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Dr. Rona Novick

Dr. Rona Novick

Bully Prevention and Social Emotional Health

Rona Novick, PhD is the Dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration and holds the Raine and Stanley Silverstein Chair in Professional Ethics and Values. She was promoted to the rank of full, tenured Professor after serving on the faculty at Azrieli for seven years. For the most recent 6 years, she directed the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Doctoral Program in Jewish Education and Administration. Her efforts led to the successful state approval and certification of a revised Executive Model Doctorate in Jewish Educational Leadership and Innovation.

Dr. Novick initiated research on bullying in Jewish Day Schools, and published multiple articles on bullying and bully prevention. She introduced the BRAVE bully prevention program that she developed collaboratively while at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center to numerous Jewish Day schools. In serving as a Senior Fellow to the Yeshiva University Institute for University School Partnership (YUSP), she created professional development and parent materials addressing bullying and social emotional health. Dr. Novick further served the YUSP in consulting to schools internationally on issues of social emotional learning, parent engagement, resilience, and diverse learners.

In addition to her Yeshiva University appointment, Dr. Novick has, since its founding, served as the Co-Educational Director of the Hidden Sparks program which provides consultation and professional development to day schools and Yeshivas to support the success of diverse learners.

Dr. Novick received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University and completed her doctoral internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. She developed the Alliance for School Mental Health at North-Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center and served as its director for eight years, committed to bringing state-of-the-art social emotional, behavioral, and mental-health prevention and services to students. Collaborating with her Alliance staff and experienced educators, she authored the BRAVE bully prevention program for schools.

Dr. Novick has extensive clinical and research expertise in behavior management and child behavior therapy, bullying and trauma, and has published scholarly articles and book chapters on school applications of behavior management, special education, children and trauma and bully prevention and social emotional learning in schools. She has delivered numerous presentations at national and international conferences, focusing on her research interests in parenting and parent-school partnerships, child anxiety disorders, social-emotional learning, special education and the behavior and development of young children. Along with many scholarly publications, she is the author of a book for parents: Helping Your Child Make Friends, and editor of the book series Kids Don’t Come With Instruction Manuals.