2012 Video Contest

The following videos were submitted to the 2012 SCRA video contest and show community psychology in action all around the world. If you have a video you would like to submit to this year's contest the application and instructions can be found on the left of this page. 

Better Beginnings, Better Futures

Creators: Geoff Nelson, Mark Pancer, Ray Peters, Karen Hayward, Colleen Loomis

Location: Better Beginnings, Better Futures Research Coordination Unit, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Date: In 1990 a consortium of researchers, headed by Dr. Ray DeV. Peters of Queen’s University, was awarded a grant and undertook the responsibility for all subsequent evaluation research activities. The video was created in 2010-2011.

Participants: Geoff Nelson, Mark Pancer, Ray Peters, Karen Hayward, Colleen Loomis

The video focuses on Better Beginnings, Better Futures, a universal, comprehensive, community-based prevention/ promotion program for young children and their families living in disadvantaged communities in Ontario, Canada. Better Beginnings was implemented in three low-income Ontario communities when the children entered kindergarten at four years of age. Using a quasi-experimental, non-equivalent comparison group design, children in the three Better Beginnings and two comparison communities have been followed up until 19 years of age. Positive impacts of Better Beginnings on children, parents, and communities have been reported at grades three, six, and nine (Peters et al., 2010a). The most recent follow-up at grade 12 has shown that for every dollar invested in Better Beginnings, there is a savings of $2.50 in government spending (Peters et al., 2010b)

 The video was developed as one of the tools for communities to use in a pan-Canadian dissemination of Better Beginnings, Better Futures, that will be undertaken in 2012. There are seven video segments: (1) history and background, (2) resident participation, (3) community partners, (4) project organization, (5) developing a program model, (6) research and evaluation, and (7) working with government and funders. The video will be used to illustrate the same segments in a manual or toolkit that has also been developed for the dissemination (Hayward et al., 2011).


The video contains a mixture of live filming in the communities and program sites, including images of children playing, children in schools, parents meeting together, program celebrations, and interview clips with those who work or participate (parents and children) in one of the Better Beginnings sites. This bilingual video is in English and French. 

Here are links to the other videos in the Better Beginnings, Better Futures series:








Hayward, K., Loomis, C., Nelson, G., Pancer, S.M., & Peters, R. DeV. (2011). A toolkit for building Better Beginnings and Better Futures. Kingston, ON: Better Beginnings, Better Futures Research Coordination Unit, Queen’s University.

Peters, R.DeV., Bradshaw, A.J., Petrunka, K., Nelson, G., Herry, Y., Craig, W., Arnold, R., Parker, K.C.H., Kahn, S., Hoch, J., Pancer, S.M., Loomis, C., Bélanger, J.-M., Evers, S., Maltais, S., Thompson, K., & Rossiter, M. (2010a). The “Better Beginnings, Better Futures” ecological, community-based early childhood prevention project: Findings from Grade 3 to Grade 9. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 75(3), 1-176.

Peters, R. DeV., Nelson, G., Petrunka, K., Pancer, S.M., Loomis, C., Hasford, J., Janzen, R., Armstrong, L., & Van Andel, A. (2010b). Investing in Our Future: Highlights of Better Beginnings, Better Futures Research Findings at Grade 12. Kingston, ON: Better Beginnings, Better Futures Research Coordination Unit, Queen’s University.

ArtVOICE with Homeless Children

Creator: Taylor Bishop

Location: The video has been provided to community agencies involved with the project for use in their own advocacy endeavors. The video is also linked to the online community as a part of the goal to spread awareness about child homelessness and reduce the associated stigma and stereotype.

Date: Project involvement – September 2009 – July 2011;  Project involvement – September 2009 – July 2011

Participants: Parents and children in the setting that were eager to share their insight and their talents as a means to advocate for their needs and strengths.

Deborah Boone (Director of Richland One PASS) helped project team members identify and coordinate with agencies in the district serving homeless students.

Jon Artz (Director of Family Shelter) and Peggy Savage (Volunteer Coordinator of Family Shelter) helped to link residents of Family Shelter with project facilitators. 

Tedra Wilson (Program Coordinator of Palmetto Place) and Mrs. Mary helped to link children of Palmetto Place with project facilitators.

Gerald Davis and Ms. Nikki (Program Coordinators of St. Lawrence Place) helped to link children of St. Lawrence Place with project facilitators.

