2022 CPRG Cohort (PIC TO BE ADDED)

 2017-2019 CPRG Research Team

Our team conducts community-based and participatory research focused on topics in community psychology and positive youth development. As a Community Psychology Research Group, our work is aimed at investigating and addressing social issues impacting our communities in the South Sound in partnership with members of these communities.

We develop collaborations with organizations and schools and engage together in systematic research and advocacy work that can impact practice and policy and promote greater well-being in children, youth, and families. We know research and actions will be more effective and meaningful, and that socially just change will be more likely to occur and to be sustained, if such work is done in collaboration with various local stakeholders.

We are currently working on four main projects:

1. An intersectional Approach to Critical Consciousness in Black and White College Students (funded by Spencer Foundation)

  • co-PI- Sara Johnson, PhD, Tufts University

2.  ALAS: Accompanying Adolescent Latinas in Explorations of their Salud Mental (mental health) (funded by Office of Community Partnerships Faculty Fellows Grant)

  • collaborator- Melody Rodriguez, MPA,, Proyecto MoLE
  • co-PIs, Ariana Ochoa Camacho, PhD., Sonia De La Cruz, PhD., Sarah Chavez, PhD., UWT; Professor Alyssa Ramirez-Stege, PhD.,  UWMadison

3. Displacement, Detention, and (Re)Integration of Immigrants and Refugees in the South Sound (funded by Office of Research at UWT)

  • collaborator- Tacoma Community House, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Assistance for Immigrants in Detention Northwest (AIDNW)
  • co-PI, Vanessa deVeritch Woodside

4. Youth Participatory and Action Research in Kent, Washington- improving community-police relations? (consulting)

  • collaborator/lead organization: Restore Assemble Produce,  LaTasha Rodriguez-Jackson, MA, MFTA and Reverend Jimmie James

Past Projects:

Social Justice Development@UWT, is a mixed-method and longitudinal study examining critical consciousness development among UWT students, and how different aspects of the UWT experience are related to the development of social justice commitments in students from diverse backgrounds. In addition, we examined how social justice development is related to well-being for students. 

This Project includes three waves of mixed-method inquiry involving over 200 UWT Students. Our work led to the development of the 6-Factor Model of Critical Reflection for use with college students at campuses similar to UWT (Hershberg et al., 2019). Some of the work from this project is described in a manuscript that currently in press (Johnson et al., in press).

 Promoting Well-being among Migrants in Tacoma examines some of the psychosocial challenges mixed-status immigrant and refugee communities in Tacoma experience related to punitive detention and deportation practices and policies, and to Tacoma being home to the fourth largest detention center in the country. This area of work has yielded several studies (such as the DDI and ALAS projects above) and advocacy events at UWT.

Flyers to be posted here.

Check out our updates page for information about our recent projects.