Alfred Adler began community psychology by articulating the constructs of gemeinschaftsgefühl (social interest or the connection between individual and community well being) and systemic/structural community intervention (such as preventative public health measures). Adler University, as a higher education institution, continues his work today through the production of three outcomes which are specified in the Mission:
Socially Responsible Practitioners: Socially responsible practitioners are educated to be effective personal and social change agents in the pursuit of justice.
Community Engagement: Community engagement is a collaborative partnership that strengthens communities, provides service, and prepares students.
Social Justice: Social justice refers to the equitable distribution of economic, political, civil, cultural, social, and other resources and opportunities in society to promote the optimal development of persons and communities.