Ron Avi Astor
Member Since: 2016
Astor’s work has won numerous international research awards from the Society for Social Work Research, the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Military Child Educational Coalition, and other research organizations. He has an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College. Astor is a fellow of APA, AERA, and an elected member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Recently, Astor worked on studies related to COVID-19 and School Safety worldwide. He has been involved in consortiums aiming to depolice schools and build systemic resources to provide support and caring schools in communities that have been under-resourced due to systemic racism and prejudice. He is currently involved in exploring how the rise of hate against Jews is affecting students in K-12 settings. He is leading a consortium of Israeli and USA researchers who are collaborating to better understand how schools are affected by intense political and societal conflict. Much of his recent work focuses on the empowerment of students, administrators, teachers, and parents within schools to create welcoming schools at scale. He serves on an APA task force centering on teacher and school staff harm that explores how victimization or perceptions of safety impact teachers, social workers, psychologists, administrators, and school staff’s sense of safety. His work has been funded by the Department of Defense Educational Activity, the National Institutes of Mental Health, the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, the Israeli Ministry of Education, The Chilean Ministry of Education, two Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowships, University of Michigan, USC, UCLA, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Gilbert Foundation, and other foundations.