Existential And Humanistic Research PsychologyThe Research Institute for Social Equity (RISE) staff and advisors have more than 60 years of combined experience. Our areas of focus are qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, surveys, data analysis, and program evaluation.
Examples of research studies in more detail:
- 2019 Conducted a program evaluation to measure the effectiveness of services provided to reduce violence, drug use, loitering, and crime around public portable bathrooms strategically placed throughout San Francisco to serve the homeless population using a mixed-method approach.
- 2019 Measured the psychosocial impact employment had on recently released lifers of more than 25 years incarcerated from San Quentin Prison who were juveniles during the time of sentencing using a mix-method approach.
- 2017 Completed a survey of 40 women from Africa who reside in the United States measuring self-efficacy, and self-esteem.
- 2017 Conducted a qualitative comparative study on the effectiveness of reentry and rehabilitation programs in reducing recidivism of returning citizens using qualitative interviews.
- 2014 Measured the effectiveness of 12 Community-Based Organizations impact on reducing recidivism of formerly incarcerated individuals with specific emphasis on volunteerism using phenomenological qualitative interviews.
Social Transformative Research + Wellness Hub
The establishment of the RISE research hub was inspired by Carl Rodgers motto: “a person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”
For example, some research studies attempt to understand if biases are instituted in the criminal justice system during prosecution and sentencing based on ethnicity. Often, findings fail to identify the why’s, the how’s, and the solutions needed for change. In addition, there is a dearth of studies being conducted about access to responsive mental health services based on environmental experiences.
RISE brings a holistic view to the research process, identifying all relevant social and human factors studied to derive at workable and realistic solutions.
RISE transformative research and wellness hub was established to:
- Conduct socially responsive research, provide analysis, report findings, and offer solutions.
- Foster a research platform for administrators, clinicians, professors, and students to explore hands on Humanistic Existential
- Psychology as a third wave psychology with a criminal justice equity agenda.
- Establish Higher Education Consortium partnerships to provide relevancy for research opportunities, and cultivation of relevant interdisciplinary scholarships in criminal justice transformative change, and social equity.
Establish a Social Transformative Journal, (web-based and published formats), which would include the best scholarships of innovation and relevancy in criminal justice reform initiatives.