Regional Updates

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The
Community
Psychologist

Volume 50 Number 3 
Summer 2017

Regional Network News

Edited by Scot Evans, Regional Network Coordinator

s.evans4@miami.edu

As we ease into summer, we’re starting to build out the regional web pages on the SCRA website. Check out the pages under construction here and let me know if you have any suggestions for these regional sites (http://www.scra27.org/who-we-are/regional-activities/). We hope to host all of the regional conference pages here (http://www.scra27.org/event/regional-conferences/) so send me your regional conference information and any other info you want posted. Check out what is going on in the SCRA Regions around the world!

Northeast Region, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

Christopher Beasley: cbeasley2@washcoll.edu, Washington College (MD)

Melissa Whitson: mwhitson@newhaven.edu, University of New Haven (CT)

Andrew Martinez: amart140@DePaul.edu, Sacred Heart University (CT)

Graduate Student Coordinator

Taylor Darden: tdarden1@umbc.edu, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (MD)

News from the Northeast

In March we convened at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston. For the SCRA division of this conference we had a wonderful program, with an entire afternoon devoted to Community Psychology presentations. Our “SCRA day” included a well-attended lunch social, 15 posters, 3 paper presentations, and a post-election social justice advocacy roundtable, which was extremely popular. We also gave out awards to undergraduate and graduate students for poster presentations. SCRA’s representation at EPA is growing, and it was a great time seeing colleagues and networking with folks from across the East Coast. Please keep your eyes open for the call for proposals for the next EPA conference, which will be held in Philadelphia, PA from March 1st – 3rd 2018!

We currently need people to fill some of our coordinator positions. If you are interested in serving as a regional coordinator or student-level coordinator, please email Melissa Whitson at mwhitson@newhaven.edu. Coordinators serve three-year terms and provide regional leadership and guidance to the processes of membership development, activities, and communication.

We want to congratulate our fellow coordinator, Chris Beasley, who will be leaving our region for his new position at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Chris has graciously offered to fulfill his final year of regional representation from afar. We are also grateful for the leadership that Bronwyn Hunter (University of Maryland, Baltimore County in MD) has provided to the Northeast Regional Coordinators over several years.  She is officially rotating off the committee, but continues to help as we grow and develop our regional network.  THANK YOU, Bronwyn! 

WESTERN REGION, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

Lauren Lichty, University of Washington at Bothell

Eylin Palamaro Munsell, Arizona State University

Emma Ogley-Oliver, Marymount California University

Greg Townley, Portland State University

Student Coordinators

Angela Nguyen, University of California, Santa Cruz

Brittney Weber, Arizona State University

2017 SCRA Biennial Conference West Region Reflections

Written by Greg Townley, Benjamin Graham, Samantha Lynne Gupta, Susan James, Mariah Kornbluh, and Mary Watkins

The West Region was well represented at the 2017 SCRA Biennial Conference, with over 120 presenters from academic settings, organizations, and communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.  The conference theme, “Transformative Community Psychology,” was reflected in numerous posters, roundtables, workshops, symposia, and ignite sessions delivered by West Region attendees.  For example, Amy Shearer, Rachel Terry, and Greg Townley from Portland State University presented research examining community inclusion and housing of individuals with psychiatric disabilities.  The aim of this work is to enact transformative change in communities and mental health service settings by facilitating opportunities whereby individuals with psychiatric disabilities can move from being clients of services to citizens who are engaged in all aspects of their communities. 

The West Region’s strong commitment to addressing community psychology pedagogy and research practice at the undergraduate and graduate levels was also reflected throughout the biennial.  For example, Lauren Lichty from University of Washington, Bothell and Benjamin Graham from Humboldt State University presented as part of a workshop on strategies to promote social justice in undergraduate psychology courses.  Jen Wallin-Ruschman from The College of Idaho, Eylin Palamaro Munsell from Arizona State University, and Lauren Lichty hosted a town hall meeting on the current state and future of community psychology pedagogy and research with undergraduates.  Kamee Abrahamian, Krista Arias, Samantha Lynne Gupta, Jonathan Horton, and Susan James from Pacifica Graduate Institute organized a roundtable discussion on the development of racial justice values and guidelines in the classroom. 

Mary Watkins, also from Pacifica, chaired a roundtable on radical imagination, featuring the work of Pacifica doctoral students Madeleine Spencer, Susan Grelock, and Alisa Orduna.  Pacifica doctoral student Samantha Lynne Gupta co-facilitated a workshop with her colleague from India, Dr. Siva Mathiyazhagan, on their collaborative work on transnational/ translocal youth-led community organizing projects within and between Southern California and South India.  Master’s level graduate students new to Community Psychology had the opportunity to be exposed to the larger discipline and doctoral programs. For instance, first time SCRA attendees and presenters Sherry Bell and Holly Brott (from Chico State, and Mariah Kornbluh’s participatory action lab) expressed their excitement and gratitude for the range of sessions that reflected their interest and research values, noting that this differed from traditional psychology conferences they had attended. In addition to presenting at and attending sessions at the biennial, members of the West Region also enjoyed more informal opportunities for personal and professional networking throughout the conference.

