Congratulations to Dr. Elena Grigorenko, a CLASS 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award Recipients

About the CLASS Distinguished Faculty Award

The CLASS Distinguished Faculty Award was established in 2019 by Antonio D. Tillis, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and M.D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies.

This award honors senior faculty with internationally recognized bodies of scholarship or creative output.
CLASS Distinguished Faculty Award recipients also exhibit the promise of continued excellence. Candidatesfor this award must have achieved preeminence in their field through stellar research and scholarship.

Funding for the award provided by the generosity of an anonymous donor, supporter, and friend of CLASS.

Elena L. Grigorenko , Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor

Elena L. Grigorenko joined the Department of Psychology in 2015. Grigorenko is a research scientist-teacher whose background is unique because of her dual degrees in psychology and genetics. She completed her doctoral and habilitation qualifications in general and educational psychology at Moscow State University in Russia, and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology and genetics at Yale University.

Grigorenko is a licensed clinical psychologist (CT and TX) with a specialization in forensic psychology. She previously held the position of Emily Fraser Beede Professor of Developmental Disabilities, Child Studies, Psychology, Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale. She has received multiple profession-al awards for her work and significant research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and numerous private foundations.

Grigorenko is also a professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. She has published hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has worked with families and children in Africa, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

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