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Gretchen Brion-Meisels

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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Faculty Assistant:  Lenny Ciotti


Gretchen Brion-Meisels is a 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 positive school climate. Gretchen 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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Cross-District Critical Participatory Action Research on Equity (2019-2021)
Cambridge Public Schools

The project is a professional development and research partnership with Cambridge Public Schools. The professional development course, run through the district and facilitated by Gretchen Brion-Meisels, will serve 10 CPS educators in grades K-12. Through this course, educators will learn the basics of Critical Participatory Action Research, generate research questions focused on issues of equity or inclusion in their classroom, school or district, design a CPAR study, and collect and analyze data. In addition, eachCPAR study will generate some type of data product to share back with the community.Dr. Brion-MeiselsÂ’ work will include planning and implementing PD sessions and supporting teacher researchers. This study will include collecting data from the research team meetings, surveying the teacher researchers, and interviewing the teacher researchers about their experiences on the research team.


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.,(2017)

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

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.,(2017)

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.,(2017)

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.,(2016)

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.,(2016)

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

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