Volume 48 Number 3 
Summer 2015

Regional Update Summer 2015  Gina_Langhout_large.jpg

Edited by Regina Langhout, Regional Network Coordinator,; University of California at Santa Cruz

The regions are getting ready for the SCRA biennial and fall events! See below for more information about how to connect. Also, I want to thank Mary Ivers, who has been filling in as the International Liaison for Judy Lovett (UK and Republic of Ireland), who has been on maternity leave.  Finally, congratulations to Judy Lovett!


International Regional Coordinator:

Robb Travers;; Wilfrid Laurier University

News from Canada

Written by John Sylvestre, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services

University of Ottawa

Reg_John_Sylvestre_headshot_1small.jpgChanges at the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health

On March 31, I stepped down after 5 years as a Senior Editor of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health (CJCMH). The CJCMH was founded in 1982 by community psychologists Edward Bennett (Wilfrid Laurier University), Maurice Payette (Université de Sherbrooke), and Barry Trute (University of Manitoba). The CJCMH has remained Canada’s only academic journal publishing in the area of community mental health and has provided an important outlet for community psychologists, as well as researchers from other disciplines. The CJCMH has provided a bilingual forum for Canadian scholars and practitioners with interests in the promotion of positive mental health, the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in community settings, and the sharing of knowledge about the mental well-being of Canadians and their communities. Throughout its history, the journal has remained independent, unaffiliated with any particular national organization, university, or publisher.

Soon after stepping into my role the journal was faced with the loss of core funding as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada decided to pull funding from journals with health-related content. Rather than retrenching, our leadership team took this as an opportunity to renew and reinvigorate the journal. Building on a solid foundation left by our predecessors, we launched a partnership with Canada’s leading non-profit science publisher, Canadian Science Publishing, to provide the journal a more stable, dynamic and visible home ( We developed a mixed business model for the journal that includes subscriptions along with open access publishing of individual articles and sponsored issues. We began to publish four times a year, rather than two, to reduce our publication lag and to provide our readers more regular content updates. We have also aggressively pursued sponsored issues that have brought more attention and readers to the journal. Just recently we published an issue on the At Home / Chez Soi project in Moncton, New Brunswick, and are producing two issues sponsored by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to examine its mental health strategy for Canada. We have revisited our editorial team’s structure, adding an Editor-in-Chief position to focus on the management, administration and strategic growth of the journal. Finally, we have created a new Senior Editor position to manage a new section we will be launching on “Practice Innovations.”

With these changes I am confident that we are leaving our new editorial team in a strong position to navigate a number of remaining challenges. Some of these challenges are being confronted by all journals, such as the quest to include more open access content while still being able to balance the books. The CJCMH itself will have to find ways to continue to be relevant to its readers and to build stronger relationships with the practice community. Despite these challenges, the journal has found sure footing and has great promise for continuing to be a significant part of the academic publishing community in Canada.

Australia/New Zealand and the Pacific

International Regional Liaison

Dr. Katie Thomas: University of Western Australia

Student Regional Liaison

RahmanGray,; Victoria University

News from Australia

Written by Katie Thomas

Global Connections and Opportunities

Antipodean members are reminded that SCRA offers 41 grants for members who are presenting at the conference in the categories of: Graduate Students, Early Career, International, and General Members.  SCRA Australia will be hosting a mini-conference for members across the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific region on Friday June the 26th to be in concert with the larger SCRA Biennial in Massachusetts.  For regional members unable to go to Massachusetts this June, this teleconference will facilitate real-time consideration of the conference theme “Celebrating 50 Years of Community Psychology: Bridging Past and Future.”  If you have any questions about the travel grants, please email

This Auz/NZ/Pacific teleconference will be an opportunity for members to come together and discuss the state of Community Psychology in our region of the Southern Hemisphere and where we need to direct our energies.   This will be a great opportunity to brainstorm together and talk about our experiences, needs and directions, and to communicate those to the wider SCRA community. This may result in some internship/exchange ideas that can be made actionable for future student opportunities.

Included for consideration will be the possibilities for exchange/internship that could help the student cohort. The Teleseminar format will enable the inclusion of as many SCRA representatives as possible. It will be an opportunity for established academics and practitioners to voice their visions, their resources, and their capacity to mentor and support other Community Psychologists in the region.  We will conduct an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities of our current formations and where we would like to focus our energies for the profession. If you are would like to join the teleconference please contact Katie Thomas at This will be a great opportunity to review where we are currently and to choose the direction and momentum we want for our discipline in the future. All members are cordially invited to attend.

Europe/Middle East/Africa

International Regional Liaison

Hana Shahin,, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

News from Lebanon

Written by: Ramy Barhouche

I am a project coordinator on the Rainbow of Hope (RoH) project, for Search for Common Ground (SFCG) - Lebanon. The Project began operating 6 month ago, in 25 locations across the country. 25 teachers and 50 animators were chosen and trained by the SFCG team to teach and use recreational activities to advocate for conflict resolution, equality, and diversity. Each location has 24 students attending the English sessions, and in addition, 28 of their siblings or friends joined them in the weekend recreational sessions. The English curriculum was designed to comprise 25 stories through a 25-week period, The recreational activities included games, among other activities, led by animators. So far the project has been very successful, earning the positive feedback of teachers, animators and students alike.

