ASPASP Managing Council meeting 22 November 2017

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The ASPASP Managing Council meeting will take place on 22 November, 2017 ahead  of the Asia Exercise and Sport Psychology Conference in Pattaya, Thailand. This national conference will be held on 23 and 24 of November 2017 and is co-hosted by Thailand Applied Sport Psychology Association (TASPA), the Sport Authority of Thailand (SAT), and the Faculty of Sport Science, Burapha University.

The conference theme is “The Asia Exercise and Sport Psychology Conference: Development, Research, and its Application” and will include keynote presentations, symposia, and poster presentations. Registration for the conference will open on 22 November. Following keynotes, the conference will split into parallel sport psychology and exercise/health psychology streams and is particularly suitable for university researchers with a sport psychology background, SAT sport scientists, TASPA members, and sport NOC. 

Burupha University logoInformation for ASPASP Managing Council members

ASPASP MC members may find the following information useful:

  • The conference hotel is 5 minutes walking distance from the conference venue.

  • An invitation letter will be sent to you by next week (week of 21 August, 2017).

  • Please provide further information about any colleagues or their affiliations that we should forward conference information.

  • MC member presentations should be approximately 45 minutes.

Call for bids to host the 8th ASPASP Conference in 2018

ASPASP managing council is calling for bids to host the 8th ASPASP International Conference will be held in 2018. The country which wants to host the conference expresses interest by March 2014 and then submit proposal by May 2014. The proposal will be presented at the 2014 MC meeting in the 7th ASPASP International Conference in Tokyo. The host country for the 8th ASPASP International Conference in 2018 will be announced at the General Assembly of 7th conference.

Enquiries, preliminary bids or expressions of interest should be sent to:

Prof. Youngho Kim, Dept. of Sport Science, Seoul National University of Science and Technology

Phone: +82 2 970-6275, Fax: +82 2 972 9763,


Preliminary bids should be received by December 30th 2012.

We encourage you to submit your application to host the 8th ASPASP conference in your country.

Report Of The 6th ASPASP International Congress – A Wonderful Experience

The 6th ASPASP International Congress, which was held in Taipei, Taiwan during November 2011, proved to be a wonderful experience for all those in attendance. Superbly organised by Prof. Suyen Liu and her team, the almost 400 delegates from 28 countries enjoyed four days of excellent presentations from Taiwanese and international researchers and practitioners. The conference was blessed with a fantastic array of keynote speakers, including international celebrities Richard Ryan (USA), Jean Côté (Canada) and Mark Eys (Canada), Asian-South Pacific representatives Jayashree Acharya (India), Bruce Abernethy (Hong Kong) and Greg Kolt (Australia), plus local stars Likang Chi, Tsung-Min Hong and Yeou-Teh Liu. ASPASP was also very fortunate to have Sidonio Serpa, President of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) and most of the ISSP Managing Council in attendance as guests of the conference. Coupled with entertaining opening and closing ceremonies, the varied attractions of the bustling metropolis of Taipei, plus the warm Taiwanese hospitality, the conference provided some great memories.

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ASPASP Office Bearer and Elected Member Positions (2011-2014)

Election Results


Peter Terry (Australia)

Peter Terry is Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He has provided support at over 100 international sporting events, including eight Olympic Games, 19 World Championships, and 28 World Cup competitions. Author of almost 200 publications, he joined the ASPASP Managing Council in 2006, since when he has built and maintained the website, co-edited the newsletter, and is leading the Secrets of Asian Sport Psychology project. He plans for ASPASP to expand its influence by encouraging new countries to join the organisation, by interacting with allied professional bodies, by facilitating the production of more region-specific resources, and by developing a regional accreditation scheme.

Vice President (Programs & Organisations)

Zhang Liwei (China)

Dr Dr Zhang Liwei is Professor of Sport Psychology in Beijing Sports University and the President of China Sport Psychology Association. He received his first doctoral degree in physical education from Beijing Sport University and a second doctoral degree in psychology from Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr Dr Zhang Liwei has served ASPASP as the national representative of China since 1999. He would like to continue this service with a new position to promote ASPASP sport psychology programs, such as workshops, seminars and conferences that take place around the region and support the development of national organizations in the region.

Vice President (Membership)

Fatollah Mosayebi (Iran)

Fatollah Mosayebi holds a Master of Sport Science in sport psychology and has extensive experience in that field. He has taught sport psychology in sport science programs in teachers college and published and contributed to a few books, book chapters, and papers-mainly in Persian, however his main activity in sport psychology is focussed on practice. Fatollah is a practitioner and as a mental coach his activity in sport psychology has mainly been working with athletes and coaches of different sports at different levels including working with athletes at Olympic and Asian Games. Fatollah has applied for the position of Vice President (Membership) and his goal is be try to promote ASPASP membership a step forward through encouraging membership particularly from the areas less presented in ASPASP.

Vice President (Publications)

Frank Lu (Taiwan)

Dr Frank J H Lu is Professor at the Graduate Institute of Physical Education at the National Taiwan Sport University. He completed his doctoral degree in 1998 at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA. He was the President of the Society of Sport and Exercise Psychology of Taiwan from 2005-2007, and an active member of international sport psychology bodies such as the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, International Society of Sport Psychology, and Asian South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology. Dr Lu enjoys teaching and instructing graduate students in sport and exercise psychology. His major research interest is social and psychological aspects of youth sport issues such as burnout, fear of failure, and social support. As to applied practices, he combines western psychological skills training and eastern martial arts concepts of Chi to enhance Taiwanese athletes’ performance as well as personal growth. Dr Lu aims to assist the ASPASP President in all aspects of the organisation’s professional development, especially publication affairs, and to promote academic and practical activities of sport psychology in this region.

Secretary General

Youngho Kim (Korea)

Young-Ho Kim received his PhD from the University of Wollongong, Australia in 1998, in an area of health and exercise psychology. He is a Professor in the Department of Sport Science at the Seoul National University of Science and Technology (South Korea). Dr Kim has served for the Managing Council of Korea Society of Sport Psychology since 2001 and is the current chief of International Committee of KSSP. His research interests include psychosocial correlates of physical activity in various settings, and he is currently focused on physical activity of the obese and low income adolescents based on psychosocial theories. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in local and international journals and made more than 70 presentations at international conferences. Dr Kim is maintaining a broad and tight network within the Asian South Pacific region and other international countries, both in an interpersonal and academic aspect. Dr Kim believes himself as an appropriate person to strengthen ASPASP’s identity and broaden its international collaboration as a Secretary General.


Naira Orbeta (Philippines)

Naira orbeta has been working in the field of sports with athletes and coaches from various levels – national, school-based, clubs, recreational groups and corporate teams – for the past 18 years. Her involvement with ASPASP began in 2002 when she was invited to act as country representative for the Philippines. Naira was elected as Treasurer of ASPASP in 2007. If reelected, she intends to continue being a proper caretaker for all funds and monies collected by our organization. Integrity is important to naira and she will exercise extreme caution in listing and disbursing funds, with the approval of the MC board.


Ahmad Alharamlah (Saudi Arabia)

Ahmed Abd-El-Rahman Alharamlah is from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Physical Education and Sports. He specialized in applied sport psychology from Helwan University in Egypt (2010). He is a co-member in many conferences and international seminars, and has many works and publications concerning this domain of specialization. He has creating a psychological preparation program using the technique of mental training and psychological requirement for football neophytes in the sportive clubs and applying it on a group of footballers in Saudi Clubs, 2010. He is the representative for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Asian South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (ASPASP).

Chung-ju Huang (Taiwan)

Dr. Chung-ju Huang is a Professor of sport psychology at Taipei Physical Education College. He completed his PhD at National Taiwan Normal University and 2-year research visiting at West Virginia University. Dr Huang currently is the Vice President of Taiwan Society of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and works with the teams for the London 2012 Olympics. His research focuses on survey development, application of SEM, sport confidence, mental toughness, and other applied issues. It is his great pleasure to run for the ASPASP Managing Council that he can acquire the opportunity to enhance applied sport and exercise psychology work in the Asian South Pacific region.

Kaori Araki (Japan)

Kaori Araki, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Hyogo in Japan. She completed her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA. Her research interests are perfectionism in sport as well as diversity issues. Besides research, she also consults with the Japan Rugby Football Union. Dr Araki strongly believes that her experiences as an Asian female scholar in the USA, Singapore (as an Assistant Professor), and Japan will allow her to provide meaningful insights into the ASPASP development. Dr Araki especially would like to create opportunities for young female professionals to contribute to sport and exercise psychology.

Zhijian Huang (China)

Dr Zhijian Huang was born in 1972 in China. Dr Huang is a professor of sport psychology and the vice-director of the Institute of Health Science at Wuhan Sport University. There are three goals Dr Huang would like to work on as MC member: first, to contribute to the international academic communication in this area, especially in cooperation with sport psychology organizations and colleges; second, to share ideas and opinions with the whole Managing Council; and last but not the least, to have the responsibility to promote the ASPASP to be an important and active international organization.

Ji-Hang Lee (Korea)

Ji-Hang Lee’s research/teaching focuses on the neuromotor control and learning, usually in visually guided actions. His PhD was a mix of behavioral neuroscience, and was undertaken with Paul van Donkelaar at the University of Oregon. He was then trained in neurophysiology at the University of Oxford and, later, worked in the Psychology Department at the University of Birmingham for his postdoctoral research. Currently, Ji-Hang Lee is serving as an Associate Professor in the Sungkyunkwan University, Korea. Although he is relatively new to the ASPASP community, he foresees a significant role of this organization, and of course he would like to be an active part of this.

Mohd Nizar Ahman Padzi (Malaysia)

Mohd Nizar holds a degree in sports science with specialization in Sport Psychology from Leipzig, Germany. He is currently the Head of the sport psychology center at the National Sports Institute of Malaysia. He was involved as a sport psychologist in preparations for competition such as South East Asian Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games and World University Games (Universiade). He was a member of panel of reviewers for sport psychology course for Malaysian local universities. He takes great interest in grooming the applied sport psychologist in Malaysia. His research interests are in the area of stress and emotions among elite athletes.

Naruepon Vongjaturapat (Thailand)

Naruepon Vongjaturapat, PhD is an ASPASP member from Thailand since 2001. He has served as a Deputy Secretary General for the Sport Psychology Association of Thailand for 3 years before forming a new association and taking a Secretary General position of Thailand Applied Sport Psychology Association in 2003. By these roles and time on sport psychology services, he aims to help sport psychology professions in the Asian South Pacific region through ASPASP. He currently is a member of Faculty of Sport Science and Director of the Center of Research in Exercise and Sport Science at Burapha University, Thailand.

ASPASP Invited To Attend Meeting Of The Sport Psychology Council

The Sport Psychology Council will be meeting on Friday, October 5, 2012 from 7:00-8:00am Eastern Time in room 212 of the Hilton Atlanta hotel, during the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Conference. The purpose of the meeting is to share information among sport psychology organizations worldwide. This is a meeting intended to help develop the field of sport psychology by getting stakeholders together to discuss emerging issues that we might be able to work on together.

Jack C. Watson II
AASP President-Elect 2011-2012
Judy VanRaalte
Chair, Sport Psychology Council

If any ASPASP member is planning to attend the AASP conference and may be willing to represent our association at this meeting of the Sport Psychology Council, please contact Prof. Peter Terry at

ASPASP Founder Member Honoured With Visiting Professorship

Prof. Michael Bar-Eli, former Vice-President and Founder Member of ASPASP, has been awarded a prestigious Mercator Professorship by the German Research Foundation. This award, which is the first to be awarded to a sport scientist, will facilitate Prof. Bar-Eli (pictured below) spending a semester as a visiting professor at Tuebingen University during 2013. Many congratulations Miki.


Prof. Michael Bar-Eli

Sport Psychology Developments In Viet Nam

ASPASP National Representative, Nguyen Le Pham Huynh (pictured below), reports that the sport psychology community in Viet Nam is growing steadily, along with increased interest in the area from athletes and coaches. One doctoral and two masters graduates from Viet Nam have recently completed their studies in sport psychology, and two more doctoral candidates are due to complete in 2013. Huynh is hopeful of organising these new sport psychology professionals into a national interest group in the near future. Prominent Vietnamese coaches are also writing and talking about the important role of psychology on athletes’ performances in newspapers, journals, and at conferences. It’s great to see these developments happening in our region.


