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Volume 51 Number 2
The 2018 SCRA Best Dissertation in a Topic Relevant to Community Psychology
Dr. Dominique Thomas’ dissertation titled “Black Scholars Matter: Development and Validation of a Campus Racial Climate Measure for African-American College Students” was completed at Georgia State University under the direction of Dr. Winnie Chan. The dissertation research was a mixed methods study to advance understanding of campus racial climate, specifically for African-American students. He employed a sequential transformative strategy that included qualitative and quantitative phases. Items for the planned measure were developed from a series of interviews with African-American students. The resulting measure includes three subscales: Institutional Factors, Experiences and Perceptions, and Student Interracial Interactions that demonstrate internal validity, criterion-related validity, and incremental validity distinguishing the subscales from a measure of General Campus Climate. The dissertation was selected for recognition with this award because of the strong theoretical and empirical grounding, the careful methodology, attention to engagement with participants, large samples, innovation, and potential utility for advancing the field.
Dr. Thomas is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Georgia State and Associate Editor of The Community Psychologist.