2015 Biennial

Celebrating 50 Years of Community Psychology: Bridging Past and Future

Download the complete Biennial Program (pdf)

Important Information for Presenters (click here)


The 2015 SCRA Biennial Guidebook App is up and running! (click here)


Online registration is now closed. If you would like to attend the 2015 SCRA Biennial and Summer Institute please visit the registration desk on-site. 

Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Lowell

June 25-28, 2015

The conference will take place primarily at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center in downtown Lowell. It will begin on the morning of Thursday, June 25th, including an opening plenary and welcome reception in the late afternoon, and conclude on Sunday morning, June 28th. Pre-conference sessions will take place during the day on Wednesday, June 24th


Thank You!  


Collaboration – Under $1,000

  • Center for Community Research & Engagement, UMass Lowell 
  • Center for Women & Work, UMass Lowell
  • Department of Sociology, UMass Lowell
  • Gender Studies Program, UMass Lowell 
  • Central Connecticut State University 
  • Portland State University
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • University of New Haven    

Advocacy -- $1,000 to $2,999

  • Lynch School of Education
  • Counseling and Applied Developmental Psychology Department, Boston College
  • Community Teamwork, Inc.
  • Community Toolbox
  • Natural Investments: Money with a Mission
  • Trinity Emergency Medical Service

Coalition Building -- $3,000 to $4,999

  • Department of Psychology, UMass Lowell 
  • Springer Publishing Company

Empowerment -- $5,000 and over

  • Community Relations, UMass Lowell
  • Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, UMass Lowell
  • Office of the Provost, UMass Lowell
  • Middlesex Community College

SCRA Summer Institute

Join us for the first SCRA Summer Institute, held the day prior to the Biennial. For more information click here

Online registration is now closed. If you would like to attend the 2015 SCRA Biennial and Summer Institute please visit the registration desk on-site. 


Conference Program

We are very pleased to announce that the program for the 2015 SCRA Biennial Conference on Community Research and Action is now available!
Check it out at: http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/scra/scra15/
Some notes about the schedule:
The program includes a wide variety of topics and format – we hope you share our excitement at the diversity, range, and quality of the sessions you will have to choose from on June 25th to 28th!

  • We are harkening back to a model where “Round Table” sessions are actually at round tables!  As you pursue the program, you will see multiple round tables scheduled simultaneously within our Junior Ballroom during several programming blocks across the four conference days. Our hope is that this format will foster truly interactive conversations among smaller groups of engaged participants. This format has also allowed us to include many more round tables on the program – numerous proposed sessions were deemed exciting by reviewers, and this format has made their inclusion possible.
  • There are three poster sessions.  Within each session, our plan is to cluster posters around common topics and have facilitated discussions across projects.
  • The Mentoring Program is here again!  Please note the orientation session for mentEEs will be held Friday June 26th at 8am.  Specific mentoring groups and locations will be identified in the near future.
  • There is not only a very full schedule of professional presentations, but please note several special events.
    • Thursday 6:30-8:00pm:  Opening Reception - with performances and good cheer at the ICC.
    • Friday 6:30-10:00pm: Mill City Mill About - a night for conference goers to mill around our lovely mill town, check out our restaurant scene (many of which are offering discounts), visit a local gallery, enjoy busk-style street performances, and/or take in a concert at Boarding House Park. All within walking distance of the ICC. For more information and a full listing of participating venues and special offers, click here.
    • Saturday 6:30-9:00pm: Banquet & Awards Presentations – at the lovely Lowell Memorial Auditorium which is just a short walk from the ICC (separate registration required because we need a very firm sense of numbers).
    • Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30 PM, Dance Party with DJ Steve Carter, featuring music from the 1960s through the 2010s, ICC Grand Ballroom (cash bar).
  • Given how special we think our city is, we have also arranged for two unique walking tours: one offered by the Lowell National Historical Park that will highlight the unique immigrant history of Lowell, and the other offered by the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) that will highlight Lowell’s arts and culture scene. Both are within walking distance of the conference center, and both will begin over the lunch breaks on Friday and Saturday. These tours are free, but because spaces are limited we are asking for registration in advance. More information about these tours can also be found in the conference program.
  • The Summer Institute is new this year!  These are intensive professional development workshops offered both pre-conference (on Wed June 24th - 9am to 4pm)and on the last day of the conference (Sunday June 28th – 9am to noon).  Separate registration is required – space will be limited, so if you are interested, sign up soon.


Travel Grants

This year, up to 41 SCRA Biennial Travel Grants will be award to four types of SCRA Members presenting at the biennial conference: Graduate Students, Early Career, International, and General Members.  See attached form for details on applying. The deadline is April 30 with awards announced by May 14.

