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: Education, Marginalized Groups | Tags: ResearchMany institutions of higher learning regularly conduct “campus climate” surveys to assess student perceptions and concerns. For my dissertation, I created a campus racial climate measure specifically for African American college students. The goal was to develop a culturally-relevant measure for this population, basing the questions on the experiences of African American college students.Read More
Posted in: EducationPublished in: Community Practice BulletinStudents in the Community Psychology Program at Wichita State University (WSU) are at the forefront of organizing, advocacy, and research on their campus. This past year, students mobilized others on campus using community psychology principles. By collaborating on campus, we were successful in bringing together graduate community psychology students and undergraduates wanting to create positive […]Read More
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Marginalized Groups | Tags: ResearchRace-related trauma is both generational and present for many African American and Latino children and adolescents in the United States. From law enforcement to the public education system, policies continue to support the devaluing of students through punitive discipline and discretionary practices. Among other negative impacts, these practices limit opportunities to gifted and college preparatory […]Read More
Posted in: Education, Veterans | Tags: Practice, ResearchIn this participatory action research study, student veterans at a small midwestern community college collaborated to develop engaging programs and resources for veterans transitioning from soldier to student. Most notably, the veteran group worked with college administration as well as veteran organizations and community partners to develop a Veterans Resource Center (VRC) on campus.Read More
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, Education | Tags: PracticeJudith Meyers, Jeana Bracey, and Jeffery Vanderploeg, with Ashley Simons-Rudolph “By diverting youth from juvenile justice involvement and connecting them to resources that address the underlying issues that contribute to challenging behaviors, there is a triple benefit of better outcomes for youth, better outcomes for schools, and significant cost savings.” The Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative […]Read More
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education, Violence Prevention | Tags: ResearchPublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyThe researchers evaluate the WITS Program (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out, Seek Help), which provides student, parents, and school administrators a common language to encourage prosocial behavior.Read More
Posted in: Education, Marginalized Groups | Tags: ResearchStudents exist within and in between larger structures that often shape the path of their educational experiences and success. Appreciating their ecological context helps us to understand that the success of our students lies in the responsibility of the student as well as the mentor (faculty, staff, and administrator) of the campus they attend.Read More