by Nina L. Kumar
Posted on January 30, 2019
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Dr. Suniya S. Luthar has joined our staff, full-time, as Chief Research Officer, based in Tempe, AZ. Suniya comes to us after three decades in academia. After receiving her PhD. in 1990 from Yale University, she served on the faculties at Yale School of Medicine (1990-1997) and Columbia University’s Teachers College (1997-2013), and subsequently, was Foundation Professor at Arizona State University (2014-2019). Since 2014, she has held the title of Professor Emerita at Teachers College; this will remain her academic affiliation going forward.
Suniya’s research has focused on resilience and vulnerability among various populations, including youth in poverty, students in high-achieving schools, and mothers. With over 150 scientific publications, her research is widely cited in academe and in major news outlets, and has been recognized by several prestigious awards. In her role at Authentic Connections, Suniya will continue her research and will also continue to consult with schools across the globe, including presentation of findings to individual school communities.
“Suniya is a foremost expert on adolescent resilience, and her experience as a mother adds so much to her ability to help parents, students, and communities. AC’s impact will grow exponentially with Suniya on board full-time,” said Nina Kumar, CEO. “I could not be more excited!”
Speaking of her new role, Suniya said, "I am beyond delighted to join this team full-time — so much vision, energy, creativity, and dedication in applying science for the greater good. A privilege indeed; thank you, AC!"