2017-2018 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 social issues influencing the UWT community, and the Tacoma community more broadly,  in partnership with members of these communities.

Our hope is to develop collaborations with organizations and schools through our research and advocacy work, as we know research and actions are more effective and meaningful if they are done in collaboration with various local stakeholders.

Our team is currently focused on two research projects. The first, 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.

The second, Promoting Well-being among Migrants in Tacoma examines some of the psychosocial challenges mixed-status immigrant and refugee communities in Tacoma experience related to a broken immigration system, and to Tacoma being home to the fourth largest detention center in the country. As part of this work, members of our team are working with immigrant- and refugee-serving organizations in the area to develop partnerships that will lead to collaborative research and action projects.

We are always looking to enhance or university-community partnerships so please contact rmhersh@uw.edu if you would like to collaborate, and/or if you would like more information about our team or our research.

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