Behavioral Community Action & Research Team

Introduction & Current Projects

The Behavioral Community Research and Action Team (BCRAT) is focused on conducting community-based research that promotes the health of adolescents, emerging adult populations and reducing health disparities among Racial and Ethnic groups. The Behavioral Community Research and Action Team is currently working on a health assessment among College Students related to E-Cigarette use and its harmful effects, The role of religious attitudes towards health, substance use and abuse and mental health and compassion fatigue among various populations.


Research Projects Include: Substance use and abuse issues among adolescents and emerging adults, Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas, Assessing the Educational Aspirations of Youth attending local high schools, Examining Veterans Health and Wellness, Examining the Relationship between Stereotype Threats and Gender and Sexual Minorities in health care settings, Psychological well-being of Black youth, Assessing the Opinions of College students concerning gun control, Examining the well-being of College students on college campuses, and Promoting Literacy among disenfranchised communities.

Publications

Crabtree, E., Brest, B., & Lewis, R. K.  (in press). An examination of suicidality of African American adolescents at a local and national level. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. 49.

Ojeda-Leitner, D., & Lewis, R. K. (in press) Assessing health-related stereotype threats and mental healthcare experiences among a LGBT sample. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. 49.

Ormond, A., Barbour, R., Lewis, R. K, Montgomery, A., & Ponds (in press)  A. Results from a community mental health assessment in a historically black church: A call for action. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. 49.

Stowell, D., Lewis, R. K., & Brooks, K. (in press). Perceived stress, substance use, and mental health issues among college students in the Midwest. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 49.

DeDeaux, J. & Lewis, R. K. (in press). Does the Physical and Mental Health of Veterans differ by Military Branch? Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. 49.

Lewis, R. K. (in press). Mental health issues in crisis: Let’s talk about solutions. Journal of Prevention and Intervention, 49.

Lewis, R. K., Lee, F. Brown, K., LoCurto, J., Stowell, D., Maryman, J., Lovelady, T., Williams, G., Morris, D., & McNair, T. (2018). Youth Empowerment Implementation Project Evaluation Results: A Program Designed to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Low Income African American Adolescents. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.46, 28-42. Doi.org/10.1080/10852352.2018.1385954

Lewis, R. K., & Huynh, M. (2017). Mental Health Provisions, Religion, Politics, and Guns: College Students Express their Concerns. Mental Health, Religion and Culture. 20, 756-765. 10.1080/13674676.2017.1397615 

Clifford, D., Freund, N. M., Douglas, J.A. Siwierka, J., Turosak, A., Lewis, R. K., Drum, J., Ojeda-Leitner, D., Chinnes, A.C., and Keller, P. (2017). Using the community psychology competencies to address sexual assault on a college campus. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 8, 1-34.

Carmack, C., Lewis, R. K. Roncancio, A., & Gerecht, L (2016). Guidelines for construct measurement yielding unexpected higher-order constructs: An application for the Theory of Planned Behavior applied to condom use. American Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 3, 25-33.

Brown, K., Lewis, R. K., Baumgartner, E., Schunn, C., Maryman, J., & LoCurto, J. (2016). Exploring the Chronicity of stress among Black women who have experienced perinatal death: A life course-informed phenomenological study. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Kirk, C, Lewis, R. K. Brown, K., & Karibo, B. (2016). The Power of Student Empowerment: Measuring Classroom Predictors and Individual Indicators. Journal of Educational Research. 109:6 589-595, DOI:10.1080/00220681.2014.1002880

Carmack, C. & Lewis, R. K. (2016) Assessing Whether Religious Behaviors and Positive and Negative Affect are Associated with Alcohol use and Abuse among a Sample of College Students Living in the Midwest. Journal of Religion and Health. DOI 10.1007/s 10943-016-0214-y.

Lewis, R. K., Lee, F. Brown, K., LoCurto, J., Stowell, D., Maryman, J., Lovelady, T., Williams, G., Morris, D., & McNair, T. (in press). Youth Empowerment Implementation Project Evaluation Results: A Program Designed to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Low Income African American Adolescents. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

Brown, K., Lewis, R. K., Baumgartner, E., Schunn, C., Maryman, J., & LoCurto, J. (2016). Exploring the Chronicity of stress among Black women who have experienced perinatal death: A life course-informed phenomenological study. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Carmack, C., Lewis, R. K., Roncancio, A., & Gerechi, L. (2016). Guidelines for construct measurement yielding unexpected higher-order constructs: An application for the theory of planned behavior applied to condom use. American Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 3, 25-33

Carmack, C., & Lewis, R. K. (2016). Assessing Whether Religious Behaviors and Positive and Negative Affect are Associated with Alcohol Use and Abuse among a Sample of College Students Living in the Midwest. Journal of Religion and Health. DOI 10.1007/s 10943-016-0214-y

Kirk, C, Lewis, R. K., Brown, K., & Karibo, B. (2016). The Power of Student Empowerment: Measuring Classroom Predictors and Individual Indicators. Journal of Educational Research. 0. 1-7. DOI.org/10.1080/00220671.2014.1002880.

