Psychology Professor Receives Statewide Advocacy Award

Photograph of Meredith College Professor of Psychology Lyn Aubrecht receiving award

Professor of Psychology Lyn Aubrecht has been awarded the James J. Gallagher Advocacy Award by the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT).

The award is presented to an individual inside or outside the field of gifted education who has been a consistent advocate on behalf of gifted students and a voice for supporting gifted education in North Carolina.

In making the award, NCAGT noted Aubrecht’s lifetime of advocacy for gifted learners as a parent and a professor. They also commended his help in preparing the Creech Bill (legislation that required an appropriate education for all exceptional children, including gifted and talented students), his leadership in professional organizations such as NCAGT and Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education (PAGE), and his dedication to legislation, policies, and programs impacting the lives of gifted students.

Aubrecht joined the Meredith faculty in 1974. His special interests include intelligence and the practical applications of psychology, which have led to his support of research opportunities for undergraduate students and his long-term advocacy for appropriate educational opportunities for gifted children.

“This award is the highest honor that could be bestowed upon Dr. Aubrecht by an organization he has spent a lifetime serving,” said Cynthia Edwards, department head and professor of psychology.

While at Meredith, Aubrecht has received the Outstanding Christian Teacher Award, was selected by the American Psychological Association to be a Congressional Science Fellow, and was a Meredith nominee for U.S. National Professor of the Year. Between 2005-09, Aubrecht served as head of the Department of Psychology. In 2006, Aubrecht was selected to present Meredith’s Faculty Distinguished Lecture.

The North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the educational and social-emotional needs of academically and/or intellectually gifted students.

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