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Center for Human Rights and International Justice

M. Brinton Lykes


Ph.D., Boston College
M.Div., Harvard University


Psychosocial effects of state-sponsored terror and organized violence; racialized gender violence and post-conflict transitional justice; participatory action research and community-based strategies for change; immigration and effects of deportation on families and communities; gender, culture, and theories of the self


The Florence L. Denmark and Mary E. Reuder Award for Outstanding International Contributions to the Psychology of Women and Gender (Division 52-International Psychology) American Psychological Association, 2014

International Humanitarian Award, American Psychological Association (APA) 2013

Ignacio Martín-Baró Lifetime Peace Practitioner Award, Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence, (Division 48-Peace Psychology) American Psychological Association, 2012

Distinguished Publication Award, Association of Women in Psychology, 2010

Marion Langer Award for Distinction in Social Advocacy & the Pursuit of Human Rights, American Orthopsychiatric Association, 2007

Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Lewis & Clark College, June, 2005


Crosby, A., Lykes, M.B., Caxaj, B. (2016).  Carrying a heavy load: Mayan women's understanding of reparation in the aftermath of genocide.  Journal of Genocide Research, 18 (2-3),265-283. DOI: 10.1080/14623528.201631186952

Lykes, M.B. & Scheib, H. (2016). Visual methodologies and participatory action research: Performing women's community-based health promotion in post-Katrina New Orleans.  Global Public Health, 11 (5-6), 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2016.1170180

Brabeck, K., Sibley, E., & Lykes, M.B. (2016). Authorized and Unauthorized Immigrant Parents: The Impact of Legal Vulnerability on Family Contexts.  Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science.  DOI: 10.1177/0739986315621741 

Lykes, M.B. & Crosby, A. (2015). Participatory action research as a resource for community regeneration in post-conflict contexts.  In Bretherton, D. & Law, S.F. Methodologies in Peace Psychology: Peace Research by Peaceful Means. New York: Springer, pp. 237-254.

Kanstroom, D. & Lykes, M.B. (Eds.) (2015). The New Deportations Delirium: Interdisciplinary Responses. New York: New York University Press. 

Lykes, M.B. & Hershberg, R.M. (2015).  Continuities and Discontinuities in Human Rights Violations:  Historically Situating the Psychosocial Effects of Migration.  Journal of Social Issues, 71(2). 244-263.  doi 10.1111/josi.12108.

Lykes, M.B. & Scheib, H. (2015).  The artistry of emancipatory practice:  Photovoice, creative techniques, and feminist anti-racist participatory action research.  In Bradbury-Huang, H. (Ed.) Handbook of Action Research III, pp. 131-142. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.

Lykes, M.B. & Crosby, A. (2015).  Creative methodologies as a resource for Mayan women's protagonism.  In Hamber, B. & Gallagher, E. (Eds.) Psychosocial Perspectives on Peacebuilding.  Peace Psychology Book Series.  Cham, Switzerland:  Springer International Publishing.  pp. 147-186.

Lykes, M.B. & Sibley, E. (2014). Liberation psychology and pragmatic solidarity: North-South collaborations through the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund.  Peace and Conflict:  Journal of Peace Psychology, 20(3), 209-226.  doi: 10.1037/pac0000045

Lykes, M.B. (2013).  Participatory and Action Research as a Transformative Praxis:  Responding to Humanitarian Crises from the Margins.  American Psychologist, 68(8), 772-783. DOI: 10.1037/a0034360.

Lykes, M.B.,  & McDonald, E. (2013).  Exploring Meaning Making with Adolescents "Left Behind" by Migration.  Educational Action Research, 21(4), 565-581.  doi: 10.1080/09650792.2013.832346. 

Lykes, M.B., Brabeck, K.M. & Hunter, C. (2013). Exploring Parent-Child Communication in the Context of Threat:  Mixed-status families facing detention and deportation in post 9/11 USA.  Community, Work and Family, 16(2), 123-146. doi: 10.1080/13668803.2012.752997

Crosby, A. & Lykes, M.B.. (2011). Mayan women survivors speak:  The gendered relations of truth-telling in postwar Guatemala.  International Journal of Transitional Justice 5(3), 456-476. doi: 10.1093/ijtj/ijr017

Brabeck, K. B., Lykes, M.B., & Hershberg, R. (2011). Framing immigration to and deportation from the United States: Guatemalan and Salvadoran families make meaning of their experiences. Community, Work and Family, 14(3), 275-296.  doi: 10/1080/13668803.2010.520840.

Lykes, M. B. (2010) Silence(ing), memory(ies) and voice(s):Feminist participatory action research and photo-narratives in the wake of gross violations of human rights.  Visual Studies, 25 (3), 238-254. doi: 10.1080/1472586X.2010.523276

Women of PhotoVoice/ADMI & Lykes, M.B. (2000). Voces e imágenes: Mujeres Mayas Ixiles de Chajul/Voices and images: Mayan Ixil women of Chajul. Guatemala: Magna Terra. Texts in Spanish and English, with a methodology chapter by Lykes.