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M. Brinton Lykes

counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department
associate director, center for human rights and international justice

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


Psychosocial effects of state-sponsored terror and organized violence; human rights policy and mental health interventions; 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


International Humanitarian Award, American Psychological Association (APA) 2013

Ignacio Martin-Baro 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


Lykes, M.B. (2013, in press).  Participatory and Action Research as a Transformative Praxis:  Responding to Humanitarian Crises from the Margins.  American Psychologist.

Lykes, M.B., & Crosby, A. (2013, in press).  Creativity as intervention strategy in feminist and psychosocial accompaniment processes with Mayan women in Guatemala.  Intervention:  International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict.

Lykes, M.B.,  & McDonald, E. (2013, in press).  Exploring Meaning Making with Adolescents "Left Behind" by Migration. Educational Action Research.

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

Scheib,H. & Lykes, M.B. (2013). African American and Latina Community Health Workers engage PhotoPAR as a resource in a post-disaster context: Katrina at 5 years.  Journal of Health Psychology, 18(8), 1069-1084. doi 10.1177/1359105312470127

Hershberg, R.M. & Lykes, M.B. (2012).  Redefining family:  Transnational girls narrate experiences of parental migration, detention, and deportation. FQS: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Research, 14(1), Art. 5,

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

Lykes, M.B. & Moane, G. (2009). Feminist Liberation Psychology:  Special Issue.  Feminism & Psychology, 19(3). Entire Issue.

Lykes, M. B., Beristain, C. M., & Cabrera Pérez-Armiñan, M. L. (2007). Political violence, impunity, and emotional climate in Maya communities. Journal of Social Issues, 63(2), 369-385.

Costanzo, M., Gerrity, E. & Lykes , M.B. (2006). Psychologists and the use of torture in interrogations. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP), 6(1), 1-14.

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.

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