Dewey Cornell, Ph.D.
Bunker Chair in Education, Curry School of Education
Director, Virginia Youth Violence Project
Program Co-Director for Youth Nex, The Center to Promote Effective Youth Development
Faculty Associate, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy
University of Virginia
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Dewey Cornell is a forensic clinical psychologist and Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He joined the faculty of the University ofVirginia in 1986 and has studied youth violence for nearly 30 years.
As a researcher, Dr. Cornell has conducted studies of youth violence, psychopathology, giftedness, bullying, and school safety. He has published more than 120 articles in refereed journals in psychology and education, as well as more than 30 book chapters and six books, including Juvenile Homicide and School Violence: Fears versus Facts. In 1999, he began a project to develop and validate threat assessment guidelines for schools to use instead of zero tolerance policies. The Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines is an empirically validated practice that is used in thousands of schools across the United States and Canada, and has served as a model for programs in several countries.
As a teacher, Dr. Cornell teaches courses in forensic psychology, personality assessment, and the prevention of youth violence. He has mentored and chaired the doctoral dissertation of 32 psychologists.
As a forensic clinical psychologist, Dr. Cornell has worked extensively with juvenile and adult violent offenders. He has conducted hundreds of court-ordered evaluations and testified in criminal and civil proceedings. His cases have included school shootings (Paducah and Milwaukee) and the D.C. sniper shootings. He participated in efforts to abolish the juvenile death penalty.
Dr. Cornell has testified before the U.S. Congress several times and appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, NPR, and other news programs. His work has been cited in the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, New York Times, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other news publications.
A native of Louisville, Dr. Cornell earned his B.A. in psychology and philosophy from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He earned his M.A., and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. He was a Post-doctoral Scholar in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan and completed training in forensic clinical psychology at the Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry.