Volume 51   Number 3 Summer 2018

Regional Network News

Edited by Scot Evans – Regional Network Coordinator

Summer is a great time to float down a lazy river… and 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 from the Northeast, Western, and Midwestern regions.

News from the Northeast Region U.S.

Northeast Regional Coordinators: Robey Champine (, Yale University (CT); Monique Guishard (, Bronx Community College (NY); and Justin Brown (, LaGuardia Community College (NY)

Northeast Student Regional Coordinator: Taylor Darden (, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (MD)

Eastern Psychological Association Meeting

In March we convened at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Philadelphia. For the SCRA division of this conference we braved the “bomb cyclone” and had a wonderful program, with a day and a half devoted to Community Psychology presentations, including a lunch social, 10 posters, 3 roundtables, 2 symposia, and 4 presentations. We also presented awards to undergraduate and graduate students for poster presentations (see picture). SCRA’s representation at EPA is growing, and it was a great time seeing colleagues and networking with folks from across the East Coast. Please keep your eyes open in the fall for the call for proposals for the next EPA conference, which will be held in New York, NY from March 1st – 4th 2019!


We currently need people to fill some of our coordinator positions. If you are interested in serving as a regional coordinator or student-level coordinator (undergraduate), please email Monique Guishard ( or Justin Brown ( Coordinators serve three-year terms and provide regional leadership and guidance to the processes of membership development, activities, and communication. We are also grateful for the service of Christopher Beasley (University of Washington, Tacoma) and Melissa Whitson (University of New Haven) as Northeast Regional Coordinators over the past 3 years.  They are officially rotating off but continue to help as we grow and develop our regional network. 

News from the West Region U.S.

West Regional Coordinators: Emma Ogley-Oliver (3rd Year), Marymount California University; Greg Townley (2nd Year), Portland State University; Mariah Kornbluh (1st Year), California State-Chico

West Student Regional Coordinator: David Gordon, University of California, Santa Cruz

To join the Western Region listserv go to:

Western Psychological Association Meeting

The 2018 Western Psychological Association Meeting was held in Portland, OR from April 25th to April 29th. Notably, various community psychologists (Portland State, CSU Humboldt, CSU Long Beach, CSU Chico, CSU Sacramento, Northern Arizona University, and University of Washington, Tacoma) convened at the conference for presentations, posters, and a Friday night dinner at the Duck House organized by Community Research and Action in the West (CRA-W).


Photo: Community Research and Action on the West Coast dinner and social hour in Portland, OR at the Western Psychological Association.

Two specific symposiums were hosted and led by community-psychologists. These presentations focused on: 1) utilizing research to inform multi-level systemic public policy, and 2) exploring critical consciousness and developing community on college campuses for historically underserved students (communities of color, transfer students, and first-generation students). 

Symposium 1: Policy-oriented research: Developing, implementing, and evaluating public policy in multiple contexts.  Papers presented were:

  • Public policy and organizational supports for addressing the rape kit backlog. Courtney Ahrens and Cassandra Gearhart (California State University, Long Beach)
  • Evaluating the implementation of policies for batterer intervention programs. Jason Kyler-Yano, Kate Sackett, Eric Mankowski, and Rachel Smith (Portland State University)
  • They can’t work at a pace: Education policy, time constraints and the social cultural construction of the deficient student. Danielle Kohfeldt (California State University, Long Beach)

Symposium 2: Exploring the role of community, critical consciousness, and empowerment on college campuses for underserved student bodies. Papers presented were:

  • Investigating the relationship between culturally reflective leadership, community building, and empowering outcomes for college students of color. Mariah Kornbluh, Sherry Bell, Jessica Anne Fernandez, Alexis Green, Christopher Jones, and Kristin Vierra (California State University, Chico)
  • Examining associations between experiences of marginalization, critical reflection, and well-being in college students. Rachel Hershberg, Emily Clouse, Autumn Diaz, Ananya Dontula, Sophia Boguk, and Sam Larsen (University of Washington Tacoma)
  • We come here, we go home: The challenge of building community among transfer students. Erin Rose Ellison, Madilyn Bovey, Melvin Cockhren II, LaDawna Hugg, Vonnell Jarrell, Rana Moradhasel, and Sam Stevens (California State University, Sacramento)

Critical Consciousness and Community Building on College Campuses (Student Reflections)

Mariah Kornbluh, California State University, Chico, Rachel Hershberg, University of Washington-Tacoma, and Erin Ellison, California State University, Sacramento

CSU Sacramento, CSU Chico, and UW Tacoma brought together a total of twelve undergraduate and three graduate students to present on critical consciousness building, participatory research, and community building within predominately white serving institutions.  Below we share some quotes, and personal reflections from our students.

Many of our students were attending their first academic conference and remarked on the experience.

