Co-Director, Center for Human Rights & International Justice, and Professor
M. Brinton Lykes, Ph.D., is professor of Community-Cultural Psychology and co-director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. She has published extensively in refereed journals and edited volumes, co-edited four books, co-authored four others, and is co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice.
She received the Ignacio Martín-Baró Lifetime Peace Practitioner Award, the American Psychological Association’s International Humanitarian Award, the Florence L. Denmark and Mary E. Reuder Award for Outstanding International Contributions to the Psychology of Women and Gender, the Seymour B. Sarason Award for Community Research and Action, and the 2021 Lemkin Award from the Institute for the Study of Genocide.
Lykes is also a board member on several NGOs including Women’s Rights International, Impunity Watch, and Grassroots International.
Lykes, M. B., Crosby, A. & Álvarez Medrano, S. B. (2021). Redressing Historical Injustice, Reframing Resilience: Mayan Women's Persistence and Protagonism as Resistance. In J.N. Clark & M. Ungar (Eds.) Resilience, Adaptive Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice: How Societies Recover after Collective Violence. (pp. 210-233). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Lykes, M. B. & McGillen, G. (2021). Re/membering Ignacio Martín-Baró: Provocations and Insights for Liberating Psychology in the 21st Century. In Stevens, G. & Sonn, C. (Eds.) Decoloniality and Epistemic Justice in Contemporary Community Psychology. (pp. 79-99). Springer.
Lykes, M. B. (2021). Living Lives of Protest in Multiple Registers: Dialogic Co-Constructions of Narratives in the Wake of Genocidal Violence. In C. Squire (Ed.). Stories Changing Lives: Narratives and Paths toward Social Change. (pp. 121-143). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Lykes, M. B., Bianco, M. E., & Távara, G. (2021) Contributions and Limitations of Diverse Qualitative Methods to Feminist Participatory and Action Research with Women in the Wake of Gross Violations of Human Rights. Methods in Psychology, 4. DOI: 10.1016/j.metip.2020.100043
Bhattacharyya, S., Lykes, M. B., & Carrasco, J. (2020) ‘Echo Images’: An Arts-Based Feedback Tool for Qualitative Research Interviews. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin, 30, 62-72.
van der Merwe, H. & Lykes, M. B. (2020). Racism and Transitional Justice. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 14(3), 415–422. DOI: 10.1093/ijtj/ijab001
Lykes, M. B. & Távara, G. (2020). Feminist Participatory Action Research: Co-Constructing Liberation Psychological Praxis through Dialogic Relationality and Critical Reflexivity. In Comas Diaz, L. and E. Torres-Rivera (Eds.) Liberation Psychology: Theory, Method, Practice, and Social Justice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 111-130.
Lykes, M. B., Távara, G., Sibley, E. & Ferreira van Leer, K. (2020). Maya K’iche’ Families and Intergenerational Migration within and across Borders: An Exploratory mixed-methods study. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 6(1), 52-73.
Kim, S., Kirk, G. & Lykes, M. B. (Eds.). (2020). Unsettling Debates: Women and Peace Making. Special Issue, Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order, 46(1) (Issue 155). This SI includes two original co-authored articles by the co-editors, an Introduction (pp. 1-11) and an Epilogue (pp. 119-127).
2021: Interamerican Psychological Association Award “Judith Gibbons”
2021: Raphael Lemkin Book Award, Institute for the Study of Genocide,
2018: International White Dove Award, Rochester Committee on Latin America
2017: Seymour B. Sarason Award for Community Research and Action (Division 27) American Psychological Association
2014: The Florence L. Denmark & Mary E. Reuder Award, Outstanding International Contributions to the Psychology of Women and Gender (Division 52) American Psychological Association
2013: International Humanitarian Award, American Psychological Association (APA)
Lykes, M.B., Supporting Mental Health and Human Rights: The Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund. 2010–2016
Lykes, M. B., with D. Hollenbach, S.J., and D. Kanstroom, Esq. Initiative on Research and Education on Human Rights of Migrants and Refugees. 2009– 2016
Lykes, M.B., with A. Crosby. Focusing on the Creative Arts as a Resource for Women’s Empowerment in Guatemala. Sub-Contract from IDRC/U of Ulster, Trauma, Development and Peacebuilding: Towards an Integrated Psychosocial Approach. 2011