Research Council

The mission of the Research Council to support and enhance research and scholarship in community psychology so as to advance future research careers in the field. 

Chair: Chris Keys, DePaul University

Research Scholar Program

A primary goal of the SCRA Scholars Program is to advance the research careers of untenured community psychologists to help them successfully obtain tenure. Ultimately, the SCRA Research Council seeks to enhance the intellectual contributions and increase the number of articles authored by community psychologists in community psychology journals. SCRA members who are tenure-track faculty in community psychology graduate programs, other graduate programs in psychology that include community psychology, or other graduate programs or schools in public health, social work, education, applied health sciences, or psychiatry that include community psychology are eligible for the SCRA Research Scholarship. Priority is given to untenured faculty in doctoral programs in or including community psychology as they will be mentoring those most likely to become community psychology faculty.


This year, because of the SCRA Executive Committee’s commitment to uprooting white supremacy, the Research Council is funded to make two appointments dedicated to BIPOC scholars with particular encouragement to Black applicants. In addition, as in previous years, the Research Council plans to make two appointments for which a breadth of diversity issues are among the factors considered. For 2021 then, the Research Council will have up to four funded Research Scholar appointments.

Research Scholars are untenured faculty members in community psychology graduate programs or graduate programs that include community psychology in psychology departments or other departments or schools.


Please review the attached materials. If you are eligible to apply for the Research Scholar Program, please strongly consider doing so. If you are not eligible to apply, please encourage someone who is eligible to apply.


Current and previous scholars are enthusiastic about how the combination of funding, mentoring and peer support has helped them progress in their research and careers.


If you have any question, please feel free to contact or Jack Tebes at