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RadioActive is an hour long talk show hosted by Natalie Kivell, a Ph.D. candidate in Community Well-Being at the University of Miami. Each week Natalie interviews academics and/or activists from around the world who dive into critical discussions from a Community Psychology lens aimed specifically at addressing structural inequality and the root causes of our complex social problems. Each week the show aims to provoke listeners to think differently about social change and social justice to help shift how we think, act and react to social change efforts in our research and practice.

RadioActive airs every Sunday at 6pm on wvum.org out of the University of Miami student radio station.

These materials could be used to:

  • Teach:  These podcasts can be assigned in addition to or in lieu of readings.
  • Build awareness:  Disseminating information about community psychology
  • Promote dialogue within the field:  On new research and theory development

Latest RadioActive Episodes 

Do Others Understand Us? - Dr. Chris Keys, Dr. Crystal Steltenpohl, Kevin Ryan & Jordan Reed

Christopher Keys

Community Psychology & Online Fighting Games

steltenpohl_crystal_1.pngOn this episode of RadioActive I bring you the Online Technologies Lab researchers who shared their work on Online Fighting Game Communities. Dr. Chris Keys (pictured), Dr. Crystal Steltenpohl (pictured), Kevin Ryan and Jordan Reed shared their research from both a Community Psychology and an Education perspective outlining the unique qualities of the online communities from which we can learn, the process of learning inside of these communities and the idea of good and bad players and prototypically of players.


Read the article: Do Others Understand Us? Fighting Game Community member perceptions of others' views of the FGC.

Visit the Online Technologies Lab Facebook Page.

What is Fat Activism? A dialogue about body diversity and weight stigma - Lauren Munro

Release Date: March 23, 2018

L_Munro.jpgIn this episode of RadioActive Lauren Munro, a Ph.D. student at Wilifrid Laurier University, explains what fat activism is and how the social movement challenges stigmas around fatness. Lauren self-describes as a fat woman and discusses how taking back the word "fat" and using it as a neutral descriptor weakens negative connotations. As a researcher, she works to identify social structures that perpetuate notions of fat bodies as being problematic bodies & stereotyping. She also discusses the implications of these attitudes which contribute to and intersect with the objectification of women and bullying among children.

Sexual Violence and Sexual Minority Women - Dr. Tracy Hipp

Release Date: March 9, 2018

THipp.jpgDr. Tracy Hipp is a Community Psychology graduate from Georgia State University has focused her research on developing an understanding of the experiences of sexual violence of non-heterosexual and non gender conforming women through the inclusion of their often excluded voices.

She joined me, Natalie Kivell, to discuss her research and her emerging work on the experiences of bi-sexual women who face an unimaginable rate of 75% experiencing some form of sexual violence. With a dearth of research on this overlooked group of women, Dr. Hipp brought to the forefront the importance of this issue for parents, researchers, all women, and service providers in our communities.

MAKING EMPIRICALLY BASED KNOWLEDGE COOL AGAIN #MEBKCA - Dr. Holly Angelique, Dr. Candalyn Rade, & Dr. Traci Weinstein

Release Date: February 23, 2018

H.Angelique.jpgC.Rade.jpgT.Weinstein.jpgRadioActive goes on tour to Harrisburg, PA! Guest this week include Dr. Candalyn Rade, Dr. Holly Angelique and Dr. Traci Weinstein who make up the Community Psychology and Social Change Program at Penn State Harrisburg. Together we not only created what is most certainly a viral hashtag (or bumper sticker motto!) #MEBKCA – Make Empirically Based Knowledge Cool Again, we also share with listeners an accessible conversation on what is Community Psychology, and what value Community Psychology adds to our communities and society in the current socio political context. As we dare to #MEBKA we put together an hour of conversation and fun digging into some of the big questions of how research can and should address structural injustices, critically reflect on our own roles as academics and continue find ways to think and do outside of the box of traditional academic scholarship.


Release Date: February 9, 2018

M.Riemer.jpgOn this episode we’re back in Waterloo, ON to speak with Dr. Manuel Riemer. Manuel is an Associate Professor in the Community Psychology Department at Wilfrid Laurier University and is the Director of the Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action and the Director of the Community, Environment and Justice Research Group.

