Interest Groups

SCRA Interest Groups


The Aging interest group focuses on the productive role of aging in the community and the prevention of mental health problems in the elderly.

Contact: Andrew J. Hostetler, Chair

Children & Youth

The Children and Youth interest group facilitates the interests of child and adolescent development in high risk contexts, especially the effect of urban poverty and community structures on child and family development

Contact: Richard Roberts

Community Action

Contact: Brad Olson, chair.
Northwestern U.

Community Health

The Community Health interest group focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and the health care service delivery issues as they relate to the community.

David W. Lounsbury, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health
Division of Community Collaboration and Implementation Science
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
3300 Kossuth Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467 
718.920.5490 office
917.690.1020 cell
718.652.0418 fax


The Disability Action Group promotes the understanding of the depth and diversity of disabilities issues in the community that are ready for research and action; it influences community psychologists' involvement in policy and practices that enhance self-determination, personal choice, and full inclusion in the community for people with disabilities.

Kendra Liljenquist, Boston University,
Erin Stack, Portland State University,

Disability Interest Group Listserv

We hope that many of you will join us and help create a vibrantcommunity of disability scholars and activists within the SCRA.

To sign up for the listserv, 
1. Send an email to: withthe following message in the body of the email (please be sureto remove any other text, including signatures): SubscribeSCRA-DIG

Environmental Justice

To promote research, teaching, and action related to global climate change and environmental degradation, with a focus on environmental justice, particularly how environmental change affects and often perpetuates social inequality.

 Laura Kati Corlew, Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (Pacific RISA) Program East-West Center Honolulu, HI
Allison Eady, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Indigenous Interest Group

To support SCRA members who are conducting Indigenous research by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, literature and experience, and to utilize our combined resources more effectively to conduct strengths-based praxis towards raising public awareness of the plight of Indigenous people and  addressing the social justice issues they face in  oppressive dominant societies.

Contact: Brian Bishop, Curtin University

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)

The LGBT interest group increases awareness of the need forcommunity research and action related to issues that impactLGBT people; and serves as a mechanism for communication, collaboration,and support among community psychologists who are either interestedin research/service/policy related to LGBT people and communities,and/or who identify as LGBT.

Contact: Maria Valenti, Michigan State University

To sign up for the listserv, send an email to:

Organization Studies

The executive board of SCRA has approved the creation of a special interest group in Organization Studies.  If you are interested in receiving updates and joining our discussions, please send a message to Neil Boyd to join our listserv. 

When sending a message to the group, please send it to:

Contact: Neil Boyd, Chair; Kimberly Bess, Co-Chair

Prevention & Promotion

The Prevention and Promotion interest group seeks to enhance the development of prevention and promotion research, foster active dialogue about critical conceptual and methodological action and implementation issues, and promote rapid dissemination and discussion of new developments and findings in the field.

Contact: Richard Wolitski , Chair
(404) 639-1939


The Rural interest group is devoted to highlighting issues of the rural environment that are important in psychological research, service, and teaching.

Contact: Cecile Lardon

Department of Psychology 
University of Alaska Fairbanks 
PO Box 756480 
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6480 
Tel: 907.474.5272

School Interventions

The School Intervention interest group addresses theories, methods, knowledge base, and setting factors pertaining to prevention and health promotion in school.

School Intervention Interest Group - Hosted by the UCLA School Mental Health Project

Contact: Joni Splett, University of South Carolina

Self-help/Mutual Support

The Self-Help/Mutual Support interest group is an international organization of researchers, self-help leaders, and policy makers that promotes research and action related to self-help groups and organizations.

Alicia Luckstead
Greg Townley


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