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Intercultural Research Center

 Institute for Applied Educational Psychology and Intercultural Research

 Webster University’s Institute for Applied Educational Psychology and Intercultural Research is multicultural, international, and child-centered. In the Institute for Applied Educational Psychology and Intercultural Research the science of psychology is applied for the benefit of others, especially children and youth in schools.

 An institute is an organization having a common factor, usually a scientific or educational one. The unique combination of applied psychology, developmental science, cross-cultural research, and child rights education forms the common factor in this institute.

 Vision of the Institute for Applied Educational Psychology and Intercultural Research

The Institute for Applied Educational Psychology and Intercultural Research is a graduate institute and research center committed to applying psychology in ways that support the best interests of children and youth, educators, families, and the community. This is consistent with the School of Education vision and effort to "make the world worthy of its children" (Casals, 1970) and Article 3 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child: “The best interests of children must be the primary concern in making decisions that may affect them. All adults should do what is best for children.”

 Mission of the Institute for Applied Educational Psychology and Intercultural Research

The Applied Educational Psychology programs prepare scientist-practitioners who collaborate with teachers, parents, school personnel, and community members to promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth. All children and youth includes young people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, ethnicities, cultures, languages, geographic locations, religions, genders, and abilities. The Institute promotes learning and competency in diversity issues in all its initiatives including recruitment, hiring, coursework, research, and outreach. The Institute meets the requirements of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the International School Psychology Association (ISPA) because the Institute has its own vision, mission, description, leadership team, advisory committee, and by-laws.

 For 2017-2018 the administrative leaders for the Institute for Applied Educational Psychology and Intercultural Research are Phoenicia Wright, Dr. Deborah Stiles, and Dr. Jameca Falconer.

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In the Spring of 2018 the Institute for Applied Educational Psychology and Intercultural Research hosted a Visiting International Scholar in School Psychology, Dr. Esa Alaraudanjoki. Dr. Alaraudanjoki is from Finland and he is an expert on international children’s rights.

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About the Center

The Applied Educational Psychology programs in the School of Education have an Intercultural Research Center. Students and faculty use their knowledge of psychology and research methodology in order to understand and help others, especially children and youth in schools.

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Our intercultural research includes both international and multicultural perspectives and we explore topics such as international children's rights, cross-cultural studies of youth, racial attitudes, cultural awareness, social justice, and schools' responses to the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri.

We are building an academic and professional community in which graduate students and professors work together to develop expertise, share ideas, collaborate, make contributions to schools, present at conferences, and publish in journals.

Student projects such as The Global Art Project and thesis research on Chinese Adoptees in Transracial Families are making a difference in the lives of children and adolescents around the world.

About the Faculty

In the Spring of 2018, six faculty members are involved –  full-time professor Dr. Deborah Stiles (Director of the Intercultural Research Center), adjunct professors Dr. Jameca Falconer, Dr. Sheila Mihalick, and Phoenicia Wright, full-time professor Dr. Yin Lam Lee-Johnson, and Visiting International Scholar, Dr. Esa Alaraudanjoki. All our students are given opportunities to contribute to the “knowledge base.” Since 2012, we have given forty student-faculty professional presentations at national and international conferences and published four articles in international journals. Here is a photograph of our 2017 presentation at the convention of the American Psychological Association.

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For more information about the Intercultural Research Center contact Dr. Deborah Stiles at stilesda@webster.edu.