APA International Learning Partner Program

APA International Learning Partner Program

Cuba applications are now closed. Information on 2018 travel will be provided in January. 

Initiated in 2012, the APA International Learning Partner Program is designed to promote an understanding of psychology and psychological issues in countries outside the United States. The program advances these goals through international collaboration in research, education and scholarship. This program is open to psychologists and graduate psychology students who are interested in building professional collaborations with colleagues in Cuba.

APA will host a trip to Cuba to attend Psicosalud 2017 in Havana, Cuba. The dates of the trip are Oct. 27-Nov. 4, 2017. Trip participants will visit Havana, engage in seminars and site-visits on the Cuban health care and education systems and will attend the Psicosalud conference. 

Travel to Cuba with APA International Learning Partner Program

APA 2014 trip

Visiting the National School of Public Health (Escuela Nacional de Salud Pública /ENSAP).
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APA travelers will meet as a group in Miami on the evening of Oct. 26, 2017 for an orientation lecture and dinner. The next morning, the group will depart for nine days to Cuba. The program will include orientation lectures on psychology education in Cuba, the Cuban health care system, the history and current status of psychology in Cuba, visits to Cuban institutions, clinics and offices, and interaction with Cuban psychologists. The group will also attend Psicosalud 2017, a health psychology conference organized by the Cuban Society of Health Psychology. Psicosalud 2017 will focus on “Working for the well-being of all.” The four-day conference (one day of pre-conference sessions and three days of conference sessions) will gather participants from throughout the Americas and the world.

For the first four days of the trip, the group will stay in Old Town Havana to be immersed in Cuban culture and history. During the conference, the group will stay at the Palco Hotel adjacent to the Havana Conference Center.


Thursday, Oct. 26: Orientation Dinner, Miami International Airport
Friday, Oct. 27: Depart for Cuba. On arrival, tour of Havana highlights and museum visit
Saturday, Oct. 28: Cultural tour of Havana, visit to Hemingway Museum; Orientation lectures on Cuba
Sunday, Oct. 29: Orientation lectures on Cuba; Visits to local health providers (neighborhood office, clinic, hotel)
Monday, Oct. 30: Visits to research and academic institutions (including neurosciences, medical university)
Tuesday, Oct. 31: Cultural visit, Conference Opening Session
Wednesday, Nov. 1 - Friday, Nov. 3: Conference Sessions
Saturday, Nov. 4: Depart for Miami

Travel to and from Cuba is currently permitted under general license specific to certain activities. Please review the frequently asked questions related to travels to Cuba (PDF, 196KB) for any questions you may have. If specific questions are not addressed, please contact us directly by email.

Past Programs

In partnership with Professionals Abroad, (2012 and 2013) and Common Ground (2014 and 2016), APA sponsored professional visits to Cuba, which has traditionally been less accessible to travel and exchange. Program participants traveled as a group, met with psychology organizations, faculty, service providers and researchers, visited university, community and clinical settings and participated in cultural activities.

Cuba 2016

A group of psychologists traveled to Cuba for an eight-day trip to learn about Cuban psychology education and history, and the Cuban health care system, and to attend Hominis 2016, a conference organized by The Cuban Psychology Society.

More about this program: APA in Cuba: Building relations and building collaborations

Cuba 2014

A group of psychologists led once more by 2012 APA President Suzanne Bennett Johnson, travelled to Cuba to learn about the Cuban health system and participated in the 7th International Congress on Health Psychology — Psychohealth 2014, organized by the Cuban Society for Health Psychology.

More about this program: Psychology in Cuba

Cuba 2013

Led by Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, participants met with Cuban colleagues to discuss major health issues and psychology's unique role in health care and health education in Cuba. The program included one "mini-conference" day with presentations and exchange with Cuban psychologists on research/application topics.

More about this program: APA sponsors second professional visit to Cuba

Cuba 2012

A group of 16 psychologists travelled to Cuba with program leader Carol Goodheart, EdD, to explore models of psychology education and training, and mental health systems in Cuba. The program report (PDF, 687KB) includes a summary of each meeting, personal/cultural highlights of the visit, outcomes and next steps. This program was eligible for CE credit.

More about this program: APA delegation visits Cuba

CIRP 2012 Annual Report