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Suniya S. Luthar

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.Sc., M.Sc., Delhi University (India); Ph.D., Yale University

Scholarly Interests

Developmental psychopathology and resilience among children and families at risk.



 

Selected Publications

Luthar, S. S., Barkin, S. H., & Crossman, E. J.  (2013).   "I can, therefore I must": Fragility in the upper-middle classes.  Development and Psychopathology, 25th Anniversary Special Issue, 25, 1529-1549. 


Luthar, S. S. (2013).   The problem with rich kids  Psychology Today, Nov-Dec. 62-69, 87.


Luthar, S. S., & Lyman, E.  (In press). Resilience and Positive Psychology.   In M. Lewis and K. Rudolph (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology (3rd Edition).  Norwell, MA: Kluwer/ Academic Press.  


Luthar, S. S., & Barkin, S. H.  (2012).  Are affluent youth truly "at risk"? Vulnerability and resilience across three diverse samples.   Development and Psychopathology, 24, 429-449.  


 Ansary, N. A.. & Luthar, S. S. (2009).  Distress and academic achievement among adolescents of affluence: A study of externalizing and internalizing problem behaviors and school performance.  Development and Psychopathology, 21, 319-341.

Yates, T. M., Tracy, A. J., Luthar, S. S. (2008).  Nonsuicidal self-injury among "privileged" youth: Longitudinal and cross-sectional approaches to developmental processes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 52-62.

Luthar, S. S., & Goldstein, A.  (2008).  Substance use and related behaviors among suburban late adolescents: The importance of perceived parent containment. Development and Psychopathology, 20, 591-614.
 
Luthar, S.S., & Sexton, C. C. (2007).Maternal drug abuse versus maternal depression: Vulnerability and resilience among school-age and adolescent offspring. Development and Psychopathology, 19, 205-225.

Luthar, S. S., Suchman, N. E., & Altomare, M. (2007). Relational Psychotherapy Mothers Group: A randomized clinical trial for substance abusing mothers. Development and Psychopathology, 19, 243-261.

Luthar, S. S. & Brown, P. J. (2007). Maximizing resilience through diverse levels of inquiry: Prevailing paradigms, possibilities and priorities for the future.Development and Psychopathology, 19, 931-955.

Becker, B., & Luthar S. S. (2007). Peer-perceived admiration and social preference: contextual correlates of positive peer regard among suburban and urban adolescents. Journal of research on adolescence, 17(1), 117-144.

Luthar, S. S., Shoum, K. A.,Brown, P.J. (2006). Extracurricular involvement among affluent youth: A scapegoat for "ubiquitous achievement pressures"?. Developmental Psychology, 42, 583-597.

Luthar, S. S. (2006). Resilience in development: A synthesis of research across five decades. In D. Cicchetti & D. J. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental Psychopathology: Risk, disorder, and adaptation (pp. 740-795). New York: Wiley.

Luthar, S. S., & Latendresse, S. J. (2005). Children of the affluent: Challenges to well-being. Current Directions in Psychological Science,14 , 49-53.

Luthar, S. S. (2003). The culture of affluence: Psychological costs of material wealth. Child Development, 74, 1581-1593.

Luthar, S.S. (Ed.) (2003).Resilience and vulnerability: Adaptation in the context of childhood adversities. Cambridge University Press.


biographical information

 Suniya S. Luthar is Professor Emerita at at Columbia University's Teachers College, and Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University.  Until December 2013, she was Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at Teachers College, and between 2011 and 2013 she served as Senior Advisor to the Provost for research mentorship.  Luthar received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1990.  Her research involves vulnerability and resilience among various populations including youth in poverty and children in families affected by mental illness.  Her recent work has focused on children in affluent communities, and her findings on problems among these youth -- particularly pertaining to substance use and anxiety -- have received much attention in the scientific community, among parents and school administrators, and in the national media.

