Meaningful Engagement in Research: Community Residents as Co‐creators of Knowledge. By: Suarez‐Balcazar, Yolanda. American Journal of Community Psychology. Jun2020, Vol. 65 Issue 3/4, p261-271. 11p.


  • CBPR strategies for meaningful engagement in research
  • Need to address health disparities experienced by Latinx immigrants through meaningful engagement in research
  • Populations experiencing marginalization as co‐creators of knowledge

Community psychologists have contributed significantly to the body of literature on community‐based participatory research (CBPR) and its application in understanding and addressing health and community participation disparities. At the core of CBPR are mutually beneficial partnerships with communities, whereby community members’ voices are heard and they become co‐researchers, helping guide the research process. In this article, I argue that for community psychologists to change the landscape of community participation, health, and well‐being disparities experienced by many vulnerable populations who often face multiple forms of oppression, CBPR needs to be transformative and emancipatory. Stakeholders must be meaningfully involved as co‐creators of knowledge and promoters of social justice embracing a human rights agenda. Drawing from work conducted with Latinx immigrant families with youth who have disabilities, I propose the following strategies moving forward: promoting meaningful participation of community members as co‐creators of knowledge; promoting meaningful conversations that matter to communities; promoting civic engagement, activism, and advocacy; promoting an assets‐ and strengths‐based approach to research; and promoting culturally relevant interventions. Community psychologists have the opportunity to make significant contributions to addressing disparities when community residents’ knowledge is valued and recognized.