Biography of Dr. A. Wade Boykin
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Wade Boykin is a Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in the Department of Psychology at Howard University in Washington, D.C. From 1994-2004, he served as Co-Director of the National Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk (CRESPAR). CRESPAR continues at Howard University as the Research and Development unit of Capstone Institute. CRESPAR/Capstone's mission is to formulate, implement, research, evaluate and disseminate comprehensive school reform and school improvement initiatives according to a Talent Development model of schooling.

Dr. Boykin has done extensive work in the area of research methodology; the interface of culture, context, motivation and cognition; black child development; and academic achievement in the American social context. He is co-editor of the book Research Directions of Black Psychologists (Russell Sage Press, 1979), which was a finalist for the American Psychological Association's 1980 Book of the Year. He is currently completing a co-authored book on Closing the Achievement Gap (ASCD Press), and a co-edited book entitled Promoting High Achievement for All Children: Evidence-Based Programs, Practices and Procedures. He has published numerous research and theoretical journal articles, and book chapters relevant to his interests.

He has done research and evaluation projects and conducted workshops on topics such as school reform, culturally responsive pedagogy, multicultural education, and minority student achievement, for several school districts in this country.

Among his other selected professional experiences, he has served as a fellow at the Institute for Comparative Human Development and Adjunct Associate Professor, Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, Rockefeller University. He spent a year as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, California. He was Co-Director of the Task Force on the Relevance of the Social Sciences to the Black Experience, Yale University. He served as a member of the Emergency Commission on Urban Children, National Education Association, been a member of the National Academy of Education Panel on Strengthening the Capacity for Research to Contribute to Educational Practice and Public Policy, a member of the American Educational Research Association Panel on Improving Federal Educational Research Programs, as well as a member of the Task Force on Scientific Perspectives on Intelligence Tests and Group Differences in Test Scores with American Psychological Association. He is presently a Research Advisory Panel Member for the National Minority Student Achievement Network. He also currently serves on the editorial boards of the Sage Publications Book Series on Race, Ethnicity and Culture and those of several scholarly journals.

Among his honors are serving as a Spencer Fellow of the National Academy of Education, being given the Distinguished Scholar Award, American Educational Research Association Committee on Minorities; serving as a Dalmos Jones Distinguished Visiting Professor, City University of New York Graduate Center; serving as a Visiting Mellon Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University; and being given the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Psychology, Hampton University, his undergraduate institution.

He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before coming to Howard in 1980, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

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