Holly L. Angelique, Ph.D.

Interim Director, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Professor of Community Psychology and Social Change
Community Psychology and Social Change Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6205
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W319
Mailing Address:
W319 Olmsted Building
Penn State Harrisburg
Middletown, PA 17057

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I earned my Ph.D. in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University in 1997. Prior, I earned a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. I was hired with ABD status at Penn State Harrisburg in 1996, earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Community Psychology in 2003 and Full Professor in 2013. In 2005, I became the Coordinator of the M.A. program in Community Psychology and Social Change. In 2014, I became the Chair of Social Sciences and Psychology, a division of the School. I took on the role of Interim Director of the School in July 2017 and plan to apply for the permanent position this academic year.

My research focuses on two substantive areas of inquiry, environmental issues and feminist psychology. My environmental research has focused primarily on anti-nuclear grassroots organizing at Three Mile Island in Middletown, PA, the site of the worst commercial nuclear accident in the U.S. in 1979. I have published work on gendered experiences, community narratives, citizen participation, media framing of dissent, and historical memory at Three Mile Island. My recent work focuses on social power dynamics regarding environmental regulations involving nuclear power. I have also analyzed children’s responses to environmental disasters and studied barriers and catalysts to fostering pro-environmental behavior. My research has been published in such journals as American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Community Psychology, Community Mental Health Journal, Gender and Society and Humanity and Society. I gained an international reputation when I co-authored the chapter on community psychology in the U.S. for the first textbook on international community psychology. My work has been published in international journals including, The Australian Community Psychologist, Pratiques Psychologiques, Antropologi Indonesia and the International Journal of Lifelong Education.

My primary professional membership is in the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association), where I have been elected to many leadership roles, including Secretary of the Executive Council of SCRA, a founding member of the Council of Education Programs in SCRA, and two three-year terms as Chair of the Standing Committee on Women. I also spearheaded the Environmental Issues Interest group. I co-edited two special issues of Journal of Community Psychology, one focused on feminist community psychology and another on organizational studies in community psychology, and I co-edited the Women’s Column of The Community Psychologist for many years.

I am proud to call Penn State Harrisburg my academic home. I have been here for over two decades and it has been the sole focus of my post-graduate career.



Research Interests
Community participation in environmental concerns
Political empowerment and activism
Feminism and social change
Social power dynamics