Promoting Well-being in the 21st Century:
Psychological Contributions for Social, Economic,

and Environmental Challenges

Conference Program

Conference Program (2017)
This program also contains the bios and photos of speakers and moderators.
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In 2015, the United Nations established the target of promoting mental health and well-being as an important global priority, including it in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that outlines the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Psychology Day program considers ways in which theory, research, and practice in the psychology of well-being can increase the welfare of individuals globally to facilitate achievement of the SDGs, and to address the challenges of contemporary social, economic, and environmental systems.

Opening remarks:

H.E. Ambassador Ruben I. ZamoraPermanent Representative, Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations

H.E. Ambassador Dr. Otto CalebFormer Permanent Representative of Palau to the United Nations


Speaker 1: Environmental Challenges

Minu Hemmati, Ph.D.Psychologist and Senior Associate, MSP Institute eV


Speaker 2: Economic Challenges

Ann Masten, Ph.D.Psychologist and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota


Speaker 3: Social Challenges

Doug Oman, Ph.D.Psychologist, professor in the School of Public Health, University of California      at Berkeley


Speaker 4: United Nations Perspective

Gustavo Gonzalez-Canali, M.D.Senior Advisor and Focal Point for NCDs, UN Women


Closing Remarks


Reception (Advance reservations required)

Hotel ONE UN 

1 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

Psychology Day 2017 Planning Committee


Ayorkor Gaba and Sonia Suchday


Sub-Committee Chairs

Administration: Walter Reichman and Janet Sigal

Finance: Nelida Quintero

Logistics and Mission Outreach: Janet Sigal 

Program: David Marcotte

Publicity: Richard Velayo and Teresa Ober


Mary O'Neill Berry

Florence Denmark

Roseanne Flores

Rashmi Jaipal

Judy Kuriansky

David Livert

Corann Okorodudu

Rachel Ravich

Neal Rubin

Norma Simon

Peter Walker



APA: Lu Dai, Jiani Liu, Sara Ivette Merced, Binh-An Nguyen, Bharathy Premachandra, and Sowmya Thakur-Kshtriya

ICP: Negar Fatahi, Luke Lawson, and Krystal Lozada

IAAP: Alexandra Margevich and Joel Zinsou

IUPsyS: Zsuzsanna Feher and Natasha Grujicic

SPSSI: Lindsey Blevins, Sherry Cheng, Michelle Herrera, and Gina Roussos



The APA Office of International Affairs, Amanda Clinton, Ph.D. (Senior Director), Sally Leverty (International Assistant), Bryan Lyle (Sr. Web Developer, APA) and Teresa Ober (Administrative Assistant, APA NGO). The United Nations Psychology Day logo developed and donated by Dr. Rachel Ravich (SPSSI) and Mr. Eli Rosenbloom, 2010.