With many new community psychology faculty starting positions at multiple universities within our region, we are excited to grow our membership from both academic and practice perspectives.  We invite individuals to contact Greg Townley (gtownley@pdx.edu), one of the SCRA West Region Coordinators, to become involved and learn more.  We enthusiastically look forward to our next opportunity to join together as students and faculty from Pacifica Graduate Institute host the 2018 Community Research and Action in the West (CRA-W) conference, January 27-28, 2018. 

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(Left to right) Greg Townley, Rachel Terry, and Amy Shearer (Portland State University)

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(Left to right) Susan James, Krista Arias, Jonathan Horton, Kamee Abrahamian, and Samantha Lynne Gupta (Pacifica Graduate Institute)

2017 SCRA Biennial Conference West Region Reflections

Written by Madeleine Spencer 

The recent SCRA Biennial Conference in Ottawa Canada taught me more about the expanse of the field as well as the creative, innovative and exciting work being done by other community psychologist today.

SCRA conferences are an amazing platform for reconnecting with peers and professors and other universities in collaborative team building through presentations and sharing knowledge across a field through pioneering processes.

Conferences such as this allow the novice student or beginning field worker to strengthening his or her professional network in the field through providing a space for connection to others doing the work. “In Ottawa, I personally met many amazing presenters and teams of community psychologists and was able to share information and put new leaders in the field into my contact list.

I learned about a variety of diverse ways community psychologists are presently working in the field. Some of the mediums of the work that surprised and delighted me were seeing the work of community psychology in a growing relationship to art in Detroit and Chicago, cultural work in Santa Cruz, California, science and quantitative research in China, work with health care and Indigenous populations in Canada as well as seeing the growing research around prevalent thematic topics such as Decolonizing Methodologies worked on by groups of community psychologists from all over the world.

The conference as a place holds the possibility of realizing opportunities for internships, jobs and fellowships. It can give one greater access to understanding of how SCRA works and open new possibility for members to become active participants in the larger organization that is working to advance their own field of research and practice.

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(Left to right) Madeleine Spencer, Alisa Orduna, Susan Grelock, and Mary Watkins (Pacifica Graduate Institute) 

MIDWEST REGION, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

Amber Williams, ambere_kelly@yahoo.com, National Louis University (IL)

Olya Glantsman, oglantsman@gmail.com, DePaul University (IL)

Student Representative

Taylor Thorpe, DePaul University (IL)

Naz Chief, National Louis University (IL)

News from the Midwest

Written by Amber Kelly

Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)

The Midwest region held its annual conference during SCRA affiliated meeting at the Midwest Psychological Association on April 21st, 2017. This year we received 60 proposals (33 posters, 22 roundtables, 5 symposiums).  Undergraduate and graduate students across the region shared their research in the field.   The quality of the posters presented by students embodied professionalism and their passion for their work. Congratulations to the poster winners!

Awards for Student Poster Presentations

Place

Title

1st Authors

1st

Online Identity and Support: The Facebook Networks of LGBTQ Youth

 

Elizabeth McConnell DePaul University

 

2nd

The Role of Critical Consciousness in College Students Psychological Well Being 

 

Matthew McCarty DePaul University

 

3rd

Exploring Experiences of Chronic Illness Among College Students

 

Damani McClellan

DePaul University

 

  

Racial Justice in Praxis Conference

Ericka Mingo, PhD

Assistant Professor, National Louis University

The Racial Justice in Praxis Conference was held at National Louis University on May 19th and 20th. The event was sponsored by Psychologists for Social Responsibility and National Louis University. The Racial Justice Action Group organizes the conference annually, in an effort to collaborate and innovate with others seeking to end racial injustice, and understand the ways in which it has manifested for people of color. The conference hosted voices from communities, individuals, and organizations, working towards new approaches for confronting racial injustice. This year's theme was The Psychology of the Wall. Through planned discussions, collaborative workshops and roundtables, panel discussions, and our art exhibition, the conference was a space for honest dialogue and action planning around the dismantling of barriers, as well as passage under over and through them. This year marked the first for a youth led songs of protest workshop, out of which came a remarkable sound, voice, and fresh perspective on racial justice issues. Participants from across the country came and held space with us, helping to maintain issues of racial justice in the forefront of our collective work and efforts. We are working on planning next year's conference and welcome all interested in the process. As president elect I invite you join PsySR and the phenomenal work that is being done in our organization. We look forward to sharing this space with many of you next year.

 

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Midwest Eco Conference

Please save October 13-15 for the Midwest Eco conference held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. 

As usual, the conference will keep its normal structure with events on Friday evening and all conference sessions on Saturday. This year, we have added an optional Sunday morning of action. If that sounds appealing to you, please plan accordingly (Spoiler alert: Its gonna be awesome!).

