2019 Biennial


Making an Impact

Ecological Praxis: System Complexity, Cycles of Action, and Extending our Metaphors with the Natural World

photo by Giant Gingko CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Join us for the 2019 Biennial! 

June 26th – 29th  2019, Chicago Illinois

Making an Impact

Ecological Praxis: System Complexity, Cycles of Action, and Extending our Metaphors with the Natural World

Hosted by National Louis University

Registration is Now Open! 

The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association) invites you to our 17th Biennial Conference!

This 17th Biennial is being hosted by National Louis University (NLU), particularly the faculty, staff, students and alumni from the community psychology PhD program. Similar to our 2011 Biennial, this is a collective conference with many of the universities and institutions surrounding National Louis.

Click here to download the flyer 

Conference Site Information

The conference will take place at National Louis University.  It will begin on Wednesday, June 26th and conclude on Saturday afternoon, June 29th. Pre-conference sessions will take place during the day on Tuesday, June 25th.


Community psychology in so many forms, on so many issues, and in so many places, plays a major role in Chicago and Chicagoland. The conference will be held in downtown Chicago, across from the Art Institute (voted in the recent past as the Best Museum in the World) and kiddie corner from Millennium Park and the children’s Maggie Daley Park. We will be utilizing the Harold Washington Library, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago has a long community psychology-relevant history of value-driven social institutions, events, artists, thinkers, and those who embrace the idea of community, from Jane Addams to Bobby E. Wright, including Saul Alinsky, Marca Bristo, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jim Charlton, Clarence Darrow, Eugene Debs, John Dewey, Chuy García, Dick Gregory, Luis Gutiérrez, Fred Hampton, Lorraine Hansberry, Elizabeth Harrison, Michelle and Barack Obama, Sylvia Puente, Carl Sandburg, Upton Sinclair, Studs Terkel, and Harold Washington himself,. It is a beautiful city that offers rich and diverse treasures in architecture, music, food, and culture.

Details about conference registration, including travel, lodging and transportation arrangements, and conference accessibility, will be provided on this page in the near future and in the Preliminary Conference Program which will be available in March 2019. All presenters must register for the conference and pay registration fees.