Alumna Helen Neville awarded 2021 APA award for contributions to multicultural counseling

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Helen Neville

Helen A. Neville (Counseling Psychology, Ph.D., ’93) has been awarded the 2021 Derald Wing Sue Award for Distinguished Contributions to Multicultural Counseling from Society of Counseling Psychology. The SCP is a division of the American Psychological Association (APA).

The Derald Wing Sue Award recognizes an individual counseling psychologist who has made career contributions to the advancement of the science, practice, or training in the field of multicultural counseling. The award and its associated monetary prize are voted on annually by the Society/Division 17 executive board at its mid-year meeting. Announcement of the award winner is made at the annual APA convention. It is named in honor of Professor Derald Wing Sue, a leader and pioneer of multicultural counseling in the Society of Counseling Psychology as well as the profession of psychology.

Helen A. Neville is a professor of Educational Psychology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to Illinois in 2001, she was on the faculty in Psychology, Educational and Counseling Psychology, and Black Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she co-founded and co-directed the Center for Multicultural Research, Training, and Consultation. She is the past president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, which is a division of the American Psychological Association (APA), and she served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Black Psychologists. She has co-edited 8 books and (co)- authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of race, racism, healing, and diversity issues related to well-being. Dr. Neville has been recognized for her research and mentoring efforts including receiving the Association of Black Psychologists’ Distinguished Psychologist of the Year award, the APA Minority Fellowship Award, Dalmas Taylor Award for Outstanding Research Contribution, APA Graduate Students Kenneth and Mamie Clark Award, the APA Division 45 Charles and Shirley Thomas Award for mentoring/contributions to African American students/ community, and the Winter Roundtable Janet E. Helms Mentoring Award.