The Community Psychologist

A Publication of the Society for Community Research and Action
Division 27 of the American Psychological Association

Volume 49 Number 4
Fall 2016

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Susan McMahon

smcmahon@depaul.edu

DePaul University

Celebrating Many Changes, Structural Growth, and Strategic Planning 

As President of SCRA, I hope to support and build upon all of the many exciting initiatives that are already taking place within SCRA, as well as to facilitate new growth and development of our mission-driven organization.  SCRA has long been my professional home - it is hard to imagine a more committed, values-driven, action-oriented group of people who are engaged in ground-breaking research, practice, and education to create positive change in our world. Whenever I am with SCRA colleagues and students, I am reminded how easy it is to form new rewarding relationships, reconnect with old friends, and discuss important issues– I believe this is due in part to our shared values and genuine interest in people and their well-being.  

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Daniel Cooper and Tiffany McDowell 
Adler University, Chicago

As the season changes to fall we are mindful of all of the turbulence, hope, and fears that come with an election season where the future of the U.S. hinges on two very different visions. This edition of the Community Psychologist highlights the ways in which SCRA and its work is at the epicenter of some of the most important issues facing the country. The Public Policy column shows us just how applicable community psychology theory and action is to the issue of policing, and more specifically, police-community interactions. Our president, Susan McMahon, reminds us of all the ways SCRA is evolving in strategic ways to continue to position the field to be relevant to our political challenges and realities. In many ways our national election is about attitudes toward diversity, tolerance, and multiculturalism. The Committee on Ethnic and Racial Affairs column shows us where SCRA is seeing some positive trends in fostering a diverse membership, and ways we still have work to do. These are just some of the examples of how this edition of the Community Psychologist reminds us of how our field is more relevant than ever. We hope you enjoy!

Dan and Tiffany

The Community Practitioner

Edited by Olya Glantsman & Nicole Freund

Community Psychology Practice Council’s 2016 Initiatives

Since its inception in 1992 (see TCP Fall 2015, 48(4)) the Society for Community Research and Action’s (SCRA) Community Psychology Practice Council (CPPC) has sought to “expand the visibility, reach and impact of community psychology practice through opportunities for connection, support and professional development through the SCRA, academic community research and action graduate programs, other professional organizations and communities.” This mission drives initiatives that focus on both internal (e.g., benefits for the SCRA members, information/knowledge sharing among SCRA practitioners, etc.) and external (e.g., raising awareness about the field and about the work done by practitioners, etc.) goals. Through collaboration with other councils, interest groups, and the Executive Committee, members of the CPPC continue to celebrate, promote, and strive to exemplify the values of community psychology in practice.

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Public Policy

Edited by Jean Hill

Can Community Psychologists Play a Role in Helping to Ease Tensions Between Law Enforcement Agencies and Communities?

Robert (Robin) Jenkins

rjenkins2338@gmail.com

Methodist University

The increasing tensions between communities and law enforcement agencies startles the consciousness of America. Across the country policing agencies are challenged by their assumptions, practices, perceived legitimacy, questions about transparency and accountability. Communities are fractured by the need for socially just policing juxtaposed with the hosting of many of the problems that create calls for service from the police. Underlying these problems are the deep, complex and seemingly intractable “systems” issues embedded in politics, economic and immigration policies, cultural and racial divides, impacts from social media, and other factors.  So can Community Psychology offer a set of policy “slip knots” and interventions out of these increasingly dangerous and complicated problems?

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Committee on Ethnic & Racial Affairs

Chiara Sabina

sabina@psu.edu

Penn State Harrisburg

Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial Diversity within SCRA

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Respect for diversity is an important value within SCRA as it often guides our research, advocacy, and practice.  We seek to embrace all forms of diversity including gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, gender identity, religion, country of origin, socio-economic status, etc.  Another important value within SCRA is reflective practice—in the sense that we need to check in on how our values are actually being met.  We need to take an honest look at how we are doing with regard to our principles.  This column begins some of that examination with respect to race and ethnicity.

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Committee on Women

Eylin Palamaro Munsell, Chair, SCRA Committee on Women

epalamar@asu.edu

Each issue we will be spotlighting a member of our committee.  When asked for recommendations this summer, our committee members overwhelming suggested Urmitapa Dutta from UMass Lowell.  Below is my conversation with her about her background, experience and the work she does. 

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Self Help Interest Group

Edited by Greg Townley and Alicia Lucksted

The Fountain House Clubhouse Model

Written by: Thomasina Borkman

tborkman@gmu.edu

George Mason University

Fountain House Clubhouses seem to be currently regarded as old fashioned and outmoded psychiatric rehabilitation places or, contradictorily, lumped together with less intensive drop-in centers that erroneously refer to themselves as clubhouses (Staples & Stein 2008; Craig 2013).  The book Fountain House: Creating Community in Mental Health Practice by Alan Doyle, Julius Lanoil, and Kenneth J. Dudek published by Columbia University Press (2013) challenges these misconceptions. The purpose of the book, reviewed here, is to show FH as a model of a “collaborative recovery center that combines the expertise of the professional social worker (social practice) with the peer support (mutual assistance) of the consumer movement” (Ibid.,p. 138). The authors detail the major values, principles and practices that characterize the FH model today; these were developed before and especially during the tenure of John H. Beard, an innovative Executive Director from 1955–1982 to whom the book is dedicated.

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SCRA Awards Call 2016-2017

DEADLINE FOR ALL AWARD NOMINATIONS is December 1, 2016

Please Note: All nominees must be current member of SCRA and have been a member for the past one (1) membership renewal year unless otherwise stated in the call.  And visit the SCRA website for a list of previous award winners!

 DISSERTATION AWARDS

Best Dissertation on a Topic Relevant to Community Psychology:

The purpose of the Society for Community Research and Action annual dissertation award is to identify the best doctoral dissertation on a topic relevant to the field of community psychology completed between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2016 — any dissertation completed within these dates may be submitted. The completion date for the dissertation refers to the date of acceptance of the dissertation by the granting university's designate officer (e.g., the graduate officer), not the graduation date. Last year's nominees (excluding the winner) may resubmit dissertations if the dates are still within the specified timeframe.

 Criteria for the award:

  1. Relevance of the study to community psychology, with particular emphasis on important and emerging trends in the field;
  2. Scholarly excellence;
  3. Innovation and implications for theory, research and action; and
  4. Methodological appropriateness.

Nomination materials required: Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a member of SCRA. A cover letter and a detailed dissertation abstract should be submitted electronically to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline. The nomination cover letter should include the name, graduate school affiliation and thesis advisor, current address, phone number, and email address of the nominee. The abstract should present a statement of the problem, methods, findings, and conclusions. The abstract should be clear about the relevance of the study to community psychology, with particular emphasis on important and emerging trends in the field; scholarly excellence; innovation and implications for theory, research and action; and methodological appropriateness. Abstracts typically range from 5-8 pages and may not exceed 10 double spaced pages, including tables and figures. Identifying information should be omitted from the abstract.

Evaluation process: All abstracts will be reviewed by the dissertation award committee. Finalists will be selected and may be asked to submit full or partial dissertation electronically.

Award recipient receives: An award plaque and $100; a one year complimentary membership in SCRA; and up to $300 in reimbursement for travel expenses in order to receive the award at the APA convention or SCRA biennial in 2017.

Emory L. Cowen Dissertation Award for the Promotion of Wellness:

This award will honor the best dissertation of the year in the area of promotion of wellness. Wellness is defined consistent with the conceptualization developed by Emory Cowen, to include the promotion of positive well-being and the prevention of dysfunction. Dissertations are considered eligible that deal with a range of topics relevant to the promotion of wellness, including: a) promoting positive attachments between infant and parent, b) development of age appropriate cognitive and interpersonal competencies, c) developing settings such as families and schools that favor wellness outcomes, d) having the empowering sense of being in control of one's fate, and e) coping effectively with stress. The dissertation must be completed between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2016 — any dissertation completed within these dates may be submitted.

Criteria for the award:

  1. Relevance to the promotion of wellness, including but not restricted to: a) promoting positive attachments between infant and parent; b) development of age-appropriate cognitive and interpersonal competencies; c) developing settings such as families and schools that favor wellness outcomes; d) having the empowering sense of being in control of one’s fate; and e) coping effectively with stress, with particular emphasis on important and emerging trends in the field;
  2. Scholarly excellence.

Nomination materials required: Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a member of SCRA. A nomination cover letter and a detailed dissertation abstract should be submitted electronically to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

  1. The nomination cover letter should include the name, graduate school affiliation and thesis advisor, current address, phone number, and email address of the nominee.
  2. The abstract should present a statement of the problem, methods, findings, and conclusions. The abstract should be clear about the relevance of the study to community psychology, with particular emphasis on important and emerging trends in the field; scholarly excellence; innovation and implications for theory, research and action; and methodological appropriateness. Abstracts typically range from 5-8 pages and may not exceed 10 double spaced pages, including tables and figures. Identifying information should be omitted from the abstract.

Evaluation process: All abstracts will be reviewed by the dissertation award committee. Finalists will be selected and may be asked to submit full or partial dissertation electronically.

Award recipient receives: An award plaque and $100; a one year complimentary membership in SCRA; and up to $300 in reimbursement for travel expenses in order to receive the award at the APA convention or SCRA biennial in 2017.

EARLY CAREER AWARD

The purpose of the SCRA Early Career Award is to recognize community psychologists who are making a significant contribution to the field of community psychology and to APA Division 27, Society for Community Research and Action.

Criteria for the award:

1. The candidate must be 8 years or less from receiving their terminal degree.

2. Made an important contribution to community psychology. Examples include a research paper, community organizing, or policy change at the local, state or national level.

3. Be an active member of SCRA.

Nomination materials required: Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a member of SCRA. Nominations consist of letters of support and a statement of significant contribution submitted electronically to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

  1. Two letters of support should outline the merits of the nominee in the criteria, above
  2. A statement of significant contribution should highlight the nominees significant contributions in the areas of: a) contribution to the field of community psychology and SCRA, b) how work relates to community psychology, c) nominees plan to continue work within the field of community psychology

Evaluation process: An awards committee consisting of early career as well as more senior SCRA members will review nominations.

Award recipient receives: A plaque and a fee waiver in order to receive the award at the 2017 SCRA biennial conference.

THE ETHNIC MINORITY MENTORSHIP AWARD

The purpose of SCRA's annual Ethnic Minority Mentorship Award is to recognize an SCRA member who has made exemplary contributions to the mentorship of ethnic minority persons. Mentorship may be provided in various forms. The goal of the award is to acknowledge the importance of encouraging ethnic diversity within community psychology and supporting the efforts of groups of individuals who have been historically more limited in their access to higher education within our field.

Criteria for the award: Two or more of the following:

1. Consistent, high quality mentorship and contributions to the professional development of one or more ethnic minority students and/or recent graduates involved in community research and action;

2. Contribution to fostering a climate in their setting that is supportive of issues relevant to racial/ethnic diversity and conducive to the growth of ethnic minority students and/or beginning level graduates;  

3. A history of involvement in efforts to increase the representation of ethnic minority persons either in their own institutions, research programs, or within SCRA; and

4. Consistent contributions to the structure and process of training in psychology related to cultural diversity, particularly in, but not limited to community programs.

Nomination Process: Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a student or colleague. Nominations consist of a nominations letter, letter(s) of support and a CV submitted electronically to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

  1. A nomination letter (no more than 3 pages long) summarizing the contributions of the nominee to the mentorship of ethnic minority persons;
  2. Name and contact information (address, telephone, email) of at least one additional reference (two if a self-nomination) who can speak to the contributions the nominee has made to the mentorship of ethnic minority persons (see above criteria)--at least one reference must be from an ethnic minority person who was mentored
  3. A curriculum vita of the nominee. Collaborative work with ethnic minority mentees, as well as other activities or publications relevant to the criteria indicated above, should be highlighted.

Evaluation process: All nominations will be reviewed by an award committee constituted by the Committee on Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial Affairs.

Award recipient receives: A plaque awarded at the 2017 SCRA biennial conference.

DISTINGUISHED AWARDS
Award for Distinguished Contributions to Theory and Research in Community Psychology

The Award for Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research in Community Psychology is presented annually to an individual whose career of high quality and innovative research and scholarship has resulted in a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in Community Psychology. This award was initiated in 1974.

