Biennial Conference

SCRA Biennial Conferences draw together SCRA and other community members from around the world to engage in stimulating conversations about recent developments in community research and action. These conferences provide attendees with a special opportunity to exchange ideas and resources, forge new collaborations, re-connect with old friends, and deepen one's knowledge and skills in topics of particular interest.

The first Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action was held in 1987 on the campus of the University of South Carolina. It has been held on alternate years (odd-numbered) since then.

Programs from all biennials are available for download at the bottom of this page. Evaluations of past biennials can be found at Planning a Biennial. Session notes, videos, and other materials from previous biennials can be found in the Past Biennials section.



The upcoming SCRA Biennial Conference will be held June 25-28, 2015 on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.   

The 2015 Biennial will be a landmark event in more ways than one. It will provide an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on 50 years of community psychology, as it will commemorate the 1965 foundational gathering in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Fortuitously,it also coincides with the 35th anniversary of the launching of the Master’s Program in Community Social Psychology (CSP) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, which is just up the road from Swampscott. Accordingly, the title of the 2015 SCRA Biennial at UMass Lowell is “Celebrating 50 Years of Community Psychology,” with the theme, “Innovation, Diversity, and Sustainability: Bridging Past and Future.”

Additional detail about the biennial can be found on the 2015 Biennial webpage as it becomes available. 



Biennial Conference Locations, Hosts and Attendance

Site and Year of Conference Host Attendance  
1st Columbia, SC (1987) University of South Carolina 275  
2nd East Lansing, MI (1989) Michigan State University 324  
3rd Tempe, AZ (1991) Arizona State University 233   
4th Williamsburg, VA (1993) William and Mary College 515  
5th Chicago, IL (1995) University of Illinois at Chicago 620  
6th Columbia, SC (1997) University of South Carolina 521  
7th New Haven, CT (1999) Yale University 590  
9th Las Vegas, NM (2003) New Mexico Highlands University 472  
10th Champaign, IL (2005) University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana 596  
11th La Verne, CA (2007) University of La Verne    
12th Montclair, NJ (2009) Montclair State University 514  
13th Chicago, IL (2011)

National-Louis University

Roosevelt University

Adler School of Professional Psychology

est. 700  
14th Miami, FL (2013) University of Miami    

 Source: Evaluation reports of the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th and 14th Biennials.