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The 8th ASPASP International Congress


The 8th ASPASP International Congress will be held at Keimyung University, Daegu, South Korea between 29 June – 3 July,  2018. The theme is “Crossing borders: Expanding new horizons for sport and exercise psychology”.

Invited Keynote Speakers are:

Keimyung UniversityInternational Speakers

Asian South Pacific Speakers

Korean Speakers

  • Sport Psychology Myung-Woo Han (Sunmoon University, Korea).
  • Exercise Psychology Seang-Leol Yoo (Gyeongin National University of Education, Korea).
  • Motor Control/Learning Sun-Jin Kim (Seoul National University, Korea).

Further details about the 8th ASPASP International Congress can be found on the conference website and this downloadable flyer.

Daegu Park, Daegu Korea

Call for Atsushi Fujita Scholarship Applications

To honor Professor Atsushi Fujita, Founding President of the Association, ASPASP will support two outstanding sport/exercise psychology/motor learning research students from the Asian-South Pacific region to attend the 2018 ASPASP International Congress in Daegu, Korea by providing free conference registration and accommodation.

Applicants should submit a 500 word (maximum) statement addressing the selection criteria for the scholarship listed below, and a 300 word (maximum) supporting statement from the research supervisor.

Criteria for Selection

To be eligible a student must:

(a) have been enrolled in a research degree within the ASPASP region at some time within the 12 months preceding the Congress.

(b) submit a presentation to the Congress.

Nominations will be judged against the following criteria:

(a) originality of the research in terms of conceptualization (research question, theory) and operationalization (methods)

(b) conduct of the research in terms of data collection in the light of research demands, including participant recruitment, administration of the procedure, and analysis of the data

(c) publications and presentations related to the research by the student

(d) special considerations related to the context in which the student is studying

Assessment of nominations

​(a) nominations will be considered against the criteria by a panel of experts with substantial research supervision experience

​(b) members of the panel will be invited by ASPASP Managing Council

​(c) decisions made by the panel will be final.

Deadline for Submission

The deadline for submission of nominations is 27th April 2018. This is a fixed deadline because of the need to inform the students who will be awarded the scholarships in time for them to organize their attendance at the ASPASP Congress. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 11th May 2018.

Procedure for Submission

Submissions should be made as one electronic document, consisting of the Student’s name, university address and email, and the Supervisor’s name, university address, and email followed by the Student’s submission and the Supervisor’s supporting statement in that order. Send this documentation to the Vice-President (Programs) of ASPASP, Frank Lu, by email at

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ASPASP Managing Council

Call for Nominations for Managing Council Officers and Elected Members 2018-2022

The Managing Council of the Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (ASPASP) comprises six (6) elected Officers (President, three Vice-Presidents, Secretary General, and Treasurer), and seven (7) elected Members, and the Immediate Past President (not elected).

As per the Statutes of the Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology, nominations are now called for the following Officers and Members to sit on the Managing Council:

  • President
  • Vice-President (Programs and Organisations)
  • Vice-President (Membership)
  • Vice-President (Publications)
  • Secretary General
  • Treasurer
  • Elected Members (7 positions)

At the 2018 General Assembly of the Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology the above positions will be elected.  The General Assembly will take place in Daegu, Korea during the 8th ASPASP International Congress of Sport Psychology, from 29th June to 3rd July 2018.

Please note that all positions will fall vacant and current Managing Council Officers wanting to continue will be required to nominate again.

To nominate for any of the above please download and fill in this form and return by email by no later than 29 May 2018 to:

Professor YoungHo Kim
Secretary General
Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology


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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.
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Elite Sport Performance: Psychological Perspectives was developed by Professor Peter Terry PhD and Dr Neil Martin from the University of Southern Queensland. It features expert insights from renowned sport psychologists, and an accompanying e-textbook, titled Secrets of Asian Sport Psychology.

ASPASP/SPAI International Congress 2015 : 27 Nov – 1 Dec 2015, Varanasi, India

ASPASP2015The ASPASP/SPAI International Congress 2015 will run from 27 Nov-1 Dec 2015 in Varanasi, India. The event is a collaboration between ASPASP and SPAI (Sports Psychology Association of India). Key dates are:

  • Managing Council meeting: 27 Nov
  • Workshops: 28 Nov
  • Conference: 29 Nov to 1 Dec 2015

All enquiries to

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Special Issue: Sport and Exercise Psychology Research in Emerging Countries

Special Issue: Sport and Exercise Psychology Research in Emerging Countries

Co-Editors Robert J. Schinke, Athanasios Papaioannou, & Thomas Schack

The International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) is an organization devoted to promoting research, practice, and development in the discipline of sport and exercise psychology throughout the world. The Society exists in part to encourage and promote the study of human action and interaction within sport, physical activity, and health settings, and to improve the quality of research and professional practice in sport psychology. ISSP also endeavors to foster cooperation and understanding among people from all countries.

Within this special issue of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, the co-editors seek to advance and promote scholarship in (and from) countries where sport and exercise psychology is beginning to take root, including the African and South American continents, Arab speaking countries, as well as countries on a case by case basis within Asian and the South Pacific and East European regions where little has been written within mainstream Anglophone scholarship. Authors from these countries are encouraged to blend their research with their context. Particularly, this special issue is intended to feature the contextual backdrop of one’s country in relation to one’s scholarship (either a singular project or one’s scholarship). One might do so by considering the past historical background and current state of sport and exercise psychology research within the country, and by integrating one or more of the following aspects: (a) accessibility to knowledge and international alliances in scholarship, (b) linguistic / geographic barriers, and (c) cultural values and contributions to knowledge.

Within the submission, it is important to explicate the unique aspects of the study / line of inquiry for the international readership. When developing submissions, authors are encouraged to seek alliances with scholars from established countries well versed in their topic, to assist with content and writing. Work that is well-written, concise, and in conformity with this journal’s guidelines will increase the likelihood that your submission will be favorably considered. Cover letters should substantiate how the country represented through the submission qualifies as emerging within the global sport and exercise psychology community and confirm that all authors are members of the ISSP.

For informal inquiries, the authors can contact the co-editors Robert Schinke, Athanasios Papaioannou, and Thomas Schack to seek further information. Papers should be prepared in full accord with the submission guidelines of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and authors must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th Edition. Submissions should be made no later than 30 June , 2015 via the IJSEP electronic portal . Authors must select: “Special Issue Sport Psychology Research in Emerging Countries” at the “Article Type” step of the submission process. Publication of this special issue is projected for June, 2016.