Volume 48 Number 4 
Fall 2015

Regional Update Fall 2015  Gina_Langhout_large.jpg

Edited by Regina Langhout, Regional Network Coordinator, University of California at Santa Cruz (

Welcome back to another school year! I hope all have had a restful break. Fall is often a time to thank Regional Coordinators who have finished their terms and welcome new regional coordinators. I want to thank Courte Voorhees, from Southeast region, and Luciano Berardi, from Midwest region, for their work over the past years. Thanks to both of you for your service to you regions and to SCRA. I also want to welcome three new Regional Coordinators: Melissa L. Whitson, who will be serving the Northeast region and is at the University of New Haven; Wing Yi (Winnie) Chan, at Georgia State University, and Pam Imm, who is in Independent Practice in Lexington South Carolina – both are new regional coordinators in the Southeast region. I am looking forward to working with all of you!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who are organizing various ECO/Regional Conferences. This is a busy time for all of you. I have been trying to organize a tip sheet/how to guide that can be shared across regions. If you have ever helped to organize one of these conferences and have something to add, please reach out to me so I can include your tips. 

Southeast Region, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

Sarah L. Desmarais,; North Carolina State University
Winnie Chan,; Georgia State University
Pam Imm,; Community Psychologist, Independent Practice, Lexington SC

Student Regional Coordinators

Natalie Kivell,; University of Miami
Candalyn Rade,; North Carolina State University
Jaimelee Mihalski,; University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Dominique Thomas,; Georgia State University

SE Regional Update

Written by Natalie Kivell, Jaimelee Mihalaski, and Candalyn Rade

Regional Coordinator Announcements

The Southeast region would like to thank Dr. Courte Voorhees for his years of service as a regional coordinator. We are pleased to announce that Drs. Pamela Imm and Wing (Winnie) Yi Chan have joined the southeast region as new regional coordinators. Dr. Pamela S. Imm is a community psychologist with extensive experience in the areas of program development, program evaluation, and applied research.  Her research interests are in the areas of preventing high risk behaviors with youth, community coalitions, and empowerment evaluation.  She was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology at SCRA at the biennial meeting in Lowell, MA.  She lives with her husband and 13-year old son in Lexington, South Carolina. Dr. Wing Yi Chan is an Assistant Professor from the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University.  Her research focuses on promoting positive youth development among adolescents and young adults from diverse backgrounds.  Her most recent research examines how civic and political participation can prevent problem behaviors and promote successful transition to adulthood.  Her work also addresses the development, implementation, and evaluation of school-based interventions (e.g., mentoring, service-learning) designed to promote academic success.

Update from University of Miami

Starting in Fall 2015 Dr. Ed Trickett will be joining the University of Miami Community Well-Being Faculty as the ­­­­­­­­­­­Community Wellbeing Scholar. Prior to UM, Dr. Trickett was Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Community and Prevention Research Division in the Psychology Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Throughout his career, his research has focused on the development of an ecological perspective within community psychology for conducting community research and intervention.

Also, Dr. Ashmeet Oberoi joins UM as an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice (Clinical Line) in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies in the School of Education and Human Development, and will serve as the Director of the Community & Social Change Master’s Program. Dr. Oberoi joins UMiami from the Institute of Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she served as a post-doctoral research associate. Dr. Oberoi received her Ph.D. in Psychology, Community & Prevention Research from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2014.

Southeastern ECO 2015 Announcement: Community Psychology Then and Now: From the “Swamp” to the City

UNCC Uptown Center City Campus
Charlotte, NC
October 23-25, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of community psychology. The field grew out of disenchantment with psychology’s historically close focus on the individual to the exclusion of the environmental realities in which individuals are embedded. Community psychology has shifted our collective attention to context and promoted collaborative, research-driven problem solving at the grassroots level. In keeping with this vision, ECO conferences have created de-professionalized spaces, often in rustic settings, for students and faculty to share their research informally.  While the field of community psychology has evolved since its birth at Swampscott, its emphasis on contextual factors remains as important as ever, as human ecological settings – including rural, urban, suburban, to exurban, and online spaces – become ever diverse. This year, we maintain the de-professionalized nature of past ECO conferences and celebrate community psychology’s original vision by highlighting the diversity of human ecology and taking conference goers from the rustic roots of the ECO conference to an urban landscape: Charlotte, NC. 

