Speakers & Schedule

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Suniya S. Luthar

Dr. Suniya S. Luthar

“Youth in High Achieving Schools: Maximizing Resilience”


This presentation will focus on the culture-specific risk and protective factors that impact student well-being in high achieving schools. This presentation will also encompass burnout faced by parents, educators, and health workers that support these students.


Founding Director of Authentic Connections, Dr. Suniya S. Luthar is Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and Professor Emerita at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Luthar’s research involves vulnerability and resilience among various populations including youth in poverty, children in families affected by mental illness, and teens in upper-middle class families. Her recent research has been focused on motherhood, exploring factors that best help mothers negotiate the challenges of motherhood. Luthar is the mother of two adult children. She lives in Tempe, AZ.


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