Dr. A. Wade Boykin
“EVERY CHILD has the capacity to succeed in school and in life.” That is the motto of the Capstone Institute, where Dr. A. Wade Boykin, Professor of Psychology, conducts research on "educating the whole child." The Capstone Institute grew out of the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR), which Dr. Boykin co-directed for ten years. According to Dr. Boykin, CRESPAR was "the largest federally funded educational research and development center in the history of American education." Now at the Capstone Institute, Dr. Boykin, continues to pursue CRESPAR's mission, especially on behalf of African American students. In the words of one of his former students, Dr. Boykin is “an inspirational, highly devoted professor who has made significant contributions to the teaching-learning community for African American students from grade school to graduate school across the United States.”
Across the United States, Dr. Boykin has promoted his Talent Development Model, an educational model based on the philosophy that “students are not inherently at risk but rather are placed at risk of educational failure by many adverse practices and situations.” To develop and test this model, he has published research about African American child development, African American academic achievement, and the relationships among cognition, motivation, and culture. Because of his expertise, in 1995, the American Psychological Association (APA) asked him to serve on the APA task force that published “Intelligence: Knowns and Unknowns,” a response to Richard Hernstein and Charles Murray’s controversial book The Bell Curve. More recently, the White House invited him to serve on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel.