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.

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Schools Can Do More to Help Students with Trauma Histories

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Most school programs are individual and group-based interventions. Classroom-based and school-wide programs remain largely untested yet remain promising.

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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.

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Supporting After-School Staff and Programs

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Supporting staff can strengthen program quality and youth development. We recommend staff look for teachable moments that occur naturally during sports and recreation.

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Addressing Classism in the University

Posted in: Education, Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
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Financial stress can have a significant impact on well-being. Colleges and universities can create opportunities for students to build empathy around social class.

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Teach the Children Well: Social Justice in College Predicts Preference for Socially Responsible Jobs

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Taking a social justice focused course or participating in extracurricular volunteering made it more likely for students to want to work for a socially responsible company.

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Student Voice Project: Policy-Informed Research on Youth Perceptions of the Baltimore City School Police Force

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‘The Student Voice Project,’ sought to highlight how students’ perspectives could shape local policy related to school police in Baltimore City.

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Tackling Campus Racial Climate and Institutional Racism – Dr. Dominique Thomas

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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.

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Addressing a Frequent Practitioner Question Through Synthesizing Research & Practice Wisdom

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While 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 […]

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Applying the Principles of Community Psychology in Institutions of Higher Education

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This 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.

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Unintended Consequences of Community Partnerships

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Good intentions are never enough. Sometimes, there are unintended consequences of our community partnerships.

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