The doctoral program in community psychology program educates and trains doctoral students in the science and practice of Social Intervention in Diverse Settings. Social intervention is defined as research, programs, or policies that impact the resources accessed by communities and/or individuals. Our students and graduates use theory and empirical research from psychology and related disciplines to develop, implement, evaluate, and advocate for effective social interventions that promote the well-being of diverse populations, in diverse settings, in the United States and internationally. The training we provide is guided by the following values: (1) A research informed perspective; (2) Interdisciplinary scholarship, and (3) Collaborative relationships.

Our faculty share a common perspective as researchers rooted in psychology and informed by related disciplines, such as education, public health, sociology, and women’s studies. We share an emphasis on changing resources, social norms, and public policies that affect individuals and the contexts surrounding people’s lives (e.g., social institutions, neighborhoods, families). We are involved at the local, state, national, and international levels and work with community and governmental organizations to design, implement, and investigate the efficacy of social interventions using a variety of research methods ranging from rigorous experimental designs to qualitative case studies. We collaborate with community partners to evaluate and improve existing programs.

Graduate students take core courses in community psychology, human diversity, and quantitative and qualitative methods. They work in the community during at least 3 semester-long practica, in which they gain hands-on experience with grant writing, program development, policy advocacy, and other professional skills. 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.

Program Faculty

Wing Yi Chan
Sarah Cook
Chris Henrich
Gabriel Kuperminc (program chair)
Kelly Lewis
Julia Perilla
John Peterson
Ciara Smalls
Kevin Swartout

Interdisciplinary Initiatives

Center for Latin American and Latino Studies
Center for Human Rights and Democracy
Center for Research on School Safety
Partnership for Urban Health Research