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What Does it Mean to be a Socially Responsible Practitioner?

Adler University’s programs seek to prepare students to become socially responsible practitioners who are educated to be effective personal and social change agents in the pursuit of justice. What does that mean?

Well, the meaning of socially responsible practice can vary by discipline, population and with each client’s unique circumstances. We recently looked to a couple of our experts, faculty directors for our Online Campus programs, for insight. Each gave us an example of what socially responsible practice may look like with regard to specific fields.


“The majority of life is spent at work, so it makes sense that social justice is of particular importance on the job. For example, industrial and organizational psychologists address issues of inequality by encouraging fair hiring practices, increasing diversity and raising cultural competence, and advocating for ethical and empathic behavior.”


Michelle Dennis, Ph.D.

Program Director: M.A. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology; Ph.D. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology; and M.A. in Applied Psychology


“Veterans have significantly higher rates of suicide, psychological problems, homelessness, alcoholism and substance use disorders, and engagement in the criminal justice system. Our graduates are prepared to address these issues by reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health issues — that stigma remains a major barrier for promoting military cultural competency within the healthcare industry; pushing for political advocacy and policy changes; and to veterans seeking and/or receiving help.”

Joseph Troiani, Ph.D.

Program Director: M.A. in Military Psychology

Adler University’s Online Campus programs approach learning with the same commitment to academic excellence and student support that has been the hallmark of its 65-year history. Students enroll in innovative online graduate courses that deliver engaging, interactive learning experiences designed to accommodate students’ busy schedules. Visit the University’s Online Campus program page  for more information about earning degrees in industrial and organizational psychology, applied psychology and military psychology.