Allison B. Dymnicki is a principal researcher at AIR with extensive expertise in youth development, implementation science, systems change, measurement and methodology, evaluation design, and mixed-methods longitudinal research. She has particular expertise in research on school and community-based programs, including Safe Communities Safe Schools, Say Yes to Education, and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and how these programs can facilitate individual and organizational change. Her work has helped to advance understanding of how schools and communities can facilitate positive youth development and prevent engagement in risky behaviors.
She has also helped develop social-emotional learning, school climate, and readiness assessments, and led systematic reviews, expert panels, and consensus building approaches. She has also provided training and technical assistance to schools, staff working in federal agencies, and staff working in state education departments around evidence-based programs, multi-tiered systems of support, and translating research to practice.
Dymnicki has conducted prevention and intervention research at the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning, the Ounce of Prevention, and the Institute of Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has published over 25 articles and book chapters.