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Minority Access National Role Models 2012

 

 Linh N. Littleford, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychological Science
Ball State University

Dr. Linh Nguyen Littleford, was born in Bien Hoa, Vietnam. She lived in a small village in Southern Vietnam (near Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon) until age 11. With her mother, she and her younger sister came to the U.S. to be reunited with her father, who had to flee Vietnam in 1975. He was a naval officer so it wasn't safe for him to stay when the communists took over Soutern Vietnam. Dr. Littleford spent the rest of her childhood in Maryland, remaining there until she want to graduate school in Ohio.

Dr. Littleford is a nationally recognized scholar in the psychology of diversity. Her research addresses critically important questions, such as how faculty of color are perceived by students, why attention to diversity should be addressed in the psychology major, and how faculty can assist students in developing multicultural competence. Her work has appeared in high quality psychology journals and she is widely sought as an invited speaker on these topics. Based on her outstanding work, she was selected to join the steering committee for the National Undergraduate Education Conference in Psychology. Only nine faculty, nationwide, were asked to serve in this role and all were nationally recognized scholars in their field. It was indeed an honor to be selected. Dr. Littleford's work resulted in a landmark chapter on how psychologists can address diversity issues in their curriculum and how they can encourage student to pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.