Speaker

Gil Noam, EdD, Ph.D.
Founder & Director, Institute for the Study of Resilience in Youth

Gil Noam, EdD, Ph.D. (Habil) is the founder and director of Institute for the Study of Resilience in Youth (ISRY) at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Focusing on prevention and resilience, he trained as a clinical and developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst in both Europe and the United States. Dr. Noam has a strong interest in translating research and innovation to support resilience in youth in educational settings and has published over 200 papers, articles, and books on topics related to child and adolescent development and risk and resiliency. He also provides consultation to youth development, education, and child mental health organizations.

Dr. Noam previously served as the director of the risk and prevention program at Harvard and is the founder of the RALLY Prevention Program, an intervention that combines early detection of health, mental health, and learning problems in middle school youth, and pioneers a new professional role—the “prevention practitioner.”
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.