CALL FOR PAPERS
“Social Ecological Approaches to Community Health Research and Action”
A Special Issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology and Presentations at the 2009 Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action
(Division 27 of the American Psychological Association)
David Lounsbury, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Shannon Gwin Mitchell, PhD, Friends Research Institute, Inc., Baltimore, MD
There is a growing recognition in many of the social science disciplines that our research methods are ill-equipped to capture and make sense of the dynamic complexity and full contextual reality that characterizes our contemporary circumstance. As a community of scientists, we must continue to test new ways of working together, new ways of fostering collaborative investigation. This need is selfevident to those who see that many of the problems we now face developed as unanticipated outcomes of our own past actions. We need research strategies that move us beyond our distinct disciplines or areas of specialization so that we can more clearly see “the big picture” and create and deliver systemic interventions.
For research in community health, a social ecological approach can address this need. A social ecological approach, by our definition, requires us to examine an issue from multiple disciplines (e.g., political, social, anthropological, historical, economic, etc.) and multiple levels (e.g., persons, families, communities, etc.). Studies that embrace multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research efforts are often complementary of the social ecological approach. Health research that identifies underlying processes that can explain how to effectively promote health and wellbeing within diverse communities is of particular interest.
In a special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology (AJCP), we seek to highlight the work of community health researchers and practitioners who have applied a social ecological framework. We invite community health researchers and practitioners to submit full articles for a special issue of the AJCP. Those selected will also be invited to present their research at the 2009 Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, to be held at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, USA, in June 2009.
Please send submissions via e-mail to Guest Editor Shannon Gwin Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 7/01/2008.
All works must be original and previously unpublished. Manuscript preparation instructions for authors can be found on the AJCP website:
Shannon Gwin Mitchell, PhD
Friends Research Institute
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