Society Leadership

Division Officers


julie levitt

Gilbert Reyes



john gruszkos













Joseph de Rivera, Department of Psychology, Clark University, 950 Main St., Worcester, MA 01610

Dr. de Rivera is interested in emotional experience and when our feelings and narratives lead us to care for others and act on their behalf (rather than paralyze us or lead us to be destructive). He teaches social psychology and peace studies, and his research has focused on describing the structure and dynamics of emotion in individuals and collective life. What is the role of positive emotions such as joy? When does anger lead to political action? Can we predict emotional climates and influence a culture of peace? How can love rather than fear govern our imagination and determine our behavior?

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Julie M. Levitt, 33 East Princeton Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004-2242




President Elect - Elect

 Gil Reyes, Ph.D. Associate Dean School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Tel: (805) 898-2907
Fax: (805) 898-4146


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 Eduardo I. Diaz, Miami-Dade County Commission on Human Rights, Miami, FL

 Dr. Eduardo I. Diaz serves as the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator for Miami-Dade County’s Commission on Human Rights.  He is on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence as Immediate Past President.  He is a member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) and serves as a Lead Facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project-Miami (AVP-Miami). He is active advocating for improved police/community relations and violence reduction efforts, and is a Past President, and Life Member, of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE).



 Kathleen Dockett, Department of Psychology and Counseling, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC 20008


 Dr. Kathleen H. Dockett is Professor, Department of Psychology and Counseling at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Currently she is secretary of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology and APA Council of Representatives-elect (2011-2013) for Division 48.  She serves on the advisory board of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. As a community psychologist and licensed practitioner, she has conducted research on Buddhism as a resource for the promotion of personal and societal well-being; resilience among African American students; psychological sense of community and citizen participation in nonviolence protest; and the identification and elimination of risk factors for HIV/AIDS among HBCU students.  Dr. Dockett is author of numerous publications and national conference presentations on these topics. Her books include Psychology and Buddhism: From Individual to Global Community, co-edited with Rita Dudley Grant and Peter Bankart.



John Gruszkos, 4901 Dickens Road, Suite 105, Richmond, VA 23230








APA Council Representatives:

Judith Van Hoorn, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA 95211, and

 Research Interests:

Adolescent Development and Social Change
Child Development Across Cultures
The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Education


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Albert Valencia, Department of Counseling & Special Education, California State University, Fresno , CA 93740-8001

 Albert's academic and research interests include university student retention, domestic violence, multicultural issues in education and counseling, the effects of violence on children, and the applied perspectives of conflict resolution, reconciliation, and peace.

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Zoi Andalcio, Men's Health and Recovery, Boston Public Health Commission, 774 Albany Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02118






Judy Kuriansky, Columbia University Teachers College, New York , NY 10019 and

 Dr. Judy is a clinical psychologist, popular TV and radio personality, author and lecturer. Cited as the "best media psychology can offer" when elected a Fellow to the American Psychological Association, she graduated from Smith College, earned a masters degree at Boston University and Ph.D. from N.Y.U. where she taught psychology. She spent ten years at Columbia Medical Center and London's Maudsley hospital and has conducted hundreds of workshops and published many professional journal articles including in the distinguished American Journal of Psychiatry. Also a certified sex therapist, she is in private practice, works with the Center for Spirituality and Psychotherapy, and is Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology for graduate students at Columbia University Teachers College.

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Peter Coleman, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027

Dr. Peter T. Coleman holds a Ph.D. in Social/Organizational Psychology 
from Columbia University. He is currently Associate Professor of 
Psychology and Education at Columbia University where he holds a 
joint-appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute and 
teaches courses in Conflict Resolution, Social Psychology, and Social 
Science Research. Dr. Coleman is Director of the International Center 
for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) at Teachers College, 
Columbia University, Chair of Columbia University’s Advanced 
Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (ACCCC), and a 
research affiliate of the International Center for Complexity and 
Conflict (ICCC) at The Warsaw School for Social Psychology in Warsaw, 
Poland. He has conducted research on ingroup/outgroup formation, the 
mediation of inter-ethnic conflict, intractable conflict, complexity 
theory and conflict, identity formation, moral emotions, ripeness and 
conflict, and on the conditions and processes which foster the 
constructive use of social power. In 2003, he became the first 
recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Psychological 
Association, Division 48: Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, 
and Violence. Dr. Coleman co-edits The Handbook of Conflict 
Resolution: Theory and Practice (2000; 2nd edition 2006), and has 
authored over 60 journal articles and chapters. He is also a New York 
State certified mediator and experienced consultant.

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Membership Chair:

 Rachel MacNair, Institute for Integrated Social Analysis, 811 E 47th St, Kansas City , MO 64110-1683

 I majored in Peace and Conflict Studies at Earlham College back in 1978.
After many years out in the field of non-profit advocacy organization
management, I felt a passion for research – the creation of new knowledge
– and went back to get my doctorate in Psychology with a research
emphasis and a minor in Sociology. Since 1999, I have worked with many
students individually, and I have worked on a wide variety of research
projects. I currently serve part-time as Director of the Institute for
Integrated Social Analysis, a non-profit organization encouraging research
on the connections of issues of violence

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Student and Early Career (SEC) Chair:

Rebekah Phillips DeZalia, Ph.D.

Rebekah Phillips received her BA in Psychology from Wheaton College, IL and her Ph.D. from Clark University in 2008.  Her research focuses on genocide survivors in Rwanda.  Previous work has included a needs assessment of child-headed-households in rural Rwanda, analysis of genocide narratives, and research on unforgiveness and identification.  In addition to her research, Rebekah has taught at WPI, Clark University, and the College of the Holy Cross and has worked with the journal, “Culture & Psychology.” 

APA Convention Program Chair:

Rebekah Phillips DeZalia, Ph.D.



 Linda M. Woolf, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Webster University, 470 East Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119-3194

Research Interests:

Peace Psychology
Psychosocial Models of Genocide
Holocaust Studies
Ethnopolitical Conflict
Hate Groups

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Newsletter Editor:

Michael R. Hulsizer, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119

Research Interests:

Altruism and Aggression
Hate Groups
International Human Rights
Mass Violence
Peace Psychology
Social Influence and Persuasion
Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination

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Internet Editor/Website/Listserv Moderator:

Caitlin O. Mahoney, Department of Psychology, Clark University, 950 Main St., Worcester, MA 01610

I received my B.A. in psychology from Siena College and my Ph.D. in Social, Evolutionary & Cultural Psychology from Clark University (with a concentration in societal peace and conflict).  My past research has broadly focused on the relationship between emotions and political behaviors.  Most recently, my dissertation focused on compassion and altruistic responses to distant others (those we have never met). Other interests include: Positive psychology; pro-social behaviors; virtue; psychical distance & interpersonal closeness; authenticity

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Journal Editor:

Susan Opotow, Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, 899 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10019

My research concerns the social psychology of conflict and injustice. I am interested in antecedents and process of moral exclusion, when people come to see others as outside their scope of justice and therefore as eligible targets of violence, exploitation, and harm. I also examine moral inclusion, when rights and resources are extended to marginalized groups to promote social justice. I study moral exclusion and inclusion in a variety of contexts: post-war societal change, environmental degradation and protection, high school student achievement and disengagement, hating and hate crime, violence, and the post 9/11 recovery trajectory in NYC. I am the 2008-9 president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Division 9 of the American Psychological Association.

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