Workshop Series: Fons Van de Vijver

19 August, 2011 - 10:30 to 12:00
Room 430 Joyce Ackroyd Building (37)


Much research in the social and behavioral sciences involves multicultural groups, in which ethnic groups vary in their adjustment to the mainstream society and maintenance of their ethnic culture. Cross-cultural psychologists have addressed acculturation (the processes accompanying prolonged exposure to a new culture) for quite some time. The presentation will deal with various acculturation-related issues:

  1. What are the modern theories of acculturation?
  2. How can it be (easily) measured?
  3. Which phenomena are more/less susceptible to change in acculturation?
  4. What are the consequences of ignoring diversity in data?

The focus in the presentation will not be on theory development but on examples and practical guidelines that extend beyond cross-cultural psychological research.

Lunch at the Rooftop Cafe after the workshop.

Join our staff, students and alumni attending workshops presented by visiting academics on their area of research expertise.

Fons Van de Vijver, Professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology at Tilburg University, the Netherlands and an extraordinary chair at North-West University, South Africa

Fons van de Vijver (1952) has studied psychology at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He holds a Ph.D. from the same university. He holds a chair in cross-cultural psychology at Tilburg University, the Netherlands and an extraordinary chair at North-West University, South Africa.

He has published over 300 publications, mainly in the domain of cross-cultural psychology. The main topics in his research involve bias and equivalence, psychological acculturation and multiculturalism, cognitive similarities and differences in the cognitive domain, response styles, translations and adaptations. He is or has been supervising about 25 PhD studies and 5 post-doc studies. He has teaching experience in cross-cultural psychology and methods/statistics. He has presented keynotes and invited lectures at various conferences and workshops in various countries. He is one of the most frequently cited cross-cultural psychologists in Europe.

He has received grants from various Dutch institutions (such as NWO and WOTRO), European Union (Marie Curie), South African Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development, and South African National Research Foundation. He is member of the following professional organizations: International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, International Association of Applied Psychology, European Association of Psychological Assessment, International Academy for Intercultural Research, and the International Test Commission.

He is the former editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, member of the board of the European Journal of Psychological Assessment and the International Journal of Testing; he has evaluated manuscripts for about 60 journals as ad-hoc reviewer.

He is the current vice-dean for research and former vice-dean for education of his faculty and vice-director of Babylon, the interdisciplinary research center for studies of multicultural societies at Tilburg University. He was a former president of Division 2 (Assessment and Evaluation) of the International Association of Applied Psychology and is now President-Elect of the European Association of Psychological Assessment.