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Lynda Brown Wright Honored by APA

by Brad Duncan

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Lynda Brown Wright received the 2009 Dalmas Taylor distinguished Contributions Award from the American Psychological Association.

Lynda Brown Wright, associate professor in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology (EDP), was awarded the Dalmas Taylor Distinguished Contributions Award by the American Psychological Association (APA) at its national convention in Toronto on Aug. 7, 2009. The honor is given annually to an alum of the APA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) who has made distinguished contributions to psychological issues relevant to racial and ethnic minority psychology.

This award is named in honor of Dr. Dalmas Taylor who was the first director of the MFP and worked tirelessly to improve the educational growth of minority students and to increase the ethnic diversity in the field of psychology.

“It is indeed a humbling experience to receive this recognition in honor of Dalmas Taylor,” Brown Wright said. “He was a man who was exceptionally instrumental in increasing the American Psychological Association’s attention to the inclusion of people of color in the association’s work. I am extremely honored to know that my colleagues find my contributions toward advancing racial ethnic psychology and my mentoring of future and current psychologists of color worthy of this recognition. I view my work in this area as a part of my life’s contribution to improving the quality of life for people of color as well as for all people.”

“Our department and college are very pleased to see that one of our faculty has been selected for a prestigious award sponsored by the Minority Fellowship Program of the American Psychological Association,” said Fred Danner, professor and chair in EDP. “This award recognizes Dr. Lynda Brown Wright’s tireless efforts on behalf of the recruitment, training and mentoring of minority students as well as promoting ethnic psychology and diversity in our department college and in the wider UK community. It is gratifying to see that she has received national recognition for her work.”

Brown-Wright has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Texas A & M University. She has been the principal investigator of a five-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study the risk factors for cardiovascular disease in African American children and youth. Her other areas of research include psychosocial and familial influences on African American child development and determinants of academic achievement among children and youth of color. She received the UK President’s Award for Diversity in 2005 and the Sarah Bennett Holmes award in 2009, and she was a 2008-09 inaugural fellow of the Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium Academic Leadership Development Program.