Community Well-Being Ph.D.

CWB core and affiliated faculty conduct research in local community organizations, schools, networks and coalitions, neighborhoods and other national and international settings. Examples of current community-engaged research include adaptation and acculturation among immigrant and refugee populations, cultural coping strategies in Black and Latino communities, organizational change in CBO’s, the promotion of personal, organizational, and community well-being through digital platforms, and theoretical and empirical connections among wellness, fairness, and mattering. . CWB doctoral student will work with one of these faculty members as their primary research mentor

Dina Birman


(305) 284-3460
My interests and expertise focus on the process of acculturation and adjustment of immigrants and refugees, and community-based interventions designed to improve their mental health and well-being. I have conducted research and written extensively on acculturation and adaptation of adolescent, adult, and elderly refugees, including those from...

Scotney D. Evans

Assoc. Professor

(305) 284-4142
I am a community-engaged researcher working to understand and support the role of community-based organizations, networks, and coalitions in building collective power to promote community wellbeing, social change, and social justice. I utilize an action research approach with community partners in order to uncover injustice and build community...

Laura Kohn Wood

Dean, School of Education and Human Development

(305) 284-6474
Dr. Kohn-Wood is currently a Professor and Dean of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami (UM). Dr. Kohn-Wood previously served as chair of the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, the founding program director of the Master’s in Community & Social Change program and, with...

Isaac Prilleltensky


(305) 284-8851
Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky was born in Argentina and has lived and worked in Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States. He is the Interim Director of the Community Well Being PhD program while Dr. Birman is on sabbatical. He is the inaugural Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being. He is also the former Dean of Education and...

Todd Warner


(765) 717-3786
Dr. Todd Warner received his Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2015. Prior to joining the EPS department Dr. Warner served as the Research Director for the Misdemeanor Justice Project (MJP) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Warner’s research examines a wide range of topics in forensic...