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Susan Yeich, Ph.D. - Faculty

Susan  Yeich, Ph.D.

Academic Statement (Return to top)

Susan has a background in grassroots organizing, psychology, and human services management.  One of her most significant experiences involved a grassroots organizing project with homeless people in Michigan, which she completed as part of her dissertation.  It was a life-changing experience for her working side-by-side homeless people in a social justice effort, and it also resulted in numerous publications and a national dissertation award.  Other significant experiences before coming to Prescott College included community organizing for a Ralph Nader organization, managing a nonprofit providing services to homeless families in Los Angeles, and managing the case management department for a state agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities.  Susan's ideology of social justice includes the animals as well, and she has been active in the cause for animal rights for many years.  



Background & Experience

Selected Publications (Return to top)


Yeich, S. (1994). The Politics of Ending Homeless. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Journal Articles:

Yeich, S. (1996). Grassroots organizing with homeless people: A participatory research approach.  Journal of Social Issues, 52(1), 111-121.

Yeich, S. & Levine, R. (1994). Political efficacy: Enhancing the construct and its relationship fo mobilization of people. Journal of Community Psychology, 22, 259-271.

Yeich, S. & Levine, R. (1992). Participatory research's contribution to a conceptualization of empowerment. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 22(24), 1894-1908.

Yeich, S., Bybee, D., Mowbray, C. & Cohen, C. (1994). Exploring dimensions of consumer housing and support preferences. Adult Residential Care Journal, 8(2), 116-126.

Yeich, S. (1991, Spring). Ecological Feminism. The Trumpeter, 8(2), 84-88.

Yeich, S. & Vowels, R. (1989). Out in the cold: Homelessness in Michigan. Lansing, MI: Michigan Housing Coalition.

Newspaper Op-Eds:

Yeich, S. (2005, April 16). It's a myth that animal testing leads to human cures. Tucson, AZ: Tucson Citizen.

Yeich, S. (2003, May 10). Animal experimentation myth must be shattered. Tucson, AZ: Arizona Daily Star.

Yeich, S. (1997, September 9). Posturing won't help the homeless find homes. Tucson, AZ: Tucson Citizen.

Yeich, S. (1997, September 5). City was cruel in destroying homeless camp. Tucson, AZ: Arizona Daily Star.

Yeich, S. (1996, February 20). Welfare cuts will come back to haunt us. Santa Monica, CA: The Outlook.

Yeich, S. (1990, February 26). Rape awareness group clarifies goals. East Lansing, MI: The State News.

Yeich, S. (1989, April 2). Vivisection no longer needed. East Lansing, MI: The State News.

Yeich, S. (1989, March 20). Progressive doctors oppose vivisection. Lansing, MI: The Lansing State Journal.

Research (Return to top)

Empowerment and Structural Change: The Creation of a Homeless Persons Union (Dissertation)

Homelessness in Michigan: A Needs Assessment (Master's thesis)

Awards, Grants, & Honors (Return to top)

Dissertation Award, First Place, Society for Community Research and Action (a Division of the American Psychological Association), 1994.

Dissertation Proposal Award, First Place, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues,1991.

Award Recipient, Conference on Community Research and Action, 1991.

Education (Return to top)

Ph.D., Community Psychology (minor in Sociology), Michigan State University, 1992

M.A., Community Psychology, Michigan State University, 1988

B.S., Psychology (minor in Sociology), Virginia Tech, 1985

Coverage in News & Media (Return to top)

(See op-ed listing under publications section).


Academic Involvement at Prescott College (Return to top)


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