Community Practice Vignette - Pamela Imm
Name: Pamela Imm
Location: Lexington, South Carolina
Name of workplace: Self employed, work from home a lot; have an office at LRADAC, the alcohol and drug abuse commission in the county.
Title: Community Psychologist
How would you prefer to be contacted? email
In which of the following formats would you be interested in sharing your account? (mark all that apply):
Website Book Journal (last 2)
Which of the following formats would you be willing to complete? (mark all that apply):
Videotaped interview Telephone Interview Longer questionnaire (would do all, but probably phone interview is best)
Please describe your primary work including the setting and primary focus of your work:
The main focus of my work is to organize groups to develop solutions to problems that high risk youth often face. This is mainly done by organizing coalitions. I mainly do this within the state. I consult with other consulting agencies who ask me to go into places across the country and help think about things like needs/resource assessment, planning, and evaluation once communities already have a coalition. I do a lot of training and some supervision of graduate students. I write a lot and publish journal articles as well as books in specific topics. I also write grants (when I have to) and work on them as well.
Please describe any other work or projects that you do as a community psychologist (paid or volunteer): Home room mom for my son's 2nd grade class. Advisory member of a Youth Improvisational theater group in Spartanburg, SC; secretary of our Neighborhood Association
What training do you have in community psychology? What helped prepare you for this career?
Training is mainly Ph..D. from USC; I also got a masters in clinical-community from UNCC which helped develop my interest in this area. I try to go to trainings as much as I can even though I also do them. I feel that I can continually learn new stuff for personal or professional reasons
Please list any professional affiliations:
Other comments or other information relevant to your work as a community practitioner:
Juggling everything is difficult but manageable. I am fortunate to have a husband who is also flexible with his work hours.