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Family Research Scholar Linda Tropp (’09-’10) featured in UMass Amherst Magazine - Summer 2012 Issue

More than a decade ago, a pair of philanthropic peace activist began a quest for a research university to undertake the scientific study of peace. Their search ended at UMass Amherst in 2002. Read the full article by Judith B. Cameron ’75 in the summer issue of the UMass Amherst Magazine.   Click here:

The Center for Research on Families congratulates former Family Research Scholar Linda Tropp on all of her success. This past July her work was also featured by the American Psychological Association in an article entitled, “Training tomorrow’s peace psychologists”

Training Tomorrow's Peace Psychologists / July 2012, Vol 43, No. 7


Linda Tropp, PhD, who directs the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, requires students in her doctoral program to intern at peace-building organizations around the world where they can see "how and why their research might be useful," she says.


Since the program launched in 2004, a dozen students have gained field experience and conducted research in Burundi, Lebanon, Korea, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and other countries. A number of Tropp's students are currently investigating how people's perceptions, attitudes, emotions and motivations influence — and are influenced by — their experiences in the context of conflict.


The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program is one of the few programs in the country dedicated to training peace psychologists. Yet psychologists can play a critical role in peace building, Tropp says. Politicians can broker accords and political scientists can discuss political and legal ramifications of state-level agreements, but psychologists focus on the role that people's needs and motivations play in conflict and the potential for peace.


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CRF actively supports and disseminates research on issues relevant to families. For more information about the Center for Research on Families or the Family Research Scholars Program, visit our new web site at contact Director Sally Powers (413-545-3307) or Associate Director, Wendy Varner (413-545-3593).


About The Center for Research on Families: CRF’s mission is to increase research on family issues, to build a multidisciplinary community of researchers who are studying issues of relevance to families, to connect national and internationally prominent family researchers with UMass faculty and students, to provide advanced data analytic methods training and consultation, and to disseminate family research findings to scholars, families, practitioners, and policy-makers. CRF is a research center of the College of Natural Sciencesand the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and has affiliated faculty from departments across campus. In addition, the Center collaborates with other institutions on this campus, within the University of Massachusetts system, and with the Five College community.

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