RadioActive is an hour long talk show hosted by Natalie Kivell, a Ph.D. candidate in Community Well-Being at the University of Miami. Each week Natalie interviews academics and/or activists from around the world who dive into critical discussions from a Community Psychology lens aimed specifically at addressing structural inequality and the root causes of our complex social problems. Each week the show aims to provoke listeners to think differently about social change and social justice to help shift how we think, act and react to social change efforts in our research and practice.

RadioActive airs every Sunday at 6pm on wvum.org out of the University of Miami student radio station.

These materials could be used to:

  • Teach:  These podcasts can be assigned in addition to or in lieu of readings.
  • Build awareness:  Disseminating information about community psychology
  • Promote dialogue within the field:  On new research and theory development

RadioActive Episodes 

MLKJ Day Special Episode - Allana Zuckerman and Dr. Dominique Thomas

Release Date: January 15th, 2018



In this special episode of RadioActive, Dr. Dominique Thomas and Allana Zuckerman join Natalie to talk about the upcoming Black Lives Matter special issue of the journal, Community Psychology in a Global Perspective. They discuss the conversations and conference sessions where the need for empirical and narrative research about and with the BLM movement became evident, while digging into the question - Do Black Scholars Matter in Community Psychology. From two emerging scholars, this interview provides both critique and a vision for the future for the role of black scholarship, black scholars and lessons from and catalyzing for black social movements.

More Info

Dr. Dominique Thomas - see our previous episode

Allana Zuckerman

Learn about SCRA's Council on Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial Affairs (CERA) and how you can get involved!

Tackling Campus Racial Climate and Institutional Racism - Dr. Dominique Thomas (@DThomasPhD)

Release Date: January 12, 2018


For this episode of RadioActive Natalie took a stop over in Atlanta, Georgia to interview Dr. Dominique Thomas about his recent research on campus racial climate for African American Students. His research looks to better understand the phenomena of racial climate in order to better tackle issues of institutional racism in higher education. As always, he is a fountain of knowledge and backs it up with his interesting and innovative research. 

More from Dr. Thomas:


Black Scholars Matter: Development and Validation of a Campus Racial Climate Measure for African American College Students

Expectations of Educational Success as a Mediator Between Racial Discrimination and College GPA



Prioritizing the Local in an Era of Globalization - Dr. Urmitapa Dutta


On this episode of RadioActive you hear an interview with Dr. Urmitapa Dutta during the 2017 Society for Community Research and Action conference held in Ottawa Canada. Urmi discusses the role of knowledge construction in the margins as discussed in her paper "Prioritizing the Local in an Era of Globalization: A Proposal for Decentering Community Psychology" published in the American Journal of Community Psychology. Through her work in her home community in India Dr. Dutta brings forward different examples from her work that demonstrate the importance for grassroots knowledge construction to address power and injustice.

The Role of Science in Social Movements - Dr. Winnie Chan


Dr. Winnie Chan joins Natalie to share her new paper entitled "From Moment to Movement: Empowerment and Resilience as a Framework for Collective Action in Hong Kong". Dr. Chan takes us through the current and historical context of Hong Kong, how the Hong Kong fight for liberation is linked to broader policy and history, and how empowerment and resilience inform the initial and sustained involvement in movement work in the Hong Kong context. We also discuss how her research can inform movement work around the world as we are in an important historical moment. The more we know, the better the resistance can be. Science plays an important role in how we conceive, implement and sustain social movement and social change efforts.

Dismantling the Caricature of "Other" - Dr. Ashmeet Oberoi


On this episode of RadioActive I was joined by Dr. Ashmeet Oberoi, a faculty member from the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami. Dr. Oberoi studies the school experience (both as it relates to well-being and academic achievement) of Muslim and immigrant youth who are ‘othered’ within the American school systems. Her research is framed in a way to bring a broader understanding of the experiences of this group of young people and to provide context to these experiences. Listeners can learn more about how Ashmeet frames and utilizes research for social good, and how this research can challenge and dismantle stereotypes.

Surfacing and Shifting Power - Dr. Scot Evans and Dr. Tod Sloan 

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On this episode of RadioActive we served up two brilliant (and ridiculously cool) academic brains who work tirelessly to understand the role of power in creating and maintaining suffering and inequality in our communities and society. Dr. Scot Evans and Dr. Tod Sloan discussed the relevance and importance of Critical Community Psychology and what we can and should be doing with it in our movement work, in social change efforts and in academic spaces.

This is not a history lesson; this is agitation: A SCRA address - Dr. Gina Langhout


We all have moments in our lives that speak to us, that move us in unexpected ways. One of these moments for Natalie, the host of RadioActive, was an address given at the 2015 Society for Community Research and Action Biennial conference. Gina Langhout, a scholar and community psychologist, delivered her address entitled – This is not a history lesson; this is agitation: A call for a methodology of diffraction in U.S.-based community psychology. Her speech was framed as a rallying call to the field in Community Psychology (and perhaps academic spaces more generally). Natalie and Gina created an adapted version of her address on RadioActive! 

Refugees, migration, acculturation and traumatic stress - Dr. Dina Birman


Dr. Dina Birman discusses refugees, culture, acculturation, migration and traumatic stress. Dina takes listeners through a definition of Community Psychology and her own personal history of moving to the US as a refugee from the Soviet Union. As a researcher, a community psychologist and a refugee herself, Dina takes a grounded perspective towards the role of culture and acculturation in the refugee experience, and a context-based perspective to refugee resettlement work.

What is Community Psychology - Dr. Laura Kohn-Wood and Dr. Courte Voorhees



Dr. Laura Kohn-Wood and Dr. Courte Voorhees discuss the timeless question: "What is Community Psychology". During this episode, Laura and Courte describe principles, theories, values and methodologies that make up the field of Community Psychology. They also share their own journeys into the field, and give information on how people can become more involved and/or continue to learn about our action oriented field.

Engaging patients in their own lives - Dr. Lenny Jason



Dr. Lenny Jason discusses his work on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalopathy (CFS/ME). Dr. Jason shared his definition of Community Psychology as a public health model of psychology and his work on engaging patients in case definition they relate to CFS/ME. In breaking the myth of the ‘yuppy flu’ as CFS/ME had been known, he highlights the need to create research that challenges the status quo research that did not reflect the needs and narratives of the patients with the disease. When the show originally aired CFS/ME had just been renamed Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID). Dr. Jason discussed the importance of including patient voice in decisions that impact their diagnoses and understanding of the impacts of CFS/ME.

The Road to You Know Where is Paved with Good Intentions - Dr. Ed Tricket


Dr. Ed Trickett shares his nuanced way of understanding ecological theory and the ecology of our social world. Through tangible examples of his work in schools and communities along with metaphors of onions, Ed takes us on a short journey through his brain to better understand and appreciate the complex thinking that has gone into understanding how communities impact people and well-being and how we can engage in understanding contexts in community psychology and as agents for change in communities.

Rattling our Comfort Zone: Structural Violence, Decolonization and Community Psychology - Dr. Chris Sonn



Dr. Sonn digs into the complex and interconnected topics of structural and symbolic violence, decolonization, historical memory, indigeneity and whiteness. Through the Apartheid Archive Project, in South Africa, Dr. Sonn shares how he is addressing some of the broader issues that he thinks and writes about in community psychology.