Greg Townley, Ph.D.

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What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.
-Kurt Vonnegut
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Greg Townley is an Associate Professor of Community Psychology at Portland State University. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina, his M.A. in Psychology from the University of South Carolina, and B.A.s in Psychology and Africana Studies from North Carolina State University.

Greg specializes in Community Psychology with particular interests in the following:

  • The impact of social, psychological, and environmental factors on community participation and inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities
  • Community mental health and recovery from psychiatric disability
  • Homelessness and housing interventions
  • Sense of community theory and measurement
  • The interplay of culture, sense of community, and well-being
  • Social-environmental research methods, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), neighborhood assessments, and qualitative/ethnographic approaches

Central to Greg’s work is the promotion of positive, reciprocal relationships between academic and community stakeholders. He has collaborated with numerous community agencies to address and evaluate issues surrounding homelessness, supported housing, and mental health service delivery.  He is the academic principal investigator of a community-based participatory research collaborative with Central City Concern called HEARTH (Housing, Employment, and Recovery Together for Health)– Greg also serves as co-chair of the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) Self-Help/ Mutual Support Interest Group.

In his free time, Greg enjoys searching for rare vinyl in Portland’s numerous record stores, reading comics and graphic novels, and walking around his neighborhood in St. Johns.