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Clinical Psychology Community Track

​​​The Community track focuses on prevention, consultation, program development, empowerment, and health promotion.
  • Dr. 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 psychology​​
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