Dr. Suzanne Randolph, associate professor emerita in the department of family science at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, is the recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) James Jones Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Randolph was honored during the 2015 APA Annual Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; the award celebrates her three decades of work as a developmental research psychologist.
Dr. Randolph’s work for black children and their families was shaped early on by her own experiences in New Orleans schools, and later in her academic career at Howard University and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she discovered that research could help her demonstrate that black children can succeed despite great social disadvantages.
In 1988, she joined the faculty at the University of Maryland as an associate professor, where she served for two decades prior to retiring with emerita status in 2008. At Maryland, her work ranged from HIV prevention programs for minority populations to research on childhood obesity and tobacco cessation efforts.
Dr. Randolph has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of children and families. She provides technical advice on advancing the research agenda on the care and education of minority children through congressional testimony, advocacy work, teaching, and active research. She has been repeatedly lauded for substantial contributions to the field of developmental psychology. In her retirement from academe, Dr. Randolph has continued her commitment to reduce health disparities and inequities for minority families through her work as chief science officer at the applied public health research firm The MayaTech Corporation.
For more information on Dr. Randolph’s career: http://www.apa.org/pi/mfp/psychology/convention-awards.aspx