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Current CRA Student Research

Ph.D. students in Community Research and Action are actively engaged in research and publishing during their time in graduate school. Some publications by students arise from independent research and some are developed through collaborations with faculty and other graduate students. Below are examples of recent scholarly publications with current students as authors and co-authors. Names of current student authors are bolded in the citations. For more information on students’ research interests and activities, please see the directory of Current Students.


Kymberly Byrd

Byrd, K. (2021). Huge numbers of the formerly incarcerated are unemployed, but there are some promising solutions. The Conversation.

Christens, B. D., Byrd, K., Hartigan, L. A., & Speer, P. W. (2021). Participatory roles in community coalitions: Associations with perceptions of influence on decision-making. Community Development, 52(3), 365–381.


Sara M. Perisho Eccleston

Eccleston, S. M. (2020). Discourses of incarnational belonging: Unpacking the motivations and goals of white urban relocators. Community Development, 51(4), 323-343.


Krista A. Haapanen

Haapanen, K. A., & Christens, B. D. (2021). Community‐engaged research approaches: Multiple pathways to health equity. American Journal of Community Psychology, 67(3–4), 331–337.

London, J. K., Haapanen, K. A., Backus, A., Mack, S. M., Lindsey, M., & Andrade, K. (2020). Aligning community-engaged research to context. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(4), 1187.


Rachel Ann Hanebutt

Hanebutt, R. (2021). Beyond the binaries of sexual consent: Developing consent identities through diversification of sexual messaging. In A. Cooke-Jackson & V. Rubinsky (Eds.), Communicating intimate health (p. 99-118). Lexington Books. 

Hanebutt, R., & Mueller, C. (2021). Disability studies, crip theory, and education. In Oxford research encyclopedia of education. Oxford University Press.

Sarkar, T., Forber-Pratt, A. J., Hanebutt, R.A., & Cohen, M., (2021). “Good morning, Twitter! What are you doing today to support the voice of people with #disability?”: Disability and digital organizing.” Journal of Community Practice.


Jordan Jurinsky

Finch, A. J., Jurinsky, J., & Anderson, B. M. (2020). Recovery and youth: An integrative review. Alcohol Research, 40(3), 06.

Perkins, J. M., Perkins, H. W., Jurinsky, J., & Craig, D. W. (2019). Adolescent tobacco use and misperceptions of social norms across schools in the United States. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs80(6), 659–668.


Dominique A. Lyew

Lyew, D. A., Perkins, D. D., & Sohn, J.-I. E. (2020). Foreign aid, grassroots activism, and the strength of applied community studies in aid-receiving countries: The case of community psychology. Psychosocial Intervention, 27(1), 1–11.


Katy Morgan

Morgan, K. Y., Christens, B. D., & Gibson, M. (in press). Design your neighborhood: The evolution of a city-wide urban design learning initiative in Nashville, Tennessee. In R. Stoecker & A. Falcón (Eds.), Handbook on participatory action research and community development. Edward Elgar.

Christens, B. D., Morgan, K. Y., Ruiz, E., Aguayo, A., & Dolan, T. (in press). Critical reflection and cognitive empowerment among youth involved in community organizing. Journal of Adolescent Research.


Leah Marion Roberts

Roberts, L. M., Marx, R.A. (2018). The persistence of policies of protection in LGBTQ  research & advocacy. Journal of LGBT Youth15(4), 280-299.

Roberts, L. M., Christens, B. D. (2020). Pathways to well-being among LGBT adults: Sociopolitical involvement, family support, outness, and community connectedness with race/ethnicity as a moderator. American Journal of Community Psychology


Tanushree Sarkar

Sarkar, T. (2021). ‘Intelligence is not just good grades’: Re-examining the mindset revolution in Indian classrooms. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.

Sarkar, T., Forber-Pratt, A. J., Hanebutt, R.A., & Cohen, M., (2021). “Good morning, Twitter! What are you doing today to support the voice of people with #disability?”: Disability and digital organizing” Journal of Community Practice.

Forber-Pratt, A. J., & Sarkar, T. (2021). Unpacking the possible: A qualitative case study of inclusive teacher practice in India. Institutionalized Children Explorations and Beyond.


Julie Sriken

Mueller, C. O., Forber-Pratt, A. J., & Sriken, J. (2019). Disability: Missing from the conversation of violence. Journal of Social Issues, 75(3), 707–725.


Dominique Tunzi

Diehl, D. K., Tunzi, D., & Marx, R. (2020). On contexts and cores: Is there a core body of knowledge taught in social context of education courses? Teaching in Higher Education.


C. Danielle Wilfong

Suiter, S. V., & Wilfong, C. D. (2019). Healing work. Social Enterprise Journal, 16(1), 82-99.