Dr. Brian Burkhard is a developmental scientist and researcher at EVERFI. He uses advanced statistical methods to deliver insights that support subject-matter experts, academic researchers, program practitioners, and institutional leaders in EVERFI’s mission to address society’s most critical topics in the classroom, office, and community.
Prior to joining EVERFI, Brian worked at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University where he conducted and disseminated research aimed at enhancing the lives of diverse children, families, and communities. He has partnered with K-12 schools, universities, nonprofits, and the military to study the ways that people thrive, specializing in character development, positive youth development, social and emotional learning, and program evaluation.
Brian has additional professional experience as a school therapist, college program coordinator, and nonprofit manager, ensuring that he brings a practitioner’s viewpoint to his research. Brian holds a BA in psychology and classics, and an MS in counseling and human relations from Villanova University, and a PhD in child study and human development from Tufts University.
- Positive Youth Development: Theory and Perspective | The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development
- Character Development within Youth Development Programs: Exploring Multiple Dimensions of Activity Involvement | American Journal of Community Psychology
- Character in Context: Character Structure among United States Military Academy Cadets | Journal of Moral Education