Advanced Research Training Seminars (ARTS)


Application deadline : April 15th

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What is ARTS?
The Advanced Research Training Seminars (ARTS) are capacity-building workshops. The ARTS program is organized by the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and is offered every four years in conjunction with its International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP).  ARTS is intended to promote excellence in research skills and facilitates exchange and dialogue amongst doctoral students planning a career as a scientist and scholar.
The goal of ARTS is to create a new "space" where doctoral students from different regions can network to learn, cooperate, share their research activities, become acquainted, and begin their involvement with IAAP.

Who is ARTS for? 
ARTS are intended for:
•    PhD students from different regions who are registered to attend the ICAP as students.
•    They can specialize in any sub-discipline or research field of applied psychology.

ARTS duration and venue

The length of the ARTS program will be one and one-half days: Monday July 7th full day and Tuesday July 8th morning sessions. The program will meet at the University of Paris Descartes’ Centre Henrie Pieron, a location approximately 45 minutes by metro from the center of Paris (Metro stop: Marcel Sembat, line 9). The full address is University Paris Descartes, Psychology Building, 75 avenue Edouard Vaillant, 92000 Boulogne.
Rooms for students and staff will be offered by the ICAP organizers at a reasonable rate (i.e., approximately 50 euros per night if shared or 80 euros per night if single room).

Support for the ARTS program

Participants are responsible for the following expenses:
•    Travel expenses between their home country and  Paris
•    Room during the ARTS program
•    Other meals
IAAP will be responsible for the following expenses:
•    Lunches and coffees during  the ARTS program
•    Metro travel expenses associated with going to and returning from the Centre Henri Pieron
•    A one-year IAAP membership. 
ICAP will be responsible for the following expenses
•    Registration fees (at the student rate) to the ICAP.

Application Process
Approximately 30 students will be selected for the ARTS program.  Applicants can complete their application for the ARTS program by clicking the link below.

Applications must be submitted no later than April 15th. Only PhD students who have registered and paid the fee to the ICAP 2014 may apply to the ARTS-2014. Applicants will be notified of their selection status by April 30th. All selected applicants must confirm their participation before May 15th in order to attend.

Criteria for Selection
The Selection Committee (comprising the ARTS Steering Committee and the conveners of ARTS2014 Seminars) will select successful applicants on the basis of the following criteria:
•    Suitability of applicant to learn from and contribute to ARTS (including education, research
•    experience, current or future role)
•    Suitability of applicant to learn from and contribute to the chosen ARTS seminar
•    Suitability of applicant to distribute the knowledge or skills gained upon returning to his or her home country
•    Sufficient ability to communicate in English in order to participate fully in ARTS
•    Nature of recommendation from your university or institution

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Dr. Richard Griffith at

Seminar 1: The Use of Interpretative Participatory Action Research Approaches Within Emerging Countries
Seminar 2:  Introduction to multilevel modeling in applied psychological research

Seminar 1
Title: The Use of Interpretative Participatory Action Research Approaches within Emerging Countries
Conveners: Elias Mpofu, University of Sydney, Kayi Ntinda, University of Swaziland, & Thomas Oakland, University of Florida

The purpose of this ARTS is to introduce the use of interpretive participatory action research approaches (DeLuca, 2011, Kane & Trochim, 2007) to assist scholars in emerging countries to utilize a locally grounded framework to identify consumer preferences for services and then to develop, implement, and evaluate a framework that addresses them while respecting a country’s existing human, material, and financial resources. This model is in contrast to and a replacement for more commonly used methods that import Western-style technology into emerging countries without proper respect for the country’s needs, desires, and resources. The merits of a framework are determined on a three tier quality orientation: locality, observability, and community action (LOCUM). Locality orientation measures the degree to which action is aligned to the primary or user settings. Observability orientation refers to the degree the results of an innovation are apparent or visible to users and others. Community action orientation refers to community ownership—a quality critical to the acceptance and sustainability of innovations. This workshop will discuss the use of interpretive participatory action research approaches methods in one emerging country, Botswana (i.e., Mpofu, Oakland, Ntinda, Seeco, and Maree, in press), in light of efforts to assist it in identifying the types of tests needed for use in its primary and secondary education levels by utilizing qualitative and quantitative data from learners, their parents and educators, and other key stakeholders consistent with interpretive participatory action research approaches.

Seminar 2
Title: Introduction to multilevel modeling in applied psychological research

Convener: Professor Vicente Gonzalez-Roma, University of Valencia

Human behavior takes place in different contexts (e.g., families, schools, organizations, and other social groups) whose properties impact on individuals’ behavior. An intriguing general question is to estimate the aforementioned impact. To do so, a special type of models (multilevel or hierarchical linear models) is needed. This course provides an Introduction to multilevel modeling in applied psychological research. The goal of the course is as follows: participants will be able to build multilevel models for estimating cross-level effects that fit their own research questions. The course will promote an understanding of the rationale underlying the model building process. A basic knowledge of multiple regression is required.

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