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Winner 2014 SCRA Video Contest: "What is Community Psychology"

SCRA created the annual video contest to explore the great work of community psychologists internationally in a relatively non-traditional format. Directors develop a video of their community psychology skills in action, creating videos of education, research, and practice efforts that highlight the competencies of the field. While this is the fourth year of the contest, in 2014, the Executive Committee approved the video contest as one of the official annual awards of SCRA. Each year, videos are submitted year-round with a final deadline of December 1st. Videos submitted to the contest are then considered for awards by the entire SCRA voting membership at the end of the year, and winners receive both recognition and cash awards.

Slide show with voice over information from Community Psychologists from various locations.

Overview of what Community Psychology is, where Community Psychologists work, and educational programs in Community Psychology.


Sarah Callahan, Lindsey Zimmerman, Olya Glantsman, Carlos Luis, Cheryl Ramos, Bret Kloos, J. Taylor Scott, and Dawn Henderson

Sarah Callahan, Lindsey Zimmerman, Olya Glantsman, Carlos Luis, Cheryl Ramos, Bret Kloos, J. Taylor Scott, and Dawn Henderson

Sarah Callahan (not pictured) is a researcher and teaching fellow at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

Lindsey Zimmerman, PhD is a clinical and community psychologist in implementation science at the National Center for PTSD, Dissemination and Training Division, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.  In collaboration with follow SCRA member, Dr. David Lounsbury of Albert Einstein College of Medicine she is partnering with stakeholders, including local clinic leaders, frontline staff, Veteran patients and VA national offices using participatory system dynamics modeling to improve the access and quality of addiction and mental health care.

Olya Glantsman, PhD is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology and a coordinator of the Undergraduate Concentration in Community Psychology at DePaul University. Dr. Glantsman’s primary interests include Cultural Diversity, Improving Academic Environments for Students and Faculty, Community Psychology Values, and Teaching of Psychology. She is actively involved with the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA).

Carlos Luis, BA Coordinator at Interactive Science and Technology Center, horno3, where he collaborates with children and youth to develop team work skills and appreciation for science and their community. He has been collaborating with SCRA since 2013, in the Community Psychology Practice Council and the Online Learning Initiatives.

Cheryl M. Ramos, PhD is Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology at the University of Hawai‘i Hilo.  Her work is focused on rural community psychology, with an emphasis on increasing access to higher education, evaluation of education-related programs, and cancer survivorship in rural communities.

Bret Kloos, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. He specializes in the areas of community psychology, homelessness, and recovery from serious mental illness, with particular interests in social inclusion, meaning-making after major life disruptions, and collaboration with community-based groups to address social and health problems.

J. Taylor Bishop Scott, MA is a community psychology doctoral student in the Health Psychology Program at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Her research interests include broad-based promotion of well-being and success among at-risk children via community-based programs and public policy. She currently serves SCRA as an Administrative Coordinator and is an active member on the Public Policy Committee for the Society for Community Research and Action.

Dawn Henderson, PhD (not pictured) is assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences and research associate for the Center for Community Safety at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC.

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Keywords: Community psychology, social change, social justice, research, SCRA, society for community research and action, policy change, advocacy