Dewey G. Cornell

  • Professor of Education, Curry School of Education University of Virginia
  • Director, Virginia Youth Violence Project

Dewey G. Cornell is a forensic clinical psychologist and Bunker Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He has been a faculty associate of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy since 1986, and directs the UVA Youth Violence Project.

As a psychologist, Cornell has worked with juvenile and adult violent offenders, testified in criminal proceedings and legislative hearings, and consulted on violence prevention efforts. Most recently, he has served on the FBI’s Research Advisory Board for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, the Virginia Governor’s Task Force on School and Campus Safety, and the American Psychological Association’s Gun Violence Prediction and Prevention Report Writing Group.

Cornell’s research and teaching is concerned with the prevention of youth violence and bullying, as well as the facilitation of healthy student development and achievement through a supportive and structured school climate. He has authored more than 200 publications in psychology and education, including studies of juvenile homicide, school safety, bullying, and threat assessment. Two of his books are School Violence: Fears Versus Facts and Guidelines for Responding to Student Threats of Violence.

Cornell was the principal developer of the Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines, which is an approach to violence prevention used in schools nationwide and recognized in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. He is currently conducting a federally-funded study of school climate and bullying in more than 700 Virginia secondary schools.


  • Ph.D.
    University of Michigan
  • M.A.
    University of Michigan
  • B.A.
    Transylvania University

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