Sharon Lamb Honored with Association for Moral Education’s Kuhmerker Career Award

Office of Communications | Tue Dec 18, 2018

UMass Boston Professor and Author Is Expert on Sexual Ethics

Sharon Lamb, a professor of counseling and school psychology in UMass Boston’s College of Education and Human Development, is this year’s recipient of the Association for Moral Education’s Lisa Kuhmerker Career Award. Lamb received the award at the AME’s meeting in Barcelona, Spain, last month.

Founded in 1976, the Association for Moral Education is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering communication and cooperation among scholars and practitioners considering all aspects of moral learning, development, and action. The Kuhmerker Career Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding, long-term scholarly contributions to the field of morality, as well as to the Association for Moral Education. It’s named after AME founder Lisa Kuhmerker, a professor, editor, and author of several books on the theory and practice of moral education.

“Professor Lamb is an eminently worthy recipient of this honor,” said Kaye Cook, the president of the AME. “The first recipient of the award, in 1982, was Dr. Lawrence Kohlberg. Dr. Lamb was never his student but represents the breadth of approaches to moral education that the organization now embodies.”

Lamb is an experienced clinician who is board certified in counseling psychology. She trains doctoral and master’s students at UMass Boston in advanced psychotherapy and personality assessment. An expert on moral development, abuse and victimization, sexual development, psychotherapy with children and adolescents, the sexualization of girls, and media and marketing impact on the development of girls and boys, Lamb has written, edited, and coauthored 10 books. She won the Books for a Better Life Award for Packaging Girlhood (2006) and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research’s book award for Sex, Therapy, and Kids (2006). She is a coauthor of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force Report on the Sexualization of Girls. Also notable is the publication of her award-winning sexual education curriculum, Sexual Ethics for a Caring Society (2016).

As one nominator wrote, “She demonstrates philosophical acumen and a breadth of psychological knowledge that is matched by a desire to better the lives of others.” 

“Now, more than ever, we have an obligation to infuse ethics in everything we teach. It’s such an honor to have this wonderful organization recognize my work in sex education as moral education,” Lamb said.

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