Ron Avi Astor

Expert in school violence and bullying across cultures

Lenore Stein-Wood and William S. Wood Professor of School Behavioral Health
USC School of Social Work and USC Rossier School of Education​

Expertise

  • terrorism and school violence
  • school safety interventions
  • crisis intervention at school
  • mapping violence in schools
  • school bullying and victimization
  • stereotyping and violence
  • moral reasoning and violence
  • group dynamics
  • bystander effect
  • peer pressure
  • children’s understanding of violence and retribution
  • childhood violence in different cultures
  • schools in Israel
  • military children and public schools

Additional Information

  • Chair, American Educational Research Association National Outstanding Book of the Year Award Committee (2014)
  • Co-chair, American Educational Research Association Task Force. Prevention of bullying in schools, colleges, and universities: Research report and recommendations (AERA, 2013)
  • Co-author, A school administrator’s guide to creating supportive schools for military students (Columbia University, Teachers College Press, 2012)
  • Co-author, A school administrator’s guide to supporting military students in the classroom (Columbia University, Teachers College Press, 2012)
  • Co-author, A military parent’s guide to supporting their children in School (Columbia University, Teachers College Press, 2012)
  • Co-author, A pupil personnel guide to creating supportive schools for military students (Columbia University, Teachers College Press, 2012)
  • Co-author, School Violence in Context: Culture, Neighborhood, Family, School, and Gender (Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • Member, National Association of Social Workers; National Association of School Psychologists; American Psychological Association; Council on Social Work Education; American Education Research Association; and Society for Research on Child Development
  • Recipient, Pete Taylor Higher Education/ School District Partnership Award, Military Child Educational Coalition (2014); California Social Welfare Archives Distinguished Research Award (2014);  Outstanding Book of the Year Award, American Educational Research Association (2007); Palmer O. Johnson Award, American Education Research Association (2000); National Academy of Education/Spencer Fellowship (1997-1999); Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to Hebrew University, Israel (1997-1998)

Languages

  • Hebrew

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