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Community Psychology

Community Psychology focuses on advancing theory, research, and social action to resolve contemporary social problems. Faculty in this specialization work to promote healthy communities and prevent problems experienced by diverse communities, groups, and individuals. Special attention is paid to the context in which social problems occur and the development of research and interventions that address problems at multiple levels of analysis. Community Psychology faculty in our department are currently working on research to address a variety of social issues and with a variety of populations, including:

  • culturally grounded interventions - exploring and identifying key cultural beliefs and norms that impact health behavior; integrating knowledge about culture into the development of intervention programs and initiatives
  • sexual health - promoting congruence between individual and cultural values regarding sexual behavior and actual sexual activity; preventing transmission of sexually transmitted infections; facilitating positive body image and healthy sexual relationships
  • substance abuse - developing community-based interventions for substance abuse and related health problems; addressing needs of homeless drug abusers
  • violence against women – social reactions toward rape victims; cultural definitions of rape; rape prevention programs; rape resistance; legal advocacy for domestic violence victims; community education

Faculty Involved in Community Psychology:

Courtney Ahrens (Professor) – disclosure of rape; rape prevention; legal advocacy; community education


    Psych Day will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015 in the Psychology Building Quad. Festivities include a graduate and volunteer fair, workshops, games and special speakers, beginning at 10:00 am. A buffet lunch will be offered for a small donation from 11:00 until 2:00. The keynote speaker, Dr. Collie Conoley, will present his research on Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy at 4:00 pm in the Beach Auditorium.

    Flyer announcing the keynote speaker:

    Psychology Undergraduate Advising done by ATLAS

    Please see ATLAS to declare Psychology as a major or minor, get Psychology advising, GE advising, class planning, Timely Graduation help and Grad Checks! ATLAS is located in Ph1 room 104.

    Looking to get Psychology Course Credits for courses from other schools or study abroad Click here for more information

    Psychology Resource Office (PRO) is now open. Click here for hours and more information.

    Upcoming Events

    The Psychology Colloquium series occurs every other Wednesday. Click here for information on time, date and speakers.


    The Psychology Student Study Center hours for Spring 2015 have been posted

    Click here to view our Spring 2015 courses!