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The
Community
Psychologist

Volume 52   Number 4 Fall 2019

Interested in LGBT issues? Check out the SCRA LGBT Interest Group

Mary T. Guerrant, PhD, State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill, Guerramt@cobleskill.edu

Are you interested in hearing more about LGBT issues or ongoing projects, resources, and opportunities? The SCRA LGBT Interest Group was formed to increase awareness of the need for community research and action related to issues that impact LGBT people; and serve as a mechanism for communication, collaboration, and support among community psychologists who are either interested in research/service/policy related to LGBT people and communities, and/or who identify as LGBT. We recently hosted a session at the APA Convention in August and the SCRA Biennial Conference and are currently developing a series of resources related to LGBT issues in teaching, practice, and research. Email jeanhill@scra27.org to join our listserv and stay up-to-date on these and other happenings with the group. 

Looking for a way to be more involved with the group? We are currently looking for someone interested in stepping onto the committee as chair – no prior experience with the group is required, just an interest in LGBT issues and a willingness to lead the group. Graduate students and early career psychologists are especially encouraged to considering serving in the role.  Additional open leadership positions will be shared through the listserv as they become available. Responsibilities include monthly meetings and a willingness to support LGBTQ research and advocacy. If you have questions about the chair role or are interested in serving, email Corey Flanders at cflander@mtholyoke.edu. Meet some of our current group leaders and read more about their diverse interests and expertise below.

Past-Chair – Corey Flanders, PhD

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Dr. Corey Flanders received her PhD from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Social Psychology with a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. She is currently an assistant professor at Mount Holyoke College. Flanders’ work focuses on addressing social issues and promoting positive social change, particularly concerns related to identity and health equity among marginalized communities with an emphasis on working with young queer and trans people. Recently, Flanders has worked with academic and community health center research partners, along with gender and sexual minority young people, to investigate how stigma and social support relate to young queer and trans people’s experiences of mental and sexual health, including access to appropriate health services. Flanders’ teaching focuses on critical applied perspectives in Social Psychology, incorporating mixed-methods and community-based research approaches into psychological research methods, and health equity as it applies to gender and sexual minority communities.

Secretary/Historian– Michele Schlehofer, PhD

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Dr. Michele Schlehofer earned her PhD in Applied Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. She is currently a professor at Salisbury University. Trained in the Lewinian tradition of action-research, much of her work consists of community-based research designed to directly address social and community problems. As an applied psychologist, she is a vocal proponent of not only intervention and prevention work, but also evidence-based decision-making and research-backed public policy. Over the course of her career, she has worked on projects addressing a myriad of social and community issues, including adolescent pregnancy prevention; community-building processes for people living with HIV and AIDS; and community breast health initiatives for women. Dr. Schlehofer is also involved in advocacy efforts by, with, and for LGBTQ people. She serves as Executive Director of Salisbury’s PFLAG Chapter, and co-chairs the public policy committee for the APA Division for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.



Communications and Public Relations – Mary T. Guerrant, PhD

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Dr. Mary T. Guerrant earned a PhD from North Carolina State University in Applied Social and Community Psychology. She is currently an assistant professor at the State University of New York in Cobleskill. Her work as a researcher, teacher, and advocate centers on the intersection between public health and community psychology as related to diverse populations. Recent projects have focused on patient-provider communication and experiences in shaping sexual health for Latinx women, the role of acculturation and sociopolitical climate on psychological well-being among LGBTQ+ immigrants, and the efficacy of substance use prevention programs and other factors shaping substance use in rural New York State. Guerrant also enjoys teaching, and works to build conversations around diversity, opportunities for community engagement, and applied pedagogies such as project-based learning into her courses. In addition to her current position within the LGBT Interest Group, Guerrant has held prior leadership roles within APA Divisions 44 (LGBT Issues) and 35 (Psychology of Women) and as chair of the APAGS Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. 

Education Committee Chair – Rachael Goodman-Williams, M.A.

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Rachael Goodman-Williams, M.A., is a doctoral student in Ecological-Community Psychology at Michigan State University. Her work broadly focuses on gender-based violence, and she has specializations in college teaching, quantitative methods, and evaluation science. Her research interests center on understanding sexual assault survivors’ socio-emotional experiences over time and how those experiences are affected by the people and systems they engage with. Her research is carried out with the goal of integrating survivors’ needs and priorities into the definitions of success used by agencies that interact with them. She is dedicated to integrating gender-based violence into undergraduate curricula, as well, as developed and taught a Gender-Based Violence Across the Lifespan course for Michigan State University. She serves as SCRA’s LGBT Interest Group Education Chair and as the Community of Practice Chair for SCRA’s Undergraduate Teaching Interest Group.