Judah Viola PhD


Assistant Professor, Psychology
Co-Director Community Psychology PhD Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Programs/Classes Taught:

B.A. in Psychology
M.A. in Psychology
Ph.D. in Community Psychology

LAP100 General Psychology
LAP450 Human Sexuality
LAP408 Community Psychology

Graduate Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP)
LAP509 Advanced Social Psychology
LAP526 Organizational Leadership
LAP599 Thesis

Graduate PhD
LAP600 Introductory Seminar in Community Psychology
LAP605 Principles of Community Psychology
LAP630 Qualitative Research Methods
LAP635 Advanced Statistics for Community Psychology
LAP650 Consulting for Community Psychology
LAP660 Professional Writing
LAP689 Fieldwork
LAP690 Internship/Applied Consultation
LAP693 Program Evaluation
LAP698 Dissertation Proposal Seminar

Areas of Expertise:

Community Psychology
Program Evaluation
Qualitative Research Methods
Community Collaboration
Consulting with Community and Nonprofit Organizations


Beyond teaching courses and conducting research I am active in multiple professional associations. I chair the Public Policy Committee of the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), Division 27 of the American Psychological Association. I am the Treasurer for the Chicagoland Evaluation Association (CEA), the local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association, and am co-chair of the University Partnership Working Group and serve on the executive Committee of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), a broad-based network of participants and organizations confronting the childhood obesity epidemic by promoting healthy and active lifestyles for children throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

I regularly consult with local nonprofits specializing in needs assessment,program evaluation, community building, and collaborative community research. Recent clients have included public school systems, museum and art institutions, social service agencies, and community development organizations.


2006 Ph.D., Community Psychology, DePaul University-Chicago
2003 Master of Arts, with Distinction, Community Psychology, DePaul University
1999 Honors Bachelor of Arts, with Distinction, Double major, Psychology & History University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research and Interests:

My research and advocacy interests involve promoting healthy communities and increasing civic engagement and prosocial behavior of individuals and groups within communities. More specifically, this has led me to a varied range of research topics including: using policy change to improve community health, obesity prevention, urban education for students with disabilities, substance abuse aftercare, affordable housing,access to healthcare, access to healthy food, and violence prevention and intervention programs for youth.

Contact Information:


Judah Viola
Assistant Professor

Co-Director Community Psychology Ph.D. Program

Phone & Fax (312) 261-3527


Judah Viola Curriculum Vitae

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