Ron  Avi Astor

Ron Avi Astor

Professor, Lenore Stein-Wood and William S. Wood Professor of School Behavioral Health (Social Work)

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Contact info

rastor@usc.eduPhone: 818-613-3459Curriculum Vitae


Educational Psychology


Expert in school violence and bullying across cultures Military Connected Public Schools


  • State of Michigan:  Licensed Psychologist
  • State of Michigan: Certified Social Worker
  • State of California: Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Psychology Credential 

Ron Avi Astor


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



Most Recent Major Grant #1

Welcoming Practices that Address Transition Needs of Military Students in Public Schools

Welcoming Practices that Address Transition Needs of Military Students in Public Schools (Social Work Hamovitch Research Center)

Principal Investigators: Ron Avi Astor

Period: 09/01/13 - 010/31/17

Total Award: $4,994,003

Project Summary

A consortium of five school districts will partner with the University of Southern California to develop strategies and resources to address the needs of students from military families who are transitioning to new public schools.

Project Description

Research has indicated that military children attend an average of six to nine different schools. Students who transition frequently have many needs. Five school districts composed of approximately 110 schools will partner with the University of Southern California to comprehensively address the transition needs of military students. Each district will organize transition teams and resource centers to coordinate the transition process. The Transitions into Welcoming Schools Consortium will develop a suite of electronic applications to support transitions. This suite of computer, iPad, ePad, and smartphone applications will ensure that students and parents are informed of all required documentation and relevant eligibility criteria before they arrive to the district; connect them with school, district, and community supports; and provide reminders of referrals and appointments. Staff development will support the effectiveness of transition teams and centers and the use of electronic transition supports. The project will increase school engagement and belonging, academic achievement, and the well-being of transitioning military students and parents. It will enhance awareness of the needs of transitioning military students and families and spread best practices and technologies developed by the consortium across the nation.

Funding Source

Department of Defense Educational Activity DODEA (subaward via Chula Vista Elementary School District)

Co-Principal Investigator: Tamika Gilreath, USC School of Social Work

Evaluator: Rami Benbenishty, Bar Ilan University

Most Recent Major Grant #2

Building Capacity to Create Highly Supportive Military-Connected School Districts:  (Social Work Hamovitch Rsearch Center).

Principal Investigator: Ron Avi Astor

Co PI's: Marleen Wong, Rami Benbenishty (Bar Ilan University)

Period: 06/14/10 - 08/31/14

Total Award: $7,600,000

Funding: Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, Department of Defense Education Activity

Project Summary

This project will integrate local school data, community supports, evidence-based programs, and empowerment strategies to promote positive social and academic climates in eight military-impacted school districts in San Diego County.

Project Description

The goals of this project are to ease the challenges that military students face due to transitions and deployments; support the social and emotional needs of military students; encourage parental involvement; and create infrastructure and evidence-based materials for state and national data-driven Military Connected School (MCS) system. The project will serve a total of 117,035 students in 149 schools with an estimated 11,818 military-connected students.

Funding Source

 Department of Defense Education Activity DODEA (subaward via Fallbrook Union Elementary School District)

Professional Experience:


  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Education Research Association
  • Society for Social Work Research
  • School Social Work Association of America

Honors and Awards:

2016            Elected Member National Academy of Education

2016            Primary Organizer/Convener White House Conference: Educating the Educators (with Joining Forces, Dr. Jill Biden, and Military Child Education Coalition

2016            Presidential AERA session organizer/convener with 3,000-plus attendees, with Dr. Jill Biden. Washington, D.C.

2015            American Psychological Association Fellow, Division 15-Educational Psychology

2015            Stein-Wood Endowed Chair of School, Behavioral Health

2015            Keynote address at World Congress on School Violence Prevention, Lima, Peru

2014            Leadership and Creativity Award, USC School of Social Work

2014            Pete Taylor Higher Education/School District Partnership Award, Military Child Educational Coalition

2014  California Social Welfare Archives Distinguished Research Award

2014  American Educational Research Association National Outstanding Book of the Year Award Committee, Chair

2013  American Educational Research Association Award, Advisor for Dissertation of the Year, Division E

2012    American Educational Research Association National Bullying Task Force Co-chair

2012    Military Child Education California Public Living in the New Normal (LINN) Public Engagement Co-chair

2012   Appointed to the National Scientific Advisory Board for Military Child Educational Coalition

2012   American Educational Research Association Fellow

2012   Co-Author/ NASW Task Force Member on National Standards for School Social Work

2011  Promise Award for Integration of Research, Theory and Practice, American Educational Research Association, Conflict Resolution and Cooperative Learning SIG

