TCP 52 (3) Summer 2019

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

Volume 52 Number 3 Summer 2019

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Bradley Olsen
National Louis University Chicago

As President of the Society, and on behalf of the co-chairs of the SCRA Biennial Committee, our hope is that each and every one of you had safe travels to Chicago, and throughout the conference the city itself while you were here.

We hope you took time to enjoy all of the city, and all it has to offer.

We know you found new strength and inspiration from seeing friends again, meeting new colleagues, exchanging ideas, and absorbing the spirit of those who share such deep and vital values.


From the Editors  


Susan M. Wolfe, Susan Wolfe and Associates, and Dominique Thomas, University of Michigan,

Once again, even though they were all busy preparing to attend the SCRA Biennial, our column editors and members came through with another interesting and thought-provoking set of articles. As TCP editors, we are grateful for the time and effort everyone put in to share with the SCRA membership. Now, we hope everyone isn’t completely worn out after the Biennial and still has the energy to read all these great contributions!


Statement in Support of Christchurch, New Zealand, in Condemnation of White Supremacy: Call to Action

The Council on Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Affairs (CERA), under the auspices of the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) - Division 27 of the American Psychological Association, stands in solidarity with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand. We write this statement as an offer of our deepest condolences to the communities who have suffered at the hands of white supremacist terrorists and provide recommendations for SCRA members to continue to act in solidarity. 


Special Feature

Edited by 

Susan M. Wolfe

To give TCP readers an opportunity to learn more about the experiences of dissertation and early career award winners, we invited the 2018 and 2019 recipients to write articles to share their experiences, or anything else they would like to write about. This section features articles by Kyrah Brown (2019 Early Career), Erin Rose Ellison (2019 Emory L. Cowen Award for the Promotion of Wellness), Michele Stratton (2018 Emory L. Cowen Award for the Promotion of Wellness), Dominique Thomas (2018 Best Dissertation in a Topic Relevant to Community Psychology), and Amie Thurber (2019 Best Dissertation on a Topic Relevant to Community Psychology).


The Community Practitioner

Edited by Oyla Glantsman, Depaul University


Written by Tom Wolff, Tom Wolff Associates

Starting in the Fall of 2018 the Community Psychology Practice Council began a monthly series of webinar/conversations with prominent community psychology practitioners. The series, hosts by Tom Wolff, is titled Conversation that Raise Your Practice Game” and the focus of the discussions was just that. Each of the presentations were recorded and you can now catch up with any of them that you missed. If you have suggestions about future presentations (including self-nominations) please contact

Community Psychology Practice in Undergraduate Settings

Edited by Jennifer Wallin-Ruschman, College of Idaho and Lauren F. Lichty, University of Washington, Bothell

Intersectional cultural humility: Learning to embody core values of community psychology

Written by Desdamona Rios, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Community psychologists understand that people live in culturally specific systems of power and hierarchy, with differential access to resources (e.g. employment, education, law, healthcare) and representation (e.g. media, political movements), which then has implications for psychological processes and outcomes. In my 13 years of teaching, I have taught in different regions of the United States and at different types of institutions including a large public research institution, a small private liberal arts college, and a public comprehensive university. Two were primarily white institutions with more affluent student bodies, while my current institution is considered Hispanic serving with a largely first generation, working-class student population. I have found most students are concerned about social issues, and their understanding of the issues are based on their specific social locations. In most cases, some form of privilege shielded them from social and structural barriers experienced by less privileged groups of people. Although the American Psychological Association has identified the need “to respond to the issues and importance of diversity” (Sliwa, 2016, p. 11), mainstream psychology curriculum does not yet reflect the diversity of the U.S. population, nor unearned privileges held by some groups and oppressive circumstances experienced by others.


Living Community Psychology

Written by Gloria Levin,

“Living Community Psychology” highlights a community psychologist through an in-depth interview that is intended to depict both personal and professional aspects of the featured individual. The intent is to personalize Community Psychology as it is lived by its diverse practitioners. Prior columns are available online at These past columns contain a wealth of life advice gleaned from over 60 profiled community psychologists, from graduate students to retirees, representing an invaluable resource for community psychologists.


