Lecturer in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Director, Human Development and Psychology Program
Richard Weissbourd is currently a lecturer in education at HGSE and at the Kennedy School of Government. His work focuses on vulnerability and resilience in childhood, the achievement gap, moral development, and effective schools and services for children.
For several years he worked as a psychologist in community mental health centers as well as on the Annie Casey Foundation’s New Futures Project, an effort to prevent children from dropping out of school.
He is a founder of several interventions for at-risk children, including ReadBoston and WriteBoston, city-wide literacy initiatives led by Mayor Menino.
With Robert Selman, he founded Project ASPIRE, a social and ethical development intervention in three Boston schools.
He is also a founder of a new pilot school, the Lee Academy, that begins with children at 3 years old.
He has advised on the city, state and federal levels on family policy and school reform and has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications.
He is the author of The Vulnerable Child: What Really Hurts America’s Children and What We Can Do About It (Addison-Wesley, 1996) and The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development (Houghton Mifflin, 2009).