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Dr. Rona Novick

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Rona Novick, PhD is the Dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration and holds the Raine and Stanley Silverstein Chair in Professional Ethics and Values.

In addition to her Yeshiva University appointment, Dr. Novick has, since its founding, served as the Co-Educational Director of the Hidden Sparks program which provides consultation and professional development to day schools and Yeshivas to support the success of diverse learners.

Dr. Novick received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University and completed her doctoral internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.  She developed the Alliance for School Mental Health at North-Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center and served as its director, bringing state-of-the-art social emotional, behavioral, and mental-health prevention and services to students.  Collaborating with her Alliance staff and experienced educators, she authored the BRAVE bully prevention program for schools.

Dr. Novick has extensive clinical and research expertise in behavior management and child behavior therapy, bullying and trauma, and has published scholarly articles and book chapters on school applications of behavior management, special education, children and trauma and bully prevention and social emotional learning in schools.  She has delivered numerous presentations at national and international conferences, focusing on her research interests in parenting and parent-school partnerships, child anxiety disorders, social-emotional learning, special education and the behavior and development of young children.  Along with many scholarly publications, she is the author of a book for parents:  Helping Your Child Make Friends, and editor of the book series Kids Don’t Come With Instruction Manuals.

Her blog is called Life’s Tool Box and can be found at www.lifestoolbox.wordpress.com

And her children’s stories can be found on www.storybird.com, by searching under drronovick as the author.

Sample Titles

  • Kindling Spirituality -Keeping the Home Fires Burning
  • Bullying, from Playground to Boardroom
  • Jewish and Psychological Approaches to Loss, Trauma, and Consolation
  • Bystander  Obligations – from a Jewish and Psychological Perspective
  • Safe and Healthy School Environments
  • Creating Caring Classrooms
  • Thinking about Thinking – The Power of Metacognition
  • Hakarat Hatov – The Positive Psychology of Gratitude and Jewish Parallels
  • Developing Socially Responsible Children
  • Building Resilience in Ourselves and Our Children
  • Living in a Dangerous World – Coping and Managing Stress
  • Including Diverse Students – Our Jewish Imperative
  • Understanding Difference – Creating Inclusive School Environments
  • Positive Behavior Support – Motivating With Rewards that have No Salt, No Sugar, and Cost No Money
  • The Psychology of Happiness
  • The Cognitive, Emotional and Physical Benefits of Faith

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