Ron Avi Astor
Professor, Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor in Urban Social Development (Social Work)
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Expert in school violence and bullying across cultures
Ron Avi Astor holds joint appointments in the USC School of Social Work and USC Rossier School of Education. His work examines the role of the physical, social-organizational and cultural contexts in schools related to different kinds of school violence (e.g., sexual harassment, bullying, school fights, emotional abuse, weapon use, teacher/child violence). Astor's studies have included tens of thousands of schools and millions of students, teachers, parents and administrators. Over the past 10 years, findings from these studies have been published in more than 150 scholarly manuscripts. Read Bio
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Association of School Psychologists
- American Psychological Association
- Council on Social Work Education
- American Education Research Association
- Society for Research on Child Development
- State of Michigan: Licensed Psychologist
- State of Michigan: Certified Social Worker
- State of California: Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Psychology Credential
Honors and Awards:
- Fellow, American Educational Research Association (2012)
- Excellence in Research Award, Society for Social Work and Research (2011)
- Distinguished Research Award, American Educational Research Association, Division E, Human Development (2010)
- Honorary Doctorate, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles (2010)
- Astor, R.A., Meyer-Reynolds, H., Benbenishty, R., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Brom, D., Baum, N., Schiff, M. & De Pedro, K. (2012). The influence of the Second Lebanon-Israeli War on Israeli students in urban school settings: Findings from the Nahariya District-wide screening process. In Gallagher, K.S., Goodyear, R., Brewer, D., & Rueda, R (Eds.) Urban education: A model for leadership and policy. (pp. 218-240). New York: Routledge.
- Chen, J.K. & Astor, R.A. (2012). School Variables as Mediators of Personal and Family Factors on School Violence in Taiwanese Junior High Schools.Youth & Society, 44(2), 175-200.
- Schiff, M., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Benbenishty, R., Brom, D., Baum, N. & Astor, R.A. (2012). High school students posttraumatic symptoms, substance use and violence perpetration in the aftermath of war. Social Science and Medicine, 75(7), 1321-1328
- Esqueda, M., Astor, R.A. & De Pedro, K. (2012). A call to duty: Educational policy and school reform addressing the needs of children from military families. Educational Researcher, 41, 65-70.