Charles M. Super, professor of human development and family studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of pediatrics at the UConn Health Center was recently elected to the U.S. National Committee for Psychology, an organization supported by the National Academy of Sciences.
As one of 12 members on the committee, Super will represent the United States’ psychological science community with the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), a worldwide organization charged with the development, representation, and advancement of psychology as a basic and applied science.
Currently, the United States is one of 82 nations that are members of IUPsyS, and the number of nations is expanding, as countries from Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe apply for inclusion.
Super notes that for the last half century or more, psychology as a social science has been ‘a largely American enterprise’ guided by such important contributors as B. F. Skinner, Albert Bandura, and others, who rose to prominence after the end of World War II when German and English influence on the science waned.
“In developmental psychology, the time has come to change the aphorism ‘think globally, act locally’ into something akin to ‘think locally, act globally’ – to emphasize that it is only through an understanding of an individual’s local experiences that we can we generalize to a more global theory,” says Super.