Suniya S. LutharCo-Founder and Chief Research Officer of Authentic Connections, devoted to fostering resilience; Professor Emerita at Columbia University's Teachers College, USA
About the author:
My programmatic research has involved vulnerability and resilience among various populations, with a current focus on two broad areas. The first involves youth at high-achieving schools, who show higher rates of serious adjustment difficulties relative to national norms. The second involves “Authentic Connections Groups”, a supportive, evidence-based intervention for caregiving adults under high stress, implemented in their everyday work and community settings.
What I want to achieve:
The goal is to use rigorous research on particular “at-risk” groups to inform their most pressing priorities for preventive interventions, and eventually, to implement these interventions in community settings (including schools and workplaces) in collaborations involving all major stakeholders.
Awards & accomplishments:
Luthar’s early scientific contributions were recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) in the form of a Dissertation Award in 1990 (Division 37; Child, Youth, & Family Services), and the Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award in 1998 (Division 7; Developmental Psychology). In 2006, she was named Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, and named Fellow of the American Association for Psychological Science. In 2015, Luthar was named Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Divisions 7 and 37. Luthar has served as chair of a grant peer review committee at the National Institutes of Health‘s Center for Scientific Review (2002–04), was elected member of the Governing Council of SRCD (2006–09), and chair of SRCD’s Asian Caucus (2008–09). She served on the APA’s Committee on Socioeconomic Status (2007–08), was elected to APA’s Council of Representatives (Division 7) Developmental Psychology; 2013-16, and in Jan 2017, was elected to be President Elect of APA’s Division 7 (2019). Luthar served on the 2019 consensus study report of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Vibrant & Health Kids, and in 2020, she received the John P. Hill Memorial Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence.