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THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Community Psychology Research & Practice Collaborative

 

Philosophy/Approach:

Our collaborative is dedicated to applying psychological knowledge and research toward improving the well being of individuals, communities, and organizations. As applied researchers, the majority of our work is community-based. Although each member of our collaborative has different specialty areas, we are bound together by our beliefs that projects should be community-driven, participatory, and initiated at the grassroots level.

 

Current Projects:

Project 1: School cafeterias are unique food environments, as they provide easy, affordable access to healthy foods through the National School Lunch Program and purposely restrict access to "foods of minimal nutritional value."  Despite this setup, we cannot guarantee that students are benefiting from these nutritious meals; high rates of waste, especially of fruits and vegetables, are well documented.  We are currently working with local cafeterias to explore the ways in which the cafeteria setting, specifically, the choice architecture of the lunch service, can be adapted to encourage students to consume the fruits and vegetables served to them each day.  After all, food can't be considered "nutritious" until it is eaten!

Project 2: Access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate foods is essential to the health of our community.  Together with the Wichita Health and Wellness Coalition we are evaluating the capacity of the local food systems to meet the needs of our residents.  This process includes documenting any gaps that may exist in the food system, and producing data-driven policy recommendations. -Sharon Hakim

"I have been involved in a number of projects that have ranged from quantitative and qualitative research to applied community practice. I am currently exploring field experiment methodology to research the subtle nature of racial discrimination. I am specifically interested in the connection between our understanding of racial progress and displays of subtle racial biases." -Ashlee Lien

"My dissertation is a qualitative study of the experiences of truck drivers who are able to stay healthy in the extreme obesogenic environments associated with their profession.  Using a phenomenological approach and in-depth interviews, I seek to determine how the unique worksites and broader environments in which these drivers operate present barriers to healthy behaviors, as well as how these drivers are able to overcome these barriers to remain healthy, ultimately revealing the “essential invariant structure” of the lived experiences of these drivers." -Mike Lemke

 

Community Partners:

Kansas Leadership Center
Kansas Health Foundation
NOMAR Community Development Corporation
Wichita Health and Wellness Coalition
Wichita Homeless Services Coalition
The American Trucking Associations
Catholic Charities
Wichita Circles Initiative

 

Publications:

Apostolopoulos, A., Lemke, M., & Sonmez, S. (under review). The risk-endemic occupation of long-haul trucking in North America: Excess driver mortality and compromised public safety. Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Hakim, S. M., & Meissen, G. (under review). Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables in the school cafeteria: A setting-based obesity prevention intervention. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Hakim, S. M., Crigan, N., & Buzu, A. (in press). Construind Viitorul Lor Propriu / Building Their Own Futures: Making Youth Leadership Development Work in the Republic of Moldova. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice.

Hakim, S. M., Kirk, C. M., Rowley, R. L., Lien, A. D., Greenleaf, J. P., & Burdsal, C. A. (in press). Exploring civic engagement at an urban commuter campus: Pathways and challenges. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community.

Lien, A. D., & Hakim, S. M. M. (in press). Two approaches, one course: An experience in experiential learning. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

Lien, A. D., & Meissen, G. (in press). Peer perspectives: Expectations and satisfaction with certified peer specialist services. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation.

Lien, A. D., Lemke, M., West, C., Schrepel, S., Hunter, J., Banta, A., Gregory, T., & Meissen, G. (2012). Understandings of mental health recovery: Drawings of mental health recovery, stories of mental health recovery, and the disability industrial complex [Video files]. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 2(3). Retrieved from (http://www.gjcpp.org/).

Hakim, S. M. (2012). Book Review: Surviving a tsunami: Dealing with Disaster, lessons from the Samoa Tsunami 29.09.09 Authors: A. Jowitt, J. Faasisila, & W. Dudley. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 3(2).

Neigher, W. D., & Hakim, S. M. (2012). Creating a sustainable “healing culture” throughout a healthcare system: Using community psychology principles as a guide. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 2(3), 1-29.

Wright, R. (2012). Paying for retirement: Sex differences in inclusion in employer provided retirement plans. The Gerontologist, 52(2), 231-244. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnr127

Countryman-Roswurm, K., Greenleaf, J., Jacobson, L., Keele-Lien, A., Kirk, C., & Lee, F. (2011). Guidelines will enhance careers in community psychology. The Community Psychologist, 44(1), 16-17.

Hakim, S. M. (2011). SCRA and Idealist.org: Forming an organizational partnership. The Community Psychologist. 44(1), 5-6.

Lien, A. D., Greenleaf, J. P., Lemke, M. K., Hakim, S. M. M., Swink, N. P., Wright, R., & Meissen, G. (2011). Tearless logic model. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 2(2), 1-12. Retrieved from (http://www.gjcpp.org/).

Meissen, G., Greenleaf, J., & Hakim, S. M. (2011). Leadership as a framework for community psychology practice. The Community Psychologist. 44(2), 10-12.