If you are not a SCRA member, please consider joining. There are memberships for all types of categories, starting as low as $15 a year. As a member, you are eligible for the travel grants as well as subscriptions to AJCP and TCP! Visit: Membership for details.

If you have any questions about the travel grants, please email SCRAtravel@SCRA27.org

SCRA Travel Application 2015

Preliminary Conference Schedule

Wednesday Pre-Conference Events  
  9am to 5pm - Summer Institute (continuing education workshops) – separate registration required
  6pm to ? – A good time for planning reunions or special gatherings on your own
Thursday Conference Begins  
  8am - Breakfast and meetings
  9am to 4pm - Concurrent conference sessions
  4:30 to 6:30pm - Welcome & Opening Plenary
  6:30 to 8:00pm Opening Reception (with entertainment)
Friday 8am - Breakfast and meetings
  9am to 10:30am - Plenary
  10:30 to  6:00pm – Concurrent conference sessions
  7pm  to ? – Night on the town (with many special events throughout Lowell) Another a good time to schedule reunions or special dinners on your own
Saturday - 8am - Breakfast and meetings
  9:00am to  4:00pm – Concurrent conference Sessions
   4:00pm – 5:30 pm - Plenary 
  6:00pm-?- Conference Banquet
Sunday 8am -  Breakfast and meetings
  9am to 11:00am – Concurrent conference sessions
  11:00 to noon – Closing Session
  9am to noon – Summer Institute –separate registration required

About the Conference

The 2015 SCRA Biennial will be held in Lowell, MA and hosted by the Graduate Program in Community Social Psychology at UMass Lowell. Lowell is one of the most diverse cities of its size in the U.S. and is located just 25 miles from Boston. Among its many distinctive features, the city is home to the Lowell National Historical Park (the first such urban park in the country), a burgeoning arts scene, and a variety of innovative urban initiatives. Our graduate program is closely connected to the local community, and the university is enjoying a period of rapid growth and a dramatic rise in our national reputation.

The 2015 Biennial will be a landmark event, providing an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on 50 years of community psychology and to commemorate the 1965 gathering in nearby Swampscott. Accordingly, we encourage submissions that document and honor the ways in which community psychologists have advanced individual, family, community, and global well-being and thriving, and/or which consider what community psychologists can and should be doing to help address current and future challenges. 

ICC_Canal.jpg Above and beyond its appeal vis-à-vis the history of the field, UMass Lowell and the City of Lowell provide a particularly appropriate venue to explore themes that have long animated the work of community psychologists, and which will undoubtedly anchor our shared agendas and visions for the future. As a public institution that is a vital part of the community in which it is located, UMass Lowell has a longstanding commitment, as part of our university mission, to contributing to the social and economic development of our region. For the last 35 years, our Master’s degree program in Community Social Psychology has prepared graduates for leadership roles in organizations and communities, and our alumni/ae are well-represented in local and regional social service networks. The city itself provides a particularly fitting location for the Biennial, given its long history of welcoming diverse immigrant groups and its special place in American labor history, and its more recent efforts to reinvent and reposition itself as an innovative, sustainable “gateway” city.

In light of the historical and ongoing contributions of our university and city, and given urgent local, national, and global challenges, we particularly encourage proposals on the following broad topics: Immigration, citizenship, displacement, multiculturalism, globalization, community organizing, coalition-building, civic engagement, income inequality and economic justice, women’s labor history and activism, reproductive justice, sustainable communities, creative economy and arts-based community action, community-campus partnerships, and grassroots change efforts. We also encourage submissions that prioritize participatory processes and identify specific session formats for engaging the audience.</P.


Conference Site Information

The conference will take place primarily at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center in downtown Lowell. It will begin on the morning of Thursday, June 25 including an opening plenary and welcome reception in the late afternoon, and conclude on Sunday morning, June 28. Pre-conference sessions will take place during the day on Wednesday, June 24.

Details about travel, lodging and transportation arrangements can be found here.

All presenters must register for the conference and pay registration fees.

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Conference Fees


Cost per person

Professional SCRA members


Professional SCRA members Late/Onsite


Student SCRA members


Student SCRA members Late/Onsite


Student volunteers (at least 8 hrs. of service)


Professional Non-members (includes membership)


Professional Non-members Late/Onsite (includes membership)


Student Non-members


Student Non-members Late


International (not Canada) Professional


International (not Canada) Professional Late


International (not Canada) Student


International (not Canada) Student Late/Onsite


One Day Attendance Fee Student (on-site only)


One Day Attendance Fee all other (on-site only)