Diverse Careers in Community Psychology

ISBN : 9780190457938

Judah J. Viola; Olya Glantsman
360 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Community psychology is a diverse field. Community psychologists may work for the government, for nonprofit foundations, as researchers or teachers in academic settings, at NGOs, as independent consultants, overseas in international development, and more. Despite such professional diversity, very little information has formally been made available to students and practitioners about the range of careers they can pursue when studying community psychology. Diverse Careers in Community Psychology details a range of potential career paths for someone with community psychology or related social science training, describes the different types of careers (e.g., tasks involved, benefits and challenges, salary range, etc.), and outlines steps one can take to develop such a career. The volume is built on three foundations: (1) a career survey of almost 450 respondents, which provides quantitative information about the different types of settings in which individuals with community psychology training might find themselves; (2) more than twenty chapters by contributors who share their personal stories and guidance on how to select, prepare for, find, and succeed in careers similar to theirs; (3) and interviews with community psychologists, further illustrating examples discussed in the authored chapters. This volume provides both a depth and breadth of information about the possible careers available for someone with community psychology or related training.


Series Foreword by Nicole E. Allen and Bradley Olson
Foreword by Leonard A. Jason
About the Editors
Chapter 1: Answers to All of Your Questions about Careers in Community Psychology
Judah J. Viola, Olya Glantsman, Amber E. Williams, and Cari Stevenson
Chapter 2: Federal Careers for Applied Community Psychologists: Transitioning into a Public Health Agency
Theresa L. Armstead
Chapter 3: Federal Careers for Applied Community Psychologists: Pathways and Roles
Richard A. Jenkins
Chapter 4: Accidental Community Psychologist: From the Classroom to the State Capitol
Teresa Garate
Chapter 5: Community-based Practice: To Deliver Psychology by Walking Around
Allen W. Ratcliffe
Chapter 6: The World of Foundations: An Ideal Setting for a Community Psychologist
Judith Meyers
Chapter 7: Leading the Way: The Role of Community Psychology in Non-Profits
Victoria Scott and Greg Meissen
Chapter 8: Supporting Non-Profits: The Non-Academic Side of University Work
Crystal Reinhart
Chapter 9: Putting Your Training to Work: Finding a Practice Job
Sharon Johnson-Hakim and Ashley Boal
Chapter 10: Practicing Community Psychology in a Large Non-Profit Research Organization
Manolya Tanyu
Chapter 11: Five Years as a Hired Gun: Working in For-Profit Evaluation Consulting
Alison J. Martin
Chapter 12: Practicing Community Psychology in a Small Evaluation and Consulting Firm
Michelle Bloodworth
Chapter 13: Nonprofit Support: Can you profit from working with nonprofits?
Marc Goldstein and John Daviau
Chapter 14: Going Solo: Community Psychology as a Small Business
Susan M. Wolfe
Chapter 15: A Crossroads of Disciplines: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the AcademyEL
Vincent T. Francisco
Chapter 16: Community Colleges: A Place for Community Psychology in Action
John M. Majer
Chapter 17: Roles Beyond Faculty in Academia
Luciano Berardi and Lindsey Back
Chapter 18: Preparing and Applying for a Teaching-Focused Faculty Position: Navigating the Road
Geraldine L. Palmer
Chapter 19: The Road to Scholarly Riches: Preparing and Applying for the Academic Market
Christopher R. Beasley
Chapter 20: Writing Grants to Fund Research and Programs
Fabricio E. Balcazar and Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar
Chapter 21: International Community Psychology Development: A Case Example in Nigeria
Mary Gloria C. Njoku
Chapter 22: Doing Community Psychology Internationally: Lessons Learned in the Field
Ronald Harvey and Nikolay L. Mihaylov
Chapter 23: How to Find Training in Community Psychology
Sylvie Taylor and Gregor Sarkisian


Judah J. Viola, PhD, is Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement at National Louis University in Chicago. In the past 15 years his work has ranged from city agency investigator to university researcher, professor, and consultant to nonprofit and government agencies. He earned a PhD in community psychology from DePaul University. Dr. Viola's research and advocacy interests involve promoting healthy communities and increasing civic engagement and pro-social behavior. He also manages an independent consulting practice specializing in needs assessment, program evaluation, community building, and collaborative community research.; Olya Glantsman, PhD, is Director of the Undergraduate Concentration in Community Psychology and a visiting professor of Psychology at DePaul University. She earned her doctorate in community psychology and a graduate certificate in women's and gender studies from DePaul. She is also a research associate for the Center for Community Research studying Oxford House recovery homes. Her research interests include cultural diversity, improving academic environments for students and faculty, community psychology values, and teaching of psychology.