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Gretchen Brion-Meisels

Senior Lecturer on Education

Gretchen Brion-Meisels

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education, (2013); Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education, (2011); M.A.T., Johns Hopkins University, (2001)
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Phone:  617.495.2246
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Office:  Larsen 322
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Gretchen Brion-Meisels is a senior lecturer in the Prevention Science and Practice Program. Her research seeks to explore partnerships between youth and adults that support both individual and collective development. She is particularly interested in using youth participatory action research to investigate and reform student support efforts, as well as to build a positive school climate. Brion-Meisels has participated in a variety of research projects including investigations of adolescents' perspectives of schooling and community-based work, social emotional learning in schools, holistic student support systems, and the intersections of bullying and discrimination in prevention research and practice. Her courses focus on supporting positive youth development, creating loving educational spaces, and partnering with youth in educational research and practice.

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Areas of Expertise

Brion-Meisels, G., Fei, J., & Vasudevan, D. (2017). Building positive relationships with adolescents in educational contexts. In M. Rao & S. Donaldson (Eds.), Vol. 2: Positive psychology of relationships. Praeger Publishers.

Jones, S.M., Brush, K., Bailey, R., Brion-Meisels, G., McIntyre, J., Kahn, J., Nelson, B., & Stickle, L. (March 2017). Navigating SEL from the inside out: Looking inside & across 25 leading SEL programs: A practical resource for schools and OST providers. Wallace Foundation.

Brion-Meisels, G., Nikundiwe, T., & Shalaby, C. (2017). Planning to change the world: A planbook for social justice teachers. Milwaukee, WI: Education for Liberation Network & Rethinking Schools.

Brion-Meisels, G. & Garnett, B.R. (2017). Exploring adolescents’ talk about bullying on an online message board: Broadening and complicating understandings of victimization. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.

Brion-Meisels, G. (2016). “It starts out with little things”: An exploration of urban adolescents’ support-seeking strategies in the context of school. Teachers College Record, 118(1), 1-38.

Brion-Meisels, G., Savitz-Romer, M., & Vasudevan, D. (2016). Not anyone can do this work: Preparing youth workers in a graduate school of education. In K. Pozzoboni & B. Kirsner (Eds.), The Changing Landscape of Youth Work: Theory and Practice for an Evolving Field. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.

Brion-Meisels, G., Cooper, K.S., Deckman, S.L., Dobbs, C.L., Francois, C., Nikundwe, T., Shalaby, C. (Eds.). (2010). Humanizing education: Critical alternatives to reform. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Educational Review.

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