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Second International Conference "Healthier societies fostering healthy organizations: a cross-cultural perspective"




We invite you to send proposals papers, posters, and symposia for the upcoming  Second International Conference:

Healthier societies fostering healthy organizations: A cross-cultural perspective University of Florence, August 30-31, September 1, 2018



  • Submission deadline:20 May 2018
  • Notification of acceptance:27 May 2018
  • Registration to the conference: until 3 June 2018


Registration is free of charge. It is necessary, however, for participants to the Conference to complete the registration form and to send it to Annamaria Di Fabio (adifabio(AT) by May 30, 2018. Abstracts will be accepted with the registration forms.                           



Annamaria Di Fabio – University of Florence (Italy)



Fanny CheungThe Chinese University of Hong Kong (China)

Maureen E. KennyBoston College (USA)

Jose-Maria Peiró University of Valencia (Spain)

Donald H. SaklofskeUniversity of Western Ontario (Canada)

Akira TsudaKurume University (Japan)

Fons Van de Vijver Tilburg University (The Netherlands)



Dinah Alexander, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa); Frederik Anseel, King's College London (UK); Piergiorgio Argentero, University of Pavia (Italy); Jean-Luc Bernaud, INETOP-CNAM (France); Pablo Fernandez-Berrocal, University of Malaga (Spain); David Blustein, Boston College (USA); Laura Borgogni, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy); Richard E. Boyatzis, Case Western Reserve University (USA); Bernardo Carducci, Indiana University Southeast (USA); Stuart Carr, Massey University (New Zealand); Fanny Cheung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (China); Saths Cooper, University of Pretoria (South Africa); Claudio Cortese, University of Turin (Italy); Sílvia da Silva, ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Portugal); Jesus Enrique De La Fuente, University of Almería (Spain); Marco Depolo, University of Bologna (Italy); Annamaria Di Fabio, University of Florence (Italy); Santo Di Nuovo, University of Catania (Italy); Elisabeth Doutre, Université Grenoble Alpes (France);Geneviève Fournier, Laval University, Québec (Canada); Márta Fülöp, Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest); Francisco Gracia, University of Valencia (Spain); Itamar Gati, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel); Samuel Greiff, Université du Luxembourg (Luxembourg); Dina Guglielmi, University of Bologna (Italy); Annemarie Hiemstra, Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands); Ronald H. Humphrey, Lancaster University (UK); Dragos Iliescu, University of Bucharest (Romania); Konstantinos Kafetsios, University of Crete (Greece); Maureen E. Kenny, Boston College (USA); Uichol Kim, Inha University (Korea); Rosnah Ismail, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (Malaysia); Barbara Kozusznik, University of Silesia (Poland); Hao Le Van, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (Vietnam); Claire Leitch, Lancaster University (UK); Fabio Lucidi, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy); Jacobus G. Maree, University of Pretoria (South Africa); Peter McIlveen, University of Southern Queensland (Australia); Francisco J. Medina, University of Seville (Spain); Elias Mpofu, University of Sydney (Australia); Lourdes Munduate, University of Seville (Spain); Robert Ngueutsa, Université De Franche Comté (France); Kayi Ntinda, University of Swaziland (Swaziland); Yus Nugraha, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung (Indonesia); José-Maria Peiró, University of Valencia (Spain); Vijay Pereira, University of Wollongong, Dubai (United Arab Emirates); Harsha Perera, University of Nevada (USA); René Proyer, University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany); Marcelo Ribeiro, University of São Paulo (Brazil); Christine Roland-Levy, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France); Donald H. Saklofske, University of Western Ontario (Canada); Samuel Same Kolle, University of Douala (Cameroon); Giuseppe Scaratti, Catholic University of Sacred Heart (Italy); Anwarul Hasan Sufi, University of Rajshahi (Bangladesh); Philippe Sarnin, Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France); Hana Suzuki, Ritsumeikan University (Japan); Simon Taukeni, University of Namibia (South Africa); Gabriela Topa, National Distance Education University, UNED (Spain); Nuria Tordera, University of Valencia (Spain); Carmelo Vazquez, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain); Akira Tsuda, Kurume University (Japan); Fons Van de Vijver, Tilburg University (The Netherlands); Alpana Vaidya, Symbiosis College, Pune (India); Greg Yan, Beijing Normal University (China).



