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Community Psychology V4.0 Invited Address to the 2011 SCRA Biennial Conference accepting the award for Distinguished Contribution to Practice in Community Psychology [2010]

Community Psychology V4.0
Invited Address to the 2011 SCRA Biennial Conference accepting the award for
Distinguished Contribution to Practice in Community Psychology [2010]

William D. Neigher, Ph.D.
Atlantic Health System, Morristown New Jersey

Introduction and presentation by:
Patricia O'Connor, Ph.D.
Professor and Lorraine Walker Chair in Psychology
Director, Center for Community Based Evaluations
President, Society for Community Research and Action
Division 27 of American Psychological Association
(www.scra27.org)

William Neigher is a community psychologist specializing in strategic planning, program development and evaluation research.  He has worked in these areas with the United Nations, the U.S. Senate, Harvard University, the National Institute of Mental Health, the World Health Organization, Hoffman-LaRoche, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He has held positions in senior management and as a consultant in health and human services.

He received his B.A. with honors in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Yeshiva University in New York.

He is a Fellow of SCRA, APA, and a past-President of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society, New Jersey Program Evaluation Action Association, and the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies.   He also served on the SCRA Finance, Fellow, Program, Cowen and Kalafat award committees, the Advisory Board of GJCPP, and as a member of the Practice, and Community Health Interest Groups.  In his role as a leader in the Practice Group, Bill has put forward the concept of a Values Proposition for Community Psychology and Community Psychologists, and these have had a pivotal influence in shaping recent growth in the field. [end of quote] He has also been an active and highly valued member of the SCRA Executive Committee, the first Practice Council representative, during this past year.

[quote] His publications include articles in the American Psychologist and Evaluation and Program Planning among nearly 50 books, chapters, and journal articles.  A consultant to federal and state government, he served as Chair of the Federal Grant Review Committee for the SBIR research program at NIMH under P.L. 97-219. He currently directs planning and system development for the Atlantic Health System in New Jersey, and in that context forges numerous community relationships and collaborations. Bill is a genuine example of what a community psychologist can do from a career based fully in the context of non-academic practice settings. [end of quote]

The selection committee, comprising past winners of this award, concurred!

Dr. Neigher, Congratulations!

Please view (or download) the entire video address at the SCRA Web Site.

Download the PDF below for the entire presentation, including slides and narrative.


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William D. Neigher, Ph.D. Atlantic Health System, Morristown New Jersey William D. Neigher, Ph.D. Atlantic Health System, Morristown New Jersey

William Neigher is a community psychologist specializing in strategic planning, program development and evaluation research.  He has worked in these areas with the United Nations, the U.S. Senate, Harvard University, the National Institute of Mental Health, the World Health Organization, Hoffman-LaRoche, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He has held positions in senior management and as a consultant in health and human services.


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