Faculty Profile

Sharon Kingston

Associate Professor of Psychology (2009)

Contact Information

on sabbatical Fall 2019


Kaufman Hall Room 170


Sharon Kingston is a clinical community psychologist. Her research interests include neighborhood effects on individual and family well-being with particular emphasis on identifying aspects of successful parenting in high-risk urban neighborhoods, prevention and health promotion in low-income communities and factors related to early initiation of substance use among children and adolescents.


  • B.A., State University of New York at Purchase, 1989
  • M.A., University of Rhode Island, 1996
  • Ph.D., 2001

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

PSYC 175 Intro to Community Psychology
This course will provide an introduction to the field of community psychology--a field that focuses on persons-in-context and the ways that social issues, institutions, and settings impact individuals' mental health and wellbeing. In the course, we will: (a) review the historical underpinnings of community psychology; (b) examine the field's major tenets and theories, including its emphasis on understanding the role of the environment in human behavior; (c) explore the field's application to a range of clinical and social issues; and (d) emulate the field's commitment to the promotion of social change through research and action. This course is a Health Studies elective.

PSYC 211 Design of Psychological Resrch
Completion of both PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 fulffills the WID Requirement.

PSYC 500 Independent Study

PSYC 550 Independent Research

Spring 2019

PSYC 375 Rsch Methods in Comm Psyc
This course will emphasize gaining advanced knowledge and skills in the research methodologies of community psychology, answering the question: How does community psychology seek to scientifically understand relationships between environmental conditions and the development of health and well-being of all members of a community? Students will gain and practice skills in consultation and evaluation of programs to facilitate psychological competence and empowerment, and prevent disorder. Specifically, students will: (a) consider ways to assess and be responsive to the needs of people from marginalized populations with diverse socio-cultural, educational, and ethnic backgrounds; (b) become familiar with innovative programs and practices geared towards prevention and empowerment of disenfranchised groups; (c) apply learning (of theory and research strategies) to a problem in the community; and (d) develop skills in collaborating with Carlisle-area community members in identifying, designing, implementing, and interpreting community-based research. Prerequisites: 201 & 202 OR 210 & 211.

PSYC 500 Independent Study

PSYC 550 Independent Research