports Psychology. As a part of her doctorate, she is working around identifying factors that serve as potential employee strengths at the workplace that enhance and sustain performance. She aims to develop behavioral interventions for employees at their workplaces and currently is working at identifying employee characteristics that contribute to Positive Workplaces. Mental toughness is strength that gives a sports player an edge over his/her competitors in the field of Sports Psychology and she is attempting to contextualize the trait in context of organizations. She also works around the field of positive behavioral interventions for adolescents. In 2018, Namita became our Ambassador for Asia, with an excellent performance. And now, the moment has come for her to continue in promoting applied psychology from her position as Division 15 Secretary.


Ambassador for Europe

Carlos Velo
Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, Spain

Carlos Velo is currently a Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology in Universidad Autónoma of Madrid while also working for CORISPE, a research network implemented in several hospitals in Madrid. Currently, his field of expertise is human sexual behaviour in relation to psychosocial variables and their effects in paediatric HIV-infected population. He is working for identifying which are the key psychosocial risk factors for people who suffer from HIV, and is developing a model of intervention aimed to increase disease awareness and promote healthy behaviours for those of live with it. He also studies therapeutic approaches which help HIV patients to overcome the psychological stress caused by the disease. Involved in European networks of research in the field, Carlos holds a Master Degree in and Health Psychology (European Univesity of Madrid) and a Bch degree in psychology (Complutense University of Madrid). For any information related to Psychology across European continent, you can get in touch with him.

Ambassador for Latin America

Camilo José Cela
Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, Spain

Paula Cañete is a psychologist with a BA from the Camilo José Cela University of Madrid, Spain. She has developed a great sensitivity for vulnerable populations, since she was born and educated in Colombia. In her homeland, she volunteered in programs for the attention of children displaced by the violence who live in marginal neighborhoods of Bogotá. She had also worked as a volunteer assistant for the project Ambientes Seguros para niños y niñas en Bogotá (Safe environments for children in Bogotá) dedicated to the assistance and prevention of intrafamily and sexual violence, directed by Dr. Clemencia Ramirez. In Spain, she started to work as volunteer in the research team of the Complutense University of Madrid, dedicated to terrorism victims. Currently she works with the Asociación de Víctimas del Terrorismo (Victims of Terrorism Association), where she stands out for her professionalism and commitment. She is currently studying a master degree in general sanitary psychology at the Camilo José Cela University of Madrid, Spain. If you happen to have any inquire about what´s going on in psychology in Latin-America, she is your person!

Ambassador for North America

Jeanne Proulx-Villeneuve
Laval University, Quebec City, Canada

Jeanne Proulx-Villeneuve is currently a B.A. (Hons) psychology student of the Research and Intervention Concentration at University Laval. As part of her concentration project, she is currently researching Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the forest evacuees. Also, she has worked with allophone children, women with eating disorders and seniors with cognitive deficits. Jeanne volunteers as a student counsellor in a community organization that offers free psychological support to people in need. Furthermore, she works as a research assistant in a psychology laboratory and as a teaching assistant for psychology classes. She aims to pursue studying psychology at the doctorate level. If you happen to have any inquiries about North America, you can get in touch with her.