Candidates for President

SCRA Candidates for President

Jean Hill

Jean Hill - SCRA Presidential Nomination Statement

Jean Hill photo.JPGMy name is Jean Hill and I am running for the position of president-elect of SCRA. I am a professor of psychology at New Mexico Highlands University. I received my doctorate in community/clinical psychology from DePaul University, and have been a member of SCRA since I joined as a graduate student in 1983. 

As part of my involvement in SCRA I have served as a regional coordinator, and as chair of the Women's Committee. While working with the Women's Committee, I served as co-editor of the special issues of the American Journal of Community Psychology on the intersection between feminist theory and research and community psychology. In June of 2003 I hosted the 9th Biennial Conference on Community Research and Action here at New Mexico Highlands University, in Las Vegas, New Mexico. In 2004 I was appointed a Fellow of SCRA, and from 2007 to 2010 I served as secretary of the organization. 

This is an exciting time for SCRA. In the past few years our organization has been focused on initiatives to support the "action" part of our name, and our mission. The members of the Practice Group and the Public Policy Group have been instrumental in helping us to recognize that for community psychology to be the vital force in our world that we believe it can be, it will be through our success in translating our research into action. 

For me, this effort seems to grow in importance with each passing year. There is a clear and pressing need for the knowledge, skills, and perspective of our field in public discourse and decision-making. Many of our members have devoted their professional lives to this effort. Many others, particularly our student members, have expressed a deep commitment to the goal of utilizing community psychology to benefit their communities, societies, and nations. They have challenged SCRA to provide them with meaningful support in this effort.

It is an important goal of SCRA to increase our organizational capacity related to policy and practice work - through training, resources, linkages, and avenues for dissemination and recognition of that work. As secretary of SCRA I was involved in the initial discussions in this area, and I have continued to be active with the Public Policy Group since leaving that position. I am excited by the idea of continuing this work as president-elect. 

Geoff Nelson

Geoff Nelson SCRA Presidential Nomination Statement

P1010377.JPGA 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.

Recent Publications

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. 

Viewed 917 times