Research

DSC00077.JPG Research in community psychology is differentiated by its goals, its methods, and the topics addressed. It is action oriented, with the overarching goal of leading to real change in our institutions, communities, and societies. The Research Council is responsible for the SCRA Research Scholars Program

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SCRA Research Scholars 2019 Program Announcement

The SCRA Research Council is delighted to announce the opening of the application period for the 2019 SCRA Research Scholars  Program, formerly known as the Research Fellows Program. A primary goal of the SCRA Scholars Program is to advance the research careers of untenured community psychologists to help them successfully obtain tenure. Ultimately, the SCRA Research Council seeks to enhance the intellectual contributions and increase the number of articles authored by community psychologists in community psychology journals. The untenured community psychologists who could apply for the Research Scholarship may include but  are not limited to community, community clinical, community social, community organizational, community health and community developmental psychologists. SCRA members who are tenure-track faculty in community psychology graduate programs or graduate programs that include community psychology, such as those in public health or education, are eligible for the SCRA Research Scholarship. Priority is given to those in doctoral programs in or including community psychology as they will be mentoring those who are most likely to become future community psychology faculty.

Two major methods will be used to assist tenure-track SCRA members. First, SCRA Research Scholars may receive up to $2,500 for research expenses over the time they are Research Scholars, i.e., one to two years. Funding will be for research and professional development expenses and will become available once Scholars have selected a mentor and have developed a professional development plan for their time as Scholars. Second, Scholars will have a senior community psychology researcher mentor them on their research plan, progress and related matters for the duration of the Scholarship and perhaps beyond. Mentors will have interests that complement those of the Scholars and a commitment to facilitating others’ professional development. Those who are most likely to be successful mentors for SCRA Research Scholars are those community psychologists who have robust research careers including experience publishing articles in quality journals and obtaining external funding for their investigations. They will also have had some experience with research mentoring. Other forms of support may be developed with the mutual agreement of the Research Council and Research Scholars. 

SCRA members who meet the criteria for application are encouraged to apply. Each applicant must submit:

  • A completed SCRA Research Scholar Application Form
    • A Research Scholar Proposal. The applicant’s Research Scholar Proposal should be no more than 4 pages single spaced in 12-point font and should include the activities to be undertaken and the time commitments involved. It is also expected to offer a persuasive rationale that these activities and time commitments are appropriate for: (1) developing particular kinds of expertise the applicants seeks and (2) enhancing the applicant’s research program in a way that will increase the applicant’s likelihood of obtaining tenure. More generally, the successful proposal succinctly speaks to how the applicant’s research career will make a scientific contribution to the field of community psychology.
    • A current Curriculum Vita  
    • The names and contact information of three references who can speak to the applicant’s research ability and potential to make meaningful scientific contributions to community psychology.
    • Three exemplary publications that illustrate the applicant’s best scientific work in community psychology and related areas of scholarship

Applicants need to arrange for the head of their academic unit, dean or department head or chair, to write a letter that speaks to the benefit this Scholar appointment  would be to the applicant and to the community psychology training program or effort in the academic unit. Moreover, the letter should speak to the value of the proposed work to the applicant’s academic unit. Also, the letter should indicate what research funding and other support the academic unit will offer the applicant during her/his/their time as an SCRA Research Scholar. 

Selection Process and Considerations

The applications will be reviewed by the SCRA Research Council. Considerations for selecting Scholars fall into three categories: applicant qualities, Scholar plans and benefits, and setting support and benefits.

Applicant –What qualities does the applicant bring to the Research Scholar role? These qualities may include:

  • Untenured faculty member on the tenure track with community psychology research interests  in a currently functioning community psychology graduate program or a graduate program that includes community psychology at an institution of higher education. Faculty in doctoral programs will be given preference.
  • Research program and record to date
  • Work in the research pipeline and future promise for making a scientific contribution to the field
  • SCRA member and SCRA involvements
  • Performance on  grants and other research support
  • Contribution to diversity including but not limited to race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability

Research Scholars-What are the applicant’s plans for the term of the Scholar appointment and what benefits will the Scholar appointment  offer the applicant? These include:

  • Overall goals for the Research Scholar during their appointment
  • Methods of seeking those goals
  • Mentoring relationship envisioned including mentor expertise, mentoring activities, expertise mentee seeks to acquire from mentoring, nature and frequency of mentoring interactions for two active people, barriers to effective mentoring (e.g., distance and busy schedules) and how they might be overcome.
  • Mentors: The applicant may know one or more mentors whom s/he/they thinks will be very appropriate and, if so, can mention them in their application. Alternatively, the applicant may know the kind of expertise sought but not specific people. In the latter instances the Research Council will help anyone once selected as a Research Scholar obtain an appropriate mentor. The Research Council will prioritize being tenured faculty, a Fellow of SCRA and other signs of a robust research career in community psychology in selecting experienced, talented research mentors.
  • Benefits anticipated from the funding and from the mentoring dimensions of the Research Scholar appointment  for the applicant’s research career

Context-How will the setting will value, benefit from and support the Research Scholar appointment? This includes:

Support from, value and benefit to the applicant’s academic setting- department and/or college- in the form of a letter from the head of the tenure granting unit-chair/head or dean.

We anticipate each year two new SCRA Research Scholars will be selected and previous and current SCRA Scholars may continue their mentoring relationships.  The Research Council reserves the option of offering fewer Research Scholar appointments if the applicant pool does not yield appropriate candidates. On the other hand, we may offer more unfunded, mentored Research Scholar appointments if the applicant pool yields more than 2 very talented candidates.

The application deadline for all materials including the letter from the academic unit head is May 15, 2019. All application materials should be submitted to: researchscholars@scra27.org . Questions regarding the SCRA Research Scholars Program may be addressed to Chris Keys at ckeys@depaul.edu or Jack Tebes at jacob.tebes@yale.edu . We anticipate that Scholar applicants will be informed of the selection decisions on or before July 1, 2019 and that Scholar appointments  may begin starting July 15, 2019.

Download the Research Scholars Application Form Here