Lula Beatty, Ph.D.

Lula Beatty, Ph.D., is the Senior Director, Health Disparities Program, American Psychological Association. She is responsible for the conceptualization of program goals, translation of those goals into programs and activities and the development of resources and collaborations. Major programs include smoking/tobacco health disparities initiatives, health disparities in vulnerable boys and men, stress and health disparities, a working group on implicit bias, and a Health Equity Ambassadors program. She was the founding Director of the Special Populations Office, Office of the Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, and served in this capacity until 2012. She was responsible for the creation and execution of diversity in science and health disparities programs including the development of special initiatives, e.g., South Africa Initiative, African Americans and criminal justice, and health disparities in boys and men. Before joining NIDA, she was Director of Research at the Institute for Urban Affairs and Research, Howard University, where she was involved in training and research programs on child abuse and neglect, Black family strengths, and mental health in Black communities.