Date of release: Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Professor Pam MarasThe world's leading psychology organisation has named a University of Greenwich academic as its president-elect.

Professor Pam Maras, pictured, Director of Research & Enterprise at Greenwich, will become the first woman to be elected president of the International Union of Psychological Science.

She says: "I am honoured and delighted that the union has put its trust in me to ensure that the foundations already laid by successive assemblies are built upon. As a social psychologist, my research with experts in many parts of the world has shown me how psychology can positively impact on social, educational and economic developments in those countries, and offer useful insights and increased understanding."

Professor Saths Cooper, current president of the union adds: "History has been made with this election. Global psychology can expect greater rejuvenation and visibility from Pam and her team."

The union was founded in Paris in 1889 and is the leading international organisation for psychology, representing world psychology on many bodies including the United Nations, World Health Authority and International Council for Science. Its general assembly comprises representatives of senior leadership from associations around the world who vote for leadership.

A former president of the British Psychological Society, Professor Maras' duties as president-elect have already begun. She is officially involved with the current and past presidents in leadership and strategic development. As one of her first duties, Professor Maras will be attending the international science council meeting in Oslo this October.

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