2011 Society for Social Work Research, Excellence in Research Award

2010 Distinguished Research Award, American Educational Research Association, Division E--Human Development

2007 Distinguished Faculty Member Award from the USC LGBT-Q Student Government Caucus

2007 Outstanding Book Award, American Educational Research Association

2006  William James Book Award, runner up—Honorable Mention, American Psychological Association

2006  Sterling Distinguished Faculty Research Award USC Social Work

2006  Distinguished Research Award, American Educational Research Association, Division E--Human Development

2000  Palmer O. Johnson Award, American Education Research Association, Best Research Article In AERA Journal

1999  Pattishall Award, School of Education (faculty research award), University of Michigan

1997-1999   National Academy of Education/Spencer Fellowship

1997-1998   Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, (10-month grant)

1995-1998  National Institute of Mental Health, Instrument Development for Poverty and Violence Research Project

1992  Employee of the year 1992, The Children's Health Council (affiliated with Stanford University), Palo Alto, CA.

1991 University of California, Berkeley, Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

1990 H.F. Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship




School Social Work

School Violence and Bullying

PhD Seminars on victimization

Selected Publications

  • Astor, R.A., & Benbenishty, R. (in press 2018). Bullying, School Violence, and Climate in Evolving Contexts: Culture, Organization and Time.  Oxford University Press.
  • Astor, R.A & Astor R.L (2018 in press). Stepping Over-Pesach: A Collection of Poems Over Lifetimes. Los Angeles, Figueroa Press (USC).  
  • Astor, R.A. & Benbenishty, R. (2018) Mapping and monitoring bullying and violence: Building a safe school climate. Oxford University Press
  • Astor, R.A., Jacobson, L., Wrabel, S., Benbenishty, R., & Pineda, D. (2018) Welcoming practices: Creating schools that support students and families in transition. Oxford University Press.
  • Benbenishty R., & Astor (in press). Conceptual foundations and ecological influences of school violence, bullying, and safety. In Meyer, M.J. & Jimerson, S. (Eds). School Safety and Violence Prevention: Science, Practice, and Policy Driving Change: Washington D.C. American Psychological Association.
  • Benbenishty, R., & Astor, R. A. (in press). School violence and bullying in evolving ecological contexts. In E. Debarbieux (Ed.) La ecole face a la violence: Decrir, expliquer, agir. Armand Colin. [French].
  • Capp, G. P., Moore, H., Pitner, R., Iachini, A.L., Astor, R. A., Benbenishty, R. & Berkowitz, R. (2017). Promoting school safety: How educators and school leaders can address and prevent school violence and victimization. In Noblit, G.W. (Ed.) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Berkowitz, R., Astor, R. A., Pineda, D., De Pedro, K., Weiss, E., & Benbenishty, R. (in press). Parents’ perceptions of school climate and school support in California. Urban Education.
  • Siegel, A., Esqueda, M., Berkowitz, R., Sullivan, K., Astor, R.A., Benbenishty, R. (in press). Welcoming parents to their child’s school: Practices supporting students with diverse needs and backgrounds. Education and Urban Society.
  • Benbenishty, R., Siegel, A., & Astor, R. A. (in press) School-related experiences of adolescents in foster care: A comparison with their high school peers. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.
