Teaching CP: Other Journals, Websites, Books

Further Resources for Teaching Community Psychology: Journals, Websites and Books

Editor's Note: These lists were assembled by Jim Dalton from suggestions by members of the SCRA-L listserve. SCRA members can add to this list by clicking HERE or make comments on this list by using the comments tab (you need to be logged-in to contribute). You can also download the original list as a pdf file. Thanks to all who provided suggestions! You can make additional suggestions by contacting us at:

Major Journals

  • American Journal of Community Psychology
  • Australian Community Psychologist
  • Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health / Revue Canadienne de Santé Mentale Communautaire
  • Community, Work and Family
  • Journal of Community Psychology
  • Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
  • Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
  • Journal of Primary Prevention
  • Journal of Rural Community Psychology
  • Journal of Social Issues (published by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues)
  • The Community Psychologist

Helpful Websites

  • Community Tool Box - An excellent resource for exercises, background readings, and practical tips for changing real-world communities. The Tool Box provides over 6,000 pages of practical skill-building information on over 250 different topics. Topic sections include step-by-step instruction, examples, and checklists. Instructors can assign sections as background readings or as practical, user-friendly resources for proposing or planning community interventions. Some sections are also very useful for in-class exercises. 
  • The Society for Teaching Psychology (STP; Division 2)- Diversity in Teaching Resources originally developed by the President's Taskforce on Diversity Education (PTDE). 
  • UCPSARNET - a World-wide Interactive Web Resource on University-Community Partnerships. Community researchers in six countries founded this interactive website "to encourage involvement in community, promote participatory social action research, and endorse community leadership that is mindful of cultural diversity and welcomes the opportunity that this diversity brings. We also hope that the platform will become a resource for instructors teaching community related courses." The website team will present examples of community projects and host discussions by community practitioners, students and researchers.
  • Community Psychology Network
  • Communty Psychology UK
  • Social Psychology Network: Community Psychology

Current Textbooks and Reference Books

  • Dufort, F., & Guay, J. (Eds.). (2001). Agir au Coeur des communautés: La psychologie communautaire et le changement social. Québec: Les Presses de l'Université Laval.
  • Jason, L. A., Keys, C., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Taylor, R., & Davis, M. (Eds.). (2004). Participatory community research: Theories and methods in action. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Kloos, B., Hill, J., Thomas, E., Wandersman, A., Elias, M., & Dalton, J. (2012). Community psychology: Linking individuals and communities (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage.
  • Levine, M., Perkins, D. D., & Perkins, D. V. (2005). Principles of community psychology: Perspectives and applications (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Martin Gonzalez, A. (Ed). (1998). Psicologia comunitaria: Fundamentos y aplicaciones. Madrid, Spain: Editorial Sintesis.
  • Montero, M. (2004). Introducción a la psicología comunitaria. Buenos Aires: Paidos.
  • Moritsugu, J., Wong, F., & Duffy, K. G. (2010). Community psychology (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Nelson, G., & Prilleltensky, I. (Eds.). (2010). Community psychology: In pursuit of liberation and well-being. (2nd. Ed.) New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Rappaport, J., & Seidman, E. (Eds.). (2000). Handbook of community psychology. New York: Plenum.
  • Reich, S., Riemer, M., Prilleltensky, I., & Montero, M. (Eds.) (2007). International community psychology: History and theories. New York: Springer.
  • Revenson, T., D'Augelli, A., French, S., Hughes, D., Livert, D., Seidman, E., Shinn, M., & Yoshikawa, H. (Eds.). (2002). A quarter century of community psychology: Readings from the American Journal of Community Psychology. New York: Kluwer/Plenum.
  • Revenson, T., D'Augelli, A., French, S., Hughes, D., Livert, D., Seidman, E., Shinn, M., & Yoshikawa, H. (Eds.). (2002). Ecological research to promote social change: Methodological advances from community psychology. New York: Kluwer/Plenum. 
  • Rudkin, J. K. (2003). Community psychology: Guiding principles and orienting concepts. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

