Fostering the international advancement of psychotherapy for the Society
and those with whom we work.


The International domain, through its International Affairs Committee, is responsible for: (a) increasing international perspectives in the activities of The Society, (b) promoting international exchanges between Society members and psychotherapists from other parts of the world, and (c) facilitating the international advancement of psychotherapy at the professional and association levels. We welcome your ideas and perspectives with respect to the international advancement of the science, practice and teaching of psychotherapy. 

International Domain Representative to the Board of Directors

Changming Duan, Ph.D., ABPP


Changming Duan is a professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at University of Kansas. Changming Duan received her Ph.D. degree in social and counseling psychology from University of Maryland. Prior to joining KU faculty in the Fall, 2011, she had worked as a faculty member in University of Missouri Columbia and University of Missouri Kansas City respectively. Her professional interest includes researching counseling processes and outcome in cultural contexts, and studying topics related to multicultural education and counseling the culturally diverse. She is also interested in doing international work in counseling related training and research. She is committed to cross-cultural understanding and pursuing multicultural perspectives to enhance the science and practice of counseling psychology.

Dear SPR Colleagues,

The International Affairs Domain and Committee of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Div 29) are organizing programs to help as many psychotherapy researchers as possible to present at the upcoming 54th International Annual Meeting 2023 of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), at the Trinity College in Dublin from June 21-24, 2023. Details about the conference can be found here: Note the conference offers a hybrid on-site/online format.

This is an effort to promote international engagement among our psychological communities. Our division has organized participation in international conferences in the past few years: World Congress of Psychotherapy in Paris in 2017; ICAP in Montreal in 2018, and ICP in Cuba in 2019. Post COVID, this is an opportunity for us to attend an international conference in person! We would want to invite you to join us!

We are proposing six Panels and/or Structured Discussion to the conference, and most of the participating members are planning to attend the conference in person. If you are too going to be there in person, we’d like to hear from and connect with you!  We are planning a Div. 29 evening social event to help connection and networking among Div. 29 members, leaders of SPR, as well as invited potential Div. 29 international members from other countries!

Please feel free to contact any of us if you’d like to connect.

Changming Duan, SAP International Domain Representative,

Lauren Behrman, SAP International Committee Co-Chair,;

Maria del Pilar Grazioso, SAP International Committee Co-Chair,