The Community Psychologist

A Publication of the Society for Community Research and Action
Division 27 of the American Psychological Association

Volume 55, Number 4

Fall 2022

From the President

Written by Yvette G. Flores, University of California, DavisYvette_photo.jpg

Dear members: This year’s APA Convention was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota with COVID-19 guidelines in place. All participants were required to verify their vaccination status prior to the convention in order to register. Our program, chaired by Drs. Ashmeet Oberoi [APA MAL] and Dawn Henderson [incoming APA MAL] offered 18 sessions and 35 posters focused on Decolonizing Community Psychology Values and Methodologies. A combination of research presentations and posters, critical conversations, symposia, and skill building sessions highlighted the social justice work of our members. Although this year’s convention attendance was limited by the ongoing pandemic, our sessions were well received and visibilized the important role of community psychology in addressing key societal problems in African American and Native American communities, burn out among college students, and to promote workplace balance, among other important social justice considerations. The transnational focus of our division was evident in virtual poster presentations from Uruguay and research presentations from Chile. The mental health of immigrants and refugees and the well-being of youth of color were important topics addressed by various scholars. We were delighted to see that Dr. Chris Beasley received an APA Presidential citation for his advocacy with Ban the Box in APA and professional psychology. His persistence and relentless advocacy led to an APA Council decision earlier this year to Remove the Felony Status Question from its membership application, with 93.5% of Council members voting for its removal. Many community psychologists were involved in the drafting of this policy change and advocacy to make this happen for over more than a decade. SCRA APA Council representative, Dr. Sara Buckingham brought us the good news on February 28, 2022.  


From the Editors  

Written by Dominique Thomas, Morehouse College and Allana Zuckerman


Hello everyone! We are excited to bring you the Fall 2022 issue of The Community Psychologist! 

The Fall 2022 issue features articles on both new and ongoing work within the field of community psychology. This issue also has some additional updates within the SCRA organization as well. Below is a preview of what to expect in the current issue. 


Community Practitioner

Edited by Olya Glantsman, DePaul University 


Written by Nicole Freund, Center for Applied Research and Evaluation at Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute

In 2010, a group of intrepid community psychology practitioners and practice supporters collaborated to create an outlet for practice related scholarship and experience that did not exist at the time. This outlet was and is the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice (GJCPP), and it broke traditional publishing norms almost more than it conformed to them. Yes, there were peer reviewed articles; yes, there was an editorial team that ran the publication. However, one of the primary goals of the Journal, in addition to being an outlet for work that tended to be rejected in other venues for a lack of so-called “rigor,” was for the work and valuable insights published to be accessible to anyone, especially those without access to academic libraries. As such, the GJCPP was at the forefront of the open access movement, and made sure that anyone anywhere could access the content just by visiting; the infrastructure was also built so that those who accessed the web in a language other than English could read the articles in their language. Over the last 12 years, the GJCPP has published in multiple languages, shared content other than peer reviewed articles like videos and radio programs, and evolved to emphasize the need to decolonize research and practice as well as to be a platform for essential anti-racist work.



Council for Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial Affairs

Edited by Geraldine (Geri) Palmer, Adler University, Community Wellness Institute


Written by Sindhia Colburn, Nationwide Children’s Hospital,

What does “anti-racism” look like in practice? As institutional efforts to proclaim a stance on racism have grown more and more widespread across the healthcare sector, I have wrestled with this question across multiple spheres of practice. While Black families in the US continue to be disproportionately affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), heart disease, mental health and substance use problems, pregnancy-related deaths, and increasing gun and other violence exposure (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Martin et al., 2022; Sheats et al., 2018), we simply cannot afford to continue prioritizing diversity statements and theoretical debates on colonization while postponing the ACTION that we desperately need to rectify ongoing harms and to secure the safety and health of our future generations. Racialized disparities exist, and we need solutions to eliminate them. Full stop.


Early Career Interest Group

Edited by Vernita Perkins, Omnigi Research and Shereé Bielecki, Pacific Oaks College


Written by Rebekah Stafford, University of New Haven Alumna & Jordan Tackett Russell, Doctoral Student, National Louis University

As early career community psychology researchers, the authors of this article are increasingly aware of whose voices are (and are not) represented in both our own and existing research and practice. Because community voices and ways of knowing are often excluded from traditional research practice, the authors seek to highlight the use of methodologies that researchers and community psychology practitioners can employ to enhance equity and assist in decolonizing our practices. Specifically, this article explores the participatory approaches and tools reflected in participatory action research (PAR), youth-led participatory action research, and Photovoice.

Education Connection

Edited by Mason G. Haber, Lamplighter Evaluation and Consulting, LLC and William James College


Written by Julia Dancis, University of Washington, Tacoma

The Knowledge Hub is here! Thank you to everyone who has contributed their educational resources (e.g., syllabi, readings, activities, videos, slides) to share with the SCRA community. Shared educational resources can be found here

Resource Highlight. For this issue of TCP, we’d like to highlight an online resource to support youth-led participatory action research (YPAR), which can be accessed here


From Our Members

Edited by Dominique Thomas, Morehouse College


Written by Maria Felix-Ortiz, Arianna Villarreal, Julianie Gonzalez Delerme, and Armando Villarreal, III

Teaching research methods used in psychology is fraught with challenges. Most courses are limited to one term and not integrated with teaching statistics. Also, few courses focus on one problem relevant to the students for the entire course, and tend to be divorced from important lessons about cross-cultural research or research involving US American cultural groups. We addressed these limitations by building a research experience around collaboration with students in Mexico, and enhanced the experience with short study-abroad and service components. Alianza Bienestar Comunitario was a collaborative year-long undergraduate research internship that included two short study-abroad components. Program objectives included developing skills in a second language and research skills, professional development, technologies used for research, social norms marketing using social media, backtranslation, and research ethics.  Students analyzed US drug use data collected by the program director and a student participant, and used this to inform a social norms marketing campaign conducted at the end of the year using social media and a website.  The team included students who traveled, students who participated only in the virtual meetings, and one faculty mentor from each of four partner institutions. Partner institutions included universities in San Antonio, a public and private university in Mexico, and the Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz, Mexico’s premier research and treatment hospital.

