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Brown Wright Honored with Sarah Bennett Holmes Award

s-wrightLynda Brown Wright, associate professor in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, was named the faculty recipient of the 2009 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award. Given by the University of Kentucky Women’s Forum, the Holmes award is granted annually to women working at UK who promote the growth and well being of other women at UK and across the Commonwealth.

“I am very humbled by this recognition,” Brown Wright said. “It is great to be recognized for something that is a part of who I am, something I enjoy. I feel most honored to have been selected for this award from among a group of very impressive and worthy women.”

Women-centric efforts have been a staple of Brown Wright’s service, which includes active participation on the UK Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women and serving as an adviser to the Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate Program. Many nominators recognized her as a life-long champion for the rights of women and a tremendous role model. She received the UK President’s Award for Diversity in 2005 and is currently a fellow of the inaugural Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium Academic Leadership Development Program.
Brown Wright has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Texas A & M University. Her current areas of research interests include psychosocial and familial influences on African-American child development; determinants of academic achievement among children and youth of color; and psychosocial correlates of the development of cardiovascular disease risk in children and youth.
The award is named after Sarah Bennett Holmes, a distinguished former Dean of Women at UK, who tirelessly championed the rights of women throughout her career. Among her accomplishments was the development of a work program for women during the Great Depression.