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Christina Maxwell

 

I found a home in Community Psychology when researching options for postgraduate study and stumbled across one of the aims of the discipline: "To give community psychology away". This dismantling of the dominant psychologist-as-expert discourse with a focus instead on conducting research and completing practice in such a way that empowers and gives back to those with whom psychologists work really complemented my own interests in critical and feminist discourse.

In this way, Community Psychology seemed unapologetically different from mainstream psychology. Furthermore, its inclusivity, diversity, and ability to draw on and incorporate other psychological disciplines into its theory and practice of meant that I did not have to compromise my background and dual interests in Social Science and Psychology.

Throughout this program I hope to continue to explore my interests in community arts, intersectionality, and strengths-based perspectives.