Leadership

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SCRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee is currently made up of 20 members: 12 elected, 5 ex-officio members appointed by the members of our councils (COE, Practice, CERA, Policy and Research), and 3 ex-officio members who are EC members as part of their duties in other positions (the editor of AJCP, the editor of TCP, and the chair of the Publications Committee). All EC members have full voting rights.

All of the elected position serve 3-year terms, except for the Student Representatives who serve 2-year terms. The terms of the representatives from our councils are up to the members of those councils. The terms of the editors of AJCP and TCP are determined by their contracts. The chair of the Publications Committee generally serves a 3-year term. 

All of the EC members are volunteers with no compensation, with the exception of the editors of AJCP and TCP, both which receive a stipend for their editorial offices. Those funds may include a stipend for the editor(s) in addition to paying for other costs associated with their editorial offices. The exact use of those funds is specified in their contracts.

In addition to the volunteers on the EC, SCRA employs three part-time consultants, one in the position of Executive Director, one in the position of Administrative Coordinator, and one in the position of Outreach Communications Specialist.

Executive Committee

·Name: Yvette Flores (she/her)

·Degree: PhD

·Place of degree: UC Berkeley

·Current position:  Professor of Psychology in Chicana/Chicano Studies. UC Davis

·CP and Me: Community psychology provides the analytic and empirical tools to promote social justice, equity, and respect for the uniqueness of all humans.  I see my role as a community/clinical psychologist to bridge our discipline with Latinx studies and to find collaborative endeavors to dismantle white supremacy and promote equality for all members, especially BIPOC.  In my teaching, research, advocacy, and community work,  I aim to foreground the voices of the silenced and invisibilized.

·Current role in SCRA: President

·Term dates: August 2021-August 2023

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·Name: Bianca Guzman

·Degree: PhD 

·Place of degree: MSU

·Current position: Director of Pathway Offices; Professor of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies

·CP and Me:

·Current role in SCRA: Past-President

·Term dates: August 2021-August 2022

 Bianca Guzman

·Name: Lauren Lichty (they/them)

·Degree: PhD 

·Place of degree: MSU

·Current position: Associate Professor UW Bothell

·CP and Me: I first encountered community psychology at the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana as a disgruntled undergraduate transfer student. Finding a field that created opportunities to bridge psychology, social change, and participatory research and evaluation – it felt like coming home. However, this project to bring power-conscious social-justice practice to life in psychology requires ongoing commitment and self-analysis. As a society, we are a work in progress.  As a member of SCRA, I am committed to growing a more inclusive and just professional organization, and it is my privilege to serve on the Executive Committee at this pivotal time in our organizational history.

·Current role in SCRA: Secretary

·Term dates: August 2016-August 2022

 Lauren Lichty

·Name: Christopher Nettles (he/him)

·Degree: Ph.D. Clinical/Community Psychology

·Place of degree: George Washington University

·Current position: Executive Director of a Buddhist non-profit

·CP and Me: The financial health of SCRA forms the bedrock of our ability to function and deliver on SCRA’s values and goals.  As Treasurer, I intend to apply the values of servant leadership to ensure that SCRA is financially healthy well into the future. Those values include transparency, integrity, and promoting participation. My primary role is to lead administration of the budget and finances. This responsibility is carried out in conjunction with Executive Committee. The responsibilities include tracking and accounting for all expenses and revenues. I regularly update the Executive Committee and SCRA membership about our finances. SCRA also holds significant financial assets and I chair our Finance Committee who, along with an outside financial advisor, monitors our investments and guides our long-term investment strategy.

·Current role in SCRA: Treasurer

·Term dates: August 2021 – August 2024

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·Name: Sara Buckingham

·Degree: PhD

·Place of degree: Human Services Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County

·Current position: Assistant Professor University of Alaska Anchorage

·CP and Me: The Council of Representatives is the legislative body of APA and has full power and authority over the affairs and funds of the association, including APA boards, committees, divisions and affiliated organizations. Council is composed of representatives of divisions; representatives of state, provincial and territorial psychological associations (SPTAs), and the members of the Board of Directors. As SCRA's representative, I participate in APA Council meetings, vote on matters before the APA, and promote and support initiatives of interest to SCRA. Please reach out via email with any questions, concerns, or suggestions you have regarding matters that involve the APA

·Current role in SCRA: Representative to Council

·Term dates: January 2021-December 2023

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·Name: Ashmeet Oberoi (She/Her)

·Name: Ashmeet Oberoi

·Degree: PhD

·Place of degree: University of Illinois, Chicago

·Current position: Assistant Professor (Clinical), and Director Community & Social Change Master’s Program, University of Miami

·CP and Me: My focus is on understanding and creating settings that build community, where individuals with diverse identities participate in intentional engagement across their differences. As a teacher and mentor, community engaged researcher, program developer and evaluator, and collaborator with civic organizations, I work to promote social justice in communities, my institution and in SCRA. As a Member-at-Large for APA program, I work to support and develop SCRA (Division 27) programming for APA Conventions. In order to do so, I connect with other MALs, the SCRA Executive Committee, and the SCRA Professional Development Committee. As SCRA EC member, I am also interested in connecting with junior professionals and directors of community psychology programs to develop a supportive network. 

·Current role in SCRA: Member at Large

·Term dates: August 2019-August 2022

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·Name: Serdar Degirmencioglu (He/Him)

·Degree: PhD

·Place of degree: Wayne State University

·Current position: Visiting Scholar, Goethe University Frankfurt a.M., Germany

·CP and Me: My work is inspired by critical and action-oriented approaches in psychology and education. I recognized the value of community psychology when I was a post-doctoral fellow 25 years ago and adopted it as my main discipline. I was one of the founding members of the European Community Psychology Association and later served as president. I also served in the Psychologists for Social Responsibility Steering Committee and later as president of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology. Currently I am a Philipp Schwartz Fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt. This is a visiting position because my 20-year academic career in Turkey was terminated in 2016 for having signed a peace manifesto: I was fired and banned from public service for life. 

·Current role in SCRA: Member at Large

·Term dates: August 2020-August 2023

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·Name: Dawn Henderson

·Degree: MS, M.Ed., PhD

·Place of degree: North Carolina State University

·Current position: Director of Research, Village of Wisdom, Co-Director, Collective Health and Education Equity Research Collaborative

·CP and Me: I identify as a Black Community Psychologist and believe in the power of collective organizing, collective beingness that allows us to come together through our common humanity and dismantle systems of oppression that inhibits our collective ability to thrive. However, I am quite aware that part of the gathering of our humanity comes when we recognize how "isms" with an emphasis on racism have delimited Black and Brown folks capacity to maximize their collective power and resources to enact change and to thrive in their homes, neighborhoods, and communities. Thus, we need to start here first if we are dedicated to true transformation from a collective and ecological lens. 

·Current role in SCRA: Member at Large

·Term dates: August 2021-August 2024

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·Name: Jessica Saucedo (she/her)

·Degree: BA

·Place of degree: MSU

·Current position: Doctoral Student MSU

·CP and Me: Community psychology (CP) was introduced me by my closest mentor as I was applying to graduate school. When I researched the field, I viewed the main CP websites, communitypsychology.com and scra27.org. While scrolling through them, I was intrigued by the opportunities for student involvement. It was at that time that I imagined myself as a student representative for SCRA, and most importantly, as a community psychologist. What I appreciate most about CP and its scholars is the ability for the field to reflect on the past and engage in positive change for the present and future.

·Current role in SCRA: National Student Representative

·Term dates:

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·Name: Aaron Baker (He/Him)

·Degree: Community Psychology PhD (expected June 2023)

·Place of degree: National Louis University

·Current position: Doctoral Student

·CP and Me: My interest in Community Psychology stems from my experience working in student affairs in higher education, primarily in residence life and student success advising, where I observed systems and structures that placed more emphasis on fixing individuals. Broadly, my goal is to help increase quality of life, sense of thriving, and effective management of life transitions among adolescents and emerging adults with the eventual goal of improved well-being now and later in life. Currently, I am interested in how adolescents and emerging adults recruit and engage their system of support, especially as they navigate dynamic life transitions.