Regional Network News

Edited by Scot Evans - Regional Network Coordinator

Doesn’t it sometimes feel like the world is on fire? Like our democracy is on its last legs? Like everyone’s gone mad? Well, that may be so, but there are a lot of great things happening in our SCRA regions across the globe – check out the latest news from the Western and Midwest regions of the U.S. Not seeing updates from your region here? Check out your SCRA region information on the website and contact the regional coordinators to see what is going on in your region and how you can engage (


Rural Interests

Edited by Susana Helm, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa

The Rural IG column of The Community Psychologist highlights rural resources as well as the work of community psychologist and allied professionals in their rural environments. We invite submissions from current and new Rural IG members, from people who present on rural topics during SCRA biennial and other conferences; and from leading and emergent rural scholars publishing in rural-focused journals. Please refer your colleagues and friends in academia and beyond to our interest group and column. Please email me if you would like to submit an article or brief report for the Rural column or if you have resources we may list here.


Self-Help and Mutual Support Interest Group

Edited by Tehseen Noorani, University of Durham

Editor's note: In this interview Allison Vitalis introduces Postcode Parents, a volunteer-led support group based in Hackney, London. Postcode Parents was set up in 2015 to support the psychological and practical well-being of bereaved families who have lost loved ones to knife crime. Through the group, family members take workshops, share experiences and comfort one another through the grieving process. They can be found at


Student Issues

Edited by Erin Godly-Reynolds, University of North Carolina Charlotte


Written by Ana Genkova, University of Illinois at Chicago

The leading framework for understanding Mexican immigrant health and wellbeing has been the contentious “health paradox,” the idea that culture has protective qualities. Cultural explanations for immigrant health patterns, however, may shift attention away from socio-historical contexts and issues of race and power (Viruell-Fuentes, 2012). Therefore, community psychologists have called for a critical lens through which to interrogate political and social construction of culture (Reyes Cruz & Sonn, 2011). In my dissertation research, I adopted such lends to theorize the relationship between culture, community context, and health in a Mexican immigrant neighborhood in Chicago. Widely known as Little Village, this community’s sociopolitical history presented a unique opportunity to build upon research on community resilience in a Mexican immigrant context.

SCRA Member Spotlight

Edited by Dominique Thomas, University of Michigan 

The SCRA Member Spotlight is a new way for us to engage our members and highlight great works! Each issue will we solicit submissions of accomplishments. We especially would like students, early career scholars, and practitioners to submit their accomplishments and work. Submission 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 of 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!


From our Members

Edited by Susan M. Wolfe, Susan Wolfe and Associates


Written by Monique A. Guishard, CUNY—Bronx Community College; Justin T. Brown, CUNY—LaGuardia Community College; and Lucretia E. Jones, Michael G. Williams, and Marzetta Harris, The Bronx Community Research Review Board (BxCRRB) 

In this project spotlight we, an interdisciplinary collective comprised of members of the Bronx Community Research Review Board (BxCRRB), patients, caregivers, organizers, community social psychologists, and public health researchers share aspects of our participatory work aimed at shifting the culture of public health research in Bronx County.


SCRA Announcements

Edited by Susan M. Wolfe       


Dr. Donata Francescato was selected to receive the Special Contribution to Community Psychology Award because of her exemplary contributions to the field of community psychology. She has been an intellectual pioneer and a champion of community psychology in her home country of Italy and throughout Europe. Dr. Francescato’s work spans more than five decades and has had a tremendous impact on academic and lay communities.  Her work has advanced the field of community psychology through contributing to theory, research, methodologies, and training. Dr. Francescato has contributed to the dissemination of community psychology among academics, community professionals, and the general public through mass media interventions, writing textbooks, and providing resources and support for psychologists to communicate with the general public. She introduced the Participatory Multidimensional Organizational Analysis (PMOA) model, Socio-Political Empowerment Training Labs, and innovative online collaborative learning models for conducting integrative, interdisciplinary, and empowering community practice. Dr. Francescato has been a strong advocate for women’s roles and women’s activism, and fostered empowerment at the individual, organizational, and community level for marginalized community groups.