Criteria for the award:

1. Demonstrated positive impact on the quality of community theory and research;

2. Innovation in community theory and/or research. That is, scholarship of a path-breaking quality that introduces important new ideas and new findings. Such distinguished work often challenges prevailing conceptual frameworks, research approaches, and/or empirical results; and

3. A major single contribution or series of significant contributions with an enduring influence on community theory, research and/or action over time.

Nomination Process: Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by an SCRA member. Nominations consist of the following items submitted electronically to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

  1. The name and contact information of the nominee.
  2. A 250-500 word summary of the rationale for nomination.
  3. A vita or summary of accomplishments that is no longer than 6 single-spaced pages.
  4. A letter of recommendation that is no longer than 4 typed double-spaced pages.
  5. One work sample may be submitted in PDF format so that it can be shared with all committee members. This work sample may be submitted in the language of the nominee’s choice.
  6. Those nominees whose work is primarily in a non-English language or context may submit a second letter of recommendation that can clarify the work sample or further inform the committee about the nature of the nominee’s contribution.

Note: Committee members are free to seek out additional information about nominees, and second letter may be helpful if a candidate's body of work may not be accessible to many committee members because of language differences or the nature of the work not being represented in typical publication or internet outlets.  Submitting a second letter is at the discretion of the nominator/nominee.

Evaluation process: Nominations will be reviewed by an award committee constituted by the SCRA President-Elect.

Award recipient receives: A plaque awarded at the SCRA convention in 2017, an invited address at the SCRA convention, and an invitation to publish their address (or a related work) in AJCP.

Award for Distinguished Contribution to Practice in Community Psychology

The Award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology is presented annually to an individual whose career of high quality and innovative applications of psychological principles has demonstrated positive impact on, or significant illumination of the ecology of, communities or community settings, and has significantly benefited the practice of community psychology. The person receiving this award will have demonstrated innovation and leadership in one or more of the following roles:

  1. community service provider or manager/administrator of service programs;
  2. trainer or manager of training programs for service providers;
  3. developer and/or implementer of public policy;
  4. developer and/or implementer of interventions in the media (including cyberspace) to promote community psychology goals and priorities;
  5. developer, implementer, and/or evaluator of ongoing preventive/service programs in community settings;
  6. who has developed and applied knowledge and methods to understand and improve the functioning of communities and community settings; or
  7. other innovative roles.

Criteria for the award:

The criteria for the award include the following. The first criterion applies in all cases; one or more of the remaining criterion must be present:

  1. Engaged at least 75% time, for a minimum of 10 years, in settings such as government, business or industry, community or human service programs, or educational settings in the practice of high quality and innovative applications of psychological principles that have significantly benefited the practice of community psychology; past winners cannot be nominated. Full-time, tenure and tenure-track university faculty and/or those with traditional teaching/research/service responsibilities, would rarely be eligible for this award, AND
  2. Demonstrated positive impact on the natural ecology of community life resulting from the application of psychological principles; or
  3. Challenge to the status quo or prevailing conceptual models and applied methods; or
  4. Demonstrated personal success in exercising leadership based on applied practice.

Nomination Process: Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by an SCRA member. Nominations consist of the following items submitted electronically to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

  1. The name and contact information of the nominee.
  2. A statement, which can be from the nominee, that documents clearly specify his or her eligibility for this award by describing how he or she “engaged at least 75% of the time, for a minimum of 10 years, in settings such as government, business or industry, community or human service programs, or educational settings in the practice of high quality and innovative applications of psychological principles that have significantly benefited the practice of community psychology.” This statement can consist of a brief list of the years, the settings, and the activities, but it should be sufficiently detailed so that there is no doubt about the eligibility.
  3. A vita or summary of accomplishments that is no longer than 6 single-spaced pages.
  4. A letter of recommendation that is no longer than 4 typed double-spaced pages.
  5. One work sample may be submitted in pdf format so that it can be shared with all committee members. This work sample may be submitted in the language of the nominee’s choice.
  6. Those nominees whose work is primarily in a non-English language or context may submit a second letter of recommendation that can clarify the work sample or further inform the committee about the nature of the nominee’s contribution.

