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Dr. Luthar's research involves vulnerability and resilience among various populations including youth in poverty and children in families affected by mental illness. Her recent work has focused on children in affluent communities, and her findings on problems among these youth -- particularly pertaining to substance use, anxiety, and rule-breaking -- have received much attention in the scientific community, among parents and school administrators, and in the national media.
Recent media coverage includes:
New York Times: "Growing Up on Easy Street Has Its Own Dangers"
American Psychological Association Podcast: "Speaking of Psychology: The Mental Price of Affluence"
Suniya S. Luthar is Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and Professor Emerita, Columbia Univerisity's Teachers College. After receiving her Ph.D. (Distinction) from Yale University in 1990, she served on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and the Child Study Center at Yale. Between 1997 and 2013, she was Professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she also served as Senior Advisor to the Provost (2011-2013).
In addition to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, Dr. Luthar has published several books including Resilience and vulnerability in childhood and Poverty and children’s adjustment. She has served as Associate Editor of Developmental Psychology and Development and Psychopathology, as Chair of a grant review study section at the National Institutes of Health, member of the Governing Council of the Society for Research on Child Development, and of the American Psychological Association's Committee on Socioeconomic Status, and its Council of Representatives. Dr. Luthar has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for Psychological Science (APS) and as Fellow for the American Psychological Association's Divisions 7 and 37. She received a Dissertation Award and the Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award, both from the American Psychological Association, a Research Scientist Development (K) Award from the National Institutes of Health, and an American Mensa Education and Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research on Intelligence.