Nancy Guerra, Ed.D.

Dean, School of Social Ecology and Professor, Psychology and Social Behavior

University of California, Irvine

Nancy Guerra is Dean of the School of Social Ecology and Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at UCI. She received her BA from UCLA, her MA from UCSB, and her doctorate from Harvard. She was on the faculty at UC Riverside for 13 years. Guerra’s research focuses on preventing youth violence and promoting healthy youth development. She has been the lead investigator for a number of large scale projects, including the Southern California Academic Center for Excellence on Youth Violence Prevention (2000-2011) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to that she was the Principal Investigator on an 8-year development and prevention study in the Chicago Public Schools, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. More recently she has been involved in international programs, as Associate Provost and Senior International Officer at the University of Delaware (2011-2015), and as a consultant for international agencies including The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and USAID. She currently serves as co-chair for kNOw Violence, a global initiative to prevent violence in childhood sponsored by the Public Health Foundation of India.