"It was such an awesome experience. It was interesting to learn and listen to other students like myself present on what they have been working on. It was the first time I have ever presented at a symposium or attended a conference. It helped me feel as if I was part of  a community and helped our research team bond. We left Portland feeling like a family." -- Madilyn Bovey, California State University, Sacramento

In response to the symposium, students noted the excitement in a collaborative and multifaceted question and answer session across presenters:

“I enjoyed the symposium. It was nice to see that other students and professors were working on projects similar to our own.”  -- Christopher Jones, California State University, Chico

“After our symposium, we had our Q&A. It was great bouncing around ideas and it could have gone on forever, so I look forward to applying my experience here to my future work...” -- Sherry Bell, California State University, Chico

“I felt honored and validated at having the opportunity to present at the WPA. It was wonderful having the academic community attentively listen to the needs of transfer students. I really enjoyed the feeling of camaraderie that I had during the Q&A portion of the symposium.” -- Melvin Cockhren II, California State University, Sacramento

Furthermore, students reflected on specific presentations, utilizing core concepts, and applying them introspectively to their own lives:

“I was surprised at how much I learned at and enjoyed WPA. The talk by Dr. Burnes on Critical Consciousness was one of my favorite panels...I felt motivated and inspired to go out and start similar conversations with other people. The talk also focused on how those with privilege should be using that privilege to do something about inequality versus just feeling guilty about the privilege.” -- Sophia Boguk, University of Washington Tacoma


Future collaborative efforts are planned in the form of virtual meetings between our research teams to share strategies, as well as a joint presentation at the American Psychological Association.


Photo: Question & Answer Session: U-W Tacoma, CSU Sac State, & CSU Chico

Regional Member Spotlight- Samantha Kinkaid

Child Trafficking: Bridging National Borders and Cultural Perspectives to Expand Competencies

For the last two and a half years, I've been in collaborative partnerships with NGOs focused on the healing and well-being of survivors of trafficking and abuse in Northeastern India and Nepal. The complexities of trafficking with the various push/pull factors - not only in this part of Asia, but also in the domestic U.S. - have informed my concurrent research on prevention aspects rooted in environmental sustainability initiatives and innovative education models. The work overseas has widened the lens for me in local initiatives in Southern California - specifically greater sensitivity for cross-cultural competencies and diversification of communication tools. Learn more about Samantha’s work at


Pacific Oaks College Launches B.A. in Community Psychology: The College’s Newest Program Addresses Community Needs and Social Action


Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) in Pasadena, CA announces the launch of its first full bachelor’s degree program, a Bachelor of Arts in Community Psychology, to be available on campus in Pasadena as well as online starting in fall 2018. With over 70 years of dedication to respect, equity, peace, and inclusion, Pacific Oaks College continues to be a higher education leader in progressive programming that responds to the needs of the community.

Community psychology focuses on the study of how individuals relate to their communities and the reciprocal effect of communities on individuals. The field recognizes that just like individuals, communities have their own social and psychological dynamics, and aims to promote community well-being through research and action. “Community psychology is the opportunity to advocate, empower, and reduce oppression within our communities that we serve,” said Dr. Bree E, Cook, Psy.D., Associate Dean for the School of Cultural & Family Psychology. The Community Psychology degree provides students with the skills and knowledge to make immediate impact in diverse settings such as, public education, governmental health and human service agencies, non-profit organizations, and research and evaluation firms.

For Pacific Oaks’ inaugural B.A. in Community Psychology class, the institution will offer a locked-in tuition rate for students who enroll during the 2018-19 school year. Students who enter the program in fall 2018 are also eligible to apply for the Community Psychology Scholarship, an award of up to $5,000. For more information, applicants are encouraged to contact Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) is a non-profit, accredited higher education institution offering Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in human development, marriage and family therapy, psychology, education, advocacy & social justice, and organizational leadership and change. PO is dedicated to the principles of inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of each individual. For more information, visit

News from the Midwest Region U.S.

Midwest Regional Coordinators: Amber Kelly,, National Louis University; Olya Glantsman,, DePaul University; Melissa Ponce Rodas,, Andrews University

Midwest Student Regional Coordinator: Naz Chief, National Louis University

Event: Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)

Written by Amber Kelly

The Midwest region held its annual conference during SCRA affiliated meeting at the Midwestern Psychological Association on April 13th, 2018.  The annual conference is an opportunity to share work that is being done in the field and learn from others doing similar work. Conference attendees had an opportunity to participate in poster sessions, roundtable discussions and symposiums. Scholars across the region submitted 62 proposals (36 posters, 21 roundtables, 5 symposiums). Undergraduate and graduate students participated in the poster session which showcased their work and passion for community psychology. Congratulations to the poster winners!

Awards for Student Poster Presentations

  • First Place – Magdalen Kroeger and Susan M. Long, Lake Forest College
  • Second Place – Daniela I. Olmos Alvarez and Susan M. Long, Lake Forest College
  • Third Place – Lauren Hochbert, Olya Glantsman, and Leonard Jason, DePaul University

After the SCRA affiliated meeting concluded, a social event at a nearby restaurant, Exchequer, allowed members to have an informal opportunity to meet with students, practitioners, and faculty from across the region. Although the event was informal, members took advantage of the opportunity to network and possibly make connections for future collaborations.  In addition, the poster award winners were notified of their accomplishment.  Check out the photo from the dinner.


The next MPA conference will take place April 12, 2019 in Chicago at Palmer House.  Look out for updates on the SCRA Listserv.

Announcements and information for inclusion in future Midwest updates should be sent to Melissa Ponce- Rodas (