University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Department of Psychology

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Health Psychology Specializing in Community Psychology

Degrees: Undergraduate Community Psychology Learning Community, Master's (Terminal) & Doctorate


At A Glance

Full-time Faculty: 33

Full-time Faculty Identifying as Community Psychologists: 4

# of Students Admitted Each Year: 3 (Ph.D. program)

Available Student Assistantships: Teaching and research assistantships

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The Program

Our program was awarded the Excellence in Education Award from Society for Community Research and Action in 2013, largely based on the strong applied training our students receive. Many of our students obtain full-time employment before they graduate, in applied research positions in non-profit organizations.

Defining Community Psychology with Examples of Applied Research

Program Alumni Information

The program focuses on training researchers and practitioners. Graduates from the program are typically employed in education and the nonprofit sector. 

Community Psychology Faculty and Research Interests

Evaluation and applied research related to: 

  • Addressing the needs of children and families and the systems that support them, including schools, social services, health care, mental health systems, advocacy organizations
  • Reducing health disparities and increasing health equity 
  • Assessing and addressing community and societal risk factors that contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in health and life outcomes