Friday Oct 13 - Keynote speaker and reception in evening

Saturday Oct 14 - Conference sessions and speakers all day

Sunday Oct 15 - Morning of action

Looking forward to seeing you all in Michigan!

Join us for a regional conversation!

Topic: Midwest Region Zoom Session 

Time: Aug 22, 2017 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

The agenda is as follows:

1. Introducing new regional coordinator

2. MPA deadlines 

3. Zoom session topics of interest

4. Midwest happenings 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://nl.zoom.us/j/951450993

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16465588656,,951450993# or +14086380968,,951450993#

Or Telephone:

    Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)

    Meeting ID: 951 450 993

    International numbers available: https://nl.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=SCFyoQXdl5gE2YMjWt9LoQzPR4vp8cwN

 

SoutHeast Region, U.S

Regional Coordinators

Pam Imm, Community Psychologist, Independent Practice; Lexington SC

Wing Yi (Winnie) Chan, Georgia State University

Elan Hope, North Carolina State University

Student Regional Coordinators

Dominique Thomas, Georgia State University

Susie Paterson, University of Miami (FL)

Douglas Archie, University of South Carolina

Abby Nance, NC State

Andrew Gadaire, UNC-Charlotte

The 2017 Southeastern Region Eco-Community Conference

Written by Natalie Kivell & Susan Paterson

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Save the Date for the 2017 Southeast ECO hosted by the University of Miami and the Engagement Power and Social Action Research Team on October 28th, 2017! This year’s ECO will be some fun in the sun, with a camping kind of ECO vibe, that will celebrate and highlight the many ‘Community Psychologies’ found in the Southeast and beyond. With our conference theme CP Rising: Multiple Community Psychologies for Social change, this conference will comprise traditional conference presentations for you to share your research, an engaged skill share methodology session, and of course a few sprinkles of Miami magic.

Important Dates to keep in mind:

SE ECO: October 27-29th (full day conference Saturday October 28th)

Call for Proposals: August 10th, 2017     
Proposal submission deadline: September 10th, 2017
ECO Registration begins: August 15, 2017

United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales) & Republic of Ireland

International Regional Coordinators

Ronni Greenwood, University of Limerick, Ireland

Rachel Manning, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

Building Bridges between Backyards: Cross-National Education to Facilitate Community Psychology Research and Action

By Dr Ronni M. Greenwood

Dr David Livert of Penn State Lehigh Valley and Dr Ronni Greenwood of the University of Limerick, Ireland, collaborated to deliver an international community psychology course on 4-5 March 2017, funded by SCRA’s Council of Education. The purpose of the initiative was is to highlight the importance of culture, context, and collaboration in framing and conducting community psychology research and action. Their collaboration built on and expanded a 2014 pilot in which the two universities successfully delivered a similar, but smaller version of this program in cross-national community psychology education.

In the first phase of the project students from PSULV and UL simultaneously took part in parallel community psychology courses taught at their respective institutions. Students from the two universities got acquainted with one another through social media technology and virtual learning environments (VLEs). Students also used social media and virtual learning environments to discuss their social issue or problem and learn how the social issue or problem is experienced in the other country. During the pre-trip period both groups learned about the constructs used by social and community psychologists to identify and understand their local community’s social problems in their community. Students also learned how ecological factors shape the emergence, maintenance, experience, and interruption of social problems from an international perspective. Students at each university worked in teams to identify a local social problem, explain the problem using community psychology values and principles using ecological and needs assessments. These activities involved interviews with local stakeholders and review of secondary sources.

In the second phase, PSULV students visited the University of Limerick. During the visit, UL hosted a Community Psychology Student Conference, which included student-led teaching activities, a student poster session; a keynote address by Professor Maria Vargas-Moniz of ISPA, Lisbon, Portugal and incoming President of the European Community Psychology Association; and a roundtable discussion with Novas Initiatives, a  national organization that delivers community-based prevention and promotion services with individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and/or drug-related problems. This conference was open to the broader university community. In the poster session, students taught one another about their social issue or problem in terms of local, national, and international contexts. A key theme of the Festival was joint consideration of social issues and problems identified in local environments (one’s own backyard) with an ecological approach to explicate the social issue or problem within an international perspective (bridging cultures). The visit ended with a group reflection on the entire experience, on community psychology values and concepts, and their thoughts on the role of community psychology in their everyday lives, their career aspirations, and the entire discipline of psychology.

Europe/Middle East/Africa

International Regional Coordinators

Serdar Degirmencioglu, Cumhuriyet University

José Ornelas, Instituto Universitário, in Lisboa, Portugal

Caterina Arcidiacono, Federico II University, Naples, Italy

Julia Halamova, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

This year’s conference is "Community psychology in Slovakia 2017." The conference and workshop will take place on 27th November and 28th November 2017 in Bratislava in Slovakia. This year our special guest will be Liz Cunningham from The Brighton University. The event is supported by SCRA regional grant.