Engaging Ethically in Community-centered Research with Overburdened Communities

Friday, February 9, 2024 | 1:45 PM - 2:55 PM PT

Chair: Colin Tucker Smith, University of Florida

The most pressing issues of our time cannot be solved within the confines of individual laboratories or disciplines. Instead, they require us to work in larger, interdisciplinary teams and to reach out to engage affected communities as active partners in a way not commonly attempted in our field. Fortunately, many of the theories/methods of social/personality psychology are highly adaptable. However, this adaptation and the work more generally must be done in conscious and careful partnership particularly when working with already heavily burdened communities else our work becomes extractive. This panel brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and community partners to discuss challenges and opportunities of ethically co-creating knowledge particularly when living and working in overburdened communities. Conversation will use examples from a participatory housing and respiratory health study, abolitionist work with prisoners, and community-engaged research among Black pregnant and postpartum persons. There is great need and opportunity for us to have an impact; in this symposium, we highlight lessons learned and attempt to motivate your engagement in shared solutions.


  • Kristina Hood, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Carlee Purdum, Texas A&M University
  • Abdul-Hai Thomas, Center for Children's Rights
  • Jason von Meding, University of Florida
  • Paul Watson, Global Action Research Center, San Diego

Experience Sampling Methods: Complexities of Studying People in Real Life

Saturday, February 10, 2024 | 11:00 AM - 12:10 PM PT

Chair: Kira McCabe, Carleton University

Experience-sampling methodology (ESM) is a method that has been used in psychology for decades. By asking participants to complete surveys multiple times a day for several days, researchers can get a glimpse of how people live their everyday lives. This method also bridges the gap between personality and social psychology by exploring the individual in their everyday social environment. Technological advancements in the last 15 years have made ESM a more accessible and popular option for researchers, including social and personality psychologists. While the barriers have decreased, there are many complexities to designing an ESM study. This session explores some of these methodological considerations unique to ESM designs. There are measurement concerns that are different from other forms of surveys. There are also additional design features, such as when and how to sample people, that raise concerns. Finally, we also discuss the importance of participant burden, especially with vulnerable samples and diverse communities.


  • Cornelia Wrzus, Heidelberg University
  • Sabrina Thai, Brock University
  • Ze Zhu, University of Nebraska Omaha