Michael A Ben-Avie, PhD

Lecturer in the Child Study Center

Research Interests

Child, Exceptional; Disabled Persons; Students; Vulnerable Populations

Research Summary

Outcome evaluations of psychological and educational interventions that are designed to promote the learning and development of vulnerable children and youth

Extensive Research Description

  • Nationally-recognized expert on public education as co-editor of six books on educational change and youth development with James. P. Comer, M.D., Associate Dean of the Yale School of Medicine and Founder of the Yale School Development Program, and colleagues.
  • Academic Psychologist: Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1998.
  • As Principal Investigator and Co-P.I., conducted outcome evaluations of federal grants, including grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; U.S. Department of Education; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services; and a collaboration among the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice.
  • Federal Registry: In 2005, accepted for inclusion in the U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences’ What Works Clearinghouse Registry of Evaluation Researchers.
  • Research Director and Chair: Tag Institute for Social Development, an international think tank and research center.
  • Institutional Coordinator of International Study: International Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO). AHELO was an international study conducted by the 34-nation Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  • Higher Education Research Analyst. Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment, National Steering Committee and Data Management Group.
  • Data Analyst: Connecticut General Assembly Special Act 08-5: An Act Concerning the Teaching of Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (2008-2009).
  • Data Analyst. Connecticut General Assembly PA 05-280: New State Department of Aging Study Group (2007), Data Analyst.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council (ASDAC), Subcommittee to Improve and Expand Access to Training, Consultation, and Learning Opportunities for Providers, Professionals, and Families.
  • U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Services (IES) grant: "Handheld Technology to Improve Educational Outcomes for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders."

Selected Publications

  • Ben-Avie, M., Newton, D., and Reichow, B. (2014). Using handheld applications to improve the transitions of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In Nava Silton (Ed.), Innovative technologies to benefit children on the Autism Spectrum (pp. 105-124). NY: IGI Global.
  • Comer, J.P., and Ben-Avie, M. (2010). Promoting community in early childhood programs: A comparison of two programs. Early Childhood Education Journal, 38: 87-94.
  • Ben-Avie, M. (2008). Underprepared for the business sector: Seven design principles for interventions. Journal of Business Management and Change, 3(1), pp. 7-34.
  • Comer, J.P., Joyner, E.T., and Ben-Avie, M. (2004). Six pathways to healthy child development and academic success. CA: Corwin Press.
  • Joyner, E.T., Comer, J.P., and Ben-Avie, M. (2004). Transforming school leadership and management to support student learning and development. CA: Corwin Press.
  • Joyner, E.T. and Ben-Avie, M, and Comer, J. P. (2004). Dynamic instructional leadership to support student learning and development. CA: Corwin Press.
  • Haynes, N.M., Ben-Avie, M., and Ensign, J. (2003). How social and emotional development add up: Getting results in math and science education. NY: Teachers College Press.
  • Comer, J.P.; Ben-Avie, M.; Haynes, N.M.; and Joyner, E. (1999). Child by child. NY: Teachers College Press.
  • Comer, J.P.; Haynes, N.M.; Joyner, E.; Ben-Avie, M. (1996). Rallying the whole village. The Comer process for reforming education. NY: Teachers College Press.

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