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Isaac Prilleltensky is an Argentinian born psychologist

Biographical information

He worked as a school psychologist for 8 years then discovered the limitations of trying to help children and families one at a time so he developed an interest in community psychology.


  • MA in clinical child psychology from Tel Aviv University 1983
  • PhD in Psychology from the University of Manitoba 1989.


Main areas of interest

Community psychology, critical psychology, wellness

Funded grants

Co-Principal Investigator of a $ 3.9 million action research grant to assist the Tennessee Department of Human Services to improve its culture and effectiveness.


He founded the Wellness Promotion Unit at Victoria University in Melbourne in 2001, and the same year was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor's excellence in research award.

Editorial board/consulting editor

Association affiliations

See also



  • Prilleltensky, I., & Prilleltensky, O. (in press). Promoting well-being: Linking personal, organizational, and community change. Wiley.
  • Nelson, G., & Prilleltensky, I. (Eds.). (2005). Community psychology: In pursuit of liberation and well-being. Palgrave/Macmillan.
  • Prilleltensky, I., & Nelson, G. (2002). Doing Psychology Critically: Making a Difference in Diverse Settings. Macmillan Press.
  • Prilleltensky, I., Nelson, G., & Peirson, L. (Eds.). (2001). Promoting family wellness and preventing child maltreatment. University of Toronto Press.
  • Prilleltensky, I., & Fox, D. (1997). Critical psychology. Sage
  • Prilleltensky, I. (1994). The morals and politics of psychology: Psychological discourse and the status quo. SUNY Press.

Book Chapters


  • Prilleltensky, I., & Prilleltensky, O. (2003). Reconciling the roles of professional helper and critical agent in health psychology. Journal of Health Psychology, 8, 243-246.
  • Prilleltensky, I., & Prilleltensky, O. (2003). Synergies for wellness and liberation in counselling psychology. The Counseling Psychologist. 20(10), 1-9
  • James, S., & Prilleltensky, I. (2002). Cultural diversity and mental health: Towards integrative practice. Clinical Psychology Review, 22(8), 1133-1154.
  • Prilleltensky, I., Sanchez, L., Walsh Bowers, R., Rossiter, A. (2002). Applied Ethics in Mental Health in Cuba: Dilemmas and resources. Ethics and Behavior, 13, 243-260.
  • Sanchez Valdezs, L., Prilleltensky, I., Walsh-Bower, R., & Rossiter, A. (2002). Applied Ethics in Mental Health in Cuba: Guiding Concepts and Values. Ethics and Behavior, 13, 223-242
  • Rossiter, A., Walsh-Bowers, R., & Prilleltensky, I. (2002). Ethics as a located story: A comparison of North American and Cuban professional ethics. Theory and Psychology, 12, 533-556.
  • Austin, S., & Prilleltensky, I. (2001). Diverse origins, common aims: Challenges of Critical Psychology. Journal of Radical Psychology. (electronic refereed journal).
  • Austin, S., & Prilleltensky, I. (2001). Contemporary debates in critical psychology: Dialectics and synthesis. Australian Psychologist, 36,(1), 75-80.

Prilleltensky, I. (2001). Emancipation, epistemology, and engagement: Challenges for critical psychology. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 1, 106-110.

  • Prilleltensky, I., Martell, E., Valenzuela, E., & Hernandez, P. (2001). A value-based approach to smoking prevention with immigrants from Latin America: Philosophy and program description. Revista de Psicologia, 10(2), 81-100.
  • Prilleltensky, I. (2000). Value-based leadership in organizations. Ethics and Behavior, 10(2), 139-158.
  • Prilleltensky, I., Nelson, G., Sanchez, L. A. (2000). Value-based smoking prevention program with Latin American Youth: Program evaluation. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 9(1-2), 97-117.

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