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