Jacqueline Mattis, professor and chair of Steinhardt’s Department of Applied Psychology, has been awarded NYU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award. The award is presented annually to five faculty members at NYU who exemplify King’s spirit through their teaching, public service, leadership, and community-building activities.
Mattis, who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the counseling and the counseling for mental health and wellness programs was awarded Steinhardt’s Graduate Student Organization’s Faculty Star Award in 2006. She researches the role of religiosity and spirituality in the lives of African American adults, and is interested in the ways that religion and spirituality inform pro-social development and positive psychological outcomes, including altruism, volunteerism, civic engagement, optimism, and forgiveness.
Mattis has published in The American Journal of Community Psychology, The Journal of Community Psychology the Journal of Adult Development, Personality and Individual Differences, Violence Against Women, and The Journal of Clinical Child Psychology. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Black Psychology and the Psychology of Women Quarterly.
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award is sponsored by NYU’s Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and the Office of the Assistant Vice President of Student Diversity.