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2013 Doris Lecture: Lawrence Aber, Tuesday, April 9, 2013


School-Randomized Experiments to Improve Children’s Academic and Social-Emotional Outcomes: Lessons from U.S. and Congo
Lawrence Aber, Applied Psychology and Public Policy, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
102 Mann Library

School-based interventions to improve children’s academic and social-emotional outcomes have a rich history in the U.S. and are of increasing interest in other regions of the world. This talk describes the rationale, design, and results of two large school-randomized trials designed to improve both sets of outcomes. The first trial tests the efficacy of the 4Rs program in primary schools serving low-income African-American and Latino children in New York City. The second trial tests the efficacy of the OPEQ initiative (Opportunities for Equitable Access to Quality Basic Education) in 144 primary schools in three eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lessons learned to date and future opportunities and challenges raised by these efforts will be discussed.

Lawrence Aber is Albert and Blanche Willner Family Professor of Psychology and Public Policy at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and University Professor, New York University, where he also serves as board chair of its Institute of Human Development and Social Change.

Aber, an internationally recognized scholar for his research on children and poverty, joined the Steinhardt faculty in 2004. His work examines the influence of poverty and violence - at the family and community levels - on the social, emotional, behavioural, cognitive and academic development of children and youth. Prior to coming to NYU, Dr. Aber was professor of population and family health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public where he also directed its National Center for Children in Poverty.

He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa; and served as consultant to the World Bank on their project, “Children and Youth in Crisis”. From 2003-2006, Dr. Aber chaired the Advisory Board, International Research Network on Children and Armed Conflict of the Social Science Research Council, in collaboration with the Special Representative to the Secretary General of the United Nations on Children and Armed Conflict and UNICEF.

Currently, he conducts research on the impact of poverty and HIV/AIDS on children’s development in South Africa (in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council), and on school- and community-based interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee).

Dr. Aber received an A.B. from Harvard University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Yale.

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