  • Pitner, R., Moore, H., Capp, G. & Benbenishty, R. Astor, R.A, (2017). Prevention of violence, aggression, and bullying in schools.  In P. Sturmey, (Ed.) The Wiley handbook of violence and aggression. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Iachini, A.L., Berkowitz, R., Moore, H., Pitner, R., Astor, R.A., & Benbenishty, R. (2017). School Climate. In C. Franklin (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Social Work Online (ESWO). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Berkowitz, R., Iachini, A., Moore, H., Pinter, R., Astor, R.A., & Benbenishty, R. (2017). School Climate. In Noblit, G.W. (Ed.) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Pitner, R., Moore, H., Capp, G., Iachini, A.L., Berkowitz, R., Benbenishty, R., & Astor, R.A. (2017). School safety, victimization, and bullying: An overview of violence interventions and monitoring approaches. In C. Franklin (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Social Work Online (ESWO). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Berkowitz, R., Moore, H., Astor, R.A., & Benbenishty, R. (2017). A research synthesis of the associations between socioeconomic background, inequality, school climate, and academic achievement. Review of Educational Research, 87, 425-469. doi:10.3102/0034654316669821  
  • Capp, G.P., Benbenishty, R., Moore, H., Pineda, D., Astor, R.A., Castillo, B., De Pedro, K.M. (2017). Partners at learning: A service-learning approach to serving public school students from military families. Military Behavioral Health, 1-10
  • Benbenishty R., & Astor, R.A. (2017) Ecological theoretical foundations of school bullying and school safety. In Debarbiex (Ed).  Intervening with school violence and bullying in France. French Ministry of Education. 
  • Moore, H., Benbenishty, R. Astor, R.A., & Rice, E. (2017). The positive role of school climate on school victimization, depression and suicidal ideation among school-attending homeless youth.  Journal of School Violence, 1-13.
  • Capp, G.P., Astor, R.A., Benbenishty, R., Weiss, E., Pineda, D. (2017). School staff perceptions of military-connected students in civilian public schools: Implications for teachers, counselors, and school staff. Military Behavioral Health, 5(2), 147-156.
  • De Pedro, K. T., Pineda, D., Capp, G., Moore, H., Benbenishty. R., & Astor, R. A. (2017). Implementation of a school district-wide grassroots antibullying initiative: A school staff and parent-focused evaluation of Because Nice Matters. Children & Schools, 39, 137-145. DOI: 10.1093/cs/cdx008
  • Astor, R.A., Capp, G. Moore, H., & Benbenishty, R. (2016). Lessons from monitoring social emotional learning in Israel and California schools.  In R.H. Shute & P.T. Slee (Eds.) Mental health and wellbeing through schools: The way forward (pp. 173-186). Hove: Routledge
  • Estrada, J.N, Gilreath, T. Sanchez, C.Y. & Astor, R.A., (2016). Associations between school violence, military connection, and gang membership California secondary schools. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.
  • Castillo, B., Moore, H., De-Pedro, K., Capp, G., Pineda, D., Astor, R.A. & Benbenishty, R. (2016). An evaluation of the use of educational resource guides for military students in public schools. Military Behavioral Health, 5(2), 172-177.
  • Berkowitz R., Glickman H., Benbenishty R., Ben-Artzi E., Raz T., Lipshtadt N. & Astor R.A. (2016) Les relations entre milieu social, climat scolaire et réussite scolaire en Israël: les hypothèses de compensation, de médiation et de modération, Éducation et formations, n° 88-89, MEN-DEPP
  • Benbenishty, R., Astor R.A., Roziner I., & Wrabel, S. (2016). Testing the causal links between school climate, school violence, and school academic performance: A cross-lagged panel autoregressive model. Educational Researcher, 45(3), 197-206.
  • Pitner, R.O., Astor, R.A., Benbenishty, R. (2015). Violence in schools. In P.A. Meares (Ed.) Social work services in schools, seventh edition. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon, Chapter 11.
  • Capp, G.P., Berkowitz, R., Sullivan, K.S., Astor, R.A., De Pedro, K.T., Gilreath, T.D. & Rice, E., (2016). Adult relationships in multiple contexts and associations with adolescent mental health. Research on Social Work Practice, 26(6), 622-629.
  • Berkowitz, R., Glickman, H., Benbenishty, R., Ben-Artzi, E., Raz, T., Lipshtadt, N., & Astor, R. A. (2015). Compensating, mediating, and moderating effects of school climate on academic achievement gaps in Israel. Teacher’s College Record, 117, 1-34. 
  • De Pedro, K.T., Astor, R.A., Gilreath, T., Benbenishty, R., & Berkowitz, R (2016). Examining the relationship between school climate and peer victimization among students in military-connected public schools. Violence and Victims, 31(4), 751-767.
