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Gil Noam

Director

The PEAR Institute, Harvard University

Biography

Gil Noam, Ed.D., Dr. Habil is the founder and director of The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. He is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School focusing on prevention and resilience. He served as the director of the Risk and Prevention Program and is the founder of the RALLY Prevention Program, a Boston-based intervention that bridges social and academic support in school, afterschool, and community settings.

Dr. Noam’s work also focuses on studying and developing quality assessment measures for the field of informal science. He served as a committee member of the National Research Council consensus report on informal science learning that produced the book Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places and Pursuits. He also serves as a consultant to numerous NSF funded projects and is the Principal Investigator of Informal Learning and Science in Afterschool (ILSA) Project.

He has published over 200 papers, articles, and books in the areas of child and adolescent development as well as risk and resiliency in clinical, school, and afterschool settings. He also served as the editor-in-chief of the journal New Directions for Youth Development: Theory, Practice and Research with a strong focus on out-of-school time. Dr. Noam is trained as a clinical and developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst in both Europe and the United States.

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