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Mariah Kornbluh

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-2418
Office: Barnwell College Rm 555


Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Mariah Kornbluh

* Dr. Kornbluh is accepting graduate students for the Clinical Community Program *


Mariah Kornbluh is an Assistant Professor in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of South Carolina. She earned a Ph.D. in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University and held a postdoctoral position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Human Ecology.

Dr. Kornbluh employs innovative mixed-methods, network analysis, and community-based research to: 

  • Examine factors promoting young people’s health, and wellness
  • Document key leverage points for meaningful youth engagement in systems, services, and settings that promote health equity
  • Improve methods to enhance the dissemination of health intervention efforts

Dr. Kornbluh often employs ethnographic arts-based methodologies to situate young people at the forefront of social change discourse, and initiatives. Her work is conducted in partnership with historically underserved populations. Her research has been funded by the State of California, Spencer Foundation, the SCRA Policy Council, as well as the SCRA Council on Educational Programs. Dr. Kornbluh is accepting student for the Fall 2020. Prospective students with strong interests in community psychology, social network analysis, youth civic engagement, and action research are encouraged to apply.

Selected Publications:

Kornbluh, M., Pykett, A., & Flanagan, C. (2019). Exploring the associations between youth’s explanation of poverty at the societal level and judgments of distributive justice. Developmental Psychology, 55(3), 488-497.

Flanagan, C., & Kornbluh, M. (2019). How unequal is the United States? Adolescents’ images of social stratification. Child Development. 90(3), 957-969. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12954 

Kornbluh, M., Neal, J. W., & Ozer, E. J. (2016). Scaling‐up youth‐led social justice efforts through an online school‐based social network. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57(3-4), 266-279. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12042

Kornbluh, M. (2017). Building bridges: Exploring the communication trends and perceived sociopolitical benefits of adolescents engaging in online social justice efforts. Youth & Society, 1-23. doi: 10.1177/004418X17723656 

Kornbluh, M., Ozer, E. J., Allen, C. D., & Kirshner, B. (2015). Youth participatory action research as an approach to sociopolitical development and the new academic standards: Considerations for educators. The Urban Review, 47(5), 868-892. doi: 10.1007/s11256-015-0337-6. 

Kornbluh, M. (2015). Combating challenges to establishing trustworthiness in qualitative research. Qualitative  Research in Psychology, 12(4), 397-414. doi: 10.1080/14780887.2015.1021941

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