PROVO — Brigham Young University professor Tim Smith has received the Emerging Professional Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues.

The award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in education, research or practice to promote ethnic minority issues within 10 years of their graduation. Smith received the award at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in San Francisco in August.

Smith is an associate professor in the McKay School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education. His research focuses on adapting mental health treatment for non-Caucasian North Americans and increasing life spans by means of adequate social support.

He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from BYU in 1991 and a master's degree in counseling psychology from Utah State University. In 1996, Smith earned a second master's degree in research psychology from Rhodes University in South Africa. He then returned to USU, where he completed a third master's degree in sociology and a doctorate in professional psychology. Smith has taught at BYU since 1999.