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THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Behavioral Community Action & Research Team

 

Introduction & Current Projects

The Behavioral Community Research and Action Team is focused on conducting community-based research that promotes the health of adolescents and reducing health disparities among Racial and Ethnic groups.  The Behavioral Community Research and Action Team currently is focused examining the health behaviors of college students, educational aspirations and expectations of youth in foster care and role racial identity plays on the health behaviors of emerging adults.  The research team also has a partnership with Gordon Parks Academy, Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, Grant Chapel AME Church, Center for Health and Wellness and the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas to implement a program to encourage physical activity, increase academic performance, and promote careers among elementary and middle school students.

Projects: Healthy Choices the college sample, Youth Empowerment Implementation Project, Racial Identity Student with Emerging Adults and Healthy Choices among Adolescents.

 

Publications

Lewis, R.K., Paschal, A., Sly, J., Roberts, S., & Wernick, S. (2009). Assessing the Health Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors of Midwestern African American Adolescents. American Journal of Health Studies.24, 240-249.

Carmack, C., & Lewis-Moss, R. K. (2009). Examining the Theory of Planned Behavior Applied to Condom Use: The Effect-Indicator vs. Causal-Indicator Models. Journal of Primary Prevention, 30, 659-676.

Paschal, A., Lewis, R. K., Sly, J., & White, B. (2010). Addressing Health Disparities among African Americans: Using the Stages of Change Model to Document Attitudes and Decisions about Nutrition and Physical Activity. Journal of Community Health, 35, 10-17.

Lewis, R. K., Carmack, C., Sly, J., Roberts, S., & Wilson, K.  (2010). Baseline Results of the Self-Reported Sexual Behaviors of Midwestern African American Adolescents. Journal of Black Studies, 40, 717-725.

Paschal, A., Lewis, R. K., & Hsiao, T.  (2011). Perceptions of Fatherhood and Parenting Behaviors among African American Teen Fathers. Journal of Adolescent Research, 26, 61-83.

Kirk, C., Lewis, R. K., Nilsen, C., & Colvin, D. (2011). The Role of Parent Expectations on Adolescent Aspirations. Educational Studies, 37, 89-99.


In press

Kirk, C, Lewis, R. K., Nilsen, C., & Colvin, D. (in press). The Educational Aspirations and Expectations of Youth from the Foster Care System. Youth and Society.

Lee, F., Lewis, R., K., & Kirk, C., (in press). Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors of African American Adolescents. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

Lewis, R.K., Lee, F., & Kirk, C. (in press). Substance Use Among African American Adolescents in the Midwest. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

Lee, F., Lewis, R.K., Sly, J., Roberts, S., Carmack, C., & Basore, P. (in press). Promoting Positive Youth Development by Examining the Career and Educational Aspirations of African American Males: Implications for Educational Programs. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

Roberts, S., Lewis, R.K., & Carmack, C. (in press). Positive Youth Development among African American Adolescents: Examining Single Parents as a Factor.  Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

Kirk, C., Lewis, R.K., Lee, F., & Stowell, D. (in press). The Power of Aspirations and Expectations: The Connection Between Educational Goals and Risk Behaviors among African American Adolescents. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

Sly, J., Lewis, R.K.,  Roberts, Lee, F., Wernick, S., & Kirk, C. (in press). Assessing the Health Behaviors of African American Emerging Adults. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

 

Presentations

Lewis, R.K., Lee, F., & Fleming-Randle, M. (July, 2011). African Consciousness and Well-Being: Developing Strategies and Approaches. Poster presentation at the 43rd Annual Association of Black Psychologist Convention. Washington, D.C.

Lewis, R.K., Stowell, D, Lee, F., Brown, K., Scott, A., Williams, G., & Lovelady, T. (July, 2011).  Youth Empowerment Project: Restoring the African Spirit in Youth.  Poster presentation at the 43rd Annual Association of Black Psychologist Convention. Washington, D.C.

Redmond, M., & Lewis, R.K. (July 2011). Assessing Perceived Sexual Self-Efficacy among African American Adolescents. Poster presentation at the 43rd Annual Association of Black Psychologist Convention. Washington, D.C.

Brown, K., Lewis, R.K., Kirk, C., Stowell, D. (July, 2011). I Am Because We Are: The Role of Sense of Community in Mental Health and Academics. Poster presentation at the 43rd Annual Association of Black Psychologist Convention. Washington, D.C.

