Gold medal award for life achievement in psychology in the public interest: Janet E. Helms.

Janet E. Helms has made extraordinary contributions in the public interest as a scholar, mentor, and leader. Her scholarship has defined and reframed discourse on race, identity development, psychological assessment, social advocacy, and intergroup communications. Her groundbreaking work on racial identity transformed understandings of identity and culture. She has invited students to challenge their perspectives and has mentored over 50 doctoral students who now seek to advance her legacy. As the Augustus Long Professor and the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) at Boston College, Dr. Helms has convened the internationally impactful Annual Diversity Challenge Conference. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)