Suniya S. Luthar is Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, Professor Emerita at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and Founder and Executive Director of Authentic Connections, a science-based, non-profit group committed to maximizing individuals’ well-being in their communities, schools, and work settings. Her research involves vulnerability and resilience among various populations including youth in poverty, teens in upper-middle class families, and parents (especially mothers) in high-achieving, stressful communities.
In addition to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, Dr. Luthar has published several books and has been Chair of a grant review study section at the National Institutes of Health. She has held several leadership positions in science, currently elected to be President of the American Psychological Association’s APA’s Division 7 (Developmental). Dr. Luthar is a Fellow of the American Association for Psychological Science and is also Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Divisions 7 and 37. From APA, she received a Dissertation Award and the Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award. Other awards include a Research Scientist Development (K) Award from the National Institutes of Health, an American Mensa Foundation Award for Excellence in Research on Intelligence, and an award for Integrity and Mentorship from the Society for Research in Child Development's Asian Caucus. Luthar’ work is frequently cited in major news outlets in the US including the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, NPR, PBS, and CNN, as well as overseas, in Europe, Asia, and Australia.