 

In addition to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, Dr. Luthar's books include "Children in poverty: Risk and protective forces in adjustment", "Developmental psychopathology: Perspectives on adjustment, risk, and disorder", and most recently, Resilience and vulnerability in childhood: Adaptation in the context of adversities.  Dr. Luthar is Associate Editor of Developmental Psychology and Development and Psychopathology.  She has served as Chair of a grant review committee at the National Institutes of Health, member of the Governing Council of the Society for Research on Child Development, and of the American Psychological Association's Committee on Socioeconomic Status.  For her distinguished contributions to science, she has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for Psychological Science (APS) and has received several awards including a Dissertation Award, and the Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award, both from the American Psychological Association, a Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, an American Mensa Education and Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research on Intelligence, and an award for Mentorship, Courage, and Integrity from the SRCD's Asian Caucus.   

 

curriculum vitae

current projects



CURRENT RESEARCH

      Conducted within a developmental psychopathology framework research by our group revolves around the construct of resilience and positive youth development (Luthar, 2003; Luthar, 2006; Luthar & Brown, 2007;  Luthar, Cicchetti, & Becker, 2000).  Core questions of interest are: What are the processes that help some children do well in spite of diverse stressors in their lives?  Across various spheres of development -psychological, emotional, interpersonal, and academic- how can children maximize their potentials and achieve competent, productive trajectories over time? 

           Currently, we are focused on three major programs of research.  The first involves middle- and high-school students from both wealthy and poor families, and the second involves children of mothers with major psychiatric illnesses.  In the third, we are attempting to understand what the experience of motherhood means, from a developmental perspective.

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       This program of research has its roots in a 1999 study involving two samples of 10th graders - those from low-income, urban families and high-income, suburban families.  Findings showed that on several fronts the wealthy children fared more poorly than did their low-income counterparts.  Specifically, they reported much higher levels of cigarette, alcohol, and marijuana use as well as significantly greater anxiety; in addition, suburban girls reported startlingly high levels of depression (Luthar & D'Avanzo, 1999).

           In a subsequent study, we considered whether the problems seen among wealthy 10th graders might be seen among younger children as well, and also began to explore possible causes of such distress among these apparently "privileged" youth.  Our results showed that affluent sixth graders seemed to be relatively untroubled, but seventh graders did show some beginning signs of distress, again, chiefly in relation to overall substance use, anxiety, and depression among girls.  Exploration of possible reasons for distress showed that two factors seemed to be implicated; one was excessive pressures to achieve, and the other was isolation (physical and emotional) from parents (Luthar & Becker, 2002).

           These findings led to the initiation of a long-term follow-up study of a new cohort of about 350 suburban middle school students, whom we have assessed each year since 1999 when they were sixth graders.  This project is still ongoing; our hope is to continue to follow these youth through their transition to young adulthood.  Alongside the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade assessments of this suburban cohort, we also conducted parallel assessments of a low-income, urban cohort, so that we could begin to disentangle major processes in development across these two very different contexts.

           Our first comparison of these two groups of students, when they were 6th graders, was focused on aspects of family relations, and again, findings showed that the high-income students were, in fact, no more "privileged" than were their inner-city counterparts.  Across various relationship dimensions wealthy suburban youth perceived their parents no more positively than did students who lived in harsh conditions of urban poverty.  Furthermore, in the rich community just as in the poor one, children who felt close to their parents excelled across different domains; those who felt distant from their parents tended to be at risk for emotional as well as academic problems (Luthar & Latendresse, 2005b).

           Peer pressure is widely believed to have a strong effect on their development, and in our next study, we examined the degree to which wealthy and poor youth might serve as both positive and negative socializing influences (Becker & Luthar, 2004).  Again, we found more similarities than differences:  Early adolescents in both settings were somewhat admiring of classmates who openly flouted authority.

           As noted earlier, we have followed this suburban 6th grade cohort through high school and have found several issues of concern.  As high school sophomores, for example, these youth reported significantly higher levels of substance use as compared to national normative samples.   They also said that their parents were generally more tolerant of their substance use than of other adolescent "misbehaviors", such as rudeness to adults or minor acts of delinquency.  And (not surprisingly) greater perceived parent lenience of substance use was related to more frequent use of drugs and alcohol by the teens (Luthar & Goldstein, 2008).  Subsequent analyses revealed that substance use during high school was not without its consequences.  Sophomores reporting marijuana use, in particular, tended to achieve significantly poorer academic grades than others during their last three years of high school (Ansary & Luthar, 2009).

        In recent years, we have extended our work with teens in our longitudinal cohort to cover also (a) private schools serving high-income families in large cities, and (b) suburban youth in areas other than the North East.   Collectively, these data suggest that the problems of affluent youth seem to generalize beyond a particular community or geographic area.  Across multiple samples, we are seeing that affluent youth report, on average, more difficulties than national normative samples not only in substance use but also other problems including internalizing symptoms (such as depression and anxiety), self-injurious behaviors, and random acts of delinquency (Luthar & Barkin, 2012; Luthar & Goldstein, 2008; Yates, Tracy, & Luthar, 2008).    

           In addition to the topics listed above, doctoral students are currently exploring a range of questions based on the data we already have.  To illustrate, ongoing projects are focused on the long-term effects of different dimensions of family relationships; the role of eating disorders and body image problems in suburban girls' vulnerability to depression; the long-term effects of problems such as depression, anxiety, and substance use on adolescents' academic grades; the degree to which neighborhoods' characteristics (such as isolation and alienation versus support and helpfulness) might contribute to adolescent's adjustment; and attitudes toward help-seeking from community professionals (e.g., concerns about the privacy of family problems).

Children of mothers with major mental illnesses

            A second area of ongoing research is on resilience and vulnerability among children of mothers with major psychiatric disorders such as drug abuse, and depressive or anxiety disorders.  This programmatic research is ongoing in New Haven, CT, and began with research on families of cocaine and heroin addicts, which revealed that 8-17 year old children of substance abusing mothers were at high risk for many problems.  More specifically, almost two thirds of these children had at least one major psychiatric disorder themselves by the average age of 12 years (Luthar, Cushing, Merikangas, & Rounsaville, 1998).

            In subsequent work, we considered the degree to which vulnerability might be conferred by maternal drug abuse per se and / or by depressive and anxiety disorders, which often co-exist with addiction among women.  In a new study, we recruited three groups of mothers: those with histories of cocaine or heroin abuse; depression or anxiety; or neither of these sets of diagnoses.  An initial exploration of a subset of approximately 200 mothers and their children in this sample showed, in fact, that maternal depression was apparently more deleterious for children than was maternal drug abuse: children of drug abusing mothers had lower rates of psychiatric disorders than did offspring of depressed mothers (Luthar, D'Avanzo, & Hites, 2003).  With completion of data collection for this study - 361 mother-child dyads - we are now conducting further, in-depth analyses of relative child vulnerability as a function of maternal diagnoses.

            In an extension of this study, we obtained funding to conduct follow-up assessments of this cohort of mothers and children, four and a half years after their original assessments.  We reasoned that whereas drug abusers' children seemed less vulnerable than depressed mothers' children at the average age of 12 years, these differences could be reversed by middle and late adolescence - when the children could themselves begin to experiment with substances more freely.  This longitudinal follow-up study is currently underway.

            A recent extension of this work has been to recruit high socioeconomic status mothers with major mental illnesses as well.  Thus far, our work in this domain has been focused largely on low-income women and their children, but recently, we have begun to explore parallel issues among wealthy, highly-educated mothers as well.  There is an assumption that with the availability of economic resources for their parents' psychiatric treatment, children in these families would be relatively trouble-free, but there are no data available, so far, to validate or negate this assumption.

            In addition to continuing with the various psychiatric and psychological assessments described in our earlier works (Luthar et al., 2003; 1998), another exciting new extension of this work on mother-child dyads involves the inclusion of biological indices.  Specifically, we are now considering genetic factors in vulnerabilities to different disorders, as well as biological measures of stress-reactivity, as indexed, for example, by levels of the stress hormone cortisol, heart rate, and body temperature.   

            Another extension of this work involves psychotherapy research.  In the mid 1990's, we developed a parenting group psychotherapy for at-risk mothers, entitled Relational Psychotherapy Parenting Group.  This intervention was based on insight-oriented therapy, and its development reflected specific recognition of the challenges unique to women and mothers.  Initial evaluations showed that drug-abusing mothers who received this intervention fared significantly better, after treatment, than did those who received treatment as usual in their methadone clinics (Luthar & Suchman, 2000).  Following this initial assessment, we received funding for a larger randomized clinical trial, in which this treatment was tested against drug counseling.  Data from this new trial confirmed the importance of the supportive intervention for women in clinics.  (Luthar, Suchman, & Altomare, 2007).

            As with the school-based research, doctoral students at Teachers College are currently exploring various aspects of these data of mothers with major mental illnesses and their offspring.  Examples of topics considered are further analyses of child vulnerability as a function of different maternal diagnoses; long-term effects of maternal depression versus substance abuse; the role of intelligence as a potential "protective factor"; and major antecedents of academic or educational resilience. 

Motherhood: Developmental phenomenology

 In developmental research, women are typically considered in terms of their behaviors as mothers - rarely in terms of their own personhood.  In an internet-based survey (www.MomsAsPeople.com), we are exploring how women  feel about their different roles -- not only as mothers, but also as spouses, friends, workers (in and out of the home), individuals with various hopes and fears -- and how they cope with the challenge of balancing multiple roles.

References (for more citations, please see Bibliography under "CV") 

Ansary, N. A.. & Luthar, S. S. (2009).  Distress and academic achievement among adolescents of affluence: A study of externalizing and internalizing problem behaviors and school performance.  Development and Psychopathology, 21, 319-341.  

Becker, B., & Luthar S. S. (2007). Peer-perceived admiration and social preference: contextual correlates of positive peer regard among suburban and urban adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 17(1), 117-144.  

Luthar, S. S. (2003). The culture of affluence: Psychological costs of material wealth.Child Development, 74, 1581-1593.

Luthar, S.S. (Ed.) (2003).  Resilience and vulnerability: Adaptation in the context of childhood adversities. Cambridge University Press.

Luthar, S. S. (2006). Resilience in development: A synthesis of research across five decades. In D. Cicchetti & D. J. Cohen (Eds.), Developmental Psychopathology: Risk, disorder, and adaptation (pp. 740-795). New York: Wiley.  

Luthar, S. S., & Ansary, N.  (2005). Privileged but pressured: A study of affluent youthChild Development, 73, 1593-1610.

Luthar, S. S., & Barkin, S. H.  (2012).  Are affluent youth truly "at risk"? Vulnerability and resilience across three diverse samples.  Development and Psychopathology, 24, 429-449. 

   

Luthar, S. S. & Brown, P. J. (2007). Maximizing resilience through diverse levels of inquiry: Prevailing paradigms, possibilities and priorities for the future.  Development and Psychopathology, 19, 931-955.     
 
Luthar, S. S., Cicchetti, D., & Becker, B.  (2000). Multiple jeopardy: Risk and protective factors among addicted mothers' offspringDevelopment and Psychopathology, 10, 117-136.     

Luthar, S. S., & D'Avanzo, K. (1999). Children's exposure to community violence: Implications for understanding risk and resilience. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 33, 499-505.  

Luthar, S. S., & Latendresse, S. J. (2005). Children of the affluent: Challenges to well-being. Current Directions in Psychological Science,14 , 49-53  

Luthar, S. S., & Latendresse, S. J.  (2005b). Comparable "risks" at the SES extremes: Pre-adolescents' perceptions of parentingDevelopment and Psychopathology, 17, 207-230.

Luthar, S. S., & Sexton, C. (2005). The high price of affluence. In R. V. Kail (Ed.), Advances in Child Development, 32, 126-162. San Diego, CA: Academic Press. 

Luthar, S. S., & Suchman, N. E.  (2000). ). Relational Psychotherapy Mothers' Group: A developmentally informed intervention for at-risk mothers. Development and Psychopathology, 12, 235-253.   

