Regional Network News



Volume 51 Number 1 
Winter 2018

Regional Network News

Edited by Scot Evans – Regional Network Coordinator

I hope you are resolved in 2018 to get more involved in your SCRA region. Check out your SCRA region information on the website and contact the coordinators to see what is going on in your neck of the woods ( There are a lot of great things happening in our SCRA regions across the globe – check out the news.

News from the Midwest Region U.S.

Edited by Olya Glantsman


3rd Year: Olya Glantsman, DePaul University (IL)

2nd Year: Amber Williams, National Lewis University (IL)

1st year: Melissa Ponce-Rodas Andrews University (MI)


Naz Chief, National Louis University (IL)

The Midwest Region has begun a new initiative to bring SCRA into classrooms. During these classroom visits, some face-to-face and some virtual, Regional Coordinators talk and answers questions regarding the opportunities offered to undergraduate and graduate CP students in the region and beyond as well as provide updates on the upcoming events. If you are interested in having a Regional Coordinator come to speak to your class, please contact a Regional Coordinator.

Call for Coordinators

Calling all graduate students and early career professionals! We are looking for representatives to join our team to provide regional leadership and guidance to the processes of membership development, activities, and communication. This is a great opportunity to get more engaged in SCRA. If you are interested in serving as a graduate-student representative, please contact Melissa Ponce-Rodas (

Midwest ECO 2017

Written by Danielle Chiaramonte, Michigan State University,

On October 13-15, 2017, Michigan State the 41st Annual Midwest Ecological-Community Conference at their East Lansing Michigan campus. Organized by current students of the Michigan State University Community Psychology Ph.D. programs. This year’s theme was: Where do we go from here? Evaluating the present and future of community psychology. Sessions at this year’s conference focused on how we can move forward with our important work in the ever changing political climate.

On Friday night, the Ecological-Community Psychology department hosted a Community Keynote Panel entitled “Community Conversations: A Voice for Change”. At this talk, community partners from four local organizations in Michigan discussed what they, as community partners, wished researchers knew and lessons learned from working with researchers.

On Saturday morning, Michigan State University welcomed 120 attendees to our beautiful but wet campusMidwest_Eco_Photo_1.jpg. The keynote speaker on Friday morning was Dr. Pennie Foster-Fishman. In light of the uncertainty of our work as community psychologists due to the recent political climate, Dr. Foster-Fishman helped walk us though the importance of evaluating our work with an inclusive mindset. Additionally, she spoke about the importance of terminology and how the words we use to describe marginalized groups continue to exacerbate inequities in our communities regarding race, ethnicity, political affiliation, gender etc. On Saturday, the conference schedule included 10 symposia and presentations, 16 roundtable presentations, 4 workshops, and 25 poster presentations. The Saturday evening social events included a networking dinner at local restaurant Beggar’s Banquet.

Midwest_Eco_Photo_2.jpgMidwest Eco is currently searching a host for next year. If you would like to host the 2017 Midwest Eco conference, please contact Danielle Chiaramonte at The organizers for this year have several materials they would like to pass on (left over folders, tri-fold boards for poster presentations, etc.) We would also be happy to guide next year’s hosts and are looking forward to working with them.

Upcoming Events:

Midwestern Psychological Association Conference 2018

The annual MPA conference is just around the corner (April 12-14th, 2017). The SCRA meeting at the Midwestern Psychological Association will be held Friday, April 12th 2018 in Chicago. For more information about the MPA conference (e.g., lodging, fees, etc.) please visit the MPA website at: Also, plan to join us for the annual dinner, which will include the poster award ceremony, following the conference on Friday night (Exchequer Restaurant & Pub located at 226 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60604).See you in Chicago!

Announcements and information for inclusion in future Midwest updates should be sent to Amber Kelly (

 Other Conferences:

Michigan Academy

Cohen Peace Conference

Midwest Resource

A great new resource for those interested in learning more about the asset-based approach has just joined DePaul University. The Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute has moved into DePaul’s Stean’s Center. The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.” To learn more about the Institute, go to

Submit to the TCP

Are you doing some exciting work you would like to share with others in the Midwest?

Submit your Midwest happenings to Melissa Ponce-Rodas (

We would love to hear from you!

News from the West Region U.S.


3rd Year: Emma Ogley-Oliver, Marymount California University

2nd Year: Greg Townley, Portland State University

1st Year: Mariah Kornbluh, California State-Chico


David Gordon, University of California, Santa Cruz

Click HERE to join the Western Region listserv!

CRA-W 2018 Conference

Unfortunately, the CRA-West Conference scheduled for January 27-28, 2018 had to be cancelled. Here’s the note that Nuria Ciofalo posted to the SCRA Listserv.

We are saddened to announce that it is not possible for Pacifica Graduate Institute to host this annual conference, January 27-28. As you know, in December Santa Barbara experienced the largest wildfire in California history. This left our mountains barren. When the rains came, a natural disaster ensued in the town of Montecito where our campus is. Twenty people have died in unprecedented flooding and hundreds of houses have been destroyed or damaged. Presently there is no potable water, electricity, or internet in many parts of Montecito. In addition, the main artery to Santa Barbara, the 101, is closed indefinitely. On January 11th, the area of both our campuses, in Montecito and Carpinteria, was placed on a one to two-week mandatory evacuation for search, rescue, and recovery operations. The Army Corps of Engineers is working furiously with over 100 heavy trucks to clear creek beds filled with wreaked cars and houses before the next rain, expected in a week. We are grateful that our campuses have not sustained damage and look forward to recovery and are at the same time mourning the losses and injuries to our neighbors.

