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Community psychology, Community development -- Evaluation, Homelessness -- Oregon -- Portland, Homelessness -- Social aspects, Public Services -- Oregon, Racism


Homelessness is one of the most pressing challenges facing our community. In this presentation, we highlight the work of the PSU Department of Psychology and the PSU Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative to address homelessness both within our campus community and in the broader Portland metropolitan area.

The presentation will begin with an overview by Dr. Greg Townley (Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and co-founder of PSU’s Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative) on the role that action-based research can play in providing evidence-based solutions to homelessness. He and his research team will then describe three studies examining different aspects of homelessness research and service delivery. Dr. Katricia Stewart (recent graduate of the PSU Psychology doctoral program and Senior Policy Analyst at Homebase) will share results from a study of homelessness and housing insecurity among PSU students and employees. Emily Leickly and Holly Brott* (current PSU Psychology doctoral students) will then share findings from a recent study of local tiny home villages for individuals transitioning out of homelessness. Finally, Dr. Townley will discuss his work helping to design and evaluate the Portland Street Response, a new branch of Portland’s first responder system that responds to non-emergency calls involving people experiencing homelessness and mental health crisis.

*Holly Brott was not able to attend, but contributed to this research.

This 60-minute recorded Zoom presentation is followed by a 15-minute Q&A session inviting attendees to ask questions about this work.


The Applying Psychology in Portland Speaker Series is hosted by the Department of Psychology at Portland State University with support from the CLAS Dean’s Office. The goal of the Speaker Series is to highlight the ways that faculty and students from the Department of Psychology are making a difference in the lives of people in the Portland area.

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