OUR STORY

The Asian South-Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (ASPASP) facilitates the development of sport psychology throughout the Asian South-Pacific region, which includes the whole of Asia, Australasia and the South Pacific Islands. ASPASP was established in Singapore in 1989, during the 7th World Congress of Sport Psychology. It is affiliated to the world body, the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP).

Since its inception, ASPASP has grown steadily, as we have encouraged the development of sport psychology in many countries within our region. ASPASP now has representation from Australia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

Many of the leading sport psychology practitioners and researchers from these nations are members of the Association. A number of eminent figures from the region have been elected to office on the Managing Council. In addition, national sport psychology organisations each nominate a representative to the ASPASP Managing Council.

ASPASP has held seven international congresses, in Melbourne (1991), Hong Kong (1995), Wuhan, China (1999), Seoul, Korea (2003), Bangkok, Thailand (2007), Taipei, Taiwan (2011), Tokyo, Japan (2014), and Daegu, South Korea (2018).

The next international congress will be held in Sarawak, Malaysia from June 28 to July 3, 2022.

 


 

MANAGING COUNCIL 2018 – 2022
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Prof YoungHo Kim

Prof YoungHo Kim

President

South Korea

Prof Liwei Zhang

Prof Liwei Zhang

Past President

China

Prof Frank Lu

Prof Frank Lu

Vice President (Publication)

Taiwan

Dr Kaori Araki

Dr Kaori Araki

Vice President (Program)

Japan

Dr Naruepon Vongjaturapat

Dr Naruepon Vongjaturapat

Vice President (Membership)

Thailand

Dr Maria Luisa Guinto-Adviento

Dr Maria Luisa Guinto-Adviento

Treasurer

Philippines

Dr Garry Kuan

Dr Garry Kuan

Secretary General

Malaysia

Dr Jihang Lee

Dr Jihang Lee

Member of Managing Council

South Korea

Dr Yu-Kai Chang

Dr Yu-Kai Chang

Member of Managing Council

Taiwan

Dr Zhijian Huang

Dr Zhijian Huang

Member of Managing Council

Hong Kong

Dr Emily Ortega

Dr Emily Ortega

Member of Managing Council

Singapore

Prof Jayashree Acharya

Prof Jayashree Acharya

Member of Managing Council

India

Dr Nadhim Al-Wattar

Dr Nadhim Al-Wattar

Member of Managing Council

Iraq

Dr Dev Roychowdhury

Dr Dev Roychowdhury

Member of Managing Council

Australia

 


PRESIDENT’S CORNER

 


STRATEGIC MISSION
♦ Sustaining and promoting ASPASP by building and maintaining relationships with new and existing member countries
♦ Strengthening the affiliated partnership with International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP)
♦ Publishing Asian South-Pacific Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
♦ Launching the ASPASP mentoring program to disseminate values and knowledge of sports and exercise psychology to countries that have not yet constituted a society

 


 


Mentoring Program

  • 2018 ASPASP Mentoring Program
  • Date: October 22, 2018
  • Venue: Ho Chi Minh City University of Sport
  • Speaker: Youngho Kim, ASPASP President

One of the important missions of the ASPASP is to disseminate values and knowledge of sports and exercise psychology to member countries that have not yet constituted a society or haven’t academically matured. For this the first mentor-mentee program was carried out in Ho Chi Minh City University of Sport, Viet Nam on October 22, 2018.

In the one-day meeting, Youngho Kim, the president of ASPASP gave two talks, titled “Where is ASPASP going?: remember the past and prepare for the future” and “Sport psychology consultant certification”. The audience were about 50 lecturers, researchers, and coaches who are working in university, sport training center, and various sport fields around the whole Viet Nam. This mentoring project must be the meaningful first step to inspire Viet Nam and Vietnamese colleagues to become interested in sports psychology and ultimately to create a sports psychology organization.