Research in Applied Social and Community Psychology

While the Applied Social and Community Psychology program provides a background to work in many settings and with a variety of problems, our faculty and student interests are focused in three areas:

Community Psychology

This area focuses on research and action designed to address community-based issues and problems. Students are trained to conduct high quality field-based research and develop and implement effective intervention projects. Faculty and student research topics include African American youth development; community development; juvenile and adult criminal justice issues; ecological programming; gender equity; African American identity development; and culturally-based programming. More information about Community Psychology can be found at the Society for Community Research and Action, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association.

Health and Well-Being

Our goal is to understand social and public health problems and to develop interventions that encourage positive change. Health issues are a major aspect of community-based efforts within this area, designed to foster the role of community coalitions, citizen mobilization, and interagency collaboration to improve life outcomes. Faculty and students conduct research on: the effects of community-based health interventions, especially in the area of mental illness and substance abuse; HIV/AIDS prevention; stigma; violence and mental health; domestic violence; obesity prevention; and social inequality. Many of these projects are funded by external grants including National Institutes of Health and the Laura & John Arnold Foundation.

NC State University and the Research Triangle community provide a rich environment for research and training in these areas. For further information on current research projects and faculty interests, visit our faculty pages and lab websites: