Volume 24 Number 3 
Summer 2014

Regional Update Summer 2014  

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

We are a busy group! Across the globe, community psychologists are making an effort to connect with each other and like-minded people. The details in each region give only a partial snapshot of the vibrant communities that we co-create. Enjoy reading the activities below and contemplating which conversations you might join. Also, I want to welcome a new regional coordinator to the Northeast U.S., Bronwyn Hunter, who is at Yale University. Welcome aboard Bronwyn!

Australia/New Zealand and the Pacific

International Regional Liaison

Dr. Katie Thomas:; University of Western Australia

Student Regional Liaison

Rahman Gray,; Victoria University

Global Human Rights: Effective 21st Century Strategies

Written by Katie Thomas

If you have always wanted to visit Australia, here is your chance to attend two conferences in 4 short days. Building on the excellent momentum likely to be generated at the Nov 27-29 Trans Tasman conference, SCRA and Women & Psychology Australia are co-hosting a one day symposium, to be held on November 30, on effective Human Rights strategies.  We would like to formally invite and welcome all of our international colleagues.  Male human rights defenders will be welcomed and included. The symposium will be a nominal cost to facilitate maximum inclusion and will provide the opportunity for discussion, debate and planning. The focus is on effective activism strategies for advancing women and human rights globally, nationally and locally.  The recent abduction of 234 Nigerian School girls in the face of rising violence against females globally highlights the importance of this focus. The day will include two short screenings from the Women, War and Peace PBS series, which revealed how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms changed the landscape of war with women becoming primary targets, suffering unprecedented casualties, and emerging as leaders in brokering peace and forging new international laws. The morning of the symposium will be a collation, analysis, and discussion of effective change movement and leadership.  The afternoon will be a collation, discussion and analysis of effective current and historical change strategies and how these can be mobilized in the 21st century.


In the morning there will be a half hour screening of the strategies used by Afro-Colombian women standing up for a generation of Colombians who have been terrorized and forcibly displaced as a deliberate strategy of war. Following this will be a session entitled “Affect Bytes” which is a presentation format where presenters give short, 4 minute presentations in rapid succession.

The topic for the morning Affect Bytes will be: Inspirational Activism.

Presenters will be invited to give a short profile of an activist or change agent, current or historical who they have found personally inspiring. The presentation is to be 3-4 minutes in length with strict time monitoring. There is only a brief announcement of the name of each presenter.  This format will enable up to 20 short presentations on effective activism. Following this there will be a facilitated discussion of the activists presented, concepts of activism and a workshopping on findings.

The afternoon screening will move to a global focus on human rights issues and will begin with the screening of interviews with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, Bosnian war crimes investigator Fadila Memisevic, globalization expert Moisés Naím, and other survivors of war and peace-making.  

Following this screening, there will be a second Affect Bytes with the presentation focus of Effective Activism Strategies and Outcomes.  Again, there will be strict time monitoring for approximately 20 presenters followed by facilitated discussion and workshopping to analyse what can be drawn from the examples to assist us, in order to survive and be effective in a global context. By the end of the day there will be a body of collated work regarding Effective Global Responses for 21st Century Human Rights to be compiled into a compendium or publication.

The Symposium will be held Sunday November 30th at Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley, Western Australia. If you would like to participate in the Affect Bytes for either the morning or afternoon session please forward your name, contact details and 50 words outlining either the inspiring figure or activism strategies that you would like to present to Dr. K. Thomas at The submission deadline is July 28th.  Alternatively, a link to the official symposium website will soon be posted at

United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Whales) & Republic of Ireland

Regional Coordinator:

Judy Lovett,; UCD Geary Institute

News from Ireland

Written by Judy Lovett

On 25th March, I hosted a half-day event called “Developing Community Psychology in Ireland.” This event was funded through the SCRA regional coordinator budget and I received a huge amount of support in organizing the afternoon from Dr. Mary Ivers (UCD/All Hallows) and my colleagues on the Early Childhood Research Team at the UCD Geary Institute.

I extended invitations for this event to the relevant schools in all of the major Irish Universities, in addition to specific researchers and academics working in Ireland whom I knew had a particular interest in Community Psychology. It was designed to be a “getting to know you” afternoon - a very informal half-day session, comprised of presentations on various examples of Community Psychology in Ireland, one international speaker and, finally, a discussion about how we could further develop community psychology as an approach in our country. The event was scheduled to coincide with Prof Joe Ferrari’s visit to Dublin.

There were approximately 20-25 people in attendance on the day, which was in line with my expectations. Attendees represented five leading Irish universities, and the different presentations were designed to give everyone a flavor of the current position of Irish community psychology work.

I started the afternoon with a general welcome and introduction to community psychology and SCRA, and then explained my own work to date and how I felt it was relevant. Since graduating college in 2001 I have worked with various marginalized populations and found that community psychology was a common (if hidden) thread throughout my career to date. I also described the evaluation work that we do here on the Early Childhood Research Team, and how specific elements of our research, such as a collaborative approach, consultative design processes, and clear, community-level dissemination are in keeping with the community psychology principles outlined by SCRA. 

