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Jonathan F. Zaff

Research Associate Professor and Executive Director, Center for Promise, Boston University

Jonathan F. Zaff, Ph.D. is executive director of the Center for Promise. He is also a research associate professor in Applied Human Development the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. His research focuses primarily on understanding how to create the conditions within which all children and youth thrive academically, socially, vocationally, and civically. The results of his work have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals and books and presented at local, national,and international conferences. Prior to joining America's Promise, Dr. Zaff was a research associate at Child Trends and founded a youth policy organization. Dr. Zaff received his Ph.D. in lifespan developmental psychology from the University of Georgia.


  • –present
    Research Associate Professor and Executive Director, Boston University


  • 1999 
    University of Georgia, PhD/Lifespan Developmental Psychology