Program recognized with Excellence in Education Award, Society for Community Research and Action, 2013
The Community Psychology Training Program at UNC Charlotte was recently recognized as the Outstanding Program in 2013 by the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA - Division 27 - Community Psychology - of the American Psychological Association). The "Excellence in Education Programs Award" recognizes "an exemplary undergraduate and/or graduate program that has innovative structures, strategies, and curricula that promote development of the field of community psychology and community research and action." We are honored to receive this award. See the award and the students and faculty present in Miami to receive it at: https://www.facebook.com/CommunityPsychologyatUNCC
The Community Psychology Training Program is comprised of 3 separate but related components, which support education in community psychology for students at different levels. Each component is very applied in nature, helping students develop community based research and practice skills, which enable them to make a difference in their communities. The 3 components are:
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.
For more information about Community Psychology see also:
“ Graduate Degree Overview: Community Psychology” at the Public Service Graduate Education Resource Center at Idealist.org.
“Community Psychology: Using the ‘Big Picture’ Perspective to Help People” by Pia Stanard
Under the umbrella of the Health Psychology Ph. D. Program, the Community Psychology program offers graduate training which examines social and community factors that contribute to healthy outcomes in individuals, and develops community interventions to create stronger, healthier communities. Students develop applied research and intervention skills that enable them to effect change in settings and communities. With an emphasis on social justice and community partnerships, students work to improve the health and well-being of disenfranchised individuals and families.
Graduates choosing this emphasis are prepared to assume positions in universities, research institutes, government, nonprofits or other settings that require skills in applied research (e.g., program evaluation) and/or community intervention.
From the beginning of the program, students in the Community Psychology program become involved in applied community psychology research and intervention projects.
For more information, contact Community Psychology program Faculty: