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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

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Restorative Justice with Domestic Violence Offenders

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A novel domestic violence offender treatment has been shown to significantly decrease both the number of instances and severity of subsequent intimate partner violence.

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood-Which One?

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status | Tags:
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Youth may define their neighborhood differently than where they reside and may feel greater community engagement and ownership in the neighborhood that hosts their activities. Interventions can more effectively target youth within their perceived community space.

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How to Move Policy on Human Trafficking

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Proposed human trafficking laws may be most successful in using research to guide the use of trauma-informed practice.

Mental Well-Being in Men of Color

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We can use lived experience to generate strategies to enhance the mental health and well-being of men of color.

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Asset Mapping: Why to Ask Why

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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.

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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.