Southeast Region, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

Sarah L. Desmarais,; North Carolina State University

Courte Voorhees,; University of Miami
Student Regional Coordinators

Natalie Kivell,; University of Miami

Candalyn Rade,; North Carolina State University

Jaimelee Mihalski,; University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Dominique Thomas,; Georgia State University

News from the Southeast

Written by: Jaimelee Mihalski 

Southeastern ECO 2015 Announcement

Community psychology then and now:  From the “Swamp” to the city.

Charlotte, NC

October 23-25, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of community psychology in the U.S.  The field grew out of disenchantment with psychology’s historically close focus on the individual to the exclusion of the social and environmental realities in which individuals are embedded. In the U.S., community psychology has shifted our collective attention to context and promoted collaborative, research-driven problem solving at the grassroots level. In keeping with this vision, ECO conferences have created de-professionalized spaces, often in rustic settings, for students and faculty to share their research informally.  Although the field of U.S.-based community psychology has evolved since its birth at Swampscott, its emphasis on contextual factors remains as salient as ever, as human ecological settings – from rural, urban, suburban, to exurban, to online spaces – become ever diverse. This year, we maintain the de-professionalized nature of past ECO conferences and celebrate community psychology’s original vision by highlighting the diversity of human ecology and taking conference goers from the rustic roots of the ECO conference to an urban landscape: Charlotte, NC. 

Call for proposals coming soon. Please follow our Facebook page for regular updates:

Northeast Region, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

Suzanne Phillips,; White Mountains Community College

Bronwyn Hunter,; Yale University, The Consultation Center

Christopher Beasley,; Washington College

(Not much) News from the Northeast

Written by: Suzanne Phillips

We continue to look for student-level coordinators to join our team.  Coordinators serve three-year terms and provide regional leadership and guidance to the processes of membership development, activities, and communication. At the last Biennial, Suzanne asked student coordinators about what they like about serving in this way, and they cited the opportunity to do something important and the chance to shape programming; if this sort of leadership reminds you of any students you know, please contact Suzanne Phillips at

Midwest Region, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

Olya Glantsman,; DePaul University

August Hoffman,; Metropolitan State University

Luciano Berardi,; DePaul University

Student Regional Coordinators

Jaclyn Houston,; DePaul University

Abigail Brown,; DePaul University

News from the Midwest

Written by Olya Glantsman (DePaul University)

MPA Report Back

The Midwest region held its annual conference during the SCRA-affiliated meeting at the Midwest Psychological Association on May 1, 2015. The SCRA-affiliated meeting included 75 total presentations: 20 roundtables, 12 symposia, and 43 posters presented by undergraduate and graduate students from across the region. The quality of the posters presented by students was remarkable. Awards for student poster presentations went to: William Lopez, Melanie Harner, Laura Sanders, Charo Ledon, Adreanne Waller, Mikel Llanes, Daniel Kruger; Kathryn White, Bene Rigdon, Susan R. Torres-Harding; and Fatima Sozzer, and Kathryn E. Grant. Congratulations!

Some of the represented affiliations at the event were: University of Michigan, Roosevelt University, DePaul University, National Louis University, Metropolitan State University, University of Illinois Chicago, College of Dupage, Kankakee Community College, Prairie State College, Illinois State University, University of Southern Indiana, Universidad Popular, Lake Forest College, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Loyola University at Chicago, and Northwestern University.

After the SCRA-affiliated meeting concluded, a social event at a nearby restaurant, Exchequer, allowed members to have an informal opportunity to meet with students, practitioners, and faculty from across the region. This was a time to eat, drink, and relax with fellow members.

ECO 2015

This year's Midwestern Eco will be hosted by UW Madison. Hope to see you there.

Community Development

May 18-28, 2015, six Metropolitan State students and Psychology Professor August Hoffman travelled to Guatemala to participate in a community development project with The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. Over 600 fruit trees were planted in rural villages to help provide healthy and nutritious foods to community residents.

June 16-18, 2015, students and community members will be travelling to Red Lake, MN to plant 50-100 apple trees with the Red Lake Tribal Nation. We are especially grateful to SCRA for donating $300.00 to help purchase trees that will make this project successful.

Regional Coordinator Search

We are searching for another Midwest Regional Coordinator to begin September, 2015. Serving as a Regional Coordinator is a wonderful way to become more involved in SCRA and to connect with colleagues. For more information, or to send nominations (including self-nominations), please contact Olya Glantsman at  or August Hoffman at

SCRA Biennial 2015

Don’t forget to send us your pictures from the SCRA Biennial Conference (June 25-28) for a chance to be featured in the regional column of the next TCP.

Announcements and information for inclusion in future Midwest updates should be sent to Olya Glantsman (

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