Lewis, R. K., LoCurto, J., Brown, K., Stowell, D., Maryman, J., Dean, A., McNair, T., Ojeda, D., & Siwierka, J. (2015). College Students Opinions on Gun Violence. Journal of Community Health. DOI 10. 1007/s 10900-15-0118-x

Carmack, C., Lewis, R. K., & Roncancio, A. (2015). Get the Message: Targeting Beliefs to Develop Risk Reduction Intervention Messages for African American Adolescents. American Journal of Community Psychology. 55. 396-410.

Kirk, C., Lewis, R.K. (2015). Sense of Community on an Urban Commuter Campus: Implications for College Retention and Student Development. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 20, 45-60.

Kirk, C., Lewis, R. K., Brown, K., Scott, A., Karibo, B, & Park, E. (2015). The Empowering Schools Project: Identifying the Classroom and School Characteristics that Lead to Student Empowerment. Youth and Society.

Presentations

Bey, A., Viola, J., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., and Lewis, R.K. (June, 2019). Community Psychology in the Workforce. Roundtable at the 17th Biennial Conference. Chicago, IL.

Lewis, R. K., & Mayes, Paigton, (June, 2019). Gathering Pilot Data Related to the Gun Control Debate. Ignite Presentation at the 17th Biennial Conference. Chicago, IL.

Lewis, R.K., Shahin, H., Garcia, J., & Brooks, K. (June, 2019). Healthy Behavior, Substance use and Religiosity Relation to Adverse Childhood Experience. Poster Presentation at the 17th Biennial Conference. Chicago, IL.

Bey, A., & Lewis, R. K. (July, 2018). The Role of Skin Complexion among African American Emerging Adults. Poster presentation at the 50th International ABPSI Convention. Oakland, CA.

Brooks, K., Ormond, A., & Lewis, R. K. (July, 2018). Black Identity as a Protective Factor to Success among Black University Students. Poster presentation at the 50th International ABPSI Convention. Oakland, CA.

Crabtree, E., and Lewis, R. K. (April, 2018). Examining the Educational Aspirations and Identifications with Academics of at Risk Youth. Poster presentation at the Southwestern Psychological Association. Houston, TX. 

Lewis, R. K. (July, 2017). Community-Based Partnership on Youth Empowerment: Our Roots, Our Future. Poster presentation at the 49th International ABPSI Convention. Houston, TX.       

Lewis, R. K., Townsend, T., Cokley, K., Carmack, C., and Martin, P. (July, 2017). Mentoring 2.0. Our Roots, Our Future Helping Each Other Prosper. Roundtable at the 49th International ABPSI Convention. Houston, TX. 

Ojeda, D. & Lewis, R. K. (June, 2017). The Ecological Perspective of Hidden Barriers: How Health-Related Stereotype Threats affects LGBTQ Populations. Ignite presentation at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Society of Community Research and Action. Ottawa, Canada.

Lewis, R. K. & Huynh, M., (June, 2017). Mental Health, Religion, Politics, and Guns: College Students Express Their Concerns. Poster presentation at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Society of Community Research and Action. Ottawa, Canada.

Henderson, D., Lewis, R. K. & Martin, P. (June, 2017). The Missing Link: Engaging Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s in SCRA. Symposium at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action. Ottawa, Canada. 

Siwierka, J. & Lewis, R. K. (June, 2017). The Attitudes and Reading Behaviors of Parents. Poster presentation at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Society of Community Research and Action. Ottawa, Canada.

Bey, A., & Lewis, R. K. (June, 2017). The Role of Skin Complexion on African American Emerging Adults. Poster presentation at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Society of Community Research and Action. Ottawa, Canada.

Ojeda, D. & Lewis, R. K. (October, 2016). Health-Related Stereotype Threats in the LGBTQ Community. Poster presentation at the 34th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBT Health. St. Louis, MO.

Lewis, R. K. & Stowell, D. (August, 2016). Psychological and Reported Well-being of African American College Students on a White Campus. Poster presentation at the 48th Association of Black Psychologists International Convention. Arlington, VA.

Behavioral Community Research and Action Team

Director: Rhonda K. Lewis, Ph.D., MPH
rhonda.lewis@wichita.edu

Graduate Students

Juliana Garcia

Jkgarcia@shockers.wichita.edu

Paigton Mayes

plmayes@shockers.wichita.edu

Hana Shahin

Hxshahin@shockers.wichita.edu

Stormy Malone

Sxmalone@shockers.wichita.edu

Keyondra Brooks

Klbrooks2@shockers.wichita.edu

Alissa Bey
anbey@shockers.wichita.edu
Rosalind Canare

reherkommer@shockers.wichita.edu

 

Graduate Student Group Photo
Front Row(left to right): Keyondra Brooks, Juliana Garcia, Paigton Mayes, Alissa Bey, Stormy Malone, Rosalind Canare, Hana Shahin and Dr. Rhonda Lewis