Tim Smith, professor of counseling psychology in the McKay School, recently received fellowship status from the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race. This society is also known as Division 45 of the American Psychological Association, and serves as the major representative body for psychologists who conduct research on ethnic minority concerns and issues. Smith was honored with this high status for his contributions to these areas through his dedication to scholarship, service, community involvement, and relationships with students over the past 20 years.
“I have always been interested in issues of race and ethnicity, even going back to my teenage years,” said Smith. His scholastic career has explored many areas within the topic of race and ethnicity, focusing on everything from how Latter-day Saint missions affect racial biases, to studying firsthand the developments in South Africa during the transition to appointing Nelson Mandela as president. In 2016, Smith published his data-based book, Foundations of Multicultural Psychology. “Race matters in mental health and we have to pay attention to these issues,” Smith says.
As the first person from BYU and one of few individuals of European-American descent to be granted fellowship status by Division 45, Tim Smith has proven himself to be a leader in his field.
Writer: Cole Witbeck
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