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Judah Viola, Ph.D.


Associate Professor
College of Professional Studies and Advancement

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
  • Higher Education Leadership


I recently completed a term (2015-2019) as Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement and will resume my faculty role in 2020.  In my role as tenured faculty within the Psychology department I teach classes, supervise student thesis and dissertation projects and conduct my own community psychology research. I remain active in multiple professional associations including the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), Division 27 of the American Psychological Association and the Chicagoland Evaluation Association (CEA), the local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. I also serve on the executive board and co-chair the Research and Evaluation Interest Group for the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), a broad-based network of participants and organizations confronting the childhood obesity epidemic. I periodically consult with local nonprofits specializing in program evaluation, community building, and collaborative community research. Recent clients have included local and national nonprofit organizations, 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: neighborhood revitalization, 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.

Recent Publications include:

Kelly, A.E. & Viola, J.J. (2019). Chapter 3- Community Psychologists: Who We Are. In L.A. Jason & O. Glantsman, J.F. O’Briend, & K.N. Ramian (Eds.) Introduction to Community Psychology: Becoming an agent of change. Rebus

Kelly, A.E., Viola, J.J. (2019). Sense of School Community Among High School Students with a Disability. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. 47(4).

Viola, J.J. & Glantsman, O. (2017). Diverse Career Opportunities in Community Psychology. Oxford University Press.

Sanchez, B., Jimenez, T.R., Viola, J., Kent, J., & Legler, R. (2017). The use of Community Psychology Competencies in a Fieldwork Practicum Sequence: A Tale of Two Graduate Programs. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice. (8)1. 

Jimenez, T.R., Sánchez, B., McMahon, S.D. & Viola, J. (2016). A Vision for the Future of Community Psychology Education and Training. American Journal of Community Psychology. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12079

Viola, J. Olson, B., Fromm Reed, S., Jimenez, T. R., & Smith, C. (2015). Chapter 9: Building and Strengthening Collaborative Consulting/Evaluation Partnerships in Chien V.H. and S. Wolf Eds. Foundations of Community Psychology Practice. Sage Publications Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA.

Olson, B.O., Cooper, D.G., Viola, J.J., Clark, B., (2015).  Community Narrative Evaluation in L. A. Jason & D. S. Glenwick (Eds). Handbook of methodological approaches to community-based research: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 

Hartig, J, & Viola, J. (2015). Online Grief Support Communities: Therapeutic Benefits of Membership. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying. doi:10.1177/0030222815575698 

McAuliff, K, Viola. J., Keys, C.B., Back, L., Williams, A., Steltenpohl C. (2014). Voices from the margins-perspectives of consumers on the initiation of the Illinois Integrated Care Pilot: What is empowering and what is disempowering. Psychosocial Intervention 23(2) 115-123. 

Bozlak C.T., Becker, A., Herd, J., Viola, J., Olson, B., Teitelman, A., Choucair, B. (2014). An inter-governmental approach to childhood obesity: Lessons learned from Chicago. Journal of Public Health Policy. 7(1). 

Viola, J.J., & Fromm Reed, S. (Eds.) (2014). School and Community-Based Childhood Obesity: Implications for Policy and Practice. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. 42 (2). 

Keys, C.B., McMahon, S.D., Viola, J.J. (2014). Including students with disabilities in urban public schools: Community psychology theory and research. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. 42. (1) 1-6. 

Fromm Reed, S., Viola, J., & Jackson, C. (2014). Obesity, Adolescence in Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion II. T., Gugliotta, & C. Leukefeld (Eds.) New York: Springer. 

Heller, T., Mitchell, R., Owen, R., Keys, C., & Viola J. (Feb, 2013). An Independent Evaluation of the Integrated Care Program: Results from the First Year. A report prepared for the Illinois Department of Public Health published at: 

Olson, B., Viola, J., Fromm Reed, S. (2011). A Temporal Model of Community Organizing and Direct Action. Peace Review. 

Viola J. (2011). Collaboration with Citizens and Communities / Group Process: Education Connection Commentary on competencies in community psychology. The Community Psychologist. 

Viola, J.J., & McMahon, S.D. (2010). Consulting and evaluation with community based organizations: Tools and strategies to start & build a practice. Boston: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

 Viola, J.J., Ferrari, J.R., Davis, M.I., & Jason, L.A. (2009). Measuring in-group and out-group helping in communal living: Helping and substance abuse recovery. Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery 4(1).on. Germany: VDM Publishing.

Contact Information:


Judah Viola, Ph.D.

Phone & Fax (312) 261-3527


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