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Brian Christens

Associate Professor, Department of Human and Organizational Development

Research Interests: Brian Christens studies organizations’ efforts to change systems and benefit their communities. He conducts research into the mechanisms linking civic participation to individual and community well-being, and into how different organizational approaches to civic action can lead to different outcomes. He is especially interested in young people’s involvement and leadership in efforts to change systems, and the ways that these experiences relate to other aspects of human development. 

Keywords: community psychology, empowerment, social action, systems change, community organizing