How to Make Use of Applied Psychology for Public Policy? - Presented by Division 1

How to Make Use of Applied Psychology for Public Policy?

Division 1 - Work and Organizational Psychology was honoured to welcome all IAAP members to be participants of the special webinar entitled “How to make use of Applied Psychology for Public Policy” presented on May 6th 2020 by Professor Michael Frese and Professor Lori Foster and moderated by Professor Barbara Kozusznik.

In the webinar, they discuss their knowledge and ideas and how to be useful as psychologists - especially during the pandemic and associated economic crisis situation. Given the dynamically changing situations we face, they seek to answer questions about the future such as how we can be useful after the pandemic and how we can assist in improving the responses of policy makers on future social and economic challenges.


Professor Michael Frese
Prof. at Asia School of Business and at Leuphana, Univ of Lueneburg
Past President of IAAP

Professor Lori Foster
Hon Prof. Univ of Cape Town
Prof. of Psychology at North Carolina State

Professor Barbara Kozusznik
Prof. at University of Silesia, Poland
Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for  Staff Development
President of Division 1 of the IAAP

Speaker Bios:

Prof. Michael Frese is a professor at the Asia School of Business in collaboration with MIT Sloan Management and the University of Lueneburg. He was the President of the International Association of Applied Psychology from 2002 – 2006 and is credited to have brought IAAP as an official NGO to the United Nations during this time. Michael is the recipient of the 2018 IAAP Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award of IAAP and has worked with the World Bank - famously developing highly effective psychological training for small business in Africa and Latin America.

His research spans a wide range of basic and applied topics within organizational behavior and work psychology including longitudinal studies on the psychological effects of unemployment, the impact of stress at work, predictors of personal initiative, and the psychological success factors of entrepreneurs. He is also known for his (cross-national) research on innovation and studies on errors, error management and error management culture. He was president (speaker) of the division Work and Organizational Psychology in Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Psychologie and headed and heads several committees in various organizations.

Prof. Lori Foster was the second presenter in the webinar. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and a Professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University (USA), where she leads the 4D Lab devoted to research at the intersection of work, psychology, technology, and sustainable development. Prof. Lori Foster has been elected President-Elect of IAAP 2020-2022. Dr. Foster is a visiting scholar at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight, and an advisor to pymetrics, a company that uses behavioral science and AI to connect people to jobs.

She is an author/editor of the book on ‘Workforce readiness and the future of work’ and ‘Using I-O psychology for the greater good: Helping those who help others’. She is presently the UNESCO World Reference Levels Experts Group, Behavioural Insights Advisor, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New York on a behavioural response to COVID-19. She was also a Research Consultant, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Paris, France, with the Obama White House Social and Behavioural Sciences Team. Prof Lori Foster is the author or co-author of over 200 books, articles and chapters and has delivered hundreds of invited talks around the world. She is a University Faculty Scholar and Fellow of a number of scientific societies including IAAP, SIOP, APA, and APS.

The webinar inspired many meetings and activities around the world. Here, we provide you with an example from the Polish Association of Applied Psychology.

Presented on May 6, 2020



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