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Board Members & Ambassadors

President

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 Racine Maurice

Laval University, Quebec City, Canada

Stephanie Racine Maurice is a Ph.D. candidate at Laval University. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) from University Laval and a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montreal. Her thesis focuses on premenstrual dysphoric disorder research. In 2018, she became Division 15 Ambassador for North America, and she has done excellent work promoting applied psychology among students in Canada, the U.S.A. and Mexico. She is now pursuing our common goal as second Vice-President.

Past-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.

Secretary of Communications

Marija Davcheva

University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Marija Davcheva is a current researcher at the research institute IDOCAL and a PhD student in the doctoral programme of Psychology of Human Resources at University of Valencia, Spain. Her current research topic is job quality, health and wellbeing. She comes from North Macedonia where she graduated in Psychology with Summa Cum Laude. In 2017, she started her Master studies at the renowned Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (WOP-P) Work Organizational and Personnel Psychology Programme at the University of Valencia for which she was awarded the Extraordinary Student Achievement Award. Besides her international educational experience, she has been an active volunteer and student representative in many international organizations among which, psychology organizations EFPSA  and EFPA (Board of Scientific Affairs). She plans to apply her WOP-P knowledge and experience in Division 15 in order to promote IAAP internationally by strengthening the communication and collaboration network among psychology students worldwide.


Ambassadors

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.

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Ambassador for Asia

Rayna Sadia

Riphah International University Islamabad, Pakistan.

Rayna Sadia is an Assistant Professor at Riphah International University Islamabad, Pakistan. She recently got her Ph.D. in Traffic Psychology from Lingnan University Hong Kong. Her dissertation was about traffic safety and how personal factors (personality traits) of the driver could influence the driving environment in terms of safety of all stakeholders. She aimed to provide an intervention based simulation that could help improve safer roads for everyone, especially in developing countries, where the road traffic accidents have huge impact on the economy. Along with her research interest in driving behaviors and traffic safety, she worked on terrorism catastrophizing and mental health of adolescents. She has been introduced to IAAP Division 15 in 2018 and since then she upholds the believe that IAAP Division 15 could provide a platform for students and early research careers alike, where they can discuss their issues and work on collaborative projects to help spread the knowledge. You can get in touch with her for any issue relevant to Psychology in Asia or if you want to discuss traffic safety (in general).

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.

Ambassador for Latin America

Monique Arantes Guimarães
University of São Francisco in Brazil

Monique Arantes is a Brazilian psychologist. She holds a Master of Social, Work and Organizational Psychology from the University of Brasília (UnB). Currently, she is a PhD student in Psychological Assessment at the University of São Francisco in Brazil. Since as a graduate student, Monique has been involved in research projects with financial support (scholarships) provided by Brazilian federal government organizations dedicated to the promotion of scientific and technological research (CNPq and Capes). The research topics of her interest include: career management; positive psychology applied to work; psychological assessment; organizational behavior and mental health at work. She has been actively involved as member in Brazilian psychology associations, such as the Brazilian Institute of Psychological Assessment (IBAP) and the Brazilian Association of Professional and Career Guidance (ABOP). As a Latin America ambassador of IAAP Division 15, she plans to spread the news about the association with students from her region. Furthermore, she intends to help the executive board of Division 15 to strength the communication and collaboration network with Latin America students. For any additional information related to Psychology in Brazil or Latin America, you can get in touch with her.