Greetings Students! Welcome to the student page of the SCRA website.

Here you will find resources and opportunities for student engagement and professional development, including information about conference travel awards, research grants and awards, publication opportunities in The Community Psychologist, contests, and more.  We invite you to learn more about the organization by perusing the links and resources for student members on this site. 

To receive timely information on issues relevant to students, we encourage you to subscribe to the student and the general SCRA listservs.  In addition, we welcome you to get the most out of your membership by participating in any of the SCRA Interest Groups.

If you have questions, comments, or ideas for how SCRA can better meet student needs and interests, please feel free to reach out to your current National Student Representatives, Meagan Sweeney and Sarah Callahan, at

Election Winner!

SCRA Colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating the winner of the NSR election for the 2017-2019 term: Erin Godly-Reynolds! 

Erin is from the Health Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has been involved with SCRA since entering the program in 2015. 

Again, congratulations to Erin and I look forward to working with you over the next year!


Jaimelee Behrendt-Mihalski

Student Resources

SCRA Student Listserv

The SCRA Student Listserv is student initiated, run and maintained, and has "social coordinators," who will implement special events on the listserv, like having a "guest of the month" to elicit Q&A, etc.
To subscribe: 
1. Send e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTS.APA.ORG
2. Leave the subject area blank
3. In your message area type:  SUBSCRIBE S-SCRA-L Your_first_name Your_last_name (e.g. Fred Smith)
To post a message to the list send e-mail to S-SCRA-L@LISTS.APA.ORG. (Also, be sure that you are sending the message from the e-mail account you used to subscribe).

SCRA Listserv

The SCRA Listserv enables SCRA members and others to engage in stimulating discussions and provides information on job postings, grant opportunities, and SCRA events.To subscribe:

  1. Send e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTS.APA.ORG
  2. Leave the subject area blank
  3. In your message area type:  Subscribe SCRA-L  Your_first_name Your_last_name (e.g. Fred Smith)

To post a message to the list send e-mail to SCRA-L@LISTS.APA.ORG. (Also, be sure that you are sending the message from the e-mail account you used to subscribe). Be sure to check the SCRA Listserv Guidelines to learn what are appropriate topics and content for posting to the SCRA Listserv.

If at any time you wish to UNsubscribe from SCRA-L, please send the following message to (leave the subject line blank): SIGNOFF SCRA-L

If you have questions about the SCRA-L listserv, contact

Want to access the archives for this listserv? Visit the APA listserv archives page to browse or search for past messages. You'll need to set a LISTSERV password using the same email address with which you subscribed to the SCRA list in order to log in and view the archives.

Conference Resources

Upcoming Conferences

Student Funding

Research Awards

Two categories of research awards are available to SCRA student members, both at the Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation levels, for outstanding research proposals that advance the vision and mission of SCRA. There are two awards per category: 1) $1,000 top award 2) $500 runner-up.

The award schedule:

  • Master’s Thesis Award
  • Doctoral Dissertation Award

Please join me in congratulating the winners of the doctoral grant in 2015!:

First Place Winner: Carlie Trott
Title: Engaging Key Stakeholders in Climate Change: A Photovoice Project for Youth-BasedParticipatory Climate Action
Second Place Winner: Daniel Clifford
Title: Veterans and Mindfulness: A Community-Based Peer Led Initiative

Professional Development


The Community Psychologist is the official publication of SCRA, published four times annually. It contains columns related to such topics as community health, cultural & racial affairs, environment & justice, and student issues to name a few. Students are encouraged to submit quality manuscripts for publication.

Student submissions should be submitted as Word attachments in an e-mail message to the National Student Representatives at Authors should adhere to the following guidelines when submitting materials:

  • Length: Five pages, double-spaced
  • Images: Images are highly recommended, but please limit to two images per article. Images should be higher than 300 dpi. Photo image files straight from the camera are acceptable. If images need to be scanned, please scan them at 300 dpi and save them as JPEGs. Submit the image(s) as a separate file. Please note that images will be in black and white when published.
  • Margins: 1” margins on all four sides
  • Text: Times New Roman, 12-point font
  • Alignment: All text should be aligned to the left (including titles).
  • Color: Make sure that all text (including links, e-mails, etc.) are set in standard black
  • Punctuation Spacing: Per APA guidelines, make sure that there is only one space after periods, question marks, etc.
  • Graphs & Tables: These should be in separate Word documents (one for each table/graph if multiple). Convert all text in the graph into the consistent font and text size.
  • Footnotes: Footnotes should be placed at the end of the article as regular text (do not use Word footnote function).
  • References: Follow APA guidelines. These should also be justified to the left with a hanging indent of “.25”.
  • Headers/Footers: Do not use headers or footers.
  • Long quotes: Follow APA guidelines for quoted materials.


  • Spring: February 10
  • Summer: May 10
  • Fall: August 10
  • Winter: November 10

Education & Training

Looking for information about academic programs in community psychology? Please visit The Council for Education Programs for programs and postdoctoral opportunities.

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with SCRA. The best way to get involved with SCRA is through our CommitteesCouncils, and Interest Groups

We also recommend joining one of our listservs

Not yet a member of SCRA? Join here!

Interested in serving as a National Student Representative (NSR), or know someone who would make a terrific NSR? Self-nominate or nominate an NSR here! (2015 nominations due by May 1, 2015)

Other Organizations

Our members are engaged with a range of different activities and organizations outside of community psychology. Here are just a few:

American Psychological Association— The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with nearly 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

American Psychological Association of Graduate Students—APAGS builds a better future for psychology by serving as a united voice to enrich and advocate for graduate student development. APAGS aspires to achieve the highest quality graduate training experience for the next generation of scientific innovators, expert practitioners and visionary leaders in psychology.

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues—SPSSI is an association of approximately 3000 psychologists, allied scientists, and others, who are interested in the application of research on the psychological aspects of important social issues to public policy solutions.

American Public Health Association— The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research.

American Evaluation Association— The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness.

Psi Chi—The International Honor Society in Psychology

Additional Resources

Looking for employment? Check out our Jobs Board.

The Community Tool Box— The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.