Stephen Gavazzi

Stephen Gavazzi

Stephen Gavazzi

Director, Professor


921 Chatham Lane, Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43221

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Areas of Expertise

  • Adolescent and At-Risk Youth
  • Assessment
  • Civic Education
  • Community/Youth Development and Organizations
  • Family and Community Human Services
  • Family Systems
  • Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA)
  • Human Development and Family Studies


  • PhD, Family Studies, School of Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 1991
  • MA, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, School of Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 1985
  • BA, Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 1983

I am Steve Gavazzi, the Director of the CHRR, as well as a professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology here at Ohio State.

As the Director, I am responsible for the overall operations of the CHRR, managing the Center’s budget and working with senior staff to ensure that resources are available and project timelines are met. I also regularly engage stakeholders – both inside of and external to the university – in service to advancing their data-driven activities.

My areas of expertise include a variety of topics within human development and family science (I am a trained marriage and family therapist), with a special emphasis on matters concerning families with adolescents. I also have a strong interest in issues surrounding higher education, including leadership, campus-community relationships, and the mission of land-grant universities. My latest book (What’s Public About Public Higher Ed? published in 2021 by Johns Hopkins University Press) was based on survey data collected using CHRR’s American Population Panel.


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