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The
Community
Psychologist

Volume 52   Number 3 Summer 2019

SCRA Member Spotlight

Edited by Dominique Thomas, University of Michigan

The SCRA Member Spotlight is a new way for us to engage our members and highlight great works! Each issue will we solicit submissions of accomplishments. We especially would like students, early career scholars, and practitioners to submit their accomplishments and work. Submission can include but are certainly not limited to:

  • New jobs
  • Post-docs
  • Promotions
  • Thesis/Dissertation Defenses
  • Newly published journal articles, books, chapters
  • Podcasts, blogs, news items that are by or about you
  • Certifications or other credentials
  • Retirement
  • Grants
  • Awards
  • Successful/ongoing projects
  • New projects of community initiatives

If you are interested in submitting for the next issue, please click this link and fill out the form. We hope to hear from you!

Sarah Gabriella Hernandez (University of Illinois at Chicago) defended her dissertation in March 2019, which was a process evaluation of community-engaged dissemination of an oral histories project component of a community health assessment. The study linked Community-Based Participatory Research, Dissemination & Implementation Science, and Evaluation and employed novel methodologies for framing and qualitatively analyzing dissemination process data, to produce a generalized community-engaged dissemination model.

Lediva Dumessa (Mississippi State University) When the Ethiopian immigrant community in Tennessee mourned several deaths to suicide and targeted violence, she knew, from both professional and personal experience, the obstacles faced by this community. Understanding the cultural beliefs that strengthen mental illness stigma, and how recent events inspire fear and mistrust that can prevent seeking help, she committed to help. Lediya reached out to Ethiopian community groups to organize and facilitate a free psychoeducational workshop about mental health risks, and when and where to find help. Over 40 community members attended, asked questions, voiced concerns, and expressed appreciation for receiving information in their native language of Amharic. Lediya is evaluating similar training workshops for child-serving professionals.

Corbin J. Standley (Michigan State University) successfully defended his master's thesis in May of 2019. His thesis examined the impact of intersecting marginalized identities on suicide risk for youth, as well as the role of social support as a protective factor for youth suicide using a social-ecological model. He plans to apply this research in his work with the local LifeSavers Suicide Prevention Coalition to design and implement social support programs across all contexts in which youth live, learn, and play. Corbin was also recently elected as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Michigan Chapter.