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Midwest Region, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

Olya Glantsman,; DePaul University
August Hoffman,; Metropolitan State University
Luciano Berardi,; DePaul University

Student Regional Coordinators

Jaclyn; DePaul University
Abigail Brown,; DePaul University

News from the Midwest

Written by Olya Glantsman

An Event Update: Red Lake Tribal Nation Tree Planting Project


On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 several students from Metropolitan State University and Inver Hills Community College participated in a community apple tree planting project with the Red Lake Tribal Nation. The event was sponsored by the Society for Community Research and Action by a generous donation ($300.00) and also co-sponsored by The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (a non-profit agency that is committed to planting fruit trees around the world). Over 40 apple trees of different varieties (Haralson, Frost Bite, etc.) were planted within a two acre plot next to the Red Lake Elementary School. With support from the Dept. of Natural Resources, community members, students and faculty participated in the event. A picnic lunch was provided by The Dept. of Natural Resources after the tree planting project was completed. Several of the Red Lake Tribal Nation members commented that they appreciated the efforts of all participants and looked forward to the fruit being made available to all community members within a few years. More trees are planned for next year, and if you are interested please contact August Hoffman at:

Upcoming events:

The upcoming 2016 Annual Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)-Division 27 (SCRA) Affiliated Meeting will be on Friday May 6th. Also, on Friday May 1st at 5pm, after the MPA Presidential Address, come and join other members of Division 27 at a nearby restaurant for dinner and Poster Awards Session. All are welcome to attend! More details on these events will be shared soon.  For more information, or to send in your submission email:

Students from DePaul are planning a meeting to discuss how to have a more active role in SCRA regional matters, connect with peers and Regional Coordinators. Among other topics to be discussed are increasing student involvement with SCRA activities and organizing the SCRA MPA 2016. Students from all regional Universities can contact Olya Glantsman ( for information about how to get involved. A brief on this meeting will be reported in a future TCP.

Announcements and information for inclusion in future Midwest updates should be sent to Olya Glantsman ( 

West Region, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

Joan Twohey-Jacobs,; University of LaVerne
Lauren Lichty,; University of Washington at Bothell
Emma Ogley-Oliver,; Marymount California University

Student Regional Coordinator

Erin Ellison,; University of California, Santa Cruz 

Updates from the West

Written by Lauren Lichty, Eylin Palamaro Munsell, and Erin Ellison

There has been a flurry of activity in the West Region. We are in the process of developing a multi-year plan to create space for professional development and networking among students, academics, and community-based scholar-practitioners. Below are some highlights from our efforts:

All-region Connection

We have rebranded the regional conference previously known as Northwest ECO to “Community Research and Action in the West” (CRA-W). This re-naming reflects the intention for the conference to serve our entire region. We believe the conference name change will also make it more legible to our non-CP colleagues with the goal of fostering more interdisciplinary participation. Moreover, to increase the accessibility of the regional conference, we plan to rotate the location throughout our expansive region from year to year. We are also committed to offering more student travel awards. We are excited to announce that for 2015, we are dedicating nearly 90% of our SCRA regional funds to student attendance and participation in the regional conference. Finally, we anticipate developing local recurring symposia modeled after the very successful Bay Area symposium to create additional opportunities for regional growth and connection.

If you are in the West Region and would like to join these conversations, please come to the Community Research and Action in the West conference on October 16 or reach out to any and all of the West Regional Coordinators. We would love to hear from you.

Bay Area Community Psychology Network

Bay Area Community Psychology and Intervention Group's (BACPN) is planning for a Fall Symposium in Berkeley, date TBD. 

The BACPN group consists of community psychologists, clinical psychologists, public health researchers, community workers, and colleagues from other fields with interests in community-based research and action. All students, faculty, practitioners, and community members with interests in community-based research and interventions are welcome in this group. We usually have two brief informal presentations, along with time to network, connect and informally check in about issues and ideas from our work. Our next meeting will be in Berkeley in the fall. If you are interested in becoming part of this network, please contact Erin Ellison ( and Angela Nguyen ( 

Europe/Middle East/Africa

International Regional Liaison

Caterina Arcidiacono,; Federico II University, Naples, Italy

News from Italy

Written by Caterina Arcidiacono

Strengthening Community Psychology in Europe

Lisboa, November 5-6, 2015  

Strengthening community psychology in Europe is the seminar that will be held on November 5-6 in Lisboa by the ECPA community psychologists.  

This seminar will delve into some controversial as well as fruitful aspects of our discipline, which is now facing the challenges of our globalized society. At the meeting, we will propose two introductory speeches on emerging problems. This will be coupled with a widespread internal exchange of knowledge and visions concerning Community Psychology’s capabilities. We will then organize a world café discussion on four Community psychology topics:  (1) Community Psychology facing neuroscience and research excellence criteria, (2) Community psychologists’ knowledges and competencies, (3) Community psychology training, and (4) Professional roles and job opportunities. A special discussion will be dedicated to the ongoing CP EFPA standing committee’s survey on Community Psychology trainings in Europe. The congress will have an open discussion space for young researchers and students, and a dedicated space for poster presentations to facilitate everyone’s participation. As a reminder, the Association general assembly will be held during these two days. We hope that many concerned people will be able to participate.


Nov 5

9:00: Registration

9:30-11: Welcome session with Maria Vargas-Moniz, ISPA-IU/ECPA & José Ornelas, ISPA-IU (Welcome

Address) and Serdar Değirmencioğlu ECPA President (“Notions of scholarship: Why do we do what we


11-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30 -12:30: Carl Walker, ECPA Task Force on Fiscal Austerity and General Discussion

12:30 -13:45: Lunch Break

14:00-17:30: WORLD CAFÉ (part 1): World Zeitgeist for psychology, Introduction: Wolfgang Stark, University of Essen, Germany/ECPA and Competencies and knowledge, Introduction: Caterina Arcidiacono, University of Naples Federico II, Italy/ECPA

15:30-16:00: Coffee Break

16:00-17:30  WORLD CAFÉ (part 2): Training, Introduction: Bruna Zani, University of Bologna, Italy/ECPA and Activities and functions

Introduction: Maria Vargas-Moniz, ISPA – IU, Portugal/ ECPA

17:30 -19:00  ECPA Assembly 1: Facilitator:  Wolgang Stark, Presentation Result of “Report on Community Psychology Competencies” Jacqueline Akhurst, and Bernd Roehrle

Nov 6

8:30-9:30: Poster Presentation

9:30-11:00: Discussion on World Café Results; Community Psychology Competencies Report; Student and young researcher session; Discussant: Donata Francescato

11:00-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30-12:30: Students and young researchers open space

14:00-15:30: General Assembly II - Agenda to be developed by EC; Report of Treasurer; Report of President; Discussion and voting of the reports for the 2015-2017 mandate; Discussion and voting of the Internal Regulations; Presentation of Candidate for next President Elect and Treasurer

15:30-16:00: Coffee Break

16:00- 19:00: Agenda to be developed by EC; Election of President Elect; Liz Cunningham, President

(2015-2017): Future Plans and Closing Address

Report back of Summer School in Community Psychology – Florence, July 13-17, 2015

Written by Patriza Meringolo -SIPCO PRESIDENT

SIPCO (Italian Society of Community Psychology) and ECPA (European Community Psychology Association) held the First Edition of the Summer School “Methods for community research, action and change” at the Department of Education and Psychology at the University of Florence. The Summer School aimed to provide students with a theoretical foundation of community research methods, and practical tools to conduct community research. It focused on critical knowledge and skills of community research and action; intensive training in designing, implementing, and evaluating research projects; and applying specific participatory research methods to reinforce participants’ autonomy in planning and leading field community research and action.

Some of the most renowned experts and international scholars in Community Research Methods were involved: Caterina Arcidiacono (European Community Psychology Association, past president, University Federico II, Naples), Carolyn Kagan (Metropolitan Manchester University, United Kingdom), Manuel García Ramírez (University of Sevilla, Spain), Terri Mannarini (University of Salento, Italy), Raffaello Martini (MartiniAssociati, Italy), and Patrizia Meringolo (SIPCO - Italian Society of Community Psychology, president, University of Florence).

The Summer School was sponsored by SIPCO, ECPA, the Department of Education and Psychology, AIP (Italian Association of Psychology), Trust Saulo Sirigatti, and APA’s (American Psychological Association) Division 27 (Society for Community Research and Action).  Two grants were offered to participants, to facilitate: one of them by SIPCO (the winner was Chiara Cifatte, from Italy) and the other by Trust Saulo Sirigatti (the winner was Sara Aguirre Sanchez-Beato, from Spain).

The experts’ contributions were stimulating and appreciated by all. Participants were deeply involved in the proposed activities, produced materials that will be elaborated upon and systematized to obtain a set of tools available for a future network of young researchers in community psychology.

The students who attended were engaged in PhD courses or were early career researches who identified as community psychologists or as researchers using instruments from community psychology. Attendees were from Italy or abroad, including European and non-European countries (e.g., Spain, Bulgaria, Poland, Colombia and Australia). They contributed different experiences, which was interesting for the whole group. It appeared that the first Summer School in Community Psychology was attractive for young people coming from far away.  Promoters and participants want to maintain the link built during these days, broadening the network to those who may be potentially interested, starting from this positive experience toward a next opportunity. 

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