Dr. Geraldine Moane (UCD) was next to present, and gave a very engaging talk entitled “Community Psychology and Emancipatory Practice.” This began with a general introduction to the community psychology paradigm, before she described her own (very significant) contribution to community psychology work in Ireland to date, most notably through the areas of liberation and feminist psychology. Dr. Moane also incorporated examples of key studies from around the world to give us a clear idea of the different methodologies and range of work that can operate under the community psychology umbrella.

Rachel Manning, a PhD candidate from the University of Limerick spoke next, describing the community psychology principles underpinning her PhD research on the experience of Ireland’s homeless services. The final point of Rachel’s thought-provoking presentation invited us to consider the potential community psychology has for providing a fresh approach to social problems such as homelessness in Ireland, particularly from a staff and volunteer training point of view.

After a brief coffee break, Dr. Mary Ivers (UCD/All Hallows) was our next presenter, describing how All Hallows College is embracing a Community Psychology ethos in the operation of their university. Dr. Ivers is the head of the School of Psychology at All Hallows, and some of you may remember her speaking about their work and history at the SCRA Biennial last June.

Finally, it was Professor Joe Ferrari’s turn to present. He spoke about his Community Psychology work in DePaul University, Chicago, and key studies by his colleagues, linking it all with the Irish work that had been described over the course of the afternoon. His talk was very engaging and led to interesting debates, particularly about the different ways in which social work and psychology currently overlap in Ireland.

We finished the day with a stimulating discussion about how to further develop the area of community psychology in Ireland. Prof Ferrari was instrumental in this discussion, giving us wonderful ideas including how we might link with SCRA in this respect. For now, we have decided to start with a dedicated Facebook page and discussion forum for all of those interested in Irish community psychology issues.

Northeast Region, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

Michelle Ronayne:; Nova Psychiatric Services (MA)

Suzanne Phillips:; Gordon College (MA)

Bronwyn Hunter:; Yale University, The Consultation Center (CT)

News from the Northeast

Written by Suzanne Phillips and Bronwyn Hunter

The Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) meeting was held in Boston, March 13-16, 2014, and included a full day of SCRA programming.  This year, the SCRA programming at EPA was spread out over two days.  On Friday, we started with a lively paper session.  That was followed by a thought-provoking symposium on men’s issues, hosted by Todd Bottom.  After lunch, Gregg Henriques chaired a second symposium, this on a wide range of issues surrounding professional psychology.  The SCRA poster session was on Saturday afternoon; it showcased a total of fourteen posters, illustrating the application of community psychology principles to a variety of concerns, both practical and theoretical.  Overall, SCRA programming was very successful this year! As we plan for next year’s conference in Philadelphia, please send any ideas/suggestions for themes or programming ideas to

We also would like to welcome Bronwyn Hunter as a Northeast Region Coordinator. Bronwyn has a PhD in Clinical Community Psychology from DePaul University and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, The Consultation Center. Bronwyn looks forward to promoting SCRA visibility and increasing communication among members in the Northeast Region.

Calling all graduate students! We are looking for a graduate student representative to join our team to provide regional leadership and guidance to the processes of membership development, activities, and communication. If you are interested in serving as a graduate-student representative, please contact Michelle Ronayne at

Rocky Mountain/Southwest Region, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

Jessica Goodkind,; University of New Mexico

Eylin Palamaro Munsell,; ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City

Student Regional Coordinator

Undergraduate: Brittney Weber,; Arizona State University

News from the Southwest

Written by Eylin Palamaro Musnell

Alamo.jpgIn April, Susan Wolfe, Maria Felix-Ortiz and I had the opportunity to meet in person at the 94th Annual Southwestern Social Sciences Association (SSSA) conference in San Antonio, TX.  SSSA is the oldest social science association in the U.S and is an organization that promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the social sciences.

Both Susan and Maria presented community work at the conference. Maria and her students from the University of the Incarnate Word presented their work within the Addiction Prevention Specialist/Community Psychology option. They presented preliminary findings from their research and reflected on how their work correlates with the Texas State requirements for the certificate in “prevention specialist.” 

Susan presented an overview of the community psychology practice competencies developed by SCRA. Her colleague, Kelly Bellinger from San Antonio’s Healthy Start program, provided examples of those competencies applied in practice.SW_Dinner.jpg

Susan, Maria and I also enjoyed dinner at La Fogata restaurant, which gave us the opportunity for an informal meeting, to get to know one another and to discuss the Southwest Region and SCRA.  After dinner, Maria treated us to an impromptu tour of the lovely city of San Antonio.  Thanks Maria, for the lovely hospitality.