Lewis, R. K., Hakim, S., Keele-Lien, A., Lee, F., Stowell, D., & Greenleaf, J. (June, 2011).  Branding Community Psychology Education In R.K. Lewis and S.M. Hakim(Moderators). Symposium at the 13th Biennial Conference Society for Community Research and Action.  Chicago, IL.

Lee, F., Lewis, R.K., Stowell, D., Brown, K., & Scott, A. (June 2011). Youth  Empowerment Implementation Project. In R.K. Lewis and B. Sanchez (Moderators). Developing Positive Development Approaches to Transform the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents and Emerging Adults. Symposium at the 13th Biennial Conference Society for Community Research and Action.  Chicago, IL.

Kirk, C., Lewis, R.K., Nilsen, C., Colvin, D., Wren, D., & Scott, A. (June, 2011). Exploring the Gap between Educational Aspirations and Expectations among Middle School Students. In R.K. Lewis and B. Sanchez (Moderators). Developing Positive Development Approaches to Transform the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents and Emerging Adults. Symposium at the 13th Biennial Conference Society for Community Research and Action.  Chicago, IL.

Sly, J., Lewis, R.K., Kirk, C., Lee, F., & Wernick, S. (June, 2011).  Examining the Relationship between Racial Identity and Positive Health Behaviors among African American Emerging Adults. In R.K. Lewis and B. Sanchez (Moderators). Developing Positive Development Approaches to Transform the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents and Emerging Adults Symposium at the 13th Biennial Conference Society for Community Research and Action.  Chicago, IL.

Kirk, C., Lewis, R.K., Brown, K., Scott, A., & Nilsen, K. (June, 2011). The Empowering Schools Project: Exploring the School as an Empowering Setting. Poster presentation at the 13th Biennial Conference Society for Community Research and Action.  Chicago, IL.

Sly, J., Lewis, R.K., Kirk, C., Lee, F., & Wernick, S. (June, 2011). Assessing the Health Behaviors of African American Emerging Adults.  Poster presentation at the 13th Biennial Conference Society for Community Research and Action.  Chicago, IL.

Brown, K., Lewis, R.K., Kirk, C., Stowell, D. (June, 2011). Examining the Role of Sense of Community in Academic Achievement and Mental Well-Being among African American and Latino College Students. Poster presentation at the 13th Biennial Conference Society for Community Research and Action.  Chicago, IL.

Scott, A., Lewis, R.K., & Gilkey, L. (June, 2011). C.L.A.S.S.: A Preliminary Look. Poster presentation at the 13th Biennial Conference Society for Community Research and Action.  Chicago, IL.

Kirk, C., Lewis, R.K., Lee, F. Stowell, D., Brown, K., & Scott, A., (June 2011). Multiple Paths to Community: A Person Centered Analysis of Student Connection on Campus. In C.M. Kirk (Moderator). Sense of Community and Civic Engagement on an Urban Commuter Campus.

Lewis, R.K. (November, 2010).  Examining the Attitudes and Behaviors of African American Adolescents Towards Substance Use: A Midwest Sample. Poster presentation at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Denver, CO.

Lewis, R. K., Kirk, C., Nilsen, C., & Colvin, D. (November, 2010). Examining Aspirations and Expectations for Youth in Foster Care:  An Evaluation of Kansas Kids at Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). Poster presentation at the 24th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association. San Antonio, TX.

Wernick, S., Lewis, R.K., White, B., Williams, M., & Sly, J.  (November, 2010).  A Community-Health Care Center’s Diabetes Project: A Strategy to Reduce Health Disparities. Paper presentation at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Denver, CO.

 

 

Faculty

Dr. R. K.  Lewis
Professor of Psychology
Wichita State University
rhonda.lewis@wichita.edu

 

Graduate Students

Felecia Lee, M.A.
felecia.lee@gmail.com

Chris M. Kirk, M.A.
cxkirk@wichita.edu

 

David Stowell
djstowell1@wichita.edu

Kyrah Brown
kkbrown1@wichita.edu

 

 

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Behavioral Community Research and Action Team with Dr. Ken Maton
Left to Right: Chris Kirk, Dr. Lewis, Dr. Maton, Kyrah Brown, David Stowell, and Felecia Lee