Taylor Bishop (student at University of North Carolina in Charlotte) took the lead on the project and developed the video with the project materials.

Daniel Hains (student at University of South Carolina) helped to facilitate the method and data collection process.

Dr. Bret Kloos (Professor at University of South Carolina) was the primary investigator and supervisor over the project.

Ten homeless children living in the Richland One School district of South Carolina were given an opportunity to voice their strengths and needs to inform policy makers and stakeholders in the local community. The method used, ArtVOICE, is a modified version of the photovoice method, engaging participants in participatory action research as a means to impact change in their community. Goals of the project included reducing stigma and stereotype of homelessness, and providing an opportunity for youth to be involved with an empowering experience and self-advocacy, and to provide agencies and local stakeholders with an additional tool for advocating for the strengths and needs of homeless children.

Photovoice resources: http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/photovoice/Photovoice%20Resources.pdf

Method highlights: http://people.umass.edu/afeldman/Photovoice.htm

Participating agency websites: www.columbiafamilyshelter.org/

Tags: Photovoice, Child Art, Homelessness, Participatory Action Research (PAR), Advocacy, Needs Assessment, Community Psychology

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The Competencies of a Community Psychologist 

Creator:  Alessio Vieno

Location: Italy

Date: 2009

Participants: Students



Tags: Psicologia di Comunità, Italia

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“My Disability Symbol” Project

Creator: Adena Rottenstein

Location: University of Michigan Allies for Disability Awareness Community Organizing Team

Date: September 20, 2011

Participants:  Members of the University of Michigan Psychology of Disability Research Lab

Creating a coalition of disability activists through collective art. 




Tags: Participation and Membership, Maintaining Coalitions, Implementation, Marketing

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Digital Storytelling: Translating the Photovoice Method into a 21st-century Empowerment Tool

Creators: TaLeayah Johnson, Emma Burgin, Virginia Johnson, and Taylor Bishop

Location: The location of the video is filmed among different Charlotte, NC communities and the UNC Charlotte educational institution

Date: June 2011

Participants: The following individuals participated in the video: 4 undergraduates, 1 post baccalaureate, 5 master students, 3 doctoral students, 3 UNC Charlotte Psychology Professors 1 UNC Charlotte Communications Professor, most people from the ParentVOICE organization (including Youth Director and Director of Programs), and 20 youth participants.

The purpose of this video is to illustrate the photovoice method and the impact of digital storytelling to bring about social change.  This video documents a partnership between UNC-Charlotte and ParentVOICE, a family support and advocacy agency, to implement the photovoice method among youth in Charlotte, N.C.  It offers an approach to how individuals can represent their community or point of view by collectively taking photographs, videos and music clips; discussing them together, developing narratives to go with their media, and conducting outreach or social action.  In conclusion, the video aims to encourage active engagement and empowerment among youth participants to voice their concerns through digital media while simultaneously enhancing their capacity to build 21st-century technology skills.




Tags: Photovoice, Youth Advocacy, Youth Empowerment, Community Investment, Participatory Research, Documentary Photography, policy, Participatory Photography, ParentVoice, Charlotte, NC, UNC

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Where Psychology Meets Culture

Creators: Virginia Kellon, Anna Montenegro, Lauresa Woolfolk, Alisha Rispoli, Marley Wyckoff, Allen Teplitsky, Shannon Varga, Milton Fuentes, Toyin Adekoje 

Location:  Multicultural Psychology Scholars, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043 

Date:  October 27, 2011

Participants:  leaders, members, advisors

Intersection of psychology and culture


Tags: Culture, Diversity, Psychology, Multiculturalism, Equality, Education, College, University, Students, Global, Race, Ethnicity, Collaboration, Community, Individuality

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2013 SCRA Biennial Videos

Principles of Social Change: Community Partnerships Promote Social Justice

Lenny Jason Keynote Address

On Participatory Policy Research in Time of Swelling Inequality Gaps

Michelle Fine Keynote Address

Psychology and the Infinite Game

Niki Harre Keynote Address

Videos can also be submitted to the annual SCRA video contest by posting the video to YouTube or Vimeo, then filling out an application and emailing it to video@scra27.org. Access the video contest application and flyer via the links on the left below. The contest deadline is December 1, 2014. There are cash prizes for the winners!