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Community Psychology: Linking Individuals and Communities / Edition 4

Community Psychology: Linking Individuals and Communities / Edition 4


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The fourth edition of this acclaimed textbook provides an in-depth and engaging overview of community psychology, including its theoretical underpinnings and methods for conducting research and promoting change within communities. This book aims to get students, including nonpsychology majors, excited about the field and being agents of social change.

New to this edition are an increased focus on values, particularly those related to social justice, empowering minority communities, and solving complex societal problems—like poverty, oppression, and climate change—across multiple ecological levels.

New research and case examples present important developments in the field and society at large, accompanied by extensive discussion questions that will encourage self-reflection and help students apply key concepts to their own lives. A new marginal glossary also highlights important concepts.

Chapter summaries, recommended videos and other resources, review questions, sample lecture slides, and other materials for students and instructors are available on the book’s companion website (

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433830594
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 07/28/2020
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 550
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Bret Kloos, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical-Community Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of South Carolina. He uses community psychology approaches to conceptualize, investigate, and intervene with human problems typically overlooked by clinical settings. His work has focused on social inclusion for persons with psychiatric disabilities, housing and homelessness, mutual help, and social change approaches to promoting mental health. He teaches courses in community psychology, including service learning, and has served as the President of the Society for Community Research and Action.

Jean Hill, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at New Mexico Highlands University and the Executive Director of the Society for Community Research and Action. She has worked on school-based prevention and promotion programs and helped lead a community-wide initiative based on the Communities That Care model. She has written on sense of community, the role of spirituality in the field of community psychology, and the intersection of feminism and community psychology.

Elizabeth Thomas, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Plough Chair of Urban Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She teaches undergraduate courses in Community Psychology, Research Methods, and Urban Studies, and she supervises students in engaged learning and research from introductory courses to senior capstones. Her research with undergraduate students and community partners focuses on learning and civic engagement, the role of arts in community building, and participatory strategies for research and action with youth. She has served as Editor of The Community Psychologist and Secretary of the Society for Community Research and Action.

Andrew D. Case, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychological Science, core faculty in the Community Psychology graduate program, and an affiliate faculty in the Public Health Sciences graduate program at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He teaches courses in community psychology, health psychology, and diversity. He helps inform community efforts to reduce racial inequities in health, economic mobility, and the justice system. His scholarship also spans areas including counterspaces and social determinants of health. He has served on the research council of the Society of Community Research and Action and the editorial board of the American Journal of Community Psychology.

Victoria C. Scott, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and core faculty of her department’s graduate Community Psychology program. Drawing on interdisciplinary approaches, Dr. Scott works in community settings to promote health equity and collective wellness through systems-level improvement and capacity building efforts. She cofounded of the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice. Dr. Scott received the SCRA Early Career Award and the Don Klein Publication Award to Advance Community Psychology Practice in 2015 and the 2017 American Evaluation Association Outstanding Evaluation Award.

Abraham Wandersman, PhD, is President and CEO of the Wandersman Center and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. He retired from the university in 2017. He continues work in program evaluation and community psychology and transdisciplinary research and action at the Wandersman Center. Dr. Wandersman was a president of the Society for Community Research and Action.

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