Meissen, G., & Hakim, S. M. (2011). The future of community psychology training and education for practice. The Community Psychologist. 44(4), 5-6.

Neigher, W., & Hakim, S. M. (2011). A health system sponsored practicum in community psychology − a progress note. The Community Psychologist. 44(2), 13-14.

Dziadkowiec, O., Reinhart, C., Vu, C., Shagott, T., Keele-Lien, A., Banta, A., & Wituk, S. (2010). A Statewide Collaboration to Build the Leadership and Organizational Capacity of Consumer Run Organizations (CROs). In L. D. Brown & S. Wituk (Eds.), Mental Health Self-Help: Consumer and Family Initiatives. New York: Springer.

 

Conference Presentations:

Wright, R. (2012, October). CBPR with Older Adults: A Place at the Table for the Baby Boom. Canadian Association on Gerontology, Vancouver BC.

Hakim, S. M., & Meissen, G. (2012, September). More for the Children, Less for the Trash Can: Using Choice Architecture to Increase Student Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables. Poster presented at the Kansas Summit on Obesity: Topeka, KS.

Wright, R., & Hill, T. J. (2012, August). Human Capital and Older Women’s Health. Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Denver CO.

Hakim, S. M. (2012, April). Community Psychology and Health Impact Assessments: Exploring Common Ground. Poster presented at the Inaugural National Health Impact Assessment Meeting: Washington, D.C.

Hakim, S. M. (2012, April). Nutrition, Choice and the School Cafeteria: Molding everyday settings to promote healthy behaviors. Invited Address, presented at Research Roundup: Wichita State University, Department of Psychology, Wichita, KS

Langeler, C., Hakim, S. M., & Lemos, D. (2011, October). Branding Community Psychology: The Next Steps. Workshop presented at the Southeastern Ecological Community Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Hakim, S. M., Belyaev-Glantsman, O., Bottom, T., Greenleaf, J., Harvey, R., Keele-lien, A., Kirk, C., Lee, F., Lemos, D., Lewis, R., McMahon, S., Mulvihill, N., Stowell, D., Viola, J., & Cook, J. (2011, June). Branding Community Psychology Education. Town hall Session presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of American Psychological Association Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Hakim, S. M., Greenleaf, J., Keele-Lien, A., Kirk, C., Lee, F., & Rowley, R. (2011, June). Civic engagement in university students. In C. Kirk (Chair), Sense of Community and Civic Engagement on an Urban Commuter Campus. Symposium conducted at the 13th Biennial Conference of American Psychological Association Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago.

Hakim, S. M., & Meissen, G. (2011, June). Diversity, Trust and Social Capital: Examining Community Level Relationships. Poster presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of American Psychological Association Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Keele-Lien, A., Lemke, M., West, C., Schrepel, S., Hunter, J., Banta, A., et al. (June, 2011). Understandings of mental health recovery. Innovative session presented at the meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago.

Levin, G., Lemke, M., Brown, K., Chien, V., & Wolfe, S. (2011, June).Preparing Students for Practice Careers -- A Roundtable Discussion.Discussion held at biennial meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Meissen, G., Hakim, S. M., Jimenez, T., Sarkisian, G., Wolfe, S., & Wolff, T. (2011, June). The Future of Community Psychology Training and Education for Practice. Plenary Session presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of American Psychological Association Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Neigher, W., & Hakim, S. M. (2011, June). Healthcare Reform, Community Psychology and Creating Sustainable Organizational Change. In C. Ramos (Chair), Community Psychology and Health Care: Implications for Training, Research and Practice. Symposium conducted at the 13th Biennial Conference of American Psychological Association Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Neigher, W., Ratcliffe, A., Wolff, T., Elias, M., & Hakim, S. M. (2011, June). Introducing a Value Proposition for Community Psychology. Roundtable presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of American Psychological Association Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Zimmerman, L., Greenleaf, J., Holt, C., Evans, S., Hakim, S. M., & Valentine, D. (2011, June). Skills and Vision: How New Online Technology Can Promote Interest in SCRA and Build Community. Session presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of American Psychological Association Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Zimmerman, L., Jimenez, T., Hakim, S. M., Chien, V., O’Connor, P., & Cook, J. (2011, June). Increasing Student involvement in SCRA: Opportunities, Benefits and Barriers. Roundtable presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of American Psychological Association Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Hakim, S. M., & Meissen, G. (2011, May). The Relationship Between Diversity, Trust and Social Capital: Implications for Community Psychology. Paper presented at the Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects Symposium. Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.

Hakim, S. M., Crigan, N. & Buzu, A. (2010, July). Making Youth Participation Work in Moldova. Poster presented at the annual Psychologists for Social Responsibility Conference, “Towards a more Socially Responsible Psychology,” Boston, MA.

Grant, E. A., Keele-Lien, A., & Meissen, G. (2010, June). Job turnover in the mental health system: Examination of risk and protective factors for employment retention in paid peer support services. Oral presentation at the meeting of the Third International Conference on Community Psychology, Puebla, Mexico.

