Justiceworks Researcher Recognized for Distinguished Contributions to Research

photo of L.A. French

Laurence Armand French ’68 ’70G ’75G, a UNH researcher and affiliate professor of Justiceworks, has been awarded the Distinguished Career Contribution to Research Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (Division 45) of the American Psychological Association. The award recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions in service to the field of ethnic minority psychology as well as ethnic minority communities. French received his award in Washington, DC, earlier this month.

On behalf of Division 45, Professor Luis A. Vázquez of New Mexico University noted that French’s “significant contributions to research have greatly contributed to the understanding of ethnic minorities” and that French is a “great role model” who has demonstrated his commitment to people of color.

French has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology (social disorganization/social psychology) from the University of New Hampshire, a Ph.D. in cultural psychology (educational psychology and measurement) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a M.A. in school psychology from Western New Mexico University. He pursued postdoctoral studies in minorities and criminal justice education at the State University of New York-Albany and completed the post-doctoral prescribing psychology program. He is professor emeritus of psychology from Western New Mexico University. French is a licensed clinical psychologist (Arizona); a Fulbright Scholar (University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina – 2009-2010); and Visiting Endowed Chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (fall semester 2010). He is the winner of a 2014 McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award. He has over 300 publications including 17 books—his latest books are Frog Town: Portrait of a French Canadian Parish in New England (University Press of America, 2014); War Trauma and its Aftermath: An International Perspective on the Balkan and Gulf Wars (University Press of America, 2012); and Running the Border Gauntlet: The Mexican Migrant Controversy (Praeger, 2010).

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