OVERVIEW. The cross-cultural Conference Healthier societies fostering healthy organizations: A cross-cultural perspective is a three-day interdisciplinary event organized by the University of Florence (Italy). The founding conference, held in 2017 and this expanded conference in 2018 will be followed by further meetings every two years, the next to be held in 2020. The main aim is to share contributions focusing on research, assessment, and interventions that will offer new or innovative perspectives to foster healthy organizations within the public and private sectors. Crosscultural studies and perspectives will further show-case the applications and implications of current efforts to create positive human ecosystems.

Psychology studies the influence of individuals’, groups’ and societal cultural beliefs, norms and values on illness, health, well-being and health care (Kazarian & Evans, 2001). Because of the many cultural and country differences so readily apparent in our world, it is important to understand cross-cultural differences in the early identification and prevention of those factors that undermine the psychological and physical health of individuals and larger society and concurrently engage in health promotion initiatives that will enhance the quality of life (Kazarian & Evans, 2001). Crosscultural studies further contribute to the understanding of personality traits in health and positive psychology (Bowden, Saklofske, van de Vijver, Sudarshan, & Eysenck, 2016), as well as career readiness, choice and engagement (Cheung, Wan, Leong, & Mok, 2013;

Fan, Cheung, Leong, & Cheung, 2014; Guichard, 2013; Savickas, 2011; Di Fabio & Blustein, 2016). Different themes typical of occupational health psychology will be examined in a cross cultural perspective including: health and well-being (Burke, 2010) both for workers and for the organizations (Boyatzis, 2012, 2015; Di Fabio, 2016, 2017; Di Fabio et al., 2016, 2017), occupational stress focusing on stressor-strain relationships (Chang & Baard, 2011), the role of stressors as harmful and threatening (distress) and/or as opportunities and challenges (eustress) in causing negative (burnout) and positive (engagement) effects (Kozusznik,  Rodríguez, Peiró, 2012). Organizational health psychology (Chang & Spector, 2011) calls for a cross-cultural perspective that will contribute to both a preventive and positive framework (Kenny & Hage, 2009; Di Fabio & Kenny, 2016) across cultural contexts and ranging from developed to emerging economies (Raya & Panneerselvam, 2013).


TOPICS. This Second International Conference on Healthier societies fostering healthy organizations: A cross-cultural perspective continues this productive forum started in 2017 in Florence for discussing the fostering of healthy organizations that will in turn lead to healthier individuals and societies based on scientific evidence. Cultural factors will also be emphasized. These contributions will reflect three thematic areas: 

  1. new ways of conceptualizing how individuals interact with the environment in the context of healthy organizations and organizational relations (e.g., prosocial organizational behavior, organizational citizenship behavior, workplace civility, organizational justice, organizational emotional intelligence; acceptance of change; positive self and relational management model; positive relational management); 
  2. the relation between ethical, sustainable, benevolent, health-promoting leadership and healthy organizations, resulting in in the best leadership for healthy organizations in the 21st century; 3) evaluation of specific interventions to foster healthy organizations. 

The Conference enriches the framework for the promotion of psychosocial and healthy well-being drawing on evidence-based descriptions of interpersonal relationships and positive enhancing infrastructures in the larger organizational context. 


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS. The program committee invites you to submit proposals for symposia, paper sessions, and posters. We welcome international contributions from scholars and professionals involving research and practice oriented approaches and perspectives.

Papers will be scheduled for 15 minutes. Poster sessions will be 1.5 hours and intended to promote discussion and exchange of information. Symposia will include 4-5 papers each of 15 minutes. Submission forms are included in the “call for papers”.


SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS-  An abstract (to a maximum of 150 words) should be submitted by  the 20th of May 2018 adifabio(AT) (please, specify the title “Submission Second International Conference: Healthier societies fostering healthy organizations: A cross-cultural perspective”). Each contribution will be peer evaluated, according to the relevance of the Conference’s topics, significance of the contribution, and originality. Participants will be notified regarding the acceptance of their paper by the 27th of May 2018 .

REGISTRATION. The cross-cultural Conference Healthier societies fostering healthy organizations: A cross-cultural perspective is the second of several planned events in the future in Florence (Italy). The aim of this second conference is to assemble researchers and professionals/practitioners with a shared interest in the cross-cultural study of creating healthy human organizations, in order to establish a reoccurring international conference and summer school in Florence on this emerging topic (the first Summer School will be in 2018). For these reasons this second event the participation is free of charge. To participate in the Conference, it is necessary to complete the registration form and to send it to Annamaria Di Fabio

(adifabio(AT) Abstracts will be accepted with the registration forms. 




Responsible of the organizing committee: Annamaria Di Fabio, University of Florence (Italy).

Members of the organizing committee: Guido Alessandri, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy); Ornella Bucci, University of Florence (Italy); Silvia Casale, University of Florence (Italy); Sara Cervai, University of Trieste (Italy); Rita Chiesa, University of Bologna (Italy); Michela Cortini, University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy); Davide Dettore, University of Florence (Italy); Chiara Ghislieri, University of Turin (Italy); Enrichetta Giannetti, University of Florence (Italy); Gabriele Giorgi, European University of Rome (Italy); Guendalina Graffigna, Catholic University of the Sacred Hearth of Milan (Italy); Emanuela Ingusci, University of Salento (Italy); Alessandro LoPresti, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli" (Italy); Amelia Manuti, University of Bari (Italy); Marco Giovanni Mariani, University of Bologna (Italy); Massimo Miglioretti, University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy); Letizia Palazzeschi, University of Florence (Italy); Luminita Patras, University of Valencia (Spain); Riccardo Sartori, University of Verona (Italy); Ilaria Setti, University of Pavia (Italy).  



Annamaria Di FabioUniversity of Florence (Italy)

Maureen E. Kenny Boston College (USA)

José-Maria Peiró, University of Valencia (Spain)

Donald H. SaklofskeUniversity of Western Ontario (Canada)

Akira TsudaKurume University (Japan)

Fons Van de VijverTilburg University (The Netherlands)

Saths Cooper University of Pretoria (South Africa)


MORE INFORMATION. To receive more information, please, contact Annamaria Di Fabio



VENUE The second international cross-cultural Conference Healthier societies fostering healthy organizations: A cross-cultural perspective will be held at the University of Florence on the 30thand 31thof August 2018, 1st of September, in the city of Florence.


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Ph.D, is Full Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology in the Department of Education and Psychology (Psychology section) at the University of Florence, Italy. She is Rector’s delegate for “Psychological Counseling in Guidance and Job placement” and director of both the International Research and Intervention Laboratories: “Cross-Cultural Positive Psychology, Prevention, and Sustainability (CroCPosPsychP&S)” and “Psychology for Vocational Guidance and Career Counseling and Talents (LabOProCCareer&T)”. She is serves as an  Associate Editor of Personality and Individual Differences (PAID), Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology/Organizational Psychology, Co-editor of Orientation Scolaire et Professionnelle, and Editor of Counseling Italian Journal of Research and Intervention. Dr. Di Fabio is author of more than 200 peer reviewed articles and books and book chapters. She is a sought after lecturer and keynote speaker at conferences and universities in many countries.







 Maureen E. Kenny, PhD, is interested in enhancing ways to cultivate academic, career and socioemotional development among children, adolescents, and families. She seeks these answers by examining the individual and contextual factors that promote positive growth and studying how to prepare individuals and systems to adaptively manage shifts in technology, globalization, and workforce opportunities. Her expertise includes the design and evaluation of school and community-based interventions, with a focus on marginalized youth and the promotion of student motivation, career adaptability and well-being. 

