Department of Psychology

Community Psychology Research & Intervention Laboratory


Mojisola F. Tiamiyu, Ph.D.

Com-Psy Lab 


Community psychology is the study of how individuals relate to their communities and the reciprocal effects of communities on individuals. Community psychologists integrate various influences to promote positive change, physical and mental health, and empowerment at individual and systemic levels. 

Members of the Com-Psy lab conduct research in the lab and in the community on physical, mental and behavioral health issues using community psychology, positive psychology and cross-cultural perspectives. We are also interested in developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based programs and empowerment interventions.

We have worked on a variety of topics, including women’s economic and psychological empowerment; domestic violence; welfare reform; child support enforcement; minority health issues; social services for the elderly; college students’ stress, coping, and resiliency; university-community collaboration/engagement; youth mentoring; hope of mentors and health-care professionals; and weight and eating-related issues.

Most recently, we have four main research foci:
  1. Relationships amongst gratitude, depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
  2. Relationship between posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic stress disorder.
  3. Media/social media and mental health.
  4. Positive community engagement strategies regarding issues of diversity.

We continue to work on an award winning mentoring program (the Star Mentee Program), which was developed and has been implemented since 2002. The Star Mentee Program (an externship in psychology opportunity, which is also a service learning course) involves having undergraduate students from various majors (not just psychology), work with children that need academic mentoring and tutoring at an elementary school here in Toledo.

As the director of the Com-Psy lab, I occasionally mentor undergraduate students working on their psychology honors theses and regularly have several undergraduate and graduate students do their research practicum with me. If you are interested in joining this lab, please email:

The Community Psychology Research & Intervention Laboratory is accepting graduate students for the next academic year.

Last Updated: 6/27/22