We are working with the CRA-West Steering Committee to determine the next steps regarding a conference. If you have already registered, Pacifica will be in touch with you to refund your paid fees.

We appreciate the fine proposals for this conference and are so disappointed to have to cancel or postpone it. Thank you for your understanding.

Community Psychology Teaching Survey

Danielle Kohfeldt (California State University, Long Beach) and Mariah Kornbluh (California State University, Chico) are distributing a survey in hopes of identifying and understanding the diversity of courses, programs, and positions occupied by community psychologists, or those who identify with the field. Aggregated findings will be shared with SCRA. This initiative hopes to better understand the educational programs and courses within Community Psychology, and identify common struggles and strengths to further support educational efforts within the field. Please take time to fill out the survey, and forward along to colleagues with affinities to Community Psychology, whom may not be active within SCRA.

Highlighting new Community Psychology positions in the region

Christopher Beasley- University of Washington Tacoma

Christopher_Beasley.jpgChristopher Beasley graduated from DePaul University’s Community Psychology PhD program and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma as well as principal investigator for the Post-Prison Education Research Lab. He conducts community-engaged applied research to strengthen communities while participating in grassroots organizing to support such settings and helping students develop capacity for this work. His research seeks to better understand factors affecting prison to college transitions. He’s also developing the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network, strengthening post-prison higher education supports, and advising Civil Survival, an organization developing the civic capacity of people impacted by the justice system.

Erin Rose Ellison- California State University, Sacramento

Erin Rose Ellison is an interdisciplinary community psychologist who employs participatory action research (PAR), ethnography and social network analysis to study how relationships facilitate or constrain collective empowerment for groups lacking social power and an equal share of resources, often with youth in school-based programs or adult community organizers. Her work illuminates social reproductive labor or relational labor and its role in processes of empowerment. Erin recently began her new position as an Assistant Professor at California State University, Sacramento, where she teaches community psychology and is building her research team, the COLLAB (short for collaboration). Current projects include a PAR project to examine the transfer student experience at CSUS, build sense of community among our large transfer student body, and organize for resources to support thriving among transfer students. Erin has interdisciplinary training in social-community psychology and feminist studies (MS & PhD: UC Santa Cruz), community development (MA: Clark University) and international studies (BA: American University). She is currently accepting applications for graduate students in the general psychology MA program at CSUS and can be reached at Please feel free to share this info with interested students or former students.

News from the Australia/New Zealand and the Pacific Region

Edited by Katie Thomas


Katie Thomas, Antony Street Specialist Centre,


Rahman Gray, Victoria University

SCRA hosted a number of regional activities in 2017. This included domestic violence Workshops and the Trans Tasman Community Psychology Conference.

Domestic Violence Workshops:

Carmel O’Brien is a domestic violence expert who released a new book Blame Changer at the end of last year. SCRA Australia recently hosted Ms. O’Brien for two professional development events: one in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame and the other with the National Mental Health Professionals Network. Ms. O’Brien is a distinguished speaker and in January 2017, received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her work with people who have lived with violence at home and her contribution to mental health and social welfare organisations. She has received a Menzies Award (2009) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Elaine Dignan Award for her contribution to women through her profession (2010). Ms. O’Brien’s book is a startling profile of the level and extent of domestic violence within the Australian context. Blame Changer is ground-breaking in its communitarian and dignitarian response to domestic violence and the training was extremely well received and appreciated by all.

13th Trans Tasman Community Psychology Conference:

SCRA co-hosted the recent regional Community Psychology Conference “Critical Conversations.” The aims of the conference, as offered by conference chair, Heather Gridley were, “To revisit the critical foundations of community psychology to promote critical reflexivity and identify opportunities for change. The theme of ‘critical conversations’ plays on the definitions of the term ‘critical’ in that the issues we discuss are urgent (time critical) as well as critical in the sense of looking at them through an alternative lens.” Keynote speakers were Professor Gavey (Aotearoa New Zealand) and Professor McDermott (Australia). Participants were privileged to hear Professor McDermott present a critical view on “Psychological praxis and Indigenous mental health and wellbeing” and Professor Gavey, “Critical Conversations on Pornography.” Ms. O’Brien was also a distinguished panel member at the event. The Conference was well attended and certainly met the organizers goals.

Pacific Member Outreach and Development

Prominent New Zealand community psychology programs were threatened under economic rationalization initiatives and SCRA Australia was involved in mobilizing solidarity initiatives. Letters of support were written to outline the background, vision and benefits of Community Psychology and submitted to relevant departments. The programs were successful in maintaining their funding and position.

During 2017 we strengthened regional ties with the National University of Fiji. As a result, SCRA ANZPacific has initiated contact with the main WHO office in Suva to foster student participation in SCRA given the impact of Global warming on the Fijian population. Fiji is the host of the COP23 Summit this year and the climate change initiative is very strong. The aim is to set up mentoring networks across the region. As we gain momentum the National University of Fiji will provide physical contacts and meeting coordination for local students interested in participation. We are hopeful this initiate SCRA presence and develop a new core in the Fijian region.