Hakim, S. M., & Kirk, C. (2010, June). The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Cross-Cultural Research. Roundtable presented at the 3rd annual International Community Psychology Conference, Puebla, Mexico.

Hakim, S. M., & Meissen, G. (2010, June). Social Capital, Ethnic Diversity and Trust: What is the Relationship within Kansas Communities? Poster presented at the 3rd annual International Community Psychology Conference, Puebla, Mexico.

Keele-Lien, A., & Meissen, G. (2010, April). Peer perspectives: Benefits and satisfaction with certified peer specialist services. Poster presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Lewis-Moss, R., Kirk, C., Lee, F., Sly, J., Stowell, D., Nilsen, K., & Keele-Lien, A. (2010, April). The community psychology brand: Tips for promoting our program. Roundtable presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Barrett, A., Weaver, S., Barile, J., & Lemke, M. (2009, August).Racial Harmony and English Proficiency as Predictors of Academic Motivation and Math Achievement.Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA.

Lemke, M., Barile, J. Barrett, A., & Weaver, S. (2009, August).Parental Involvement and Student Performance: The Role of Peer School Aggression as a Mediator.Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, PA.

Dziadkowic, O., Vu, C., Reinhart, C., Shagott, T., Banta, A., Keele-Lien, A., et al. (2009, June). Predicting membership in consumer-run organizations: A longitudinal study. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action, New Jersey.

Grant, E. A., Reinhart, C., Keele-Lien, A., Swink, N., & Meissen, G. (2009, June). Certified peer specialists in Kansas: A first year analysis. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action, New Jersey.

Keele-Lien, A., Grant, E. A., Reinhart, C., Swink, N., & Wituk, S. (2009, June). Certified peer specialist services: Benefits for providers and recipients of services. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action, New Jersey.

Wituk, S., Grant, E., Swink, N., Keele-Lien, A., Reinhart, C., & Meissen, G. (2009, June). Mental health certified peer specialists: Integrating peer support into the mental health system. In G. Meissen (Discussant), Mental health peer support: Recent advances and future direction for theory, research, practice, and policy. Symposium presented at the meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action, New Jersey.

Dziadkowic, O., Vu, C., Shagott, T., Reinhart, C., Keele-Lien, A., Swink, N., et al. (2009, May). New CRO member characteristics as related to ongoing CRO membership. Poster presented at the meeting of the Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects Symposium, Wichita State University.

Grant, E. A., Reinhart, C., Keele-Lien, A., Swink, N., Wituk, S., & Meissen, G. (2009, May). An examination of becoming a mental health certified peer specialist. Poster presented at the Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects Symposium, Wichita State University.

 

Technical Reports:

Lemke, M. & Meissen, G. (2012).Serving God, serving community: A needs assessment for a faith-based organization. Unpublished.

Hakim, S. M. (2010). Community Psychology Degree Overview. Prepared for the Graduate Resource Center of Idealist.org. Available at: http:www.idealist.org/info/GradEducation/Resources/DegreeOverviews/

 

Faculty:

Dr. Greg Meissen
408 Jabara Hall
greg.meissen@wichita.edu
Research Interests: Community Leadership, Community & Organizational Capacity Building, Self-Help & Support Groups, Community-Based Participatory Research

 

Graduate Students:

Chi Connie Vu, MA
Employer: James Bell Associates
vu@jbassoc.com
Research Interests: Program Evaluation, Community & Organizational Development, Grant Writing, Human Resource Development
Sarah Jolley, MA
WSU Center for Community Support & Research
sarah.jolley@wichita.edu
Research Interests: Capacity Building, Leadership, Faith-Based & Community Organizations
Ashlee Lien, MA
422 Jabara Hall
ashlee.lien@gmail.com
Research Interests: Impact of Racism on Communities; Perceived Racial Equality, White Privilege, Community Development
Sharon Hakim, MA
422 Jabara Hall
smhakim@wichita.edu
Research Interests: Built Environment and Health, Setting-Based Obesity Interventions, Nutrition and Choice, Community Based Participatory Research
Michael Lemke, MA
422 Jabara Hall
mxlemke@wichita.edu
Research Interests: Health Disparities, with a Focus on Over-the-Road Truck Drivers; Ecological Determinants of Health Behavior
Rosemary Wright, MBA, MA
422 Jabara Hall
rxwright1@wichita.edu
Research Interests: Economics of Retirement, Rural Aging Issues, Health and Older Adults, Health Disparities Among Older Adults
Heather Grohe, MME
422 Jabara Hall
heather.grohe@wichita.edu
Research Interests: Intergroup Relations, Impact of Racism and Classism on Communities
 

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Community Psychology Research & Practice Collaborative, 2012.
From left to right: Rosemary Wright, Greg Meissen, Heather Grohe, Ashlee Lien, Sharon Hakim, Michael Lemke