She joined the Lynch School in 1988. She served as Dean from 2013–2016, as Interim Dean from 2011–2013, as Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs from 2007–2011, and as chair of the CDEP department from 1997–2000.                                                                   

An author of dozens of publications, she has delivered more than 100 presentations at national and international conferences. She has served on the editorial boards of The Counseling Psychologist and the Journal of Counseling Psychology.

In 2009, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention from the American Psychological Association’s Society for Counseling Psychology.






 PhD University of Valencia, 1977. Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology and Director of the Research Institute of Human Resources Psychology (IDOCAL) at the University of Valencia. Member of the Spanish Academy of Psychology. His research focuses mainly on occupational stress and wellbeing at the individual and collective levels. He also studies team and organizational climate and culture and work socialization processes as well as youth labor market entry, unemployment, employability and over qualification. He has published about 200 articles and book chapters and several books and monographs. Associate Editor of the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (1995-2001). He has received the Aristotle 2015 Award from EFPA, the Advanced International Research and Service Award by the International Council of Psychologists (2013), the Life time award of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (2013) and the ‘José L. Pinillos award to the excellence and Innovation in Psychology’ (2016) by Psicofundación (Spain).







 He joined the Psychology Department at the University of Western Ontario five years ago. Previously, he was a Full Professor in Applied Psychology and Associate Dean Research (Faculty of Education) at the University of Calgary.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary as well as the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, Visiting Professor in the School of Psychology at Beijing Normal University, and a Research Member in the International Laboratory for Research and Intervention in Cross-Cultural Positive Psychology, Prevention, and Sustainability (CroCPosPsychP&S), University of Florence, Italy. Editorships include: Personality and Individual Differences, Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment and until recently, the Canadian Journal of School Psychology.  He is also Editor for the Human Exceptionality book series published by Springer.   He has published 35 edited and authored books (4 in press) and more than 100 book chapters and 200 journal articles.

Don is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and Society for Personality and Social Psychology.  He recently served on the Board of Directors and as President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences and the Board of the Canadian Psychological Association.   

He has a long standing interest in the martial arts and earned a black belt (sandan) in Shito-Ryu karate.





He achieved B.S. at Sophia University, Tokyo in 1974 regarding Psychology, M.A. at Sophia University, Tokyo in 1976 regarding Experimental Psychology, and Ph.D. at Kurume University, Kurume in 1987, regarding Medical Sciences.

In 2005-2006 he was Visiting Professor at University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island, USA; in 1994-1995 Visiting Professor, St. George's Hospital Medical School, London; from 1992-present he is Full Professor at Kurume University, Kurume, Japan.

In 1982 he became honorary staff member for contribution to the research mission from the Pavlovian Research Laboratory, Veterans Administration Medical Center given at Perry Point,

Maryland; in 1999 he won the award for the most excellent article from the Japanese Society of Behavioral Medicine; and in 2012 he won the award for the most excellent article from the Japanese Society of Existential Therapy.  









He 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, and the University of Queensland, Australia. He is Professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology at Tilburg University (the Netherlands) and has extraordinary chairs at North-West University (Potchefstroom, South Africa) and the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia).

He is Past-President of the European Association of Psychological Assessment and the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology.

He has (co-)authored over 500 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, response styles, translations and adaptations. 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 President of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), Vice President (Information & Communications) of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and President of the Pan-African Psychology Union (PAPU). He has been the recipient of many citations and awards (including the inaugural IUPsyS Achievement Against the Odds Award, the International Association of Applied Psychology Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to the Advancement of Applied Psychology and the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology). Being Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria and Honorary Professor at the University of Limpopo, he continues to give addresses and lectures all around the world.







CALL FOR PAPER (pdf)         













The scientific session will be held in the Rectorate of the University of Florence


Aula Magna - Rettorato Università degli Studi Firenze


and also at Department of Education and Psychology, University of Florence


Aula Magna - Plesso Didattico di via Laura, 48

 Corridoio ingressi aule di lezione - plesso didattico di via Laura,48





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