  • Scileppi, J. A., Teed, E. L., & Torres, R. D. (2000). Community psychology: A common sense approach to mental health. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Seedat, M., Duncan, N., & Lazarus, S. (Eds.). (2001). Theory, method and practice in community psychology. Cape Town, South Africa: Oxford University Press Southern Africa. 
  • Shinn, M., & Thaden, E. (Eds.). (2010). Current directions in community psychology.  Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Classic Textbooks and Reference Books

  • Heller, K., Price, R. H., Reinharz, S., Riger, S., & Wandersman, A. (1984). Psychology and community change: Challenges of the future. Homewood, IL: Dorsey Press/Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.

  • Mann, P. (1978). Community psychology: Concepts and applications. New York: Free Press.

  • Murrell, S. (1973). Community psychology and social systems. New York: Behavioral Publications.

  • Orford, J. (1992). Community psychology: Theory and practice. Chichester, UK: Wiley.

  • Rappaport, J. (1977). Community psychology: Values, research, and action. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 
  • Sarason, S. (1974). The psychological sense of community: Prospects for a community psychology. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Thomas, D., & Veno, A. (Eds.) (1992). Psychology and social change: Creating an international agenda. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Dunmore Press.
  • Tolan, P., Keys, C., Chertok, F., & Jason, L. (Eds.). (1990). Researching community psychology: Issues of theory and methods. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Trickett, E. J., Watts, R. J., & Birman, D. (Eds.). (1994). Human diversity: Perspectives on people in context. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Zax, M., & Specter, G.A. (1974). An introduction to community psychology. New York: Wiley.

Books and Resources Relevant to Community Psychology

  • Albee, G. W., & Gullotta, T. P. (Eds.). (1997). Primary prevention works. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Alinsky, S. (1971). Rules for radicals: A practical primer for realistic radicals. New York: Random House.

  • Balcazar, F., Montero, M., & Newbrough, R. (Eds.) (2000). Modelos de psicologia comunitaria para la promocion de la salud y prevencion de enfermedades en las Americas. Washington, DC: Organizacion Panamerica de la Salud.
  • Balcazar, F., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Taylor-Ritzler, T., & Keys, C. (2009). Race, culture, and disability: Rehabilitation science and practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Bennett, C., Anderson, L., Cooper, S., Hassol, L., Klein, D., & Rosenblum, G. (1966). Community psychology: A report of the Boston Conference on the Education of Psychologists for Community Mental Health. Boston: Boston University. [Report on the 1965 Swampscott or Boston conference.]

  • Berkman, L.S., & Kawachi, I. (Eds.). Social epidemiology [esp. pp. 137-173]. New York: Oxford University Press

  • Berkowitz, B. (1987). Local heroes: The rebirth of heroism in America. Lexington, MA: D. C. Heath.

  • Biglan, A., Brennan, P., Foster, S., & Holder, H. (Eds.). (2003). Helping adolescents at risk: Prevention of multiple problem behaviors. New York: Guilford. [Paperback: 2005.]

  • Bloom, M. (1996). Primary prevention practices. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Bond, M. (2007). Workplace chemistry: Promoting diversity through organizational change. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.
  • Cicchetti, D., Rappaport, J., Sandler, I., & Weissberg, R.P. (Eds.) (2000). The promotion of wellness in children and adolescents. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Corbett, C. (2011). Advancing Nonprofit Stewardship Through Self-Regulation: Translating Principles into Practice. Sterling, VA.: Kumarian Press.

  • Cowen, E. L., Gardner, E. A., & Zax, M. (Eds.). (1967). Emergent approaches to mental health problems. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.

  • Cowen, E.L., Hightower, A.D., Pedro-Carroll, J.L., Work, W.C., Wyman, P.A., & Haffey, W.G. (1996). School-based prevention for children at risk: The Primary Mental Health Project. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

  • Durlak, J.A. (1995). School-based prevention programs for children and adolescents. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Durlak, J.A. (1997). Successful prevention programs for children and adolescents. New York: Plenum.

  • Felner, R.D., Jason, L.A., Farber, S.S., & Moritsugu, J.N. (1983). Preventive psychology: Theory, research, and practice. New York: Pergamon.

  • Fisher, A., Sonn, C., & Bishop, B. (Eds.). (2002). Psychological sense of community: Research, applications and implications. New York: Kluwer/Plenum.
  • Fisher, C., Imm, P., Chinman, M., & Wandersman, A. (2006). Getting to outcomes with developmental assets: Ten steps to measuring success in yough programs and communities. Minneapolis, MN: Search Institute.
  • Freire, P. (1993). Pedagogy of the oppressed (Rev. ed.). New York: Continuum. (Originally published 1970.)

  • Hadcastle, D. A., Powers, P. R., & Wencour, S. (2004). Community Practice: Theories and skills for social workers (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Homan, M. S. (1999). Rules of the game: Lessons from the field of community change. New York: Brooks/Cole.

  • Homan, M. S. (2004). Promoting community change: Making it happen in the real world (3rd ed.). New York: Brooks/Cole.

  • Illich, I., Zola, I. K., McKnight, J., Caplan, J. & Shaiken, H. (Eds.) (1997). Disabling professions. New York: Marion Byers.

  • Iscoe, I., Bloom, B., & Spielberger, C. (Eds.). (1977). Community psychology in transition: Proceedings of the national conference on training in community psychology. Washington, DC: Hemisphere. [Report on the 1975 Austin conference.]

  • Joffe, J.M., Albee, G.W., & Kelly, L.D. (1984). (Eds.). Readings in primary prevention of psychopathology: Basic concepts. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.

  • Kaye, G., & Wolff, T. (Eds.). (1997). From the ground up: A workbook on coalition building and community development. Amherst, MA: AHEC/Community Partners.

  • Kelly, J.G. (Director/Producer). (2003). Exemplars of community psychology [DVD]. Society for Community Research and Action. [Interviews with early U.S. community psychologists and others about the emergence of the field in the U.S.] email SCRA Office to Order.

  • Kelly, J.G. (2006). Becoming ecological: An expedition into community psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Kelly, J.G., & Song, A. V. (2004). Six community psychologists tell their stories: History, contexts, and narrative. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.

  • Kretzmann, J. P., & McKnight, J. L. (1993). Building communities from the inside out: A path toward finding and mobilizing a community's assets. Chicago, IL: ACTA Publications.

  • Levine, M., & Levine, A. (1992). Helping children: A social history. New York: Oxford University Press. (Originally published 1970.)

  • Martín-Baro, I. (1994). Writings for a liberation psychology. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

  • Maton, K., Schellenbach, C., Leadbeater, B. & Solarz, A. (Eds). (2004). Investing in children, youth, families and communities: Strengths-based research and policy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

  • Minkler, M. (Ed.). Community organizing and community building for health (2nd ed.). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

  • Mirowsky, J., & Ross, C. (2003). Social causes of psychological distress (2nd ed.). New York: Walter de Gruyter.

  • Price, R.H., Cowen, E.L., Lorion, R.P., & Ramos-McKay, J. (1988). Fourteen ounces of prevention: A casebook for practitioners. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

  • Prilleltensky, I. & Prilleltensky, O. (2006). Promoting well-being: Linking personal, organizational, and community change. New York, Wiley.

  • Putnam, R. (2000). Bowling alone: The collapse and revival of American community. New York: Simon & Schuster.

  • Rensel, J. & Rodman, M. (1997). Home in the islands: Housing and social change in the Pacific. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

  • Riger, S. (2000). Transforming psychology: Gender in theory and practice. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Ryan, W. (1971). Blaming the victim. New York: Random House.

