Social Justice Through Collaborative Research and Action

What is Community Psychology?

Social justice. Action-oriented research. Global in nature. Influencing public policy. Working for empowerment. Multidisciplinary in focus. Celebrating culture. Preventing harm. Behavior in context. Social action. Supporting community strengths. Reducing oppression. Promoting well-being. Scientific inquiry. Honoring human rights. Respecting diversity.

Community psychology goes beyond an individual focus and integrates social, cultural, economic, political, environmental, and international influences to promote positive change, health, and empowerment at individual and systemic levels.

Featured Research

Mental Well-Being in Men of Color

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Mental Health | Tags: ,
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We can use lived experience to generate strategies to enhance the mental health and well-being of men of color.

photograph of Susan Jakes

Asset Mapping: Why to Ask Why

Posted in: Coalition Building | Tags: ,
Susan Jakes suggests the “why” we value certain assets in our community might be very different for the community members than for the professionals that come to help.

photograph of an assistant teaching helping a student cut a piece of paper

Kids Need More from School? Utilize Assistant Teachers!

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Communities across the United States are expanding early childhood education with the goal of promoting children’s development. Read more on how to improve ECE.

Photograph of a food bank

More than Filling Empty Bellies: How Food Banks are Evolving to Nourish Community Health

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status, Public Policy | Tags:
Food insecurity is related to poor nutrition and many other negative health outcomes. Food banks can and should implement nutrition policies.