A. Wade Boykin is a professor and Director of the Graduate Program in the Department of Psychology at Howard University. He also is the Executive Director of Howard's Capstone Institute (formally known as the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk). Boykin has completed extensive work in the area of research methodology; the interface of culture, context, motivation and cognition; Black child development; and academic achievement in the American social context.
He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on Educational Disparities and a Research Advisory Panel member for the National Minority Student Achievement Network. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for Project Grad USA, as well as on the editorial boards for the Sage Publications Book Series on Race, Ethnicity and Culture and other scholarly journals.
Boykin served on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel created by former U.S. President George W. Bush. He advised Bush and the U.S. Secretary of Education on the conduct, evaluation and effective use of the results of research relating to proven, evidence-based mathematics instruction in order to foster greater knowledge of, and improved performance in, mathematics among American students.