October 24, 2006
For immediate release
Dr. Cynthia Hudley of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education will discuss her work as a professor in the Department of Education with Ron “The Barron” Herron on KZSB 1290 AM on Wednesday, October 25 from 9-10 am. Those out of the Santa Barbara listening area can hear the broadcast via the web.
Cynthia Hudley has also served as Associate Dean of the UCSB Graduate Division. Her scholarship addresses children’s social development, with a specific focus on aggressive behavior and achievement motivation. Hudley has developed an aggression reduction curriculum, the BrainPower program, to improve peer relations in elementary school. She was recently honored as one of 12 recipients of a national award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for her research in youth violence prevention. The award recognized her development of the BrainPower program, which has been designated a “Promising Program” by the NIH. She is currently examining the transition from high school to college with a special focus on students who are the first in their families to attend college.
Dr. Hudley is also currently completing a volume for Yale University press that details the BrainPower curriculum. She is also editing a volume on achievement motivation in diverse populations for Oxford University Press. She has also served a co-editor of a volume on scholarship pertaining to the African-American experience, where she served as section editor on education and psychology.
In addition, Hudley has sat on several national advisory committees relevant to youth development, including an advisory committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that investigated disproportionate minority confinement among the incarcerated juvenile population. She is an incoming Vice President of the American Educational Research Association, a member of the Board of Educational Affairs of the American Psychological Association, a past president for the national Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, and a member of a number of editorial boards of scholarly journals. She serves locally as the vice president of the Board of Directors for the Endowment for Youth Committee (EYC) and is a member of the executive board of the Mayme A. Clayton Library, Museum, and Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Prior to her academic career, Hudley spent 15 years as a professional educator, working with students with learning disorders and emotional disturbances at the middle school and high school levels, as well as with incarcerated juvenile populations.
[Cynthia Hudley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789.]