Suniya Luthar is a psychologist whose research focuses on vulnerability and resilience in populations, especially youth in poverty and children in families affected by mental illness. She is currently Professor Emerita at Teachers College-Columbia University and Co-Founder & Chief Research Officer at Authentic Connections Co.
Previously, Luthar was faculty at Yale University's Department of Psychiatry and the Yale Child Study Center and the Foundation Professor of Psychology at the Arizona State University.
Luthar is known for her ground-breaking work on promoting resilience among highly pressured youth.
Luthar's Authentic Connections Groups intervention has been recognized in the National Academies' 2019 report as a promising approach to foster resilience among at-risk children and families.
Luthar's work has been cited in the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, NPR, and the Atlantic.
Luthar received her bachelor's and master's degrees in child development from the Lady Irwin College of Delhi University, India. She received her Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from Yale University. She then completed a clinical internship at the Yale Child Study Center.