During this interview Dr. Riemer explains the complexity of the concept of Sustainability and argues for the need for more social science in sustainability research – stating that “we need to breathe air, but we also need to be in community”. Taking real life examples from his role in a court case in Chemical Valley in solidarity with the aamjiwnanng people, and his role as a social scientist in what will be the 1st net positive office building to open in North America he paints a picture of sustainability and environmental justice that has a welcome tinge of optimism.


Visit Dr. Riemer's WLU Faculty page 

Laurier Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA)

Read about the Centre for Sustainability Excellence building: Psychology of Green

Research available online: Fostering Critical Thinking about Climate Change: Applying Community Psychology to an Environmental Education Project with Youth

If you would like to learn about the work of SCRA's Environmental Justice Interest Group, please contact us at scrainfo@scra27.org .

Narratives of Resistance - Dr. Ciann Wilson

Release date: January 26, 2018



On this episode of RadioActive Natalie took the show on tour to Waterloo, Ontario where she interviewed Dr. Ciann Wilson, Assistant Professor of Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. In this interview Dr. Wilson discussed her recent co-written article: "Narratives of resistance: Retelling the story of HIV/AIDS movement - Because the Lives and Legacies of Black, Indigenous and People of Color Communities Depend on it." 

There are communities facing risk of genocidal impact due to HIV/AIDS including black men, and indigenous communities, who are largely ignored or delegitimized in their experiences and differential health outcomes. Dr. Wilson's work highlights the need to reclaim narratives of resistance by immigrants, communities of colour and indigenous communities.


Read the article: Narratives of resistance: (Re) Telling the story of the HIV/AIDS movement – Because the lives and legacies of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities depend on it

Learn about the work of SCRA's Council on Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Affairs (CERA) members and how you can get involved!

MLKJ Day Special Episode - Allana Zuckerman and Dr. Dominique Thomas

Release Date: January 15th, 2018



In this special episode of RadioActive, Dr. Dominique Thomas and Allana Zuckerman join Natalie to talk about the upcoming Black Lives Matter special issue of the journal, Community Psychology in a Global Perspective. They discuss the conversations and conference sessions where the need for empirical and narrative research about and with the BLM movement became evident, while digging into the question - Do Black Scholars Matter in Community Psychology. From two emerging scholars, this interview provides both critique and a vision for the future for the role of black scholarship, black scholars and lessons from and catalyzing for black social movements.


About Dr. Thomas: You can find links to Dr. Thomas's research articles and blog by scrolling down to the previous episode. 

Click here for research from Allana Zuckerman.

Learn about the work of SCRA's Council on Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial Affairs (CERA) members and how you can get involved!

Tackling Campus Racial Climate and Institutional Racism - Dr. Dominique Thomas (@DThomasPhD)

Release Date: January 12, 2018


For this episode of RadioActive Natalie took a stop over in Atlanta, Georgia to interview Dr. Dominique Thomas about his recent research on campus racial climate for African American Students. His research looks to better understand the phenomena of racial climate in order to better tackle issues of institutional racism in higher education. As always, he is a fountain of knowledge and backs it up with his interesting and innovative research.


Dr. Thomas's blog: thedreadedone.com

Research Articles from Dr. Thomas:

Black Scholars Matter: Development and Validation of a Campus Racial Climate Measure for African American College Students

Expectations of Educational Success as a Mediator Between Racial Discrimination and College GPA

Prioritizing the Local in an Era of Globalization - Dr. Urmitapa Dutta


On this episode of RadioActive you hear an interview with Dr. Urmitapa Dutta during the 2017 Society for Community Research and Action conference held in Ottawa Canada. Urmi discusses the role of knowledge construction in the margins as discussed in her paper "Prioritizing the Local in an Era of Globalization: A Proposal for Decentering Community Psychology" published in the American Journal of Community Psychology. Through her work in her home community in India Dr. Dutta brings forward different examples from her work that demonstrate the importance for grassroots knowledge construction to address power and injustice.

The Role of Science in Social Movements - Dr. Winnie Chan


Dr. Winnie Chan joins Natalie to share her new paper entitled "From Moment to Movement: Empowerment and Resilience as a Framework for Collective Action in Hong Kong". Dr. Chan takes us through the current and historical context of Hong Kong, how the Hong Kong fight for liberation is linked to broader policy and history, and how empowerment and resilience inform the initial and sustained involvement in movement work in the Hong Kong context. We also discuss how her research can inform movement work around the world as we are in an important historical moment. The more we know, the better the resistance can be. Science plays an important role in how we conceive, implement and sustain social movement and social change efforts.

