Regional Representatives

Sub-Saharan Africa



Oladimeji Ogundipe (Deji)  

Federal University of Agriculture, Ogun State, Nigeria

Term: 2016-2020

Oladimeji Ogundipe is a social and developmental psychologist as well as a counselor who works with slum dwellers who have been discriminated against and rejected by peers, family, and by society at large. He is currently an administrator at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. He is also Coordinator of the Global Liberation Movement, and Assistant Secretary in the Positive Youth & Family Mission (a non-governmental organization). He is interested in issues related to social, developmental, and organizational psychology. Other issues of interest to him include research and practice related to lifespan interpersonal acceptance and rejection.

East Asia




            Xuan Li, PhD
New York University, Shanghai, China
Term: 2018-2022   

Xuan Li is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Global Network at New York University (NYU) Shanghai, China. She is also Associated Faculty member in the, NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai, and she is an Affiliated Faculty member of the Department of Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her research focuses on fatherhood, parent-child interactions and relationships, and children and adolescents’ socioemotional development in contemporary Chinese societies. She is also interested in general issues pertaining to human development, family research, and gender studies.   






Vincenzo Paolo Senese, PhD

University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy

Term: 2018-2022.

Vincenzo Paolo Senese is an Associate Professor of Psychometrics in the Department of Psychology, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy. He is the head of the Psychometric Laboratory of the University of Campania. His main research interests are on the application of measurement models in the development of tests and questionnaires, with a special attention to the cross-cultural invariance, and on the evaluation of the effect of remembrances of acceptance-rejection during childhood and implicit and automatic processes on parental behavior.

Insular Pacific and Australia



Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, PhD    

Griffith University, Australia

Term: 2016-2020

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck is Professor in Applied Psychology at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. She is Director of the Psychological Health Research Unit within the Griffith Health Institute. Her research interests include child and adolescent interpersonal relationships and cognition; depression and anxiety; stress and the development of coping, and emotion and regulation. She is also the Director of the Family Interaction Program, has published more than 125 articles, books, edited volumes and book chapters, is a Co-Editor of the Journal of Adolescence, an Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Behavioral Development, and serves on the Society for Research on Adolescence Executive Committee.

Mexico, Central America, & The Caribbean



Claudia Alvarez, PhD

Universidad de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico           

Term: 2016-2020

Claudia Alvarez is an Adjunct Professor currently teaching in the Department of Education in the Master’s Program for Research and Evaluation in Education at the Universidad de Puerto Rico. Her research interests focus on interpersonal acceptance-rejection among partners as well as on instrument development and after-school programs.

North Africa & The Middle East




Masoumah Ahmed Ibrahim, PhD

Public Authority for Applied Education, Kuwait

Term: 2016-2020

Masoumah Ibrahim is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training in Kuwait.She earned her M.A and Ph.D. from University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research interests include social skills acquisition, psychological adjustment of children and parental acceptance, the development of children and how it affects their physical and psychological growth, guidance and counseling, and behavioral disorders within children and how it relates to their cognitive abilities. She has a great deal of interest in interpersonal acceptance-rejection research that includes acceptance-rejection in the development of children, parent-child relationships, behavior and intelligence in developing children, and parental acceptance-rejection.

North America



Carrie Brown, PhD

Western Governors University, USA

Term: 2018-2022

Carrie Brown is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Western Governors University, USA. Her service to ISIPAR includes co-editing Expanding Horizons: Current Research on Interpersonal Acceptance (2012),and being the inaugural Faculty Advisor to ISIPAR’s Student Advisory Committee. Carrie’s current research interests include the psychosocial correlates of interpersonal acceptance and rejection. She earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology (with a concentration in developmental psychology) from Saint Louis University. Carrie mentors many undergraduate students to successfully conduct IPARTheory research, inspiring them to continue academic careers.

South America



Tatiana Melendez-Rhodes, PhD

Central Connecticut State University, USA

Term: 2018-2022

Tatiana Melendez-Rhodes, PhD., Assistant Professor and clinical coordinator of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), Connecticut. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist in Connecticut, a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and a former Fulbright Scholar. She received her masters and doctoral degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Connecticut. She is also a clinical psychologist in Peru and has also taught in universities in the U.S. and in Peru. Issues of acceptance-rejection have been among her central research interests for the last ten years. One of her goals is to integrate models of couple and family therapy into IPARTheory in a way that psychotherapists internationally can apply in their clinical work.

South Asia



Mussaffa Butt, PhD  

Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan

Term: 2018-2022

Muhammad Mussaffa Butt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan. He is interested in exploring the role of interpersonal acceptance-rejection in substance abuse, emotion regulation, intergroup conflict, and gender related issues. His Ph.D. work explored the role of interpersonal acceptance-rejection in substance abusers. He is interested in neuroscience-based explanations of IPARTheory. Currently, he is working on a number of projects related to IPARTheory. He has translated and validated a number of IPARTheory measures in Urdu.

Southeast Asia




Celia Veronica Augusten, PhD  

UCSI, Malaysia  

Term: 2016-2020

Celia is a clinical and counseling psychologist as well as an educator currently lecturing at the UCSI University. She is interested in issues related to prejudice and discrimination, peace versus war, and cross-cultural issues including interpersonal acceptance and rejection. She is a member of the Malaysian society of Clinical Psychology.


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