Prof. Deborah Best
Is the William L. Poteat Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University, USA, where she previously served as Chair of the Psychology Department and was the first woman to serve as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She received her doctorate in cognitive developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1981. She is active in the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology as an Honorary Fellow, previously serving as President and Treasurer. She is also a past President of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research. She served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology for 16 years, and since 2012 she has served as the Editor. Her research has focused on children’s cognitive and social development, examining gender-related concepts and social-emotional behaviors among children in the United States and other countries. She has published journal articles and book chapters, and she has written or edited five books and a journal special issue. With Peter B. Smith, she co-edited the four-volume set, Cross-Cultural Psychology (2009) in the Sage Benchmarks in Psychology Series.
Prof. Judith Gibbons
Is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Saint Louis University, received her doctorate in physiological psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1976. She was a post-doctoral fellow at both Einstein College of Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1979 she started a faculty position at Saint Louis University where she served for 35 years, gradually shifting her teaching and research to developmental psychology, especially international studies of adolescents. She is the founding editor of the American Psychological Association Division 52 journal International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, an associate editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, a former president of the Interamerican Society of Psychology (SIP) and the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, and a former Fulbright scholar at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. Her research interests include adolescent development in the majority world, especially in Guatemala, intercountry adoption, and gender roles. She has published journal articles and chapters on those topics, and three books, The Thoughts of Youth, Intercountry Adoption: Policies, Practices, and Outcomes and Women’s evolving lives: Global and psychosocial perspectives. Since 2000 she has lived half-time and since 2014 full time in Antigua, Guatemala with her husband, Raymond Senuk, two canine and two equine friends.