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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Community Psychologists on Campus: Mini-Case Studies in University Activism

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Students 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 […]

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African American and Latino Children and Adolescents Experience Race-Related Trauma in the Public Education System

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Race-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 […]

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Creating a Student Veteran Resource Center

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In 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.

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Strengthening Schools by Building Community Partnerships with Law Enforcement, Behavioral Health Services, and Family Supports

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Judith 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 […]

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Enhancing Social Responsibility and Prosocial Leadership to Prevent Aggression, Peer Victimization, and Emotional Problems in Elementary School Children

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The 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.

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Lab as Family: Creating Kinship Networks on Campus for Community-Based Work

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Students 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.

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