Areas of Expertise
- School Crime and Safety
- Social and Emotional Learning
- Social and Emotional Well-being
- Human Development
- Youth Development
Ph.D., M.A., B.A., History, Columbia University
- Phone: (202) 403-5000
Vice President and Co-Director, Human and Social Development Program; AIR Institute Fellow
David Osher, an AIR vice president and an AIR Institute Fellow, is co-director of the Human and Social Development Program. His work focuses on collaboration; children’s services; prevention (school failure and drop out, emotional and behavioral disorders, and violence); social emotional learning; school climate; youth development; the social and emotional conditions for learning, teaching, and healthy development; and culturally competent interventions for children and youth with mental health problems and disorders and their families.
Dr. Osher serves as principal investigator of four major research and technical assistance centers funded by the U.S. government: The National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, The Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center, and The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk. Dr. Osher also serves as principal investigator of a contract to help the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs improve the coordination and efficiency of youth programs across 12 federal departments and executive agencies and to develop a national plan for youth aged 10-24. He and his colleagues have developed multiple student and staff school climate surveys and have done extensive research on social emotional learning and the conditions for learning, positive behavioral supports, and effective student support.
Dr. Osher was academic dean of a liberal arts college and two professional schools of human services; has consulted with ministries, NGOs, educators, and human service professionals across the world, serves on numerous expert panels and editorial boards; and has authored or co-authored over 325 books, monographs, chapters, articles, and reports.