The Community Psychology PhD Program prepares students to become excellent researchers, intervention specialists, consultants, and program evaluators who have a firm ground in the theory, research, and practice of Community Psychology.
The Community Psychology program seeks to achieve four inter-related goals in training, specifically:
- Provide students with a breadth of knowledge in the content of Community Psychology
- Provide statistical and methodological foundations in psychology to demonstrate competence in core areas within the discipline
- Provide the means to contribute to new developments in the field of Community Psychology and the social basis of behavior
- Provide for the specific needs of students and the communities they will serve
Our program has a special focus on working with underserved, populations of color (e.g., low-income urban children, adolescents, families, and adults) and community-based organizations. We equip students with skills and research methodologies to be applied to community and organizational change and to social and community interventions.
Students gain an understanding of social-community change from a public health perspective and collaborate with community agencies, not-for-profit groups and grass-roots organizations. Their principle roles are in research, evaluation, program development and other activities (e.g., training, grant writing).
We train students to develop the following skills:
- Develop, implement, and evaluate preventive interventions
- Conduct action research to better understand and address social problems
- Evaluate community-based programs to gather information that will lead to better service provision to disadvantaged populations
- Consult with non-profit organizations to enhance organizational capacity
- Teach and conduct community research in college and university settings
Admission into DePaul's Community Psychology M.A./Ph.D. program is very competitive. We typically admit about 3 students per year, and these students are fully funded with tuition waivers and stipends and serve as research and teaching assistantships in return. The Community Program has a mentorship model, so fit with faculty interests is important; however students often have the opportunity to work closely with more than one faculty member. Learn more about admission requirements for the program.
Curriculum and Academic Requirements
Students are required to complete an empirical master's theses, a comprehensive exam or project and an empirical doctoral dissertation, using qualitative and/or quantitative methods.
A strength of our program curriculum is the fieldwork sequence, which illustrates our commitment to developing doctoral students' capacity to address social and community concerns using sophisticated, state-of-the-science techniques. Students complete 2 years of fieldwork practica to meet the needs of 1 or 2 community-based organizations as part of PSY 585: Fieldwork in Community Settings. This supervised fieldwork experience is complemented by courses and training in program evaluation, consultation, and community psychology.
Course requirements are as follows:
|410 Statistics I
||550 Teaching Seminar
||429 Principles of Consultation|
|411 Statistics II
||520 Principles of Diversity
||493 Principles of Community Psychology|
|420 Research Methods
|495 Grant Writing|
||430 Advanced Social Psych
||568 Prevention & Intervention|
|418 Multivariate Analysis
||561 Psychology of Women
||569 Program Evaluation|
|419 SEM/Factor Analysis
||585 Field Work in Community Settings|
|416 Qualitative Methods
||511 Health Psych or 567 Empowerment|
|558 Advanced Stat Seminar
||593 Pre-doctoral Research|
||654 Community Psychology|
|Electives (16 credits / 4 courses)
||597 Master's Thesis
||72 hr/credits + 4 dissertation hours|
||565 Prof Develop Seminar
||599 Doctoral Dissertation
||598 Diss Rsch Seminar
||701 Candidacy Continuation
The Community Psychology Program includes 13 interdisciplinary faculty members, whose research interests focus on a variety of social and mental health issues, urban and disadvantaged populations, and prevention and intervention:
Douglas F. Cellar, Ph.D.
Organizational change, development, and motivation applied to
community settings; chronic illness.
Joseph R. Ferrari, Ph.D.
Caregiving and volunteerism; sense of community; addiction recovery in recovery homes; faith and civic engagement; institutional mission identity; faith and spiritual communities; poverty perceptions.
Patrick Fowler, Ph.D. (will not be accepting students for the 2013-2014 academic year)
Mental health policy; child welfare and housing problems; prevention
Gary W. Harper, Ph.D., M.P.H.(on leave; will not be accepting students for the 2013-2014 academic year)
Adolescent HIV prevention; gay/bisexual youth of color;
community-university partnerships; adolescents living with HIV.
Leonard A. Jason, Ph.D.
Public policy; prevention; substance use; chronic illness; recovery homes.
Christopher B. Keys, Ph.D.
Empowerment of people with disabilities; culture and attitudes;
community research methods.
Fr. Patrick McDevitt, Ph.D.
Psychology and spirituality; social justice.
Susan Dvorak McMahon, Ph.D.
Urban youth; school-based intervention; contextual and individual risk
& protective factors.
LaVome W. Robinson, Ph.D., ABPP
Prevention; minority mental health; adolescent risk and resiliency.
Howard Rosing, Ph.D.
Urban food access; migration; economic restructuring; community health.
Bernadette Sánchez, Ph.D.
Positive youth development; youth mentoring; culture; education.
Nathan Todd, Ph.D.
Engagement with social justice; religious settings; Whiteness.
Midge Wilson, Ph.D.
Physical attractiveness/body size and ethnicity; humor; gender;
Our faculty's research has been funded by a variety of sources and we collaborate with a variety of organizations:
|National Institutes of Health
||Nonprofit community based organizations|
|National Institute of Mental health
||Chicago Public Schools|
|National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
||Department of Children and Family Services|
|National Institute of Drug Abuse
||Chaplin Hall at the University of Chicago|
|Chicago Public Schools
||Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego|
||Local and national CFS and ME organizations|
Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about our Community Psychology program by reading our Frequently Asked Questions section.
This page contains more information about the field of community psychology in general. This information may help to provide some background for DePaul's niche in the field.
Learn more about what makes DePaul University's Community Psychology program unique.
Living in Chicago
DePaul students not only enjoy the fun and excitement of living in Chicago, they benefit from the multifaceted and multi-cultural community, and the many ways the city becomes an integral part of their educational experience.
For general inquiries or admissions information, please contact DePaul University's Psychology Department at (773) 325-7887 or firstname.lastname@example.org.