  • Siegel, A., Benbenishty, R., & Astor, R.A. (2016). A comparison of adolescents in foster care and their peers in high school: A study of substance use behaviors and attitudes. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 25(6), 530-538.
  • Estrada, J.N., Gilreath, T.D., Astor, R.A., & Benbenishty, R. (2016). A statewide study of gang membership and violent behaviors in California secondary schools. Youth & Society, 48(5), 720-736, DOI: 10.1177/0044118X14528957.    
  • Sullivan, K.S., Capp, G., Gilreath, T., Benbenishty, R., Roziner, I., & Astor, R.A., (2015). Substance abuse and other adverse outcomes for military-connected youth in California: Results from a large-scale normative population survey. JAMA Pediatrics, 169(10), 922-928.
  • Gilreath, T. D., Wrabel, S., Sullivan, K. S., Capp, G. P. Roziner, I., Benbenishty, R., Astor, R.A. (2015). Suicidality among military-connected adolescents in California schools. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 25(1), 61-66.
  • Pitner, R.O., Marachi, R., Astor, R.A., & Benbenishty R. (2015). Evidence-based violence prevention programs and best implementation practices. In A.R. Roberts (Ed). Social worker’s desk reference, (3rd Edition) (pp. 1050-1068). N.Y. Oxford University Press, Chapter 134.
  • Sullivan, K.S., Benbenishty, R., Astor, R.A., Capp, G., Gilreath, T., & Rice, E. (2015).  The impact of maternal and paternal deployment on depressive symptoms and wellbeing among military-connected youth.  Military Behavioral Health, 3(3), 182-189  DOI: 10.1080/21635781.2015.1038402
  • Garcia, E., De Pedro, K. T., Astor, R.A., Lester, P., & Benbenishty, R. (2015). FOCUS school-based skill-building groups: Training and implementation.  Journal of Social Work Education 51 (sup1), S102-S116. DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2015.1001292
  • De Pedro, K.T., Astor, R.A., Gilreath, T. D., Benbenishty, R., & Berkowitz, R. (2015). School climate, deployment, and mental health among students in military-connected schools. Youth & Society, 1-12, DOI: 0044118X15592296.
  • Gilreath, T.D., Astor, R.A., Estrada, J.N., Benbenishty, R., & Unger, J. B. (2014). School victimization and substance use among adolescents in California. Prevention Science. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-013-0449-8
  • De Pedro, K.T., Esqueda, M.C., Cederbaum, J.A., & Astor, R.A. (2014). District, school, and community stakeholder perspectives on the experiences of military-connected students. Teachers’ College Record, 116(5), 1-32.
  • De Pedro, K.T., Astor, R.A., Gilreath, T.D., Benbenishty, R., & Esqueda, M.C. (2014). School climate perceptions among students in military-connected schools: A comparison of military and non-military students from the same schools. Military Behavioral Health, 2, 3-13.
  • Atuel, H.R., Gilreath, T.D., Astor, R.A., Cederbaum, J.A., Benbenishty, R., & Pineda, D. (2014). Bullying and discrimination experiences of military-connected students attending public secondary schools. Military Behavioral Health, 2, 147-152. DOI: doi:10.1080/21635781.2014.910090.
  • Benbenishty, R., & Astor, R.A. (2014). Children's victimization in school. In: Michalos AC (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 803-809.
  • De Pedro, K.T., Atuel, H., Malchi, K., Esqueda, M. C., Benbenishty, R., & Astor, R. A. (2014). Responding to the needs of military students and military-connected schools: The perceptions and actions of school administrators. Children and Schools.
  • Gilreath, T. D., Estrada, J. N., Pineda, D., Benbenishty, R., & Astor, R. (2014) Development and use of the California Healthy Kids Survey Military Module to support students in military-connected schools. Children and Schools.
  • Astor R. A. and Benbenishty R. (2014). Supporting military-connected students: The role of school social work. Children and Schools.
  • Berkowitz, R., De Pedro, K.T., Couture, J., Benbenishty, R., & Astor, R.A. (2014). Military parents’ perceptions of public school supports for heir children. Children and Schools.
