- University faculty, students and other professionals in psychology
are missing the boat by not learning more about the advances being
made overseas in their discipline, said the keynote speaker at the
first Lee K. Hildman Colloquium at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Oakland, a University of Florida professor of educational psychology,
urged students, faculty and others during his presentation, "Your
Involvement in International Psychology: Let's Start Now - Or At
Least Very Soon," to broaden their own horizons by traveling
to other countries and engaging their counterparts in the field.
have been important advances in research (overseas), but students
and colleagues in the United States know little of this research,"
he said. "We need to engage in work that goes beyond our own
the variety of reasons that people give for not going abroad to
work or learn about the advances in psychological research, including
language barriers and not having the time to invest. "Try to
create the time," he said. "There are untold opportunities
(based on foreign psychology research) for us in our work."
The study of
the human personality and early child care are just some of the
areas that international psychologists are making research advances,
is enjoying tremendous growth in Europe, Oakland said, where there
are 277,000 graduate students in psychology. In Asia and South America,
the number of people engaged in the field and its research is also
growing, and Oakland anticipates that in 10 years there will be
approximately one million psychologists internationally.
has worked with child development, assessment and intervention and
school psychology in more than 40 countries. His travels have taken
him to Brazil, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and was instrumental
in developing the country's first national association of school
psychology. His travels have also taken him to Mexico and Central
America, and he is an honorary professor of psychology at the University
of Honk Kong and the Iberoamerican University in San Jose, Costa
presentation) was informative and eye-opening about how psychologists
can contribute beyond U.S. borders," said Dr. Mitch Berman,
professor of psychology at Southern Miss.
praised the Southern Miss International Studies program as critical
to helping not only students in psychology learn about research
in foreign countries, but helping broaden the horizons of all students,
regardless of their major. "It (Southern Miss CICE) provides
a sounds answer (to the question of why one should study abroad),"
he said. "It's one of the best learning experiences you'll
ever have, academically, culturally and professionally."
A former member
of the faculty at the University of Texas' Department of Department
of Educational Psychology for 27 years, Oakland recently received
the 2003 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished
Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.
is named in honor of a longtime member of the Southern Miss Psychology
Department faculty, Lee Hildman. Prior to his death this year, Hildman
and his wife, Dr. Tommie Hildman, had discussed setting up a donation
through the Southern Miss Foundation earmarked specifically for
use by the department of psychology, which led to the creation of