Geoff Nelson SCRA Presidential Nomination Statement
A turning point in my life was taking undergraduate Community Psychology at the University of Illinois with Julian Rappaport. This new field allowed me to link activism with mental health and appeared to offer me a meaningful career path. I obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of Manitoba and completed an internship at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Wisconsin.
Since 1979, I have been at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. I have extensive teaching, supervision, administrative, and practice experience, and a sustained record of research. I served as Chair of the Community Psychology section of the Canadian Psychological Association, Regional Coordinator for Canada for SCRA, Senior Editor of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, and have been an ad hoc reviewer for the American Journal of Community Psychology for years. Underlying my community work in is an emphasis on partnerships with disadvantaged people, participatory action research approaches using both quantitative and qualitative methods, and value-based critical perspectives that challenge the status quo and that are oriented towards social change.
I would be honoured to serve as SCRA President. I am firmly committed to SCRA's vision and values and would bring experience and leadership. I see the role of SCRA President as supporting initiatives of its members. I particularly value initiatives that create international networks for Community Psychology, translate research into policy, take transformative action for social justice, and strive to shift Community Psychology from being a well-kept secret to a field that is more visible and vibrant.
Nelson, G., & Prilleltensky, I. (Eds.). (2010). Community psychology: In pursuit of liberation and well-being (2nd Ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Peters, R., Bradshaw, A., Petrunka, K., Nelson, G., et al. (2010). The "Better Beginnings, Better Futures" ecological, community-based early childhood prevention project: Findings from Grade 3 to Grade 9. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 75(3), 1-176.
Nelson, G., & Aubry, T. (Eds.). (2010). Community psychology in Canada: Past, present, and future [Special section, pp. 77-119]. Canadian Psychology, 51, 77-78.
Janzen, R., Pancer, S.M., Nelson, G., et al. (2010). Evaluating community participation as prevention: Life narratives of youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 38, 992-1006.
Liegghio, M., Nelson, G., & Evans, S.D. (2010). Partnering with children with mental health issues: Contributions from a sociology of childhood perspective to participatory action research. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46, 84-99.