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Mandy Savitz-Romer

Nancy Pforzheimer Aronson Senior Lecturer in Human Development and Education

Mandy Savitz-Romer

Degree:  Ph.D., Boston College, (2004)
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Phone:  617.496.3387
Vitae/CV:   Mandy Savitz-Romer.pdf
Office:  Larsen 601
Faculty Coordinator:  Ashley Morrow


Mandy Savitz-Romer is the Nancy Pforzheimer Aronson Senior Lecturer in Human Development and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). She is also the faculty lead of the school counseling strand of the Human Development and Education program. Her research and field-facing work examines how schools structure counseling support systems and specifically, what conditions are critical to effective practice. She writes and speaks extensively on college and career readiness and school-based counseling, specially as it relates to students of color and first-generation college students. She is the author of Fulfilling the Promise: Reimagining School Counseling to Advance Student Success, and the co-author of Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success, and Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First-Generation College Students.

Savitz-Romer’s previous positions in school counseling, college access, and higher education heavily influence her teaching, writing, and advocacy work.  She sits on multiple advisory boards, provides consultation to school districts, foundations, and universities, and engages in research projects that widen access to educational and student support programming.

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Areas of Expertise

ASHE 2018 Book Award for "Rowan-Kenyon, H., Martínez-Alemán, A. M, & Savitz-Romer, M. (2017). Technology and Engagement: Making technology work for first generation college students. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.",,(2018)

Excellence in Education Award, National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC),(2016)


Selected Publications only

Savitz-Romer, M. Fulfilling the Promise: Reimagining School Counseling to Advance Student Success, Harvard Education Press. (2019).

Savitz-Romer, M. S., Nicola, T*. P., Jensen, A., Hill, N. E., Liang, B., & Perella, J. (2019). Data-Driven School Counseling: The Role of the Research–Practice Partnership. Professional School Counseling.

Hill, N., Liang, B., Price, M.*, Polk, W.*, Perella, J., & Savitz-Romer, M. (2019) Envisioning a meaningful future and academic engagement: The role of parenting practices and school-based relationships. Psychology in Schools.

Martinez Aleman A.M., Rowan-Kenyon H., and Savitz-Romer M. Using Technology to Help First-Gen Students, Inside Higher Ed, (2018).

Rowan-Kenyon, H., Savitz-Romer, M. Ott, M., Swan, A. & Liu, P. (2017). Finding conceptual coherence: Trends and alignment in the scholarship on noncognitive skills and their role in college success and career readiness. Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research 32, 141-179.

Brown, J., Hatch, T., Holcomb-McCoy, C., Martin, P., Mcleod, J., Owen, L., & Savitz-Romer, M. (2016). The State of School Counseling: Revisiting the Path Forward. Washington, DC.

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

Savitz-Romer, M., Rowan-Kenyon, H., & Fancsali, C. (2015). Social emotional and affective skills for college and career success. Change in Higher Education.

Savitz-Romer, M. (2015). "Guest Perspective: Preparation Gaps," Journal of College Access: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 6.

“The Gap Between Influence and Efficacy: College Readiness Training, Urban School Counselors, and the Promotion of Equity” in Counselor Education & Supervision, (2012).

Mandy Savitz-Romer and Suzanne Bouffard. Ready, Willing, and Able A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, (2012).

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