Advisory Board

Lawrence Aber is the Advisory Board representative to the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He is 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 co-director of the international research center Global TIES for Children. Dr. Aber is an internationally recognized expert in child development and social policy and has co-edited Neighborhood Poverty: Context and Consequences for Children (1997, Russell Sage Foundation), Assessing the Impact of September 11th 2001 on Children Youth and Parents: Lessons for Applied Developmental Science (2004, Erlbaum) and Child Development and Social Policy: Knowledge for Action (2007, APA Publications). Hiresearch examines the influence of poverty and violence, at the family and community levels, on the social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive and academic development of children and youth.

Jennifer Jennings is the Advisory Board representative to the Faculty of Arts and Science. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She studies 1) the impacts of educational accountability systems on educators’ behavior and inequality in education and health outcomes; 2) the effects of teachers and schools on students’ cognitive and non-cognitive skills; and 3) the effects of school choice policies on the school choices of students and parents, the distribution of students between schools, and student outcomes. Together, this work advances a sociological understanding of how schools and educators structure the life chances of the children they serve, and how educator and family responses to education policies influence inequality in educational outcomes. Her work has been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the Spencer Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, AERA, and the Heckscher Foundation for Children. 

Pamela Morris is an ex officio Advisory Board member. She a Professor of Applied Psychology, the Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and a former director of IHDSC. Dr. Morris has conducted more than a decade of research working at the intersection of social policy, practice, and developmental psychology, testing promising interventions for low-income families and children. Her research is characterized by the study of theoretically-informed interventions, strong attention to measurement of developmental outcomes for children, and cutting-edge analytic strategies on causal inference, and strong research designs. She received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University.

Cybele Raver is an ex officio Advisory Board member. She is the the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Analytics and Graduate Academic Affairs at NYU. Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Dr. Raver served as inaugural director of IHDSC. As a behavioral social scientist trained in psychology and public policy, Raver played a key role in fostering interdisciplinary research at NYU through the IHDSC. Dr. Raver’s own program of research focuses on early learning and development in the contexts of poverty and policy. She also examines the mechanisms that support children's cognitive and emotional outcomes in the context of early educational intervention. Dr. Raver and her research team currently conduct the CSRP, a federally-funded longitudinal study of the short- and long-term impacts of preschool intervention for low-income children in Chicago.

Patrick Sharkey is the Advisory Board representative to Wagner. He is the Interim Deputy Director of IHDSC and an Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University, with an affiliation at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His research focuses on stratification and mobility, with a specialized interest in the role that neighborhoods and cities play in generating and maintaining inequality across multiple dimensions. One strand of his research seeks to describe and explain the persistence of neighborhood inequality in America's cities, and the mechanisms by which this inequality persists over time and across generations of family members. A second strand of his work focuses on the consequences of neighborhood inequality for the life chances of individuals from different racial and ethnic groups in America.