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Posted on December 4th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Dr. Na'im Akbar

Dr. Na’im Akbar

Dr. Na’im Akbar

Outstanding Faculty – 2015

Dr. Na’im Akbar was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, where he graduated from the Florida A and M University Laboratory School in 1961.  Upon graduating high school, he moved on to the University of Michigan, where he completed his B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Clinical Psychology, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Akbar is a Clinical Psychologist well known for his Afro-centric approach to psychology. He is a distinguished scholar, public speaker, and author.  Dr. Akbar entered the world of Black Psychology in the 1960s, as the Black Power Movement was gaining more and more momentum.  In the 1970s, Dr, Akbar published his first critiques of the Eurocentric psychological tradition, asserting that this model maintained intellectual oppression on African Americans.  Many of his major works involved mental health among African Americans.

After obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Dr. Akbar worked for the Psychology Department at Morehouse College.  At Morehouse, he designed and taught the first Black Psychology course in the history of the college, and eventually developed the first Black Psychology program at the college.  After two years of working at Morehouse, he was named chair of the Psychology Department.  Three years later, he left Morehouse to work at the Nation of Islam’s headquarters in Chicago.  He created the Office of Human Development, where he remained for two years until he went back to teaching and accepted a position at Norfolk State University.  As an Associate Professor at Norfolk, Dr. Akbar crafted and taught courses in Black Psychology.  Dr. Akbar then accepted a faculty position at Florida State University (FSU), where he continued to teach courses in Black Psychology.

Dr. Akbar served on the board of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) numerous times, which is the largest professional organization with focuses on Black mental health in the world.  He served as the President of the ABPsi from 1987 to 1988.  Additionally, he has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Black Studies and was the associate editor of the Journal of Black Psychology for eight years.  He was acclaimed by Essence Magazine as “one of the world’s preeminent Psychologists and a pioneer in the development of an African-centered approach in modern psychology.”

After teaching at FSU for 28 years, Dr. Akbar retired in 2008 so that he could put more time and effort into his role as the president of his private consulting and publishing company.  He created the private consulting company, Na’im Akbar Consultants, and the publishing company, Mind Productions, to broaden his teaching audience.  Throughout his career, he has become a distinguished author, writing numerous books and speaking publicly to share his expertise at conferences and interviews.  His major contributions to the field of psychology have been centered on the topics of developing an African-centered approach in modern psychology – which for Dr. Akbar involves the deconstruction of Eurocentric psychological thought and the subsequent reconstruction/construction of an African psychology that includes the specific historical and cultural experiences of African Americans.  Other key topics in Dr. Akbar’s life work involve the African American family and relationships, cultural diversity, and the Afro-centric perspective.