Dr. Denis Stephenson Lowe
Former Cabinet Minister, Barbados
Denis Stephenson Lowe is a Barbadian politician and a former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Denis Stephenson Lowe received his early education at St. Saviour's Mixed until age 12 when he left school to become a gardener to assist his family.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, which he obtained in 1984. A year later, he achieved his Masters in Education from the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Social Science Research and Policy Development. He was awarded a Doctorate in Education from the same university in 1989. Again, his major was Developmental Psychology, but his minor had changed to Educational Research.
Lowe has worked extensively with the University of Cincinnati (his tertiary alma mater) and in the state of Ohio in varying capacities, all with a focus on social development. He specialises in Developmental/Clinical Psychology.
In the general elections of 1999, Dr. Lowe contested the St. Andrew seat for the Democratic Labour Party. He gained 925 votes and the winner, George Payne, amassed a total of 3524. In the 2003, General Elections Dr. Lowe was defeated in Christ Church East by Reginald Farley.
Dr. Lowe was appointed to the Senate in 2003 and has served as shadow Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports. At the party level, Lowe, a Motivational Speaker, has served as Public Affairs Officer.
He captured the Christ Church East seat in the 2008 election.
He was appointed Minister of the Environment and Drainage in June 2011, having held those posts and the additional portfolio of Water Resources since November 2008.
He previously held the portfolio of Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Urban Development.
Before assuming this ministerial portfolio, he was Managing Director and Principal Consultant with Life View International.
Lowe is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Barbados and a Certified HIV/AIDS Educator with the American Red Cross at the Drew University School of Medicine.
He has participated in several research projects from 1988 to 1996 which included issues such as cocaine use during pregnancy, teens in crisis, community involvement in the fight against substance abuse, and the social climate in integrated schools.
Lowe has also delivered several presentations and executed many training projects here in Barbados and in the USA. Some of these presentations include: "Perinatal Substance Abuse: The Residential Experience"; "Advantages of Careers in Education"; "Principles of Productive Living"; and "Stress Management".
Lowe was unsuccessful in his bid to retain in seat in the 24 May 2018 General Election.