Jonathan F. Zaff

Research Associate Professor
Executive Director, Center for Promise

Jonathan F. Zaff, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor in Applied Human Development at the School of Education. He is also the executive director of the Center for Promise. The Center, the research institute of America’s Promise Alliance housed within SED, develops a deep knowledge and understanding about what is needed to help create the conditions so that all young people in America have the opportunity to succeed in school and life. The Center’s work adds to the academic exploration of these issues and helps give communities and individuals the tools and knowledge to effectively work together to support young people.

Using a positive youth development framework, Dr. Zaff’s research has included studies, among others, of youth-focused comprehensive community initiatives, civic engagement, and the social and emotional competencies of young people who have left high school without graduating. The results of his work have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals and books and presented at local, national,and international conferences.

Ph.D. in Lifespan Developmental Psychology, University of Georgia

M.S. in Psychology, University of Georgia

B.A. in Psychology, Connecticut College

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