Karen Wyche, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor, Social Work, School of Social Work
Karen Wyche, PhD, MSW, s research professor at the School of Nursing, George Washington University. Wyche's research and writings focus on understanding the role of gender, socio-cultural and socio-economic factors in a variety of outcomes including mental and physical health, ethnic identity and community based interventions. She has extensive experience in working with low income and minority communities in program evaluation, training of service providers and community focused interventions.
Wyche has held many leadership roles throughout her academic career. These include: service on the institutional review boards at Brown University and New York University where she served also as chair, membership on boards of Women's Studies programs, promotion and tenure committees, and search committees for faculty and deans, departmental representative to the Faculty Senate at the University of Miami, university and external grant review committees, external reader at Brunel University (UK), and editorial board service. Within APA, Wyche is a Fellow of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Div. 35), the Society for Clinical Psychology (Div. 12) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Div. 9). For Div. 35, she served as council representative and held leadership positions in: the Section on Black Women, the Mentoring Committee and co-chair, Nominations and Election Committee, Recognition Committee, the Finance Committee, co-chair, early career mentor, and chair, strategic planning committee. She is the 2009 recipient of the Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award for Distinguished Service to the Society for the Psychology of Women. In 2013, she was awarded the Carolyn Wood Sherif Award. In Div. 12 Section IV (Women) she held various positions on the Executive Committee, and for Div. 9 she was, from 1999-2002, national government organization representative to the United Nations. She was a member of the APA Task Force for Socioeconomic Status and Social Class that became the Committee on Socioeconomic Status. In addition, she served on the Committee on International Relations. She is a former chair of the Committee on Women in Psychology and the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Educational Affairs.