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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; 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


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 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. & Crosby, A. (in press, 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.

Kanstroom, D. & Lykes, M.B. (Eds.) (in press, 2015). The New Deportations Delirium: Interdisciplinary Responses. New York: New York University Press.  With two original chapters:
 - Kanstroom, D. & Lykes, M.B. Migration, Detention, and Deportation:  Dilemmas and Responses, pp.1-32.
 - Lykes, M.B., Sibley, E., Brabeck, K.M., Hunter, C. & Johansen, Y. Participatory Action Research with Transnational and Mixed Status Families:  Understanding and Responding to post-9/11 Threats to Miigrants, pp. 193-226.

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.

Brabeck, K., Lykes, M.B., Sibley, E. & Kene, P. (2015).  Ethical ambiguities in participatory action research with unauthorized migrants.  Ethics and Behavior, 25(1), 21-36.  doi:  10.1080/10508422.2014.920707 Published on-line September 2014.

Lykes, M.B. & Sibley, E. (2014). Liberation psychology and pragmatic solidarity: North-South collaborations through the Ignacio Martin-Baro 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

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

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.