The Psychosocial Research Group in the Community Area has an interest in addressing socio-communitarian dimensions of human behavior in both their preventive (inequality, exclusion, disintegration, marginalization, trauma) and promotional aspects of comprehensive human development (health, wellness, empowerment, participation, solidarity, cooperation) throughout all stages in the life cycle. Specifically, it focuses its research on the analysis of psychosocial and structural factors related to different groups that are vulnerable due to social, health, or catastrophic reasons, providing knowledge on preventive measures and community intervention protocols. This group was created and supported by investigators from the UMH Health Psychology Department who have extensive experience conducting psychosocial research and who collaborate with UMH personnel and external investigators alike.
Encourage the exchange of experiences among investigators and community actors who contribute to the analysis and design of health strategies and psychosocial intervention, aiming to prevent social exclusion of different groups and the negative impact from experiencing traumatic and/or chronic situations, as well as fostering a sense of community and social and community development.
- Strengthen alliances to promote protocols of community evaluation, intervention, and action on health and wellbeing, situations of vulnerability, and care before socio-health crises that increase their detection, management, and efficacy.
- Promote the sharing of knowledge from practical experiences of non-governmental agencies or foundations to the realm of scientific dissemination by writing and publishing papers and monographs, and/or organizing and participating in seminars, workshops, and scientific congresses.
- Establish a breeding ground for investigators through the promotion and supervision of undergraduate- and graduate-level theses in the areas of evaluation, intervention, and action on health and the community.