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Anderson-Carpenter Kaston D. Anderson-Carpenter
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. The University of Kansas, Behavioral Psychology 2014
Masters McNeese State University, Psychology 2010
Bachelors McNeese State University, Psychology 2007
Primary Program: Ecological-Community
125C Psychology
(517) 432-0686

Research Statement

The conditions in which we live, grow, work, and play have a profound effect on our health and well-being. For example, determinants such as socioeconomic status, the built environment, and community connectedness have important implications on short- and long-term behavioral health outcomes.


The Advancing Community Empowerment and Social Justice (ACES) Laboratory, which I direct, is committed to promoting equity in underserved populations through theoretically-grounded research and empirically-driven action. In ACES, we fulfill our mission through two core efforts:


  1. Understanding how social determinants contribute to inequity in underserved communities.
  2. Investigating the community processes that facilitate positive social and environmental change.


Translating research into practice is fundamental to our work. To that end, we collaborate with community partners at the local, state, and national levels.


Students interested in working in ACES are highly encouraged to contact Dr. Anderson-Carpenter.

Research Publications    
2016Multiple Behavior Change Strategy Intervention to Improve Detection of Unmet Social Needs and Resulting Resource Referrals
2016Reducing Binge Drinking in Adolescents through Implementation of the Strategic Prevention Framework
2016Patient Opinion of In-Hospital Screening for Unmet Social Needs
2014Using Communities of Practice to Support Implementation of Evidence-Based Prevention Strategies
2013The Role of Advocacy in Occasioning Community and Organizational Change in a Medical-Legal Partnership