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Mandy Savitz-Romer

Nancy Pforzheimer Aronson Senior Lecturer in Human Development and Education
Faculty Director, Prevention Science and Practice

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 Assistant:  Lily-Esther Stanton


Mandy Savitz-Romer's professional experience has allowed her to link research to practice in the field of school counseling, specifically as it relates to college access and retention for urban students. Before joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Savitz-Romer was the associate director of the Boston Higher Education Partnership, where she led research, policy and programmatic initiatives focused on promoting college access, readiness and support for Boston Public School students. She previously taught courses in school counseling and postsecondary planning at Boston University. As a former urban school counselor, Savitz-Romer is particularly interested in how schools structure counseling support systems and college planning efforts to reach all students. Her work in promoting academic achievement for Boston students has also included directing various enrichment programs for middle school, high school and first-year college students in the Boston Public Schools, Boston University, Boston College and Simmons College. She is the author of Fulfilling the Promise: Reimagining School Counseling to Advance Student Success (Harvard Education Press 2019) and the co-author of Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success (Harvard Education Press 2012). Savitz-Romer is the director of HGSE's master's program in Prevention Science and Practice (PSP). Her research interests include college access and retention for urban students; early college planning and awareness; school counselor development; K-16 policies and reform; and school-university partnerships.

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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.,(forthcoming)

Savitz-Romer, M., Nicola, T.*, Jensen, A., Hill, N.E., Liang, B. & Perella, J. Collaborative Inquiry: A research–practice partnership to improve school counseling efforts. Professional School Counseling Journal. (in press),(2019)

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

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

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

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

Rowan-Kenyon, H., Savitz-Romer, M. Ott, M., Swan, A. & Liu, P. 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.,(2017)

Brion-Meisels, G., Savitz-Romer, M., & Vasudevan, D. 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.,(2016)

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

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

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

Bouffard, S & Savitz-Romer, M. Helping peers pave the way to college. Middle Ground Journal.,(2013)

Ready Willing and Able in Educational Leadership,(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)

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

Savitz-Romer, M. & Jager-Hyman, J. Stronger together. Principal Leadership, 9(8), 48-53.,(2009)

Weinstein, L. A. & Savitz-Romer, M. Planning for opportunity: Applying organizational and social capital theories to promote college going culture. Educational Planning, 18 (2), 1-11.,(2009)

Savitz-Romer, M., Jager-Hyman, J. & Coles, A. Removing roadblocks to rigor: Linking academic and social supports to ensure college readiness and success. Washington, DC: Pathways to College Network, Institute for Higher Education Policy.,(2009)

Savitz-Romer, M. The urban challenge. ASCA School Counselor, 46(2), 13-19.,(2008)

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