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Linda James Myers

Linda James Myers

Linda James Myers

Professor Emeritus, Department of African American & African Studies


(614) 292-3447

386F University Hall
230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio

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Areas of Expertise

  • Psychology and Culture
  • Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class

Professor Myers specializes in psychology and culture; moral and spiritual identity development; healing practices and psychotherapeutic processes; and, intersections of race, gender and class. Internationally known for her work in the development of a theory of Optimal Psychology, Dr. Myers has conducted lectures and trainings England, South Africa, Ghana and Jamaica. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and five books, including: Understanding an Afrocentric World View: Introduction to a Optimal Psychology; and, most recently, co-editor of Recentering Culture and Knowledge in Conflict Resolution Practice. Dr Myers’ Oneness model of human functioning offers a transdiciplinary focus that builds on insights from the wisdom tradition of African deep thought, and converges with modern physics and Eastern philosophies. Her current research interests comprise the application of that model to a broad range of issues from health and education to business ethics. Dr. Myers has received numerous honors and awards for excellence in research and scholarship, including being named Distinguished Psychologist by the Association of Black Psychologists; the Bethune/Woodson Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Development of Promotion of Black Studies from the National Council of Black Studies; Oni Award by the International Black Women’s Congress; and, the Building to Eternity Award from the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization, among others. Professor Myers is a recipient of the O.S.U. College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, and a past president of the Association of Black Psychologists.

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