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Community Psychology

Community psychology deals with the relationships of the individual to communities and the wider society. Community psychologists seek to understand the quality of life of individuals, communities, and society. Their aim is to enhance quality of life through collaborative research and action.

Community psychology makes use of various perspectives within and outside of psychology to address issues of communities, the relationships within them, and people's attitudes about them. Through collaborative research and action, community psychologists (practitioners and researchers) seek to understand and to enhance quality of life for individuals, communities, and society. Rappaport (1977) discusses the perspective of community psychology as an ecological perspective with the person–environment fit being the focus of study and action instead of attempting to change the person or the environment when an individual is seen as having a problem.

Closely related disciplines include ecological psychology, environmental psychology, cross-cultural psychology, social psychology, political science, public health, sociology, social work, and community development.

Community psychology grew out of the community mental health movement, but evolved dramatically as early practitioners incorporated their understandings of political structures and other community contexts into perspectives on client services.

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Howard Nemerov Writing Scholarship $3,000 January 15, 2017
Hugo du Coudray Blue Denim Scholarship $2,000 February 01, 2017
Walter Jones Memorial Scholarship $2,000 November 01, 2016
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students Up to $4,000 November 22, 2016
Daniel K. Kuzuhara Hope Center Scholarship $1,100 November 16, 2016
Rob McCarvel Memorial Scholarship $1,000 February 01, 2017
Girls Impact the World Film Festival Scholarship Up to $5,000 January 20, 2017
Eugene F. Wiesner Endowed Scholarship $700 February 01, 2017
Wendell Wood Memorial Scholarship $500 November 01, 2016
Michael Baring-Gould Memorial Scholarship $500 February 15, 2017