Youth Violence Project

  • YVP
  • Research Lab

What We Do

The Virginia Youth Violence Project is a research group composed of faculty and graduate students in the UVA School of Education and Human Development. We conduct research on youth violence prevention and school safety and provide training and consultation on topics such as threat assessment, bullying prevention, and forensic psychology. Through our work, we have developed strong evidence in support of school threat assessment as a school violence prevention strategy and alternative to zero tolerance discipline.

Interdisciplinary Statements on Preventing Violence

The Youth Violence Project contributed to two interdisciplinary statements on violence, which have been endorsed by hundreds of organizations, scholars, and practitioners. The 2018 statement was completed after the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida and the 2012 statement was completed after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Our Projects and Initiatives

Recent Research & Presentations

Explore our latest work from research articles, podcast interviews, presentations, and more. Our past presentations are available in the following folders: 2011-22 and 2003-2008.


Faculty Associated

Lab or Initiative Associated

How Do We Stop School Shootings?

Professor Dewey Cornell speaks to PIX11 Morning News about ways to prevent future school shootings.

Youth Violence Project News

Our Team

Our team of faculty and students include many at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, as well as external partners, including the following:

Francis Huang, Associate Professor, University of Missouri

Dewey Cornell

Dewey Cornell

  • Virgil S. Ward Professor of Education
Katrina Debnam

Katrina Debnam

  • Associate Professor
Jordan Kerere

Jordan Kerere

  • Ph.D. Student
Timothy R. Konold

Timothy R. Konold

  • Professor
  • Research, Statistics, & Evaluation Program Director
Jennifer L Maeng

Jennifer L. Maeng

  • Research Associate Professor

Contact Us

Office Location

  • 204 Ridley Hall

Mailing Address

  • P.O. Box 400270
    Charlottesville, VA 22904