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Abraham H. Wandersman


Department of Psychology
University of South Carolina

Office: Barnwell College 543
Email: wandersman@sc.edu
Website:
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Dr. Wandersman, a Professor, earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1976. He specializes in the areas of:

     -- Community Psychology
     --  Environmental And Ecological Psychology
     --  Citizen Participation
     --  Community Coalitions
     --  Program Evaluation

 Articles of Special Interest - in pdf format

  -  Four Keys to Success (Theory, Implementation, Evaluation, and Resource/System Support): High Hopes and Challenges in
     Participation

  -  The Quality Implementation Framework: A Synthesis of Critical Steps in the Implementation Process
  -  Toward an Evidence-Based System for Innovation Support for Implementing Innovations with Quality: Tools, Training, 
     Technical Assistance, and Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement

  -  Bridging the Gap Between Prevention Research and Practice: The Interactive Systems Framework for Dissemination and
      Implementation

  -  Practical Implementation Science: Developing and Piloting the Quality Implementation Tool
  -  Empowerment Evaluation - Knowledge and Tools for Self-Assessment, Evaluation Capacity Building, and Accountability
  -  Willing, Able, Ready: Basics and Policy Implications of Readiness as A Key Component for Implementation of Evidence-Based
       Intervention

  -  A Practical Implementation Science Heuristic for Organizational Readiness: R=MC2

Representative Publications:

Wandersman, A., Poppen, P., & Ricks, D. (1976). Humanism and behaviorism: Dialogue and growth. Elmsford, NY: Pergamon.
Stough, R., & Wandersman, A. (1980). Optimizing environments: Research, practice and policy. Washington, DC: EDRA.
Heller, K., Price, R., Riger, S., Reinharz, S., & Wandersman, A. (1984). Psychology and community change, 2nd edition. Homewood, IL: Dorsey.
Wandersman, A., & Hess, R. (1985). A special issue of Prevention in Human Services, and published as a book by Haworth Press, Beyond the individual: Environmental approaches and prevention. .
Altman, I. & Wandersman, A. (1987). Neighborhood and community environments. New York: Plenum.
Linney, J.A., McClure, L., & Wandersman, A. (1989). Evaluating alcohol and other drug prevention programs at the school and community level: A four step approach to program evaluation. Atlanta: Southeast Regional Center for Drug Free Schools and Communities.
Linney, J.A., & Wandersman, A. (1991). Prevention Plus III: Assessing alcohol and other drug prevention programs at the school and community level: A four step guide to useful program assessment. Rockville, MD: Office for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Fetterman, D., Kaftarian, S. & Wandersman, A. (1996). Empowerment evaluation: Knowledge and tools for self-assessment and accountability. Sage.
Kumpfer, K., Whiteside, H., & Wandersman, A. (1997). Assessing and increasing community readiness for prevention. Rockville, MD: National Institute of Drug Abuse.
Wandersman, A., Imm, P., Chinman, M. & Kaftarian, S. (1999). Getting to Outcomes: Methods and tools for planning, evaluation and accountability. Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Work, C., Volf, F., Wandersman, A. et al. (1999). Empowerment evaluation and foundations: A matter of perspectives. Battle Creek, Michigan: Kellogg Foundation.
Dalton, J., Elias, M., & Wandersman, A. (2001). Community psychology: Linking individuals and communities. Wadsworth.
Imm, P., Chinman, M., & Wandersman, A. (2006). Preventing Underage Drinking: Using the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework and Getting to Outcomes to Achieve Results. Washington, DC: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Wandersman, A. Dissemination. (1990). In P.H. Tolan, C. Keys, F. Chertok, & L. Jason (Eds.), Researching community psychology: Integrating theories and methodologies. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Wandersman, A. (1990). Prevention is a broad field: Toward a broad conceptual framework of prevention. In P. Mueherer (Eds.), Conceptual research models for preventing mental disorders. Rockville, MD: National Institute of Mental Health.
Florin, P., Chavis, D., Wandersman, A., & Rich, R. (1992). A systems approach to understanding and enhancing grassroots community organizations: The Block Booster Project. In R. Levine & H. Fitzgerald (Eds.), Analysis of dynamic psychological systems. New York: Plenum.
Wandersman, A. & Hallman, W. (1994). Environmental threats: Perception of risk, stress, and coping. In B. Hernandez Ruiz, J. Martinez Torvisco, and E. Suzarez (Eds.), Psicologia ambental y responsabilidad ecologica. University of Las Palmas: Canary Islands, Spain.
Wandersman, A. Goodman, R. & Butterfoss, F. (1995). "It takes a village to raise a child": Community coalitions and the prevention of childhood problems. In J. L. Tanner (Eds.), Children, Families and Stress, Ross Roundtable monographs. .
Wandersman, A., Goodman, R. & Butterfoss, F. (1995). Community coalitions to prevent alcohol and other drug problems. In N. Miller (Eds.), Principles of Addiction Medicine. .
Morrissey, E. & Wandersman, A. (1995). Total Quality Management in health care settings: A preliminary framework for successful implementation. In P. R. Keys and L. H. Ginsberg (Eds.), New Managment in Human Services, 2nd Ed. Silver Spring, MD: National Association of Social Workers, Inc.
Linney, J. A. and Wandersman, A. (1996). Empowering community groups with evaluation skills: The Prevention Plus III model. In Fetterman, D., Kaftarian, S. & Wandersman, A (Eds.), Empowerment evaluation: Knowledge and tools for self-assessment and accountability. Sage.
Butterfoss, F., Goodman, R., Wandersman, A. Valois, R., & Chinman, M. (1996). The Plan Quality Index: An empowerment evaluation tool for measuring and improving the quality of plans. In Fetterman, D., Kaftarian, S. & Wandersman, A (Eds.), Empowerment evaluation: Knowledge and tools for self-assessment and accountability. Sage.
Wandersman, A., Goodman, R. & Butterfoss, F. (1997). Understanding coalitions and how they operate. In M. Minkler (Eds.), Community organizing and community building for health. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers U. Press.
Wandersman, A., Goodman, R. & Butterfoss, F. (1998). Developing comprehensive community coalitions to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse. In A. Graham, T. Schultz & B. Wilford (Eds.), Principles of Addiction Medicine (second edition). American Society of Addiction Medicine: Chevy Chase, MD.
Wandersman, A. & Florin, P. (2000). Citizen participation. Encyclopedia of Psychology. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Wandersman, A. & Florin, P. (2000). Citizen participation and community organizations. In J. Rappaport and E. Seidman (Eds.), Handbook of Community Psychology. Plenum: New York.
Wandersman, A., Goodman, R., & Butterfoss, F. (1999). Developing comprehensive community coalitions to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse. In A. Graham, T. Schultz & B. Wilford (Eds.), Principles of addiction medicine (2nd ed.). American Society of Addiction Medicine: Chevy Chase, MD.
Wandersman, A. (in press). Community mobilization for prevention and health promotion CAN work. In N. Schneiderman, J. Gentry, H. Tomes, Silva, J., & Speers, M (Eds.), Integrating behavioral and social sciences with public health. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Butterfoss, A., Wandersman, A. & Goodman, R. (in press). Citizen participation and health. In A. Baum, T. Revenson, & J. Singer (Eds.), Handbook of health psychology. .
Wandersman, A. (in press). Social conditions, stress, resources and health: Interdisciplinary frameworks for thinking about interactional contexts in prevention science and community mobilization. In A. Maney (Eds.), Social conditions, stress, resources and health. NIMH.

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