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Michael Ben-Avie, PhD

Lecturer in the Child Study Center

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Michael Ben-Avie, PhD


Dr. Ben-Avie has co-edited six books on educational change and youth development with colleagues at the Yale Child Study Center. He conducts longitudinal, cohort studies to discern the impact of college on students’ learning and development. He develops predictive models using an AI to inform the design of school and university interventions to promote students’ retention, academic achievement, preparedness to navigate in a complex society with many choices, and graduation. 

Areas of expertise include assessment, accreditation, academic program review, and grant-funded research projects. As Principal Investigator and Co-P.I., conducted outcome evaluations of federal grants, including grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Department of Education; Center for Mental Health Services; and a collaboration among the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice.

He translates research about neuropsychiatric disorders into instructional strategies and assistive technology. He is an academic psychologist and educational researcher, and his academic disciplines include psycholinguistics, psychological research, statistics, and education. 

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Jewish Theol Sem America (1996)
  • BA
    University of Haifa (1990)
  • Post-Doctorate
    Yale Child Study Center
  • Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow
    Yale School Development Program

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Impact AwardCampus Technology2018
Excellence in AssessmentNational Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)2017
“For extraordinary efforts on behalf of the peace process in Northern Ireland the establishment of the Northern Ireland Community Cooperation Initiative"John Dallat, Mayor of Coleraine, and Wavell Moore, Coleraine Chief Executive2001

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