Learning happens both within structured and outside of formal school-based settings. Community Psychologists focus on the person-environment-fit, or the ways in which a learning environment can promote or hinder learning. We also develop understanding of the theories, methods, knowledge base, and setting factors pertaining to prevention and health promotion programs in schools to inform school based-interventions.
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education | Tags: Featured ResearchPublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyCommunities across the United States are expanding early childhood education (ECE) with the goal of promoting children’s development. Considerable scholarship and policy initiatives have sought to strengthen the ECE workforce to ensure these children attend classrooms with strong teachers, but most of this work focuses exclusively on lead teachers and overlooks the role of assistant teachers. […]Read More
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education | Tags: Featured ResearchAfter-school programs provide safe, supervised settings for homework and play. Over time, communities have begun to rely even more on after-school programs, reflecting changes in the national landscape for working families. Benefits to youth rely on high quality programming supported by structure and positive engagement. Programs in marginalized communities are under-funded and face frequent staff […]Read More
Posted in: Criminal Justice, EducationPublished in: The Community PsychologistIn response to increases in juvenile violence and high-profile school shootings during the 1990s, the United States has seen increased implementation of policies and practices intended to improve the safety and well-being of students (Fader, Lockwood, Schall & Stokes, 2015). However, some argue that these policies perpetuate the school-to-prison pipeline and the criminalization of youth […]Read More
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Substance Use, Violence Prevention | Tags: Community Practice BulletinPublished in: Community Practice BulletinWhile guidance from organizations ranging from the American College Health Association to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to the Centers for Disease Control recommends that campuses address alcohol and sexual assault, there is limited concrete guidance as to how campus practitioners should actually do so. To address this critical […]Read More
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Marginalized Groups | Tags: Community Practice BulletinPublished in: Community Practice BulletinThis article seeks to add a deeper understanding of the context that many first-generation minority college students have endured prior to getting to higher education, specifically the disproportionately high number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their long-lasting impacts.Read More
Posted in: Education, Marginalized Groups | Tags: VideoIn this interactive webinar Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, Milton Fuentes, and Helen Neville, addressed how to discuss the complex topics of diversity, inclusion, equity, privilege, race, and intersectionality in learning environments in ways that invite for reflection and self-analysis. Evidence-based strategies and models used by the researchers in their respective roles will be shared with the audience […]Read More