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Edward De Vos, EdD

Harvard University, 1983

Edward De Vos, EdD, is a research psychologist with a long-standing commitment to evidence-based programming from both a research and social policy perspective. In addition to local and regional efforts, Dