Community Psychology

Community psychology studies the individuals' contexts within communities and the wider society, and the relationships of the individual to communities and society. Community psychologists seek to understand the quality of life of individuals within groups, organizations and institutions, communities, and society. Their aim is to enhance quality of life through collaborative research and action.

Community psychology employs various perspectives within and outside psychology to address issues of communities, the relationships within them, and related people's attitudes and behaviour.

Rappaport (1977) discusses the perspective of community psychology as an ecological perspective on the person–environment fit (this is often related to work environments) being the focus of study and action instead of attempting to change the personality of individual or the environment when an individual is seen as having a problem.

Closely related disciplines include ecological psychology, environmental psychology, critical psychology, cross-cultural psychology, social psychology, political science, public health, sociology, social work, applied anthropology, 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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Bess Heflin Fellowship

University of Texas at Austin, Office of Graduate Studies

$19,000 Varies See Details

Bess Heflin Fellowship

University of Texas at Austin, Office of Graduate Studies

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$19,000

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Byron Hanke Fellowship

Community Associations Institute (CAI) Research Foundation

Up to $5,000 May 01, 2020 See Details

Byron Hanke Fellowship

Community Associations Institute (CAI) Research Foundation

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Up to $5,000

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Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

$2,000 Varies See Details

Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

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$2,000

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Psychology Department Scholarship - Waynesburg College

Waynesburg University

$2,000 Varies See Details

Psychology Department Scholarship - Waynesburg College

Waynesburg University

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$2,000

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Maxie Collier Scholarship

Coppin State University

$2,000 Varies See Details

Maxie Collier Scholarship

Coppin State University

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$2,000

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Barbara Ann Hersko Scholarship

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

$2,000 Varies See Details

Barbara Ann Hersko Scholarship

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

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$2,000

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Owen Sowerwine Scholarship

Flathead Valley Community College

Up to $1,500 Varies See Details

Owen Sowerwine Scholarship

Flathead Valley Community College

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Daniel Sidney Wolf Memorial Scholarship

Northwest University

$1,250 Varies See Details

Daniel Sidney Wolf Memorial Scholarship

Northwest University

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$1,250

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Sappenfield Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

$1,000 Varies See Details

Sappenfield Scholarship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

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$1,000

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Malyon-Smith Scholarship Award

American Psychological Association Division 44

Up to $1,000 Varies See Details

Malyon-Smith Scholarship Award

American Psychological Association Division 44

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