  • Sarason, S. B. (1974). The psychological sense of community: Prospects for a community psychology. San Fransisco: Jossey-Bass.

  • Sarason, S.B. (1981). Psychology misdirected. New York: Free Press.

  • Seidman, E. (Ed.). (1983). Handbook of social intervention. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.

  • Seidman, E. & Rappaport, J. (Eds.). (1986). Redefining social problems. New York: Plenum.

  • Stokols, D. & Altman, I. (Eds.). (1987). Handbook of environmental psychology. New York: Wiley.

  • Suarez-Balcazar, Y., & Harper, G. (Eds.) (2003). Empowerment and participatory evaluation of community interventions: Multiple benefits. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
  • Trickett, E. & Pequegnat, W. (Eds.) (2005). Community interventions and AIDS. New York: Oxford Univ. Press.
  • Vaux, A. (1988). Social support: Theory, research, and intervention. New York: Praeger.
  • Viola, J. & McMahon, S. (2010). Consulting and evalulation with nonprofit and community-based organizations. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Weil, Marie (Ed.) (2005). The handbook of community practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Weinstein, R. (2002). Reaching higher: The power of expectations in schooling. Cambreidge, MA: Harvard University Press.

  • Weissberg, R. P., Gullotta, T. P., Hampt on, R. L., Ryan, B. A., & Adams, G. R. (Eds.). (1997). Establishing preventive services. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Weissberg, R. P., Gullotta, T. P., Hampton, R. L., Ryan, B. A., & Adams, G. R. (Eds.). (1997). Enhancing children's wellness. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Wilkinson, R. G. (1996). Unhealthy societies: The afflictions of inequality. London: Routlege.
  • Wolff, T. (2010). The power of collaborative solutions: Six principles and effective tools for building healthy communities. San Francisco: CA: Jossey-Bass.

Book-Length Community Studies

(With brief reviews where provided)

  • Anderson, E. (1990). Streetwise: Race, class and change in an urban community. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. - Scholarly and meticulously researched by a participant-observer sociologist who resided in a Philadelphia neighborhood. Thoughtful analysis of everyday interactions between those of different races and social classes who share "public space." (Mike Morris)
  • Bissinger, H.G. (2000). Friday night lights. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press. - This journalistic account of a Texas high school football team chronicles one community (the team) within another (the city of Odessa), telling a gripping sports tale while providing a lot of context, including race, social class and history, affecting the lives in the story. The book is much richer than the film, which, while the recipient of critical acclaim, is not recommended. (Joseph Berryhill)
  • Gans, H. J. (1982). The urban villagers: Group and class in the life of Italian-Americans (updated and expanded edition). New York: Free Press. - A classic study of the West End in Boston. The fact that it's dated makes it even more fascinating, since it reveals the values influencing the author's analysis of the community. (Mike Morris)
  • Kozol, J. (1995). Amazing Grace: The lives of children and the conscience of a nation. New York: Crown Publishers. (Suggested by Shelly Harrell)
  • Simon, D., & Burns, E. (1997). The corner: A year in the life of an inner-city neighborhood. New York: Broadway Books. - Journalistic in style rather than academic, but most students find this book on a Baltimore neighborhood riveting. Later made into an HBO mini-series. (Mike Morris)
  • Stack, C. (1974). All our kin: Strategies for survival in a Black community. New York: Harper. - The chronicle of a young white woman's sojourn in The Flats, a low-income African-American community, to study thesupport system family and friends form when coping with poverty. The result was a landmark study that debunked the misconception that poor families were unstable and disorganized. Families in The Flats adapted to their poverty conditions by forming large, resilient, lifelong support networks based on friendship and family that were very powerful, highly structured and surprisingly complex. All Our Kin is also an indictment of a social system that reinforces welfare dependency and chronic unemployment. (Suggested by Stephanie Riger.)


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