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Meg Bond

Training Location(s):

PhD, University of Oregon (1983)

MA, University of Oregon (1976)

BA, Stanford University (1974)

Primary Affiliation(s):

University of Massachusetts Lowell (1989-present)

Brandeis University (2003-present)

Lesley College (1988-1989)

University of Illinois at Chicago (1984-1988)

Career Focus:

Sexual harassment; prejudice and stereotyping; empowerment; workplace diversity; community psychology; gender psychology.


Growing up in Southern California, Meg Bond was exposed to all kinds of diversity. She attended an urban high school where she, as a white, middle-class female, was considered a minority. Bond attended high school at the height of second wave feminism, and this environment made her aware of many different social and political issues. When she moved on to university, she was surprised by the homogeneity she saw in the population at Stanford. The campus was filled with white, upper-middle class students and gave off an air of elitism. Her new surroundings took some getting used to, at first.

At the end of her sophomore year, Bond had yet to adjust to university life. She decided to leave for a time, and moved to Vermont to live with a relative. While in Vermont, she spent some time volunteering, taking a year to work as a counsellor at an abortion clinic. She also worked at a homeless shelter, participated in anti-war protests, and held a number of odd jobs during her break from university.

After a year, Bond found herself back at Stanford, ready to finish her degree in psychology. However, at this point, she had no intention of pursing a graduate degree in the field. Instead, she envisioned herself going to law school to become a lawyer like her father. Even before law school, she wanted to take a year off to travel. It was not until a classmate made the assumption that Bond would be applying to graduate school for psychology that she even considered it. Her application process was somewhat rushed due to the sudden realization that she wanted to continue in the field. She was soon offered a full scholarship to attend the University of Oregon, where she would eventually complete both her MA and PhD.

When she arrived at the behavioural clinical program at the University of Oregon, Bond was thrown off by the proportion of men on the faculty. She relied on the support of her female classmates to get her through her studies, as she didn't feel she connected with her male professors. The bond that was formed by the sisterhood of students inspired them to look critically at feminist issues on a personal level. They formed a women's group wherein they discussed topics relating to feminism and gender. Inspired by the informal analyses that were coming out of the women's group discussions, Bond and her friends decided to put together a conference on women's issues. Sponsored by the Faculty of Education, it was highly successful.

Eventually, Bond decided that she, once again, needed to take some time away from school. She felt unfocused in her work, and did not want to waste her scholarship on research that she wasn't passionate about. With her scholarship deferred for a year, Bond once again set out to work in the community. Channeling her Vermont experience, Bond found an abortion clinic in Oregon where she was able to work as a counsellor.

During her time away from graduate school, the department of psychology at the University of Oregon brought in a number of new faculty members. By the time Bond returned, there were a few faculty members on staff who specialized in community psychology. After talking with these professors, Bond decided to focus her research in this subfield, and started to move away from the clinical emphasis that she had originally been exposed to. While working in the new field of community psychology, Bond began to think about how it aligned with her feminist values. She began to bridge the two areas, and for her dissertation, she looked at several different forms of support groups, including a battered women's shelter. This experience later led to her work in domestic violence.

In 1995, Bond began working on a book about promoting diversity in the workplace. She spent several years working with a manufacturing company, studying and documenting the ways in which they lacked diversity and how they attempted to implement policy change to promote it. Her book was published in 2007, and her current line of research focuses on applying the principles she derived working in the manufacturing industry to more community-based agencies.

Meg Bond is an accomplished psychologist who is actively involved in both community psychology and feminist psychology. She is a former president of the Society for Community Research and Action, a past chair of the APA Committee on Women, a fellow of the Society for the Psychology of Women, and the current director of the Centre for Women and Work, based out of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Having made her way circuitously into community psychology, Bond has remained firm in her goal of helping others and promoting feminism in her work.

by Meghan George (2011)

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Selected Works

Bond, M.A. (1995). Prevention and the ecology of sexual harassment: Creating empowering climates. Prevention in Human Services, 12 (2), 147-173.

Bond, M. A. (1999). Gender, race, and class in organizational settings. American Journal of Community Psychology, 27 (3), 327-355.

Bond, M. A. (2007). Workplace chemistry: Promoting diversity through organizational change. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.

Bond, M.A., Hill, J., Mulvey, A., & Terenzio, M. (Eds.). (2000). Special issue Part I: Feminism and Community Psychology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 28 (5).

Bond, M.A. & Mulvey, A. (2000). A history of women and feminist perspectives in community psychology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 28 (5), 599-630.

Bond, M.A., Punnett, L, Pyle, J. L., Cazeca, D. & Cooperman, M. (2004). Gendered work conditions, health, and work outcomes. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 9(1), 28-45.

Harrell, S. & Bond, M.A. (2006). Listening to diversity stories: Principles for practice in community research and action. American Journal of Community Psychology, 36 (3/4).

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