Helen A Neville

Professor of African American Studies
Educational Psychology
Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Center for African Studies

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Helen A. Neville is a professor of Educational Psychologyand 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 ofMissouri-Columbia where she co-founded and co-directed the Center forMulticultural Research, Training, and Consultation. Dr. Neville has heldleadership positions on campus and nationally.  She was a Provost Fellow and participated inthe CIC/Big 10 Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Academy. Currently she isthe president-elect of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture,Ethnicity, and Race, which is a division of the American PsychologicalAssociation (APA). She has co-edited 5 books and (co)-authored nearly 90journal articles and book chapters in the areas of race, racism, and racialidentity, and diversity issues related to well-being. Dr. Neville has beenrecognized for her research and mentoring efforts including receiving theAssociation of Black Psychologists’ Distinguished Psychologist of the Yearaward, the APA Minority Fellowship Award, Dalmas Taylor Award for OutstandingResearch Contribution, APA Graduate Students Kenneth and Mamie Clark Award, theAPA Division 45 Charles and Shirley Thomas Award for mentoring/contributions toAfrican American students/community, and the Winter Roundtable Janet E. HelmsMentoring Award. 

Her current research interests center on two interrelated areas of racial ideology: Black racial ideology: Black racial identity and color-blind racial ideology.  Her work has appeared in a wide range of journals including, The Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Black Psychology, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.  She served as the Associate Editor of The Counseling Psychologist and the Journal of Black Psychology and she currently serves on the board of a number of scholarly journals.  She is the lead editor of the Handbook of African American Psychology .

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Race and racism, racial identity, African American Psychology
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