All about the conference.

Hundreds of delegates. Five years. One experience.

A forum for growth.

Professional development, driven by community.

We have a simple mission. To act as a forum where practitioners and applied professionals can explore international knowledge and local best-practice to develop the psychology industry in the region.

Whether supporting an individual to change dysfunctional behaviours or supporting leaders to change organisational systems and structures, as psychologists we are all influencing change in our roles.  Change is the new norm. Therefore, to celebrate our 5th year, IPCD’s theme will be dedicated to our role as psychologists and related professionals in enabling positive change.  As Margaret Mead reflected “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

IPCD covers key areas of professional practice in 4 parallel streams:

For professionals in any area of mental health. Talks and workshops introduce evidence based psychological therapies and assessments and disorders, as well as discussing issues relevant to mental health in the GCC & Arab countries.

For practitioners in any aspect of organisational development, employee performance and well being this stream introduces new assessment and development tools, discussing the impact of psychological research on employee performance.

For educational psychologists, teachers and those in child clinical services, we explore issues in child mental health, developmental disorders and learning disabilities as well as the role of psychological concepts and interventions in education and school performance.

A special one-day series of invited talks and workshops looking at the new and dynamic field of coaching psychology. Coaches working in organisations or in executive consultancies should attend to hear about new tools, methods and issues in coaching practice.

Meet the team.

IPCD grew out of the Dubai Psychology email network in 2013. We realised that while there is ongoing growth in the number of psychologists working in various sectors within the UAE, there are few professional development opportunities specifically catering to our field.

And the picture was even less clear when looking at psychology practice in our neighbouring countries. Something needed to be done to bring the psychology community together, to promote best practice discussions, and to provide high quality and focused learning opportunities from international experts.

And the rest is IPCD history!


With over 8-years of regional experience, Annie is currently the Academic Leader for The School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University Dubai. With a PhD in Cognitive Psychology, she has taught extensively in applied and core psychology subjects.


Alia has over a decade of experience in applied psychology, working with a variety of organisations in aviation and telecoms. A firm believer in psychometric testing, she specialises in identifying and developing organisational talent.


A specialist in identifying and developing leadership traits, Nanette combines an MBA with more than 20 years of experience in occupational psychology.

The venue.

Powered by Heroit-Watt University, Dubai

IPCD is hosted by and held at the Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus; a purpose-built, independent campus situated in Dubai International Academic City.

Situated just off the Mohammed Bin Zayed Road / Al Ain Road interchange, the campus is less than a 30-minute drive away from Dubai centre.

IPCD is a partner event for the Middle East Psychological Association. See resources page for more information.

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