Kevin Nadal Receives Major Award from American Psychological Association

Associate Professor Kevin Nadal (GC/John Jay, Psychology), executive director of the GC’s CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, has received a coveted award bestowed by the American Psychological Association (APA).   
 
Created in 1989, the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest recognizes “a single extraordinary achievement or a lifetime of outstanding contributions.”

The highly prestigious award includes an honorarium, an opportunity to present at the APA Annual Convention, and an invitation to submit a paper to the American Psychologist.
 
“At first, I was in disbelief,” Nadal said. “But now, I feel a mixture of joy and humility and shock and responsibility.”
 
Past recipients include Gregory Herek, Maria Root, Perry Halkitis, Thema Bryant-Davis, and Anneliese Singh, among other luminaries in the field. 
 
“For non-psychologists, these folks are to psychology as to what Sidney Poitier, Meryl Streep, and Denzel Washington are to film,” Nadal said. “I don't know that I deserve this award, but I hope it will push me to accomplish even a quarter of what each of these trailblazers have in their careers.”
 
Nadal is a leading scholar on how microaggressions (subtle forms of discrimination) affect the mental health of people of color, women, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ) individuals.
 
He is the author of five books, including Women and Mental Disorders (2011, Praeger), That's So Gay: Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community (2013, APA Books), and Filipinos in New York City (2015, Arcadia). 
 
Read a Q&A with Nadal.
 

Submitted on: DEC 21, 2016

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