Luthar, S. S., Suchman, N. E., & Altomare, M. (2007). Relational Psychotherapy Mothers Group: A randomized clinical trial for substance abusing mothers. Development and Psychopathology, 19, 243-261.  

Yates, T. M., Tracy, A. J., Luthar, S. S. (2008).  Nonsuicidal self-injury among "privileged" youth: Longitudinal and cross-sectional approaches to developmental processes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 52-62.

honors and awards

2010                Appointment as Professor Adjunct, Yale University's Child Study Center
2009         Award for Mentorship, Courage, and Integrity: Asian Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development.

"font-family: 'Times New Roman'; ">2007-2008 Member, Committee on Socioeconomic Status: American Psychological  Association - Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest

2006          Fellow, American Association for Psychological Science (APS) for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Science
 
2006 - 2009Member, Governing Council, Society for Research in Child Development
 
2005 -- 2006Outstanding Teacher Award, Teachers College, Columbia University
 
2003 - 2004 Outstanding Teacher Award, Teachers College, Columbia University.
 
2002 - 2003Outstanding Teacher Award, Teachers College, Columbia University.
 
2002              Chair, Initial Review Group: National Institute of Health, Center for Scientific Review: Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention -1 Committee (Term: 2002 - 2004)
 
1998               Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award for Early Career Contributions. American Psychological Association, Division 7: Developmental Psychology
 
1996              Outstanding Contributions to Child Development. Delhi University, India
 
1995             American Mensa Education & Research Foundation Award for excellence in research on intelligence and intellectual giftedness
 
1993             Research Scientist Development Award (K-21). National Institute on Drug Abuse
 
1990             American Psychological Association Dissertation Award, Div. 37:Child, Youth, & Family Services
 
1988                Enders Prize Fellowship: support for dissertation research, Yale University.
 
1987                Enders Prize Fellowship: supportfor independent research, Yale University.

1978                 All India Post Graduate Merit Scholarship

grants

Principal Investigator: Family Research Consortium - V. National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, OBSSR; (R13 MH082592-01); Dates: May 01, 2008 - April 30, 2011.

Principal Investigator: "Maternal Drug Abuse, Psychopathology, and Child Adaptation".  National Institute on Drug Abuse (2 R01 DA010726-12); dates: 09/30/2007 - 05/31/2012; costs: $2,785,648.

Principal Investigator: "Substance Abuse Among Suburban Youth: A Prospective Study".  National Institute on Drug Abuse (DA014385-01); dates: 02/01/2003 - 01/31/2008; costs: $1,262,126.

Principal Investigator: "Maternal Drug Abuse, Psychopathology, and Child Adaptation".  National Institute on Drug Abuse (RO1DA10726-07); dates: 04/01/2002 - 03/01/2007; costs: $1,933, 415.

Principal Investigator: "Vulnerability and competence among suburban youth: A seven wave longitudinal study".  William T. Grant Foundation; dates: 06/01/2001 - 05/31/2007; costs: $502,845.  

Principal Investigator: "Relational Parenting Groups for DCF-involved mothers".  Department of Children and Families, State of Connecticut; dates: 01/03/2000 - 06/31/2000; costs: $11,000. 

Principal Investigator: "Risk and resilience among suburban adolescents: A three-year longitudinal study".  William T. Grant Foundation; dates: 04/01/1999 - 03/31/2001; costs: $53,705. 

Co-Principal Investigator: "Aggression in school-age children".  Co-Investigators: Marla Brassard, Terry Orr, Charles Basch, Teachers College, Columbia University.  Spencer Foundation; dates: 08/01/1999 - 07/31/2001; costs:  $300,000.

Co-investigator: "Drug-Dependent Fathers: A Developmental Perspective"  P.I.: Thomas McMahon, Yale University.  National Institute on Drug Abuse (RO1-DA11988); dates: 07/01/1998 - 06/30/2000; costs:  $136,787. 

Principal Investigator: "Relational Parenting Therapy for Opioid Abusing Mothers".  National Institute on Drug Abuse (RO1-DA11498); dates: 01/01/1998 - 11/30/2002; costs: $2,226,520. 

