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Ed De VosEdward De Vos, EdD

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Faculty

Harvard University, 1983

Edward De Vos, EdD, is a developmental research psychologist.  He is Associate Vice President for Research at William James College where he is also Teaching Faculty in the Doctoral Clinical Psychology program.  Dr. De Vos is committed to evidence-based programming – collecting accurate, relevant and timely data to inform practice and policy -- working at the local, national, and international levels.  Previously, Dr. De Vos has held a number of leadership positions, including:  Director of Research and Evaluation for the (then) Massachusetts Executive Office of Human Services, Director of Research for the Family Violence Program at Children's Hospital - Boston, Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Violence & Injury Prevention at Education Development Center, Director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Health Research Center at Tufts-New England Medical Center, and Director of the Pediatric Program Evaluation and Development Group at Boston University School of Medicine.

In addition to William James College, Dr. De Vos has held appointments as Associate Professor (Pediatrics)at Boston University School of Medicine; Associate Professor (Pediatrics-primary, Public Health & Family Medicine-secondary) at Tufts University School of Medicine; and Lecturer (Pediatrics) at Harvard University Medical School.  He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Evaluation Association, the American Public Health Association and the American Statistical Association.  Dr. De Vos earned his Bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and his doctorate from Harvard University.

Dr. De Vos has extensive experience in the area of violence prevention – youth-on-youth violence, child maltreatment, intimate partner violence.  In addition to serving as Principal or Co-Investigator on over 30 research projects, he has consulted at the national and international levels.  He contributed to Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention: A Sourcebook for Community Action compiled by the CDC's Division of Violence Prevention, and has consulted to the federal governments of both Germany and Colombia.  Dr. De Vos has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters, and made frequent scholarly and professional presentations.  He serves as a peer reviewer for many top tier professional journals as well as for federal agencies.

Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise. [John Tukey, Annals of Mathematical Statistics, 33 (1962)]

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.  But in practice, there is. [Jan van de Snepscheut, also attributed to Yogi Berra]

"Data! data! data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay.'" [Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Copper Beeches by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.]