Community Psychology

Community health survey research project at the Southside Mall
Community health survey research project at the Southside Mall

Are you interested in studying and working to improve particular community problems?

Community-based health and social service agencies play a vital role in improving the conditions and lives of individuals and families. These agencies work to address community problems such as challenging medical conditions, access to good healthcare, mental health problems, support for the mentally challenged, drug and alcohol problems, crime, violence, gang-related behavior, family disputes, domestic violence, delinquency and youth problems, issues around aging, homelessness, senior wellness and more.

Students interested in learning more about these agencies are encouraged to join other community-oriented students in the Community Psychology LLC. In this LLC, you will explore six community services areas:

  • mental health services;
  • substance abuse/addiction services;
  • developmental disability services;
  • youth services;
  • senior services; and
  • services related to law enforcement (e.g., drug court, family court).

There are many career opportunities for college graduates with skills that are highly valued by these community-based agencies. In addition to learning background information and skills related to each of these six areas, you will have the opportunity to get applied learning experience at several health and social service agencies in Otsego County.

Students in the Community Psychology LLC will be enrolled in a first-year seminar taught by a Psychology Department faculty member, as well as a section of PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology.

How to Apply

Students accepted for fall 2019 can apply for an LLC by indicating interest on the housing application, available in the myOneonta portal. Applications are due June 22.


For questions, please contact the Office of Residential and Community Life at or 607-436-2514.

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