Dismantling the Caricature of "Other" - Dr. Ashmeet Oberoi


On this episode of RadioActive I was joined by Dr. Ashmeet Oberoi, a faculty member from the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami. Dr. Oberoi studies the school experience (both as it relates to well-being and academic achievement) of Muslim and immigrant youth who are ‘othered’ within the American school systems. Her research is framed in a way to bring a broader understanding of the experiences of this group of young people and to provide context to these experiences. Listeners can learn more about how Ashmeet frames and utilizes research for social good, and how this research can challenge and dismantle stereotypes.

Engaging patients in their own lives - Dr. Lenny Jason



Dr. Lenny Jason discusses his work on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalopathy (CFS/ME). Dr. Jason shared his definition of Community Psychology as a public health model of psychology and his work on engaging patients in case definition they relate to CFS/ME. In breaking the myth of the ‘yuppy flu’ as CFS/ME had been known, he highlights the need to create research that challenges the status quo research that did not reflect the needs and narratives of the patients with the disease. When the show originally aired CFS/ME had just been renamed Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID). Dr. Jason discussed the importance of including patient voice in decisions that impact their diagnoses and understanding of the impacts of CFS/ME.

Rattling our Comfort Zone: Structural Violence, Decolonization and Community Psychology - Dr. Chris Sonn



Dr. Sonn digs into the complex and interconnected topics of structural and symbolic violence, decolonization, historical memory, indigeneity and whiteness. Through the Apartheid Archive Project, in South Africa, Dr. Sonn shares how he is addressing some of the broader issues that he thinks and writes about in community psychology.

Refugees, migration, acculturation and traumatic stress - Dr. Dina Birman


Dr. Dina Birman discusses refugees, culture, acculturation, migration and traumatic stress. Dina takes listeners through a definition of Community Psychology and her own personal history of moving to the US as a refugee from the Soviet Union. As a researcher, a community psychologist and a refugee herself, Dina takes a grounded perspective towards the role of culture and acculturation in the refugee experience, and a context-based perspective to refugee resettlement work.

This is not a history lesson; this is agitation: A SCRA address - Dr. Gina Langhout


We all have moments in our lives that speak to us, that move us in unexpected ways. One of these moments for Natalie, the host of RadioActive, was an address given at the 2015 Society for Community Research and Action Biennial conference. Gina Langhout, a scholar and community psychologist, delivered her address entitled – This is not a history lesson; this is agitation: A call for a methodology of diffraction in U.S.-based community psychology. Her speech was framed as a rallying call to the field in Community Psychology (and perhaps academic spaces more generally). Natalie and Gina created an adapted version of her address on RadioActive! 

The Road to You Know Where is Paved with Good Intentions - Dr. Ed Tricket


Dr. Ed Trickett shares his nuanced way of understanding ecological theory and the ecology of our social world. Through tangible examples of his work in schools and communities along with metaphors of onions, Ed takes us on a short journey through his brain to better understand and appreciate the complex thinking that has gone into understanding how communities impact people and well-being and how we can engage in understanding contexts in community psychology and as agents for change in communities.

Surfacing and Shifting Power - Dr. Scot Evans and Dr. Tod Sloan 

Scot_Evans.jpgTod_Sloan.jpgCRITICAL PSYCHOLOGY

On this episode of RadioActive we served up two brilliant (and ridiculously cool) academic brains who work tirelessly to understand the role of power in creating and maintaining suffering and inequality in our communities and society. Dr. Scot Evans and Dr. Tod Sloan discussed the relevance and importance of Critical Community Psychology and what we can and should be doing with it in our movement work, in social change efforts and in academic spaces.

What is Community Psychology - Dr. Laura Kohn-Wood and Dr. Courte Voorhees



Dr. Laura Kohn-Wood and Dr. Courte Voorhees discuss the timeless question: "What is Community Psychology". During this episode, Laura and Courte describe principles, theories, values and methodologies that make up the field of Community Psychology. They also share their own journeys into the field, and give information on how people can become more involved and/or continue to learn about our action oriented field.