Nguyen Le Pham Huynh

Developments in India

At the 2012 Annual Conference of the Sport Psychology Association of India (SPAI), former ASPASP Managing Council member and current ASPASP National Representative for India, Prof. Jayashree Acharya (pictured below), was elected as Vice-President of SPAI.
Many congratulations to Jayashree!

SPAI is planning to launch its own sport psychology journal soon and ASPASP wishes our Indian colleagues every success for that venture. SPAI will be holding its Annual Conference in January 2013 (see Forthcoming Events) where its Managing Council will consider the option of affiliating more closely with ASPASP by becoming a group member of ASPASP. Thus all SPAI members would automatically become ASPASP members.
ASPASP would love to welcome SPAI as a group member.


Prof. Jayashree Acharya

Sport Psychology Getting Organised In The Philippines

At the recently concluded Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) convention held at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu, an enthusiastic group of Filipino sport psychologists (pictured below), convened by Dr. Marissa Adviento, met to discuss the formation of a PAP Sport Psychology Division. Current PAP Vice-President, Dr. Gina Hechanova-Alampay, encouraged the group to apply for divisional status by writing a formal letter of intent to the PAP Board and attaching a list of at least 25 members with CVs showing details of their research and/or practice in the field of sport psychology. ASPASP wishes our Philippines colleagues every success in their quest to establish a formal professional body in their country. The future of the profession in the Philippines is in your hands!


Filipino Sport Psychologists Meet To Plan The Future

Psychological Support Brings Olympic Success for Korean Athletes

The Republic of Korea has enjoyed its best Olympic Games results since 1988, finishing 5th in the medal table in London, with a total of 28 medals including 13 golds. Two of its most successful teams, archery and shooting, both benefitted from psychological support programmes delivered by ASPASP members.

Support for the Korean archery team was provided by YoungSook Kim PhD, from the prestigious Korea Institute of Sport Science, during an 11-month period preceding the Games. Support was provided in 1-2 hr sessions, 2-3 times per week, and included psychological profiling and psychological skills training that was progressively individualised in training and tailored towards the Olympic competition. The archery team won 3 gold medals and 1 bronze medal in London.

The Korean shooting team was even more successful in London, winning 3 golds and 2 silvers. Support was provided in the two years preceding the Olympic Games by ByungHyun Kim, Ph.D., also from the Korea Institute of Sport Science, an applied practitioner of 20 years’ experience. Support emphasised anxiety control, concentration, confidence, and coping with the high expectations of the Korean public.

Mental Preparation of Iranian Athletes at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games

Psychological support to Iranian athletes for the Olympics and other major games is planned and supervised by the Center for Counseling and Mental Skills Training, located at the National Olympic Academy in Tehran. For the 2012 Olympic Games, personnel were Mohammad Khabiri PhD, Yadollah Farhadi MD, Khosro Hamzeh, and Ali Reza Farsi PhD, who were appointed almost a year ahead of the Games. They met with all national federations whose athletes had qualified for the Games to assess their needs. The federations of Boxing, Taekwondo, Weightlifting, Archery and Canoeing each had a sport psychologist appointed to the team, who organized workshops, individual and group counseling, and profiling. No psychologist accompanied the Iranian delegation to the Games.

The Iranian Paralympic team returned home with several medals and lots of memories. A group of certified sport psychologists, led by Mohammad Vaez Mousavi PhD, supported the paralympians in the preparation for the Games. In training camps there was a daily program to assess and develop mental skills. Clinical issues were also addressed with the help of clinical sport psychologists. Dr. Mousavi accompanied athletes during events in London. According to medalists who were interviewed after the games, proper psychological preparations was one of the major reasons for their achievements. Iran ranked 11th among more than 140 countries taking part in the Games.


Sport psychologist, Mohammad Vaez Mousavi, with powerlifter medalists, Siamand Rahman (left) and Ali Sadeghzadeh (right). Siamand Rahman broke the world and paralympic records to win the heavyweight gold medal

Further Details of ISSP2013 Released


For those of you who may not know, the ISSP 13th World Congress of Sport Psychology is to be held in at the Beijing Sport University, Beijing, China from July 21-25, 2013 with a theme of Harmony and Excellence in Sport and Life. A flyer with the latest information about the congress, including a list of keynote speakers, important dates and contact details has just been released, and can be found at