Regional Representatives

Sub-Saharan Africa



Oladimeji Ogundipe (Deji)  

Federal University of Agriculture, Ogun State, Nigeria

Term: 2014-2018  

    Oladimeji 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



            Julie Lee, Chung-Ang, Ph.D.      University, Korea

      Term: 2014-2018      

Julie is a Professor in the Department of Child Welfare, Chung-Ang University in Korea. Her specialty is child development. Her primary research interest lies in the relationship between interpersonal acceptance-rejection and academic achievement and school adjustment.Julie’s current research project focuses on the stress of academic achievement, effortful control, and aggression in Korean children. She has also translated several IPARTheory-related measures into Korean for use in her studies on in-law relationships, and the in International Father Acceptance-Rejection Project.





Elias E. Kourkoutas, Ph.D.

University of Crete, Greece

Term: 2014-2018.

Elias E. Kourkoutas is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Psychology and Special Education Laboratory in The Department of Primary Education at the University of Crete. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Liege, Belgium. He taught in many European Universities, as a Visiting Professor or invited Professor. He has published a series of books in Greek and English and many articles in peer-review journals in English, French, Spanish, and Italian on the following topics: Children with Social-Emotional-Behavioral problems, Parental/Teacher Acceptance Rejection of Children with SEN, Resilient Interventions and Interventions in families with exceptional children, Bullying/School violence.

Insular Pacific and Australia



Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Ph.D.     

Griffith University, Australia

Term: 2014-2018

Melanie 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, Ph.D.

Puerto Rico   

Term: 2012-2016

Dr. 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, Ph.D. Kuwait, Kuwait

Term: 2016-2020

Masoumah 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, Ph.D

Agnes Scott College, Georgia

Term: 2014-2018

Carrie is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. There she heads the Race, Ethnicity, and Culture (REC) Lab; co-advises the college’s chapter of Psi Chi; co-advises the Psychology Neuroscience Club; and,serves on the Institutional Review Board. 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



Sonia Carillo, Ph.D.


Term: 2012-2016

Sonia is an associate professor in the department of psychology at the Universidad de los Andes-Bogota, Columbia. Sonia obtained her Ph.D. in developmental Psychology and Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work focuses on social and emotional development across the life span. She is also co-director of a research group on Affective Relations Across the Life Cycle. In their research, this group studies different family relational systems such as parent-child, couples, siblings and grandparent-grandchild relations. IPARTheory is one of the basic conceptual and methodological perspectives in these studies. From this work she has published a book on the role of the father in children’s social development. She has also conducted several research projects on family relations in different family structures (nuclear, stepfamilies, diverse families). Last year her research group published a book titled Family Relations in Diverse Family Structures.

South Asia




Farah Malik, PhD.

Term: 2014-2018

Farah is a Professor at the Institute of Applied Psychology, The University of the Punjab, Lahore. Her interest in IPARTheory began as she worked on her Ph.D. research dealing with parental acceptance-rejection among abused children in Pakistan. Since then she has published on the topic of spousal rejection as a risk factor for parental rejection, and she has contributed to a Special Issue of a journal on parental power and prestige as moderators of the relationship between perceived parental acceptance and offspring’s psychological adjustment. She has also contributed to the Teachers’ Acceptance-Rejection Project in Pakistan. Finally, as Chair of the Urdu Translation Committee for Pakistan she has translated a number of IPARTheory-related measures into Urdu, and she has assessed their validity and reliability for the Pakistani population

Southeast Asia




Celia Veronica Augusten, PhD.  


Term: 2012-2016

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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