Learning and the Brain

Leslie Hicks , Ph.D.

October 30, 2006


Few Howard professors can claim to have spent half a century teaching on this campus. But Dr. Leslie Hicks can certainly make that claim to fame. After earning his B.S. in psychology at Howard and graduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he returned to Howard to teach in 1954. Since then he has spent time as an exchange scientist to the former Soviet Union, an administrative officer at the American Psychological Association (APA), a fellow at UCLA’s Brain Research Institute, and a fellow at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Yet he has remained a pillar of Howard University for more than fifty years.

Dr. Hicks’s long career has produced countless publications about biological, developmental, clinical, and social psychology. Dr. Hicks has investigated attention, memory, aging, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, and numerous other topics. However, his career has been noteworthy because of service as well as research. As a member of the APA, he has served on the Committee on Human Research, the Education and Training Board, the Committee on Equality of Opportunity in Psychology, the Board of Social and Ethical Responsibility in Psychology, and the Publications and Communications Board. As a result, the APA recently presented Dr. Hicks with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

However, nowhere has Dr. Hicks achieved more than at Howard. He has not only conducted research at Howard but also taught generations of undergraduate and graduate students about the brain and behavior. As a result, Howard’s Faculty Senate bestowed upon him its Lifetime Achievement Award.

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