Southeast Region, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

Ciara Smalls Glover,; Georgia State University

Sarah L. Desmarais,; North Carolina State University

Courte Voorhees,; University of Miami

Student Regional Coordinators

Natalie Kivell,; University of Miami

Alexander Ojeda,; University of South Carolina

Candalyn Rade,; North Carolina State University

Nashalys Rodriguez,; Georgia State University

News from the Southeast

Written by Alex Ojeda, Scot Evans, and Candalyn Rade

The southeast region is excited to share two updates, one from students at the University of South Carolina who are planning our regional ECO conference and the other from the University of Miami.

ECO Conference Update:

SE_Eco.pngThe Southeast region is busy finalizing for this year’s Ecological Community Psychology Conference (ECO), which will be held the weekend of October 10th at Hickory Knob State Resort Park in South Carolina. This year’s theme will be Transforming the Landscape: Creating Positive Community Change from the Ground Up and will include topics on health and wellness, promoting community and social change, empowerment, and human diversity. Call for presentations will open the last week of May. We hope you can join us in October! For general information about the upcoming ECO conference, please email us at or visit the SCRA Regional Conference webpage.

University of Miami Program Update:

The Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) Program in Community and Social Change at the University of Miami’s School of Education and Human Development is designed to allow students the unique opportunity of integrating a master’s degree with overseas Peace Corps service in youth development. This summer and fall, our first cohort of master’s students are leaving for Peace Corps service in Morocco, Dominican Republic, China, and Macedonia. For more information visit:

West Region, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

Joan Twohey-Jacobs,,University of LaVerne

Lauren Lichty,, University of Washington at Bothell

Student Regional Coordinators

Erin Ellison,; University of California, Santa Cruz

Aran Watson,; Alliant International University

News from the Bay Area

Written by Erin Ellison

The Bay Area Community Psychology and Intervention Group's Spring Symposium was held at UC Santa Cruz on May 2nd. Over 25 people joined us on a sunny evening in the rooftop greenhouse of Thimann Labs. We also had a dinner party at the Santa Cruz wharf after the symposium. Thimann.jpg

The spring symposium featured excellent and engaging presentations by Marcia Ochoa, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, and Harmony Reppond, Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology and Feminist Studies. Marcia discussed community-based work with the El/La Para Translatinas in San Francisco, and Harmony presented on stereotypes about homeless mothers that occur within homeless shelters. The second presentation was especially notable because local homeless shelter workers were able to attend the meeting. This led to a fruitful and engaging conversation. Afterward, several of us had dinner on the Santa Cruz wharf, where we were able to watch the sun set.

The Bay Area Community Psychology and Intervention 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 next fall. If you are interested in becoming part of this network, please contact Erin Ellison ( and Aran Watson (

News from the Northwest

Mark your calendars! ECO will be held on Friday, October 17th, 2014. This year, it will be hosted by Portland State University. The conference will be at the Native American Student and Community Center on the PSU campus. Check out the SCRA webpage for more details.

Midwest Region, U.S.

Regional Coordinators

August Hoffman,, Metropolitan State University

Luciano Berardi,, DePaul University

Nathan Todd,, DePaul University

Student Regional Coordinators

Jaclyn Houston:, DePaul University

Abigail Brown:, DePaul University

News from the Midwest

Written by August Hoffman and Luciano Berardi

The 2014 Midwestern Psychological Association SCRA affiliate conference held its annual conference at the Palmer Hotel April 30, 2014 – May 2, 2014. The SCRA affiliated meeting included 30 roundtables and symposia presentations and over 37 posters presented by undergraduate and graduate students from across the region.

Metropolitan State University students Richard Downs and Shawn Veldey discussed their community action research at the SCRA round table discussion seminar. They discussed their trip to Newtown, CT, which was highlighted in Regional Column of the Winter 2014 TCP issue. Overall, The quality of the posters presented by students was remarkable. Awards for student poster presentations were awarded to:  Sindhia Swaminthan from Bowling Green University, and Jaclyn Houston and Adina Cooper from DePaul University. Congratulations!  The poster competition was recognized at the annual SCRA dinner held Friday, May 2, 2014. You may find the SCRA program at page 253 of the 2014 MPA program at:

After the SCRA affiliated meeting concluded, a social event at a nearby restaurant allowed members to have an informal opportunity to meet with students, practitioners and faculty from across the region. This was a fun and relaxing time to eat and drink with fellow members. Over 60 members and non-member undergraduate students attended the event. People were from: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Inver Hills Community College, University of Michigan, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, National Louis University, Metropolitan State University, Michigan State University, Truman College, Wichita State University, University of Michigan-Flint, Lake Forest College and DePaul University.

It’s not too early to begin thinking about the 2014 Ecological Community Psychology Conference (Midwest Region). This year, it will be hosted by National Louis University in Chicago. You can soon check SCRA website for more details on ECO conference. 

Announcements or information for inclusion in future Midwest updates should be sent to August Hoffman:

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