All about the conference.

Hundreds of delegates. Six successful years. One experience.

A forum for growth.

Professional development, driven by the practitioner 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, wellbeing and human performance industry in the region.

Emotions are at the core of our understanding of human behaviour and performance. Emotions underly not only our well being, but also our decision making and responses to the people and experiences around us. Whether supporting individuals working through dysfunctional behaviours, supporting leaders to develop talent and enhance business performance, or working with educators and young people to develop the leaders of the future, practitioners must work with emotions to deliver change. Therefore, to celebrate our 6th year, IPCD’s theme will be dedicated to the role of emotions in psychological practice, and focus on the different ways we can work with emotions.  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 12 years of regional experience, Annie is currently the Academic Head of Psychology for 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 Heriot-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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