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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.
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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.