Principal Investigator: "Maternal drug use, psychopathology, and child adaptation".  National Institute on Drug Abuse (RO1-DA10726); dates: 09/30/1996 - 09/29/2001; costs: $1,513,080.

Principal Investigator: "Risk and resilience among adolescents".  William T. Grant Foundation; dates: 07/01/1996 - 06/30/1997; costs: $5,000.

Faculty Award: Salary support from the Smith Richardson Foundation, Westport, CT, to supplement NIDA Research Scientist Development Award; dates: 08/01/1996 - 07/31/1997; costs: $19,019.        

Principal Investigator: "Psychosocial profiles associated with adolescent substance use: A school-based, needs-assessment study".  Component grant within the "Psychotherapy Development for Cocaine and Opioid Abuse" Center funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse; Center PI: Bruce Rounsaville, M.D. (P50-DA09241); dates: 09/01/1995 - 08/01/1997; costs:  $11,800. 

Principal Investigator: "Relational Psychotherapy Parenting for addicted mothers". Component grant within the "Psychotherapy Development for Cocaine and Opioid Abuse" Center funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse; Center PI: Bruce Rounsaville, M.D. (P50-DA09241); dates: 09/01/1994 - 08/31/1997; costs: $401, 628. 

Co-Investigator: "Parenting stress in opioid dependent women and the developmental competence of their children: A study of treatment needs".  Component grant within the "Psychotherapy Development for Cocaine and Opioid Abuse" Center funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse; PI: Bruce Rounsaville, M.D. (P50-DA09241); dates: 09/01/1994 - 08/01/1996; costs: $11,862. 

Research Scientist Development Award (K21) from National Institute on Drug Abuse (K21-DA00202); dates: 08/01/1993 - 07/31/1998; costs:  $574,066.

Principal Investigator on grant from the Social Science Research Council, New York, for research on resilience among underprivileged adolescents.  Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation; dates: 09/1990 - 12/1991; costs: $6,850.

personal news

In September 2009, Luthar returned to teaching full time after a two-year gap due to events following her tenure as Chair, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology.  For details, see

HUDK 5040: Development and psycho-pathology: Atypical contexts and populations

Using contemporary research as the basis, the focus is on the interface between classical developmental psychology theories and patterns of development identi-fied in atypical contexts (e.g., poverty) and among atypical populations (e.g., resilient youth). Implications for interventions and policy are also discussed.

HUDK 6529: Seminar in risk, resilience and developmental psychology

Permission required. Students participate in ongoing research.

Documents & Papers

Download: 1999LuthDAvanz [PDF]

Download: 1998MultJeopardy [PDF]

Download: LuthCiccBeckResil [PDF]

Download: 2000LuthSuchRPMG [PDF]

Privileged but pressured

Download: 2002PrivilButPressured [PDF]

The culture of affluence

Download: 2003CultureofAffluence [PDF]

Summary of findings from Resilience book

Download: 2003LuthZelazoResilience [PDF]

Children's exposure to community violence

Download: 2004LuthGoldsteinCommViol [PDF]

Children of the affluent

Download: 2005CurrentDirections [PDF]

Dimensions of adolescent rebellion

Download: 2005LuthAnsaryAdolSES_Extremes [PDF]

The high price of affluenc

Download: 2005HighPriceAffluence [PDF]

Comparable “risks” at the SES extremes

Download: 2005LuthLatendParentsSES_Extremes [PDF]

Resilience at an early age and its impact on child psychosocial developmen

Download: 2005Luth_Resil_Encyclo [PDF]

Extracurricular involvement among affluent youth

Download: 2006ActivitiesLuthShoumBrown [PDF]

Conceptual issues in studies of resilience

Download: 2006LuthSawyBrown [PDF]

Substance use, emotional distress, delinquent behavior, and social competence

Download: 2006McMahLuthAdolSubstance [PDF]

“Overscheduling” versus other stressors

Download: 2006LutharSPR [Word]

Peer-perceived admiration and social preference

Download: 2007BeckerLuthar [PDF]

Maximizing resilience through diverse levels of inquiry

Download: 2007LutharBrown [PDF]

