Suniya Luthar

Personal Info

Suniya S. Luthar
Foundation Professor
Research interest: 

Dr. Luthar's research involves vulnerability and resilience among various populations including youth in poverty and children in families affected by serious mental illness.  Over the last 15 years, she has focused on children of affluent, highly educated parents, illuminating unacknowledged pressures and adjustment problems from childhood through adulthood.   

Projects/Labs: Trajectories of affluent youth; Mentally ill mothers and their offspring.

Recent publications:

Luthar, S.S., Barkin, S. H., & Crossman, E. J.  (2013). "I can, therefore I must": Fragility in the upper middle classes" Development and Psychopathology 25th Anniversary Special Issue, 25, 1529-1549. doi:10.1017/S0954579413000758. 

Luthar, S. S.  (2013).  "The problem with rich kids". Psychology TodayNov-Dec, pp. 62-69, 87.

Luthar, S. S., & Barkin, S. H.  (2012).  Are affluent youth truly “at risk”?  Vulnerability and resilience across three diverse samples.  Development and Psychopathology, 24, 429–449. PMID: 22559123

Luthar, S. S., Crossman, E. J., & Small, P. J.  (In press).  Resilience in the face of adversities.  In M. Lamb & C. Garcia Coll (Eds.).  Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science (7th Edition).  New York: Wiley.

 Luthar, S. S., Lyman, E. L., & Crossman, E. J.   (In press).  Resilience and Positive Psychology.  In M. Lewis and K. Rudolph (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology (3rd Edition). Kluwer Academic/Plenum. 

Luthar's Curriculum Vitae


Suniya S. Luthar is Foundation Professor, Department of Psychology (Clinical), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences After receiving her Ph.D. 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).  


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