Note: Committee members are free to seek out additional information about nominees, and a second letter may be helpful if a candidate’s body of work may not be accessible to many committee members because of language differences or the nature of the work not being represented in typical publication or internet outlets. Submitting a second letter is at the discretion or the nominator/nominee.

Evaluation process: Nominations will be reviewed by an award committee constituted by the SCRA President-Elect composed of prior recipients and Practice Council members.

Award recipient receives: A plaque awarded at the 2017 SCRA biennial conference, an invited address at the SCRA biennial, and an invitation to publish their address (or a related work) in AJCP.

                The Seymour B. Sarason Award for Community Research and Action

This award was established in 1993 to recognize individuals working in the conceptually demanding, creative, and groundbreaking tradition of Seymour B. Sarason.

The criteria include:

  1. novel and critical rethinking, reframing, and reworking of basic assumptions, approaches, and issues in the human services, education, psychology, mental retardation and other areas of community research and action,
  2. major books and other scholarship that reflect these new approaches within the context of historical wisdom, and
  3. action-research and other action efforts that reflect these new approaches.

Those working both in academia and applied settings, including government, are eligible for this award, given biennially. The award winner is invited to present a major address at the Society for Community Research and Action biennial conference which takes place every other June. The address is published in the American Journal of Community Psychology.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to the awards@scra27.org  by the Dec. 1 deadline.

Award for Special Contributions to Public Policy

The purpose of SCRA's Award for Special Contributions to Public Policy is to recognize individuals or organizations that have made exemplary contributions in the public policy arena. Those whose work contributes to public policy, whether from community agencies, academia, or non-government agencies, both national and international, are eligible for consideration. Priority will be given to a living member of SCRA, an allied discipline, or an organization involving individuals who have made important contributions to public policy, broadly defined.

Nomination Process: Both self-nominations and nominations by SCRA students or colleagues will be accepted. Those submitting nominations should send:

For an individual: CV or resume (full or abbreviated), statement (maximum of four pages) regarding major social policy contributions of the individual, and up to three letters of support.

For an organization: CV or resume for organization head or key individual, organization description/mission statement, statement (maximum of four pages) regarding major social policy contributions of the organization, and up to three letters of support.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

SCRA COUNSEL OF EDUCATION PROGRAMS (CEP) AWARDS

Criteria for these awards include two or more of the following:

1. Promotion of innovative strategies in education that integrate community psychology theory and action;

2. Significant contributions to the structure and process of education in community psychology, research, and action;

3. Consistent, high quality teaching and mentorship contributing to the professional development of students and/or recent graduates involved in community research and action; and

4. Contribution to fostering a positive climate that supports undergraduate and graduate students in their setting.

Collaborative work with students, activities, publications, and curricula relevant to the criteria indicated above, should be highlighted.

Outstanding Educator Award

The purpose of this annual Award is to recognize a SCRA member who has made exemplary and innovative contributions to the education of students about community psychology and community research and action.

Nomination Process: Both self-nominations and nominations by SCRA students or colleagues will be accepted. Those submitting nominations should send:

1. A nomination letter (no more than 3 pages long) summarizing the innovative educational strategies promoted by the nominee, and how they contribute to the education of community psychologists and the development of the field of community research and action (and speak to the criteria listed above);

2. One letter of reference (2 letters if the nomination is a self-nomination);

3. Course evaluations and other types of evaluations from students/recent grads; and

4.  A curriculum vita of the nominee.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to awards@scra27.org  by the Dec. 1 deadline.

Excellence in Education Programs Award

The purpose of this biannual Award is to recognize 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.

Nomination Process: Both self-nominations and nominations by individuals or organizations outside the program will be accepted. Those submitting nominations should send:

1. A nomination letter (no more than 4 pages long) should describe the basis of the recommendation and summarize the features of the program that would qualify it for the award (in relation to criteria specified above). The nomination letter should also include a listing of the program faculty and other resources (e.g., community-based organizations, community expertise), relevant publications, and the ways in which they contribute to the education of undergraduate and/or graduate students; and

2. One letter of reference (2 letters if the nomination is a self-nomination). Reference letters should come from individuals outside the program, and may include representatives of community agencies/organizations with whom the program is associated, graduates of the program (out for at least 3 years), or colleagues in other programs in the college/university or outside the college/university.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to awards@scra27.org  by the Dec 1 deadline.

JOHN KALAFAT AWARDS

John Kalafat’s life work integrated the principles and research of community psychology with their practical applications. John left a rich legacy in the published literature and in the many communities he helped strengthen. To continue his vision, two annual awards have been created in his honor.

The Community Program Award

This award will honor programs or initiatives that demonstrate a positive impact on groups or communities as validated by program evaluation; build foundational bridges between theory, research, and improving the world, and/or demonstrate excellence in integrating training and program development in crisis intervention.

Nomination Process: Self-nominations and nominations by SCRA students or colleagues will be accepted. Those submitting nominations should send the CV or resume for the organization head or key individual, organization description/mission statement, statement (maximum of four pages) regarding major social policy contributions of the organization, and up to three letters of support.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to awards@scra27.org  by the Dec. 1 deadline.

The Practitioner Award

This award will honor an SCRA individual who exemplifies John’s unique characteristics as mentor, teacher, and advocate, and especially his passion in making the benefits of community psychology accessible to all.

Nomination Process: Both self-nominations and nominations by SCRA students or colleagues will be accepted. Those submitting nominations should send the nominee’s CV or resume (full or abbreviated), statement (maximum of four pages) regarding major social policy contributions of the individual, and up to three letters of support.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

DON KLEIN PUBLICATION AWARD TO ADVANCE COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE

The Don Klein Publication Award to Advance Community Psychology Practice is awarded biennially at the SCRA Biennial. The purpose of the award is to encourage and acknowledge excellence in promoting the field and practice of community psychology through publications with strong dissemination potential across disciplinary lines.  The award will be presented biennially to recognize the publication that best exemplifies the practice of community psychology.

The criteria for the award shall include:

  1. A publication whose authorship includes at least one SCRA member. Authors may be researchers, faculty, students or practitioners or any combination thereof, from any field, from any country.
  2. Publications may include books, handbooks, videos, periodicals, tools, journals, practice manuals, evaluation tools, video productions and web based presentations and reference resources.

Nomination Procedures: Initial nominations should be sent to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline and include:

  1. The title and full citation of the nominated publication and the names and contact information of all authors.
  2. A description, not to exceed one to three double-spaced pages, as to how the publication promotes exemplary community practice, and is consistent with, or promotes, the values of the field.

Award: Any member of SCRA may nominate and self-nominations are permitted.  A $500 cash award will be presented to the authors of the winning publication at the Biennial. The first author will receive complementary registration to the Biennial.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

SCRA FELLOWS

What is a SCRA Fellow? SCRA seeks to recognize a variety of exceptional contributions that significantly advance the field of community research and action including, but not limited to, theory development, research, evaluation, teaching, intervention, policy development and implementation, advocacy, consultation, program development, administration and service. A SCRA Fellow is someone who provides evidence of “unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in community research and action.” Fellows show evidence of (a) sustained productivity in community research and action over a period of a minimum of five years; (b) distinctive contributions to knowledge and/or practice in community psychology that are recognized by others as excellent; and (c) impact beyond the immediate setting in which the Fellow works.

Applications for Initial Fellow status must include the following materials:  

1. A 2-page Uniform Fellow Application (available at http://scra27.org/members1/member-awards/scra-fellows/ and completed by the nominee);

2. 3 to 6 endorsement letters written by current Fellows,

3. Supporting materials, including a vita with refereed publications marked with an “R,” and

4. A nominee’s self-statement setting forth her/his accomplishments that warrant nomination to Fellow Status.

SCRA members who are Fellows of other APA divisions should also apply for SCRA Fellow status if they have made outstanding contributions to community research and action. Fellows of other APA divisions should send to the Chair of the Fellows Committee (fellow@scra27.org) a statement detailing their contributions to community research and action, 3-6 letters of support, and a vita.

Nomination Process: Complete nominations should be submitted electronically by December 1, 2016 to fellows@scra27.org.