  • Cederbaum, J.A, Malchi, K., Esqueda, M. C., Benbenishty. R., Atuel, H.R., & Astor, R. A. (2014). Student-instructor assessments: Examining the skills and competencies of social work students placed in military-connected schools. Children and Schools.
  • Benbenishty, R. & Astor, R. A. (2014).  Expanding the scope of research on military children: Studying adversity, resilience and promotion in normative social contexts. Social Policy Report, 23 (3), 21-27.
  • Gilreath, T.D., Astor, R.A., Cederbaum, J.A., Atuel, H.R., & Benbenishty, R. (2013). School violence and victimization among military connected youth. Preventive Medicine.
  • Estrada, J.N., Gilreath, T.D., Astor, R. A., & Benbenishty, R. (2013). Gang membership, school violence, and the mediating effects of risk and protective behaviors in California high schools: Journal of School Violence. doi:10.1080/15388220.2013.846860
  • Cederbaum, J.A., Gilreath, T.D., Benbenishty, R., Astor, R.A., & Pineda, D., De Pedro, K.T., Esqueda, M.C., & Atuel, H.R. (2013). Wellbeing and suicidal ideation of public middle/high school students by military-connectedness. Journal of Adolescent Health. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.09.006
  • Astor, R.A., De Pedro, K., Gilreath, T., Esqueda, M., & Benbenishty, R. (2013). The promotional role of community, school, family, and peer contexts for military students in wartime. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. DOI 10.1007/s10567-013-0139-x
  • Astor, R.A., Cornell, D.G., Espelage, D.L., Furlong, M.J., Jimerson, S.R., Mayer, M.G. et al. (2013). A call for more effective prevention of violence. The School Psychologist, 67(2), 40-43.
  • Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence (2013): December 2012 Connecticut School Shooting Position Statement. Journal of School Violence, 12(2), 119-133.
  • Estrada, J. N., Gilreath, T., Astor, R. A., & Benbenishty, R. (2013). Gang membership of California middle school students: Behaviors and attitudes as mediators of school violence. Health Education Research. Advance Access published March 22. 2013,  doi:10.1093/her/cyt037,
  • Gilreath, T.D., Astor, R.A., Estrada, J.N., Johnson, R., Benbenishty, R., & Unger, J.B. (2013). Substance use among adolescents in California: A latent class analysis. Substance Use and Misuse. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2013.824468  
  • Gilreath, T.D., Cederbaum, J.A., Astor, R.A., Benbenishty, R., Pineda, D., & Atuel, H. (2013). Substance use among military-connected youth: The California Healthy Kids Survey. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(2), 150-153.  
  • American Educational Research Association. (2013). Prevention of bullying in schools, colleges, and universities: Research report and   recommendations. Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association. (Astor, R.A., Co-Chair with Espelage D.)  
  • Astor, R.A. Military kids at higher risk of suicidal thoughts. (2013, December). Huffington Post. Retrieved from
  • Astor, R.A., Creating the schools we want for our children. (2013, December). Education Week.
  • 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.
  • Astor, R. A., Jacobson, L., Benbenishty, R., Pineda, D., Atuel, H., Gilreath, T., Wong, M., De Pedro, K. M., Esqueda, M. C., & Estrada, J. N. (2012). A pupil personnel guide to creating supportive schools for military students. New York: Columbia University, Teachers College Press.
  • Astor, R.A. Making Universities and Colleges More Military Friendly (2012, October). Huffington Post. Retrieved from education-_b_1958796.html
  • Astor, R.A. Educational opportunity for military children (2012, March). Huffington Post. Editorial.
  • 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.
  •  Benbenishty, R., & Astor, R. A. (2012). Making the case for an international perspective on school violence: Implications for theory, research, policy, and assessment. In S. R. Jimerson, A.B. Nickerson, M.J. Mayer & M. J. Furlong (Eds). Handbook of school violence and school safety: International research and practice, Second Edition. (pgs. 15-26) New York: Routledge. 
  • Astor, R. A., Jacobson, L., Benbenishty, R., Atuel, H., Gilreath, T., Wong, M., De Pedro, K. M., Esqueda, M. C., & Estrada, J. N. (2012). A school administrator’s guide to creating supportive schools for military students. New York: Columbia University, Teachers College Press.
  • Benbenishty, R., & Astor, R. A. (2012).  Monitoring school violence in Israel, National studies and beyond: Implications for theory, practice, and policy.  In S. R. Jimerson, A.B. Nickerson, M.J. Mayer & M. J. Furlong (Eds). Handbook of school violence and school safety: International research and practice. Second Edition. (pgs. 191-202) New York: Routledge. 
  • Astor, R. A., Jacobson, L., Benbenishty, R., Atuel, H., Gilreath, T., Wong, M., De Pedro, K. M., Esqueda, M. C., & Estrada, J. N. (2012). A teacher’s guide to supporting military students in the classroom. New York: Columbia University, Teachers College Press.
  • Astor, R. A., Jacobson, L., Benbenishty, R., Cederbaum, J., Atuel, H., Gilreath, T., Wong, M., De Pedro, K. M., Esqueda, M. C., & Estrada, J. N. (2012). A military parent’s guide to supporting their children in School. New York: Columbia University, Teachers College Press.
  • 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.
  •  Marachi, R., Astor, R.A. & Benenishty, R. (2012). An overview of best violence prevention practices in schools. In C. Franklin, M.B. Harris & P.A. Meares (Eds). The school services sourcebook, Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.  
  • 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
  • Chen, J. K. & Astor, R.A. (2011). School engagement, risky peer, and student-teacher relationships as mediators of school violence in Taiwanese vocational vs. academically oriented high schools. Journal of Community Psychology, 39 (1), 10-30.
  • De Pedro, K., Astor, R.A., Benbenishty, R, Estrada, J.N., Smith, G.A., Esqueda, M.C. (2011). The children of military service members: Challenges, resources, and future educational research. Review of Educational Research, 81 (4), 566-618. 
  • Astor, R.A., Benbenishty, R., Shadmy, H., Raz, T., Algersy, E., Zeharia, M., Ratner, D., & De Pedro, K. (2011). No school left behind:    merging Israel’s national academic and school safety monitoring system and matching data-driven interventions for each school (Chapter 8). In J.S. Hoffman , L. Knox & R. Cohen  (EDs.) Beyond Suppression: Global Perspectives on Youth Violence (Part of Global Crime and Justice. Graeme R. Newman, Series Editor).  Santa Barbara CA. Praeger.
  • Astor, R.A. & Benbenisthy, R.(avril-juin 2011). Supervision de la violence en milieu scolaire en Israël. L'école face au défi de la sécurité : Cahiers de la sécurité, 16, 150-162,  Institut national des hautes études de la sécurité et de la justice (INHESJ).
  • Pitner, R.O., Astor, R.A., Benbenishty, R., Haj-Yahia, M., & Zeira, A. (2011) Putting context into a cultural perspective: Examining Arab and Jewish adolescents’ judgments and reasoning about spousal violence. Violence Against Women, 17 (5), 584-602.
  • Pat-Horenczyk, R., Brom, D., Baum, N., Benbenishty, R., Schiff, M., & Astor, R.A. (2011). A City-Wide School-Based Model for Addressing the Needs of Children Exposed to Terrorism and War (Chapter 13). In V. Ardino (Ed). Post-traumatic syndromes in children and adolescents. London UK. Wiley/Blackwell Press. 
  •  Astor, R. A. (2011 Commentary). Making sure children from military families are not left behind. Huffington Post.
  • Green J., Furlong, M., Astor, R.A,  Benbenishty, R. & Espinoza, E. (2011) Assessing school victimization in the United States, Guatemala, and Israel: Cross-cultural psychometric analysis of the School Victimization Scale. Victims and Offenders, 6 (3), 1-16.  
  •  Chen, J. K. & Astor, R.A. (2011). Students' personal traits, violence exposure, family factors, school dynamics and the perpetration of school violence in Taiwanese elementary schools. Health Education Research. 26(1), 150-166.  
  • Astor, R. A. (2011 Commentary). The need to support students from military families. Education Week,  
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