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Kimberly Bess

Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Human and Organizational Development

Primary Focus
Community, Organizational, and Social Psychology
: Second-Order Community Change, Sense of Community Theory, Empowerment Theory, Prevention, Strength-Based Practice, Learning Communities, Institutional Theory, Multi-level/Systemic Interventions

Organizational Development: Role of Human Service Organizations as Mediators of Community Change, Non-Profit Organizational Learning & Learning Organizations, Organizational Adaptation & Transformation, Organizational Identity, Professional Identity, Human Service Practice, Role of Change Agent

Secondary Focus
Applied Human Development
: Adult Development and Constructivist Developmental Theory

Research Methods: Mixed Method Designs, Qualitative Case Studies, Survey Research, Narrative and Content Analysis, Social Network Analysis, Transactional and Ecological Theory and Methods, Action Research, Program Evaluation, Community-Based Participatory Research

Higher Education: Experiential Education Theory and Practice, Service Learning, Higher Education Reform, Classrooms as Learning Communities, Public Health Literacy