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Community Well-Being - Ph.D.

Vision:  to be a hub for engaged scholarship in community well-being and social change.
Mission: to produce community-engaged scholars who promote individual, relational, and collective well-being through community-based research and action.
The new PhD program in Community Well-Being (CWB) trains community-engaged action-researchers committed to promoting well-being and social justice through rigorous theoretical analysis and community-based research. The program is rooted in the discipline of Community Psychology and prepares scholars for careers in academia, research, and public policy. Community-engaged scholarship involves the researcher in a mutually beneficial partnership with the community. Such partnership augments the scholarship of teaching, discovery, integration, application, or engagement. 
Program coursework includes:
1) Foundations - a core set of courses covering community psychology, organizational theory and change, ethics, inequality, diversity & social justice.
2) Applications - a second set of core courses focused on community application of theories and practice in topics such as disease prevention and health promotion, youth development, community organizing, and not for profit administration.
3) Research methodology - covering research philosophy, quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods, and community-based action research.
4) Professional skills – including consultation, management, grant writing, ethics, and leadership.
5) Electives - cognate areas that are designed individually and drawn from other departments and specializations within the SEHD (e.g., Educational and Psychological Studies, Teaching and Learning, Kinesiology) and departments and schools throughout the university (e.g., economics, sociology, public administration, public health, nursing). 

The program builds on the undergraduate major in Human and Social Development (HSD) and the master’s program in Community and Social Change (CSC). These two programs are also housed in the department of Educational and Psychological Studies in the School of Education and Human Development.  
For full consideration, complete applications are due by December1th. 
CWB core and affiliated faculty conduct research in local community organizations, schools, networks and coalitions, neighborhoods and other national and international settings. Examples of current community-engaged research include adaptation and acculturation among immigrant and refugee populations, cultural coping strategies in Black and Latino communities, organizational change in CBO’s, and mobile gaming applications for individual and relational wellness, the effectiveness of a heritage-based mentoring and tutoring program, and the development of mental health services for Haitian populations. CWB doctoral student will work with one of these faculty members as their primary research mentor:  



Note: Programs, program components, and courses subject to change.

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  Prerequisites (Required)
EPS622  Community Well-Being and Change: Theory and Practice ( Req )
EPS624  Essentials of Research in Social and Behavioral Sciences ( Req )
EPS628  Managing Community Organizations ( Req )
EPS700  Introductory Statistics ( Req )
  Core Curriculum (Required)
EPS701  Introduction to Research Methods ( Req )
EPS702  General Linear Methods ( Req )
EPS714  Qualitative Research Methods I ( Req )
EPS725  Seminar in Community Well Being ( Req )
EPS731  Foundations of Community Psychology ( Req )
EPS732  Community Based Participatory Action Research ( Req )
EPS830  Pre-Candidacy to Dissertation Research ( Req )
SOC601  Classical Sociological Theory ( Req )
  Elective (Required)
Students are required to take one of these courses:
EPS703  Applied Multivariate Statistics ( Elect )
EPS715  Qualitative Methods II: Case Studies & Grounded Theory ( Elect )

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Prospective Students:

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Admissions Contact:
Lois Heffernan
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Program Contact:
Dina Birman
Associate Professor of Educational and Psychological Studies
Director, Community Well-Being Ph.D. Program (CWB)
Editor in Chief, International Journal of Intercultural Relations
Merrick Building 311-A


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