Community-Based Social Research Collaborative

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Community-Based Social Research Collaborative (CBSRC) is a faculty-led multi-purpose learning and research space that represents the synergy unique to Stockton’s emphasis on integration of teaching, scholarship, and service.

We envision a space that provides resources to produce quality scholarship through faculty-student-community collaborations that highlight faculty areas of expertise as well as socially engaged scholarship as a research area.

Community-Based Social Research Collaborative


Our collaborative seeks to build a new partnership between universities and the cities in which they reside that brings together academia with the state and community-based organizations. We work with community groups and local and state government to solve the most pressing problems together. We center skills, transparency and open communication in our way of relating to surrounding communities. We value the indigenous strength already existing in communities and want to support local efforts to resolve vast inequities. The collaborative uses a mixed methods approach including qualitative and quantitative perspectives as well as participatory research methods. We work with community-based organizations, the state, and private partners to identify and address community needs and gaps while producing quality scholarship.


Support Faculty Engagement Opportunities and Scholarship Initiatives

Support faculty engagement opportunities and scholarship initiatives in the field through academic and community partnerships for implementing socially equitable outcomes throughout the region and statewide.

Strengthen Partnerships

Build coalitions to learn about regional opportunities to promote equitable transformation in social determinants of health, such as community health workers, doulas and midwives, affordable housing, fresh food, and workforce education.

Provide Community-based and Engagement Opportunities

Provide Community-based and engagement opportunities for faculty, partners, community members and students specifically aimed at decreasing county-wide inequalities. Results aim to empower residents and stakeholders with research tools to alleviate local inequalities.

Current Projects

Drs. Betsy Erbaugh, Christina Jackson, Alysia Mastrangelo and Sreelekha Prakash are working with the New Jersey Birth Equity Funders Alliance to evaluate postpartum support to families and communities statewide. The Stockton team works in collaboration with the NJ Office of the First Lady’s Nurture NJ initiative, NJ Economic Development Authority, public and private funders, and community-based organizations.  

2022 Report

Drs. Betsy Erbaugh and Jenny Dunkle (Social Work) are conducting ongoing research with NJ educators in partnership with Make it Better for Youth, Garden State Equality, and GLSEN to promote equitable access to learning statewide.  

Dr. Christina Jackson’s ongoing work contributes to equity-based solutions that support stable socio-economic environments for low-income residents of color. This work preserves and archives traditions while also documenting how urban growth and stimulation affect residents’ daily lives. 

Dr. Jess Bonnan-White’s (Criminal Justice) research with community partners investigates reciprocal relations of trust between communities and social institutions in context of historical conflict, to examine shifting identities, roles and health outcomes in community policing, disaster response, community life and leadership.


Dr. Betsy Erbaugh

Dr. Betsy Erbaugh

Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Christina Jackson

Dr. Christina Jackson

Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Alysia Mastrangelo

Dr. Alysia Mastrangelo

Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Sreelekha Prakash

Dr. Sreelekha Prakash

Assistant Professor of Health Science
Dr. Jenny Dunkle

Dr. Jenny Dunkle

Associate Professor of Social Work
Dr. Jess Bonnan-White

Dr. Jess Bonnan-White

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Erin O’Hanlon

Erin O’Hanlon

Teaching Specialist Communication Studies, Journalism

Get Involved



If interested, faculty can reach out to Dr. Christina Jackson ( and Dr. Betsy Erbaugh (

Community Partners

Community Partners

A list of community and state partners we have worked with:

  • NJ Food Democracy Collaborative
  • Stockton Center for Community Engagement and Service- Learning
  • New Jersey Office of the First Lady
  • New Jersey Economic Development Authority
  • The John S. WatsonInstitute at Kean University
  • New York Avenue Apartments
  • New Jersey Organizing Project

If interested, partners can reach out to Dr Christina Jackson ( and Dr. Betsy Erbaugh (


Stockton University Among Five NJ Higher Education Institutions Selected to Be the Institution of Higher Education at MIHIC

Rutgers University, Stockton University, Mercer County Community College, The College of New Jersey and Thomas Edison University will lead the Higher Education consortium at Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Center in Trenton (MIHIC), which includes degree and certificate programs, on-job training opportunities, maternal and infant health research, student support services.

For more information about this great update, please click HERE.

Maternal & Child Health Research Project: 2022 Report

Drs. Betsy Erbaugh,Christina Jackson, Alysia Mastrangelo and Sreelekha Prakash have been working with the New Jersey Birth Equity Funders Alliance to evaluate postpartum support to families and communities statewide.

Linked below is the 2022 report of the study that this Stockton research team has collaborated on.

2022 Report: Voices, Stories & Experiences of Black Women   


Maternal & Infant Health Equity Student Researcher Emma Rodriguez

Last November, Emma Rodriguez and other student researchers participated in the NJ First Lady's 6th Annual Maternal & Infant Health Equity Summit.They participated and took notes for multiple breakout discussion groups.

Besides taking great field notes, Emma provided an excellent report highlighting her group's major discussion points on the topic of perinatal mental health. She presented to a large audience of field experts.

Emma is a SOBL funded student researcher who has made our School, her program ( Sociology & Anthropology) and the Stockton Research Team very proud!

NJ Spotlight News

Not One, but Two Birthing Centers in the Works for Trenton


More Information: NJ Spotlight News

Stockton University

Spotlight on Christina Jackson and Betsy Erbaugh


More Information: Stockton News



NJEDA Makes Moves to Develop Maternal, Infant Health Center in Trenton


More Information: NJBIZ


Contact Us

Community-Based Social Research Collaborative

 Community-Based Social Research Collaborative

Location: Stockton University - Rothenberg Building

Address: 3430 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

If you have any questions, please email:

Christina Jackson: 

Elizabeth Erbaugh: