The Community track focuses on prevention, consultation, program development, empowerment, and health promotion.
Megan Greeson is interested in the response of community systems (e.g.,
mental health, advocacy, medical, and legal systems) to violence
against women, with a particular emphasis on sexual assault. Her
research focuses on understanding victim's decisions to seek help, the
quality of the help they receive, and settings-level interventions to
improve how community systems respond to survivors.
- Dr. Leonard Jason's primary research agenda
focuses on the development of prevention and intervention strategies
targeting addiction-related behaviors in youth.
- Dr. Susan McMahon's research focuses on school-based intervention and evaluation, risk and protective factors, and teacher and student experiences with violence.
- Dr. W. LaVome Robinson's research focuses
on the development, implementation and evaluation of
cognitive-behavioral school-based interventions for African-American
inner-city children and adolescents.
- Dr. Anne Saw’s research focuses on health
and mental health disparities among underserved communities, in
particular, Asian American immigrants.
- Dr. Molly Brown's research focuses on
housing and recovery interventions for individuals who have experienced
chronic homelessness, and evaluation of tools used to prioritize
individuals experiencing homelessness to housing interventions.
- Dr. Ida Salusky's research focuses on empowerment of marginalized youth in the context of structural violence (e.g. undocumented immigrants, refugees, ethnic minorities). Her work aims to connect rigorous research to program development and program evaluation.
Program objectives are for students
to acquire understanding and competence in psychological theory,
research, and practice, with particular attention to community
psychology, evidence-based treatments, dissemination, and program
evaluation with individuals and families of diverse backgrounds. Our
program's diversity focus is intended to promote students' understanding
about the societal and systemic/ecological forces that have contributed
to current manifestations of inequality for many diverse groups such as
for poor, urban, and ethnically diverse populations and on how these
conditions influence mental health, family/community processes, and
access to mental health services.
The Clinical Program has four broad program goals:
- To educate students broadly and generally about psychology and instill a commitment to life-long learning
- To prepare graduates with knowledge and skills to engage in and shape research and scholarship
- To prepare graduates for diverse leadership
career paths in the practice of clinical psychology and more in-depth
preparation in child and/or community applications and policy
- To prepare graduates to work in the public
sector, in an urban environment, with diverse ethnic and socio-economic
populations, and with those who have been traditionally underserved by