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Julia Dancis, Ph.D.

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Applied Psychology
Portland State University
Applied Psychology
Portland State University
Psychology & English
University of Maryland


Dr. Julia Dancis received her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology at Portland State University in 2022. Her specialty is qualitative research at the intersection of developmental and community psychology. Threaded through her scholarship and activism is the question, what is possible in liberatory educational contexts? Her dissertation research examined how college students come to see themselves as knowledge builders and change agents within antiracism coursework. Relying on sociohistorical, strengths-based, and critical paradigms, Dr. Dancis partners with students, educators, and community members to collaboratively build knowledge in pursuit of social transformation.

UWT undergraduate and postbacc students are welcome to send her a resume and cover letter to collaborate on research projects.


Community Engaged Child Development (TPSYCH 319)

Community Psychology, Research, & Action (TPSYCH 306)

Intro to Psychology (TPSYCH 101)

Research Design (TPSYCH 209)

Scholarly Interests

Community psychology; developmental science; youth-led participatory action research; antiracist & LGBTQIA2+ affirming education; qualitative methods

Selected Publications

Dancis, J. S. (2023). Being fractal: Embodying antiracism values in courseā€based participatory action research. American Journal of Community Psychology.

Dancis, J. S., Coleman, B. R., & Ellison, E. R. (2023). Participatory action research as pedagogy: Stay messy. Journal of Participatory Research Methods, 4(2).

Adams-Wiggins, K. R., & Dancis, J. S. (2022). Marginality in inquiry-based science learning contexts: the role of exclusion cascades. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 29(4), 356-373.

Dancis, J. S., & Coleman, B. R. (2022). Transformative dissonant encounters: Opportunities for cultivating antiracism in White nursing students. Nursing Inquiry, 29(1), e12447.

Adams-Wiggins, K. R., Myers, M. N., & Dancis, J. S. (2020). Negotiating status hierarchies in middle school inquiry science: implications for marginal non-participation. Instructional Science, 48, 427-451.