Students in the Community concentration seek training that will enable them to conduct research and collaborate with communities to improve the well-being of individuals and social settings. Community psychologists may work as educators, professors, program directors, consultants, policy developers, evaluators; and researchers in community organizations, universities, or government agencies to promote mental health and community well-being.
- seek to expand “helping” beyond traditional psychotherapy to promote wellness
- engage in action-oriented research to develop, implement, and evaluate programs.
- base their work on a scientific foundation to better understand the multiple influences of the social environment on health and wellness
- build collaborative relationships with community members, groups, and organizations to solve social problems.
- consult with and provide tools to organizations to build capacity to address social problems such as exploitation and victimization.
- analyze government, civic life, and workplace settings in order to understand and improve fair and diverse participation.
- fight oppression, work to reduce social inequalities, and work with marginalized people toward their empowerment.
Because the work of community psychologists, by its nature, is collaborative and interdisciplinary, we offer a flexible curriculum that provides a strong grounding in the foundations of the field and opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and skills in relevant disciplines. In consultation with their advisors and depending on the career paths they wish to pursue, students then choose additional coursework in psychology and/or other disciplines.
When applying to the Community concentration, indicate “COR” in the application materials. However, applicants can also apply to Clinical-Community (CLC) concentration. If selecting this option, applications should review the Clinical-Community (CLC) concentration page for more information, and indicate “CLC” in application materials.