Colleen Ward


The following story appeared in Victoria University Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research see website.

Colleen Ward becomes Honorary Fellow of the IACCP

Colleen receiving her award from Yoshi Kashima (IACCP President) at the IACCP Conference in France in July 2014

The Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research is delighted to announce that our Founder and Co-Director, Professor Colleen Ward, has been made an Honorary Fellow of the International Association of Cross-cultural Psychology (IACCP).

Colleen has had a long and distinguished career in the study of how culture influences the development of human behavior, and how those of differing cultural backgrounds relate to each other when they come into contact. During this 30 year period, she has become a master of both cross-cultural and intercultural psychology.

Her career exemplifies the range of cultural experiences that provide the personal knowledge that motivates many of us who have chosen cross-cultural psychology as a career. The experiences of living in the USA, the UK, Trinidad, Malaysia, Singapore and now New Zealand have provided both first-hand knowledge and research insights into the importance of the role of culture in psychology.

Colleen has been extraordinarily productive in her research, and this has propelled her to the forefront of the field. She has been the major contributor to the conceptualization and measurement of sociocultural adaptation that follows intercultural contact. And her book on The Psychology of Culture Shock has become the standard reference work on acculturation and adaptation.

Beyond her commitment to research, Colleen has also been concerned with the application of her work to the betterment of human development and human relations. This is exemplified by her initiative to develop and direct the Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

In addition to her research and her applied activity, Colleen has provided collegial service in a number of capacities. These include serving as Secretary-General and Regional Representative of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, and President of both the International Academy for Intercultural Research, and of the Asian Association of Social Psychology.

Colleen is one of only 23 people to receive this Honorary Fellow award since the IACCP was founded in 1970.

Story by Emma Beer appeared in Kapi-Mana Tues 13 December 2011 (pg 34)

Honours for intercultural research work

Plimmerton woman Colleen Ward has been given the Te Rangi Hiroa Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

It is a social sciences award, for her contribution to the psychological study of immigration, acculturation, intercultural relations and cultural diversity.

A professor in the Department of Psychology at Victoria University, Professor Ward is internationally recognised as a leading authority on cultural diversity and how culture affects human behaviour and experience.

Her award citation said her work with Muslim youth in New Zealand has made a significant contribution to the Alliance of Civilisations Research Network, the United Nations' collective think tank for the promotion of understanding between Muslim and Western societies.

From 2005 to 2007 Professor Ward was a James Cook Research Fellow in Social Sciences (Identity, Acculturation and Intercultural Relations), and from 2008 to 2010 she led a youth project that examined the experiences of Chinese, Pacific and Muslim youth.

Her book, The Psychology of Culture Shock, is acknowledged for its synthesis of theory and research on intercultural contact.

Her theory on acculturation and immigrant adaptation formed the basis of the International Comparative Study of Ethno-cultural Youth, a 13-nation study published as Immigrant Youth in Cultural Transition.

In 2011 Professor Ward received the Victoria University of Wellington Inaugural Public Contribution Award for the application of scholarly expertise to resolve the challenges facing multicultural communities.

She has acted as consultant to government on issues around immigration and social cohesion.

Last Updated: 30/07/2014 1:11am