The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology

by Chad V. Johnson and Harris L. Friedman, Set Editors
Foreword by Mary A. Fukuyama


Psychology can reveal solutions for achieving greater social justice.

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July 2014


Pages 875
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General

By introducing and explaining the intersection of two exciting and important areas of study, this landmark work unleashes their potential to address some of the most complex and globally relevant challenges of our time.

In this unique handbook, experts team up to explain the many innovative ways psychology is being applied to promote social justice. The wide-ranging, three-volume work addresses such significant issues as social justice ideology and critical psychology, war and trauma, poverty and classism, environmental justice, and well-being and suffering. It showcases approaches for integrating social justice into psychology, and it examines psychology's application of social justice within special populations, such as sexual minorities, youth, women, disabled persons, prisoners, older adults, people of color, and many others.

Chapter authors represent a diversity of perspectives, making the handbook an ideal resource for those who want information on a specific concern as well as for those looking for an introduction to the subject as a whole. Combining the practical with the theoretical, the work provides culturally sensitive tools that can effectively combat injustices locally and globally.


  • Provides multiple perspectives on a vast array of social justice issues around the world
  • Pays attention to inquiry, theory, and process to challenge injustices and inequities perpetuated by the status quo
  • Addresses social justice within multiple systems and contexts, such as families, schools, organizations, and communities
  • Examines the global and ideological influences on these systems
  • Offers theory and data as well as methods, tools, and strategies for confronting current inequities and working toward a more just world through psychological applications
Author Info

Chad V. Johnson, PhD, is associate professor of human relations, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, and project director in the Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations at the University of Oklahoma. He has participated in community-based participatory research projects with several organizations and community groups, such as Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, Oklahomans for Equality, the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, the YWCA, and the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. Johnson serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Counseling Psychology and the International Journal for Transpersonal Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist and has a private psychotherapy practice in Tulsa, OK. He holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Pennsylvania State University.

Harris Friedman, PhD, is a Florida-licensed psychologist specializing in clinical psychology and organizational development/consulting. He recently retired as research professor of psychology at the University of Florida, where he remains on the courtesy faculty, and he is also professor emeritus at Saybrook University. Friedman has more than 200 professional publications, mainly in the areas of clinical and organizational psychology and research methodology, and he has a special interest in transpersonal psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and serves as senior editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies and associate editor of The Humanistic Psychologist.

Jeannette Diaz, PhD, is assistant professor of psychology at the University of West Georgia. She is involved as a community psychologist both in her local community, where she is engaged in asset-based approaches to community development, and in Haiti where she is assisting in the establishment of a community-based mental health program.

Zeno E. Franco, PhD, is assistant professor of community engagement at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in the Department of Family and Community Medicine's Center for Healthy Communities and Research. He is also faculty in MCW's National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Community Engagement Group.

Bonnie Kaul Nastasi, PhD, is professor in the Department of Psychology at Tulane University. Nastasi is immediate past-president for Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She holds a doctorate in school psychology and early childhood education from Kent State University.

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