Program Director, Health and Human Development Program
- Health and wellness
- Parent involvement
- Risky behavior
- Safety and violence
Gregory Austin is director of WestEd’s Health and Human Development Program (HHDP). Its mission is to conduct research and provide technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of schools, families, and communities to promote student achievement, college and career readiness, and positive youth development, health, and well-being. Primary areas of current research include school climate and culture, how social-emotional and other “noncognitive” factors are related to educational and career outcomes, and data-driven school improvement. He is the developer and director of the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Surveys (Cal-SCHLS), the oldest and largest state effort in the nation to provide schools with local data on school climate, safety and the needs of students to guide program decision-making. He is also the director of the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Centers for California, Louisiana and South Carolina; the Army Youth Programs in Your Neighborhood Afterschool Program Quality Improvement Project; and the Army-Connected Schools Support Project.