Dewey Cornell

Professor of Education

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1981
  • M.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1979
  • B.A., Transylvania University, 1977

Dewey G. Cornell, Ph.D. is a forensic clinical psychologist and Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He holds the Bunker Chair in Education. Dr. Cornell is Director of the UVA Virginia Youth Violence Project and a faculty associate of Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. During his clinical and academic career, Dr. Cornell has worked with juvenile and adult violent offenders, testified in criminal proceedings and legislative hearings, and consulted on violence prevention efforts. He has authored more than 200 publications in psychology and education, including studies of juvenile homicide, school safety, bullying, and threat assessment. He is the principal author of the Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines, which is an evidence-based model of school threat assessment used in schools across the United States and Canada. He also led the development of the Authoritative School Climate Survey as a student and staff measure of school climate and safety conditions. He is currently directing statewide studies of both school climate and threat assessment in Virginia public schools with funding from the U. S. Department of Justice.  A major emphasis in his work is the elimination of racial inequities in school discipline and educational outcomes.

Dr. Cornell will be accepting a student to start Fall 2021 in the Clinical and School Psychology program.


Research Interests

  • Forensic clinical psychology
  • Psychological assessment
  • Juvenile violence and delinquency prevention
  • School safety, bullying, and student threat assessment