Garcini receives American Psychological Association’s Achievement Award for Early Career Psychologists

Luz Garcini

Luz Garcini, an assistant professor of psychological sciences at Rice University and interim director of Community Health at the university’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is a recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Achievement Award for Early Career Psychologists.

Luz Garcini
Luz Garcini. Photo credit: Rice Baker Institute.

Three awards are presented annually to distinguished early career psychologists working in any area of psychology (such as education, practice, public interest, applied and science) who have made a significant impact on psychology or society.

Garcini’s research, community, advocacy and policy work focuses on community-engaged science aimed at identifying, understanding and addressing the health needs of historically marginalized communities. More information about her research is available here .

“I feel fortunate to have the privilege of using psychological science and community-engaged research to make meaningful contributions towards building a more equitable and inclusive society for the benefit of all people, particularly communities that have been historically marginalized and oppressed,” Garcini said.

Garcini will present her research at an upcoming APA event. More information on the award is available online at