Relational Psychotherapy Mothers Group

Download: 2007LuthSuchRPMG [PDF]

Maternal drug abuse versus maternal depression

Download: 2007LuthSextonMatDrug [PDF]

Nonsuicidal self-injury among "privileged" youth

Download: 2008Yatesetal [PDF]

Distress and academic achievement among adolescents of affluence

Download: 2009AnsaryLuthar [PDF]

Substance use and related behaviors among suburban late adolescents

Download: 2009LuthGoldsteinContainment.pdf [PDF]

Download: 2009 Yoo [PDF]

Download: 2011 Racz [PDF]

Download: 2012LutharandBarkin [PDF]

Problems of rich kids

Download: 2013 Psychology Today [PDF]

Download: My TC Picture [Image]

Centers and Projects

Developmental Psychopathology and Resilience Among Children and Families at Risk
Dr. Suniya Luthar's current work is with affluent adolescent populations aimed at understanding the psychosocial risk and protective factors that interact to eventuate in maladjustment. She is currently conducting a longitudinal project that has followed students from 6th grade through high school in an affluent suburban community.

Please contact Suniya Luthar suniya.luthar@tc.columbia.edu if you have any further questions.

Suniya S. Luthar appeared in the following articles:

Wealthy, Suburban Children Experience Substance Abuse, Depression and Anxiety at a Higher Rate than Inner-City Kids (5/13/2013)

Suniya Luthar: Keep Teens Busy But Ease Performance Pressure (2/7/2013)

The Psychological Impact of Spirituality (11/21/2012)

Suniya Luthar Gives Forbes.com Readers Advice on Raising Wealthy Children (6/19/2012)

The Consequences of Great Expectations (5/14/2012)

What's a Mother to Do? (12/16/2011)

Idalia Catalan: Coming of Age (10/10/2011)

Bidding Farewell to a Capital Guy (5/12/2011)

Navigating Adolescent Risk-Taking (6/14/2010)

Good Parents, Bad Results (6/12/2008)

The State of the College: Emerging Stronger from Trying Times (10/20/2007)

Transcript of the State of the College Address (10/19/2007)

2006: Research Highlights (5/8/2007)

Mercer Island has it all, plus extra helping of teen angst (4/21/2007)

Cosmopolitan Moms (11/9/2006)

Orienting to History (10/27/2006)

Faculty Notes (9/18/2006)

Study: The more activities the better (9/18/2006 12:55:00 PM)

Study Finds Wealthier Teens More Troubled (9/14/2006 12:08:00 PM)

Kids Really Aren't Overscheduled (8/20/2006)

No Beach Blanket Bingo Here (6/8/2006)

Psychology Professor Offers Insights on Teenage Drug Use (5/19/2006)

Resilience and Vulnerability- Adaptation in the Context of Childhood Adversities (8/16/2005)

Schools plan survey on students' drinking (8/16/2005)

TC Professor May Lead Study of Teens' Risky Behaviors (8/5/2005)

More Money, More Problems? (2/8/2005)

Engaging in Research: An Award-Winning Faculty (8/1/2003)

In brief (4/1/2003)

Luthar's Study on Affluent Adolescents is National News (12/1/2002)

Suburban Kids Under More Pressure than Ever (10/17/2002)

Study Shows Affluent Kids May Be More Likely to Abuse Drugs (9/17/2002)

Study Shows Affluent Kids May Be More Likely to Abuse Drugs (9/17/2002)

From Pakistani Television for Children to the Afghan Children's Project (6/1/2002)

In Brief (3/1/2002)

Examining School Violence (1/1/2001)

Spencer Grant Studies Research: Nipping Aggression in the Bud (1/1/2001)

Graduates Sing 'Happy Birthday' to Governor Hunt of North Carolina (6/1/2000)

Professor Luthar Finds Suburban Teens Prone to Substance Abuse and Stress (6/1/2000)

Professor Luthar's Study Finds Suburban Teens more Prone to Substance abuse, Stress and delinquency (8/1/1999)

Luthar to Receive APA Award (2/12/1998)