Cheryl Vince Whitman Will Join the American Institutes for Research as Senior Vice President

Washington, D.C. – Signaling its continued commitment to providing research and solutions to improve our community and the world, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) – the world's largest behavioral and social science research organization – today announced that Cheryl Vince Whitman will be joining the organization in August as senior vice president.

Over the past decade, Whitman has served as senior vice president and director of the Health & Human Development Division at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). During that time, she also served as director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center. She has also served as vice president and director of School & Society Programs at EDC.

At AIR, Whitman will focus primarily on growing the organization’s work in the areas of health, mental health, international health, and curriculum development.  Along with working with AIR staff at corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C., she will establish an AIR office in the Greater Boston, Mass. area.

“We are fortunate to have Cheryl Vince Whitman join the AIR team,” AIR President and CEO Sol H. Pelavin said. “In recent years, we have seen tremendous growth in our health-focused work as well as in our international development effort, and we are confident that Cheryl will help us continue that trend, putting her vast knowledge and expertise to use as we continue to pursue the AIR mission and make the world a better, more healthy place.”

Whitman comes to AIR currently serving as Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies, which is funded by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and addresses substance abuse, mental health and related issues. She is also president of the International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools, and founder – with UNESCO Caribbean - of the Caribbean Network of HIV Education Coordinators (EduCan).“I am very excited to join the world-class team at AIR,” Whitman said. “The American Institutes for Research is a leader in health research, international development and technical assistance. I look forward to continuing that tradition.”

Whitman earned her master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her bachelor's from Boston University.

About AIR
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is an independent, nonpartisan not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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