Dean and Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior
Dean Nancy Guerra is the new dean of the School of Social Ecology and internationally known expert on youth development and violence prevention. She has spent decades in violence prevention research, leading numerous large scale projects. She was recently co-chair and administrative director of Know Violence in Childhood, a global initiative to prevent violence in childhood sponsored by the Public Health Foundation of India.
Although new to UCI, Guerra is not new to the University of California. She has been both a student and a professor, earning a B.A. in psychology at UCLA and an M.A. in educational psychology at UC Santa Barbara and then a doctorate in human development and psychology at Harvard University. Before joining Social Ecology, Guerra was a professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Delaware, and served as director of the Institute for Global Studies. She has been on the faculty at UC Riverside, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Guerra held a number of administrative posts at UC Riverside, including associate director of the Robert Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies.
Guerra has been the lead investigator for a number of large scale projects, including the Southern California Academic Center for Excellence on Youth Violence Prevention (2000-2011) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to that she was the Principal Investigator on an 8-year development and prevention study in the Chicago Public Schools, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. More recently, Guerra has been involved in international programs, as Associate Provost and Senior International Officer at the University of Delaware (2012-2015), and as a consultant for international agencies including The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and USAID.