Shawn Bediako, associate professor of psychology, has been named to the advisory board of the Center for the History of Psychology (CHP). The CHP, which is located at The University of Akron, provides access to and interprets the historical record of psychology and related human sciences. It is home to a museum of psychology and the Archives of the History of American Psychology.
“I’ve always had an interest in the history of psychology,” said Bediako. “I use my interest in history to balance out the rigors of doing research.”
Bediako came to the center’s attention in 2008, when he planned a celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of the first African American woman earning her doctorate in psychology. As a member of the advisory board, Bediako hopes to add the stories of minority psychologists to the larger history of the discipline.
“We have to stop looking at the experiences of marginalized groups as being separate from the larger history of the discipline,” he said.
The CHP advisory board assists the center in matters of collection management, public outreach, and development.