International Committee

Edited by Douglas Perkins, Vanderbilt University and Olga Oliveira Cunha, NOVA University


Written by Douglas D. Perkins, Program in Community Development/Research & Action, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

Most readers of this column already know that the Ninth International Conference on Community Psychology in Naples, Italy (and also globally for live participants online), will be happening this September 21-24—i.e., right around the time this issue is published and distributed. So I hope as many of you as possible have already made plans to attend, in-person or virtually, what promises to be a fascinating and wide-ranging set of workshops, keynotes, presentations, discussions, and social events. See the program at the conference website:, including whether each session is virtual, in-person-only or hybrid (and if not too late when you read this, email for online registration information). 

Reading Circle

Edited by Dominique Thomas, Morehouse College and Allana Zuckerman, Mesa Community College

To encourage an ongoing dialogue with each other about what we are reading and how those readings are influencing our work, we are starting a reading circle and recommended reading list. Each issue we will share resources that have influenced our work and provide a space for additional submissions. This is a space for people to share what they are reading so we can get an idea of the different knowledge bases people are exposed to and what is influencing their research and practice. This is also a way for us to share information and knowledge across a variety of topics to showcase and enhance richness of thought within the field.


Regional Updates


Edited by Rachel Hershberg, University of Washington Tacoma, Erin Rose Ellison, California State University- Sacramento, and Jen Wallin-Ruschman, College of Idaho

Written by Vernita Perkins, Omnigi Research

The experience of sharing research from the AML Lab at Omnigi Research during the CRA-Western Region Conference this Spring 2022 was profound. Our research team shared critical scholarship on decolonizing psychological science, the phenotypical component of racialized identity (Perkins, et al., 2022), and examined how narcissism and performativity impact organizational and community leadership. Decolonizing psychological science is an ongoing challenge in all fields of psychology, but particularly useful in community psychology, which is rooted in serving and supporting often disenfranchised and marginalized community groups. Community psychology is one of the fields of psychology that can contribute meaningfully to healing divisiveness through a core practice and pedagogy of listening to community narratives and empowering communities to find their own voice in alignment with purposeful community policies and programs. We found that voice in the development and evolution of OurStory Education. 


Research Council

Edited by Chris Keys, DePaul University


Written by Chris Keys, DePaul University

The SCRA Research Council is delighted to announce the outcome of the 2022-2024 cycle of recruitment, review and selection of Research Scholar applicants. The SCRA Research Council was founded in 2017 and decided a good way to begin supporting community research would be to help untenured community psychology faculty enhance their research programs and become tenured. Such scholars may become tenured faculty, contribute to the community research literature and mentor future scholars, scholar-practitioners and practitioners for decades to come. The Research Scholar Program has had significant success to date. All Scholars who have sought promotion and tenure have been successful. Scholars have received national recognition for their research and have provided leadership to SCRA. Many represent BIPOC groups that previously had little access to doctoral education. Given these successes, in winter 2022 the SCRA Executive Committee (EC) committed $24,000 to support six Scholars in 2022-2024. In addition to financial support, all Scholars receive mentoring assistance from one or more accomplished senior researchers in community psychology or related field. Scholars also provide mutual support and engage in professional development sessions on regular basis. After carefully reviewing the number of talented applicants, the Council members selected the following very promising assistant professors or equivalent in community psychology doctoral programs or doctoral programs including community psychology for this, the fifth cohort of SCRA Research Scholars:


Edited by Dominique Thomas, Morehouse College

Call for Proposals: 19th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, June 20-24, 2023, Atlanta, Georgia 

Where Do We Go From Here? Dreaming New Community Futures

Hosted by Morehouse College 

The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association) invites you to our 19th Biennial Conference!

For the first time, this conference will be held both virtually and in-person! Sessions will be offered in several hybrid (virtual and in-person) formats, including:

  • Live, with all presenters and attendees present at the same time
  • Pre-recorded, with pre-recorded presentations shown to the attendees during the session time, with some or all presenters attending to answer questions and facilitate discussion
  • Hybrid, with parts of the session pre-recorded and others live, and some or all the presenters attending the session


SCRA Member Spotlight

Edited by Dominique Thomas, Morehouse College

The SCRA Member Spotlight lets us engage our members and highlight great work! Each issue we solicit submissions of accomplishments. We especially would like students, early career scholars, and practitioners to submit their accomplishments and work. Submissions can include but are certainly not limited to:

  • New jobs
  • Post-docs
  • Promotions
  • Thesis/Dissertation Defenses
  • Newly published journal articles, books, chapters
  • Podcasts, blogs, news items that are by or about you
  • Certifications or other credentials
  • Retirement
  • Grants
  • Awards
  • Successful/ongoing projects
  • New projects or community initiatives

If you are interested in submitting for the next issue, please click this link and fill out the form. We hope to hear from you!