Mandy Savitz-Romer

Nancy Pforzheimer Aronson Senior Lecturer in Human Development and Education; Faculty Director, Prevention Science and Practice

Mandy Savitz-Romer's professional experience has allowed her to link research to practice in the field of school counseling, specifically as it relates to college access and readiness for first-generation college students. Before joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she was the associate director of the Boston Higher Education Partnership, where she led research, policy, and programmatic initiatives focused on promoting college access, readiness, and support for Boston Public School students. Savits-Romer previously taught courses in school counseling and postsecondary planning at Boston University. As a former urban school counselor, Savitz-Romer is particularly interested in how schools and community organizations structure counseling support systems and college planning efforts to reach all students. She is the co-author of Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success (Harvard Education Press 2012). Savitz-Romer is the director of HGSE's master's program in Prevention Science and Practice (PSP). Her research interests include college access and readiness for first-generation college students; early college planning and awareness; school counselor development; K-16 policies and reform; and school-university partnerships.