The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence is a growing organization consisting of psychologists, students, and professional affiliates from diverse disciplines and countries.

Our shared vision is the development of sustainable societies through the prevention of destructive conflict and violence, the amelioration of its consequences, the empowerment of individuals, and the building of cultures of peace and global community.

The Society was established in 1990 as the Division of Peace Psychology within the American Psychological Association, though belonging to APA is not required for belonging to the Division.


Division 48 has a new website ó peacepsychology.org

We are moving into our new website. The most up-to-date information on Division 48 issues, events, news, and resources including response to the Hoffman report will be at peacepsychology.org   Some things are still in boxes and there is still organizing to do, but everything important from the previous website has been moved to the new one. We found a few good things in storage to add as well. The plans for transition and vision for the new website will be shared in Editorís Blog. If you have comments, questions, concerns, or offers of help please leave a comment on Editorís Blog at peacepsychology.org

Division 48 Announces APA Toronto Programming:

You can find all the presentation and events sponsored by division 48 in this Division 48 Complete Program Schedule and Division 48 Hospitality Suite Schedule.

Updated Teaching Resources:

The Peace and Education Working Group has recently updated the resources for teachers in the Education Resources section of this Website. There are new resources for teaching about peace and conflict including syllabi for courses taught by our members in 2014 and 2015. If you have a current syllabus or other materials appropriate for this site, please send that as an attachment to Linden Nelson. Click here to see our resources for teachers.

Call to Action: Abduction of the Nigerian Schoolgirls.

Call to Action: Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Abduction 

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram, a group of militant Islamic extremists, abducted 276 schoolgirls between the ages of 16 and 18 years from the Government Secondary Boarding School in Chibok, Nigeria. In commemoration of the one-year anniversary of this tragic abduction, we, as psychologists in the United States committed to the human rights and social justice of the Nigerian schoolgirls and their families, have developed this statement. Given that the abduction and non-return of these schoolgirls provides a poignant illustration of the pervasive, global problem of discrimination and violence against girls and women, including abductions and trafficking, in every region of the world, the statement addresses the global nature of the problem.

The Call to Action is an appeal to the broad international community on the importance of fully implementing international human rights standards, which protect girls and women against abductions, trafficking, and other forms of violence and discrimination. As a means to help achieve this goal, we urge all psychologists and psychological organizations to advocate with their national professional associations and their national government to urge all Member States of the United Nations toward full implementation.

The statement offers concrete action recommendations, grounded in international human rights standards and psychological science, to prevent, reduce, and eliminate abductions, trafficking, and other forms of violence against against girls, children, and women. These are the actions we wish to accomplish. These are the actions you can take.

Download - Call to Action: Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Abduction 

Division 48 the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) has joined 17 other APA divisions and the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology in endorsing the Call to Action: Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Abduction of the Nigerian Schoolgirls. A list of all endorsers is found in the statement.

We wish to thank all of the reviewers, disseminators and alliance builders, and other supporters who contributed to this project.

Small Grants Program for the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology Research, Education, or Community Projects - February 26, 2015

The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology Division 48 of the American Psychological Association invites applications for small grants for projects that will foster the development of the field of peace psychology through research, peace education, and the application of peace psychology in community settings. Grant applications may request between $300 and $1,500.

To apply for a grant, please read the instructions by clicking here.

The Society welcomes applications from anyone with the qualifications to conduct the proposed project, including graduate students and persons from all nations. Approximately half of the grants will be awarded to graduate students or persons in their early careers. Membership in the society is required to receive, but not to apply, for a grant. 

Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2015 and the Div. 48 Small Grants Committee will announce decisions on July 6, 2015. For questions related to the application process, please contact Urmitapa Dutta at urmitapa_dutta@uml.edu

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2015 Officers:  The Division welcomes its 2015 Executive Committee. See list of officers.

Newsletter Editor: 
The Society is delighted to announce that Dr. Scott Moeschberger will be serving as editor for Peace Psychology, the bi-yearly newsletter publication of the Division. Read Newsletter.