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Congress Publishes Third Book in “Behavioral Science” Series


GSS associate dean and professor Elaine Congress, Ph.D., has published the third book in her Behavioral Science in the Global Arena series, titled Behavioral Science in the Global Arena: Global Health Trends and Issues.

Congress co-edited the book with Harold Takooshian, Ph.D., Fordham Professor of Psychology and Urban Studies; GSS alumna Shenae Osborn, GSS ’21; and Dalton Meister from the University of Michigan.

Additional GSS Community member contributors include: Dana Alonzo, Ph.D.; Marciana Popescu, Ph.D.; Linda White-Ryan, Ph.D.; Allison Adler, GSS ’21; Sydney Boyer, GSS ’20; Sara Matsuzaka, GSS ’20; Christie Park, GSS ’21; Ann Peverly, GSS ’20; and Nicholas Yip, GSS ’20.

More on the series:

In 2020, the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations (PCUN) launched a bold new series of books, describing how evidence-based behavioral research is increasingly used by United Nations and other decision-makers, to address global issues. These issues reflect the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030—such as health, poverty, education, peace, gender equality, and climate change.

This PCUN volume brings together 37 experts in 14 concise chapters, to focus on health in two parts: (1) a data-based overview of diverse trends in global health—such as COVID, opioids, dementia, and disabilities. (2) An examination of underlying issues in global health—such as race, gender, LGBTQ+, and health disparities (detailed below). The chapters are co-authored by leading global experts as well as “rising star” students from many nations–offering readers a concise overview of each topic, a glossary of key terms, study questions, and bibliography. This volume is suitable as a textbook for diverse courses in psychology, social work, cross-cultural and international studies.


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