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Welcome to the International Academy of Family Psychology

     The International Academy of Family Psychology (IAFP) is a​ professional organization of family psychologists from around the world. Our goal is to facilitate collaboration in the discipline and to strengthen inte​rnational ties in psychology. We are happy to announce our upcoming online-conference "Families in Difficult Times: Conflict, COVID, and Cyberspace" October 10-12, 2022.

A Message from the IAFP President

Families are at the heart of many professions around the globe, be it family therapy, counseling, health services, or social work, to name just a few. The expertise acquired in family psychology has become increasingly important for these professions. Research on the diversity and dynamics of families informs child care, schools, family law, and social policy. The International Academy of Family Psychology (IAFP) aims to improve basic and applied psychological research on the structure and development of diverse family forms and the well-being of individuals in families as well as the family as a whole. IAFP seeks to promote training and further education in the area of family psychology and family interventions based on empirically validated research.

IAFP is a non-profit, worldwide scientific organization of academics as well as professionals (scientists, therapists, teachers, graduates etc.) interested in the field of family psychology. The founding members launched IAFP in 1990 as a non-commercial global scientific organization. In 1994 the directorate was replaced by a Board of Directors serving an Academy that seeks to promote the ideals of a systems psychology approach worldwide. We invite all psychologists interested in family psychology and international psychology to join us as we collaborate together to disseminate new knowledge and skills across the world. Much of our face to face collaboration occurs every four years when the IAFP holds an international conference. Our last two conferences in Tokyo, Japan (2013) and Evanston, Illinois, USA (2017) were a resounding success with distinguished presenters from around the world. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the next conference will be held as online-meeting from October 10 to 12, 2022 celebrating the 30th anniversary of IAFP.

Join us and be part of a growing movement to promote family psychology globally!


Sabine Walper, Dr.phil.

President IAFP