Howard Stevenson

Member Since: 2021


Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division, Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative, which promotes racial literacy in education, health, and community institutions and former Co-Director of Forward Promise which funds community based organizations serving health needs of boys and young men of color. Two NIH funded projects explore the benefits of racial literacy and culturally responsive interventions. The PLAAY (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth) Project uses basketball and group therapy to help youth manage in-the-moment stress that leads to violence. The SHAPE-UP: Barbers Building Better Brothers Project with Drs. Lorretta and John Jemmott, training Black barbers as health educators to teach Black emerging adult males to reduce their risk of — HIV/STDS and retaliation violence — while they are cutting hair. He is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist on negotiating racial conflicts for educators, parents, and students in independent and public K-12 schooling based on his book, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference. Dr. Stevenson received the 2020 Gittler Prize, by Brandeis University, for outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic, and/or religious relations. In 2021, he was elected to the National Academy of Education (NAED). Currently, he helps families use cultural and assertive coping strategies during face-to-face microaggressions by reducing in-the-moment threat reactions, increasing access to memory, physical mobility, and voice, and preventing long-term health detriment.

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