Welcome to the website of the Korean Psychological Association
Established in 1946, the Korean Psychological Association has over 64 years of history.
Its membership now reaches about 6,500 people, and is sharply ever increasing. Under its wing, there are twelve divisions including those of clinical psychology, developmental psychology, social and personality psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, counseling psychology, consumer and advertising psychology, cognitive and biological psychology, social issues psychology, school psychology, woman psychology, health psychology, and forensic psychology. These divisions publish their respective journals and hold their respective forums regularly. Korea sees departments of psychology being offered in about 36 universities, which every year produce over a combined 1,000 graduates. The Korean Psychological Association issues licenses in the areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, developmental psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, forensic psychology, addiction psychology and health psychology, thereby helping majors in psychology advance into the society.
Korean psychologists are endeavoring not only to accumulate academic achievements in psychological research, but also to actively conduct practical research that can be applied to clinical, counseling and industrial frontlines. Also, we are vigorously researching Koreans or the Korean society from the comparative cultural perspectives. Also, we are conducting diverse joint projects with foreign psychologists to expand mutual understanding. This website provides a service to search the English abstracts of papers in professional journals published by the Korean Psychological Association. Also, thewebsite offers the contacts of the association and its diverse divisions.
We positively welcome and support international academic exchanges. For any question or cooperation regarding research, please feel free to contact us via this website.
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The purpose of the Korean Psychological Association (KPA) is to promote the development of ps ychology by providing members of a place to exchange academic information and cultivate friend ship, and to contribute to public interest by playing the role of disseminating the professional kno wledge and applied technology of psychology to the society. The specific activity goals of this as sociation to realize the above is as follows.
1. Plan and implement measures for the development of psychology
2. Publicize psychology and disseminate professional knowledge on psychology
3. Assemble and distribute academic and research information concerning psychology, and to ho st academic conferences
4. Develop and foster professional jobs related to psychology, and to support the activities of pro fessional psychologists and protect their rights and interests
5. Manage the professional qualifications of the members, and to establish, maintain, and improv e the professional ethics of the members
6. Exchange academic information with relevant internal and external associations and to seek cooperation projects
7. Carry out other various activities to realize the association’s purpose
1946 Founded Chosun Psychological Society
1948 Renamed as Daehan Psychological Society
1953 Renamed as the Korean Psychological Association (KPA)
1964 Made rules for founding a division within the society
1968 Published the first issue of Korean Psychological Journal
1973 Became a member of International Union of Psychological Sciences (IUPS)
1981 Adopted a logo design for the KPA
1990 Held an international conference, with the theme title of Individualism-collectivism
1990 Psychological perspectives from East and West
1996 Registered the society as a corporation
1996 Held an international conference, with the theme title of Mind, Machines, and Environment
1996 Facing the challenge of the 21st century
1996 Published a book entitled The 50 year history of the Korean Psychological Association,
1996 in commemoration of 50 year anniversary
2006 Opened English version of the KPA website