·Current role in SCRA: National Student Representative

·Term dates: August 2021-August 2023

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·Name: Nicole Allen

·Degree:

·Place of degree:

·Current position: Associate Head and Director of Graduate Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

·CP and Me:

·Current role in SCRA: Editor of AJCP

·Term dates:

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·Name: Dominique Thomas (He/Him)

·Degree: PhD

·Place of degree: Georgia State University

·Current position: Adjunct Professor, Psychology Program, Division of Life Sciences, Morehouse College

·CP and Me: I am a scholar-practitioner interested in the political philosophy of social justice and empowerment. My praxis is a liberation psychology informed by Afrofuturism as a form of anti-imperialism; I study how educational institutions reproduce racial capitalism. I am Editor of The Community Psychologist and previously served as Associate Editor (2018-2020). I attained my B.A. in Psychology from Morehouse College and my M.A./Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Georgia State University. I was a Scholarship to Practice Fellow (2018-2020) at the University of Michigan. I served as chair of the Council for Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial Affairs (2019-2021) and am currently guest-editing a forthcoming special issue in the AJCP, Imperial Algorithms: Contemporary Manifestations of Racism and Colonialism.

·Current role in SCRA: Editor of TCP

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·Name: Mason G. Haber (He/Him)

·Degree: PhD

·Place of degree: Wayne State University

·Current position: Director of Evaluation, Judge Baker’s Children’s Center

·CP and Me: 

·Current role in SCRA: Chair Council of Education Programs

·Term dates: 2020-2022

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·Name: Judah Viola (He/Him)

·Degree: PhD

·Place of degree: DePaul University

·Current position: Associate Professor

·CP and Me: I am an Associate Professor at National Louis University supporting our Community Psychology PhD program.  I have previously served as chair of the SCRA Policy committee and been a member of the council of education programs.  I have also co-edited on of the books in the SCRA book series. In my role as Publications committee chair I will work with the committee to identify, encourage, implement, and oversee effective ways of disseminating information about community research and action. Our committee works closely with the editors of all of SCRA’s publications, including our TCP newsletter, the SCRA book series published by Oxford University Press, and the American Journal of Community Psychology.

·Current role in SCRA: Chair of Publication Committee

·Term dates: January 2019-December 2022

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·Name: Kyrah Brown

·Degree: PhD

·Place of degree: Wichita State University

·Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington

·CP and Me: The mission of the Practice Council is to expand the visibility, reach, and impact of community psychology practice through opportunities for connection, support, and professional development through the Society for Community Research and Action, academic community research and action, graduate programs, and other professional organizations and communities. I am committed to working to advance the mission of SCRA by voicing the needs and interests of practitioners as well as SCRA members who identify with underrepresented groups.

·Current role in SCRA: Representative from Practice Council

·Term dates:

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·Name: Sindhia Colburn (She/Her)

·Degree: PhD

·Place of degree: Bowling Green State University

·Current position: Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow with Children's National Primary Care

·CP and Me: Over the course of my training, my personal and professional experiences deepened my perspective on child educational and health disparities, and the institutional factors that perpetuate them, especially for youth who are minoritized based on their racial, ethnic, sexual, or gender identities. Using my clinical-community training and my passion for community psychology practice, I hope to dedicate my career to increasing access to equitable care for minoritized children and their families. In particular, I am interested in sociocultural factors that affect child and family well-being such as intergenerational and historical trauma, wealth and resource distribution, youth-adult relationships, and neighborhood/school social norms.

·Current role in SCRA: Representative from CERA

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SCRA Administrative Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Amber KellyAs the Executive Director, I work with our staff and the Executive Committee to oversee the operations and strategic priorities for SCRA.  To help promote our vision to enhance well-being and promote social justice, I collaborate with SCRA members and other professional organizations. I am passionate about promoting a culture of inclusion in which all members feel as though their voice matters within the organization, and that cannot happen without the support of dedicated volunteers. We are a 99% volunteer ran organization.  Your gifts are welcome and needed to advance the field. Please reach out to share your ideas, suggestions, and experiences. I look forward to connecting with members. 

 

 ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

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CP and Me: Community psychology has long been a guiding force in my education and volunteer work, with my interest in SCRA predating my current role by several years. So, I am delighted to now be the Administrative Coordinator for SCRA. My job is to handle many of the administrative activities for the organization. In my role as Administrative Coordinator, I hope to ensure the smooth operation of the administrative moving pieces of SCRA, so that the organization can continue to empower and promote positive change across many different contexts.

OUTREACH COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

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CP and Me: As Outreach Communications Specialist, I serve as a catalyst to bring SCRA resources to greater public attention.  I have a background in community psychology as well as non-profit and community based advocacy.  I look forward to working with you to help promote your research and community involvement both within and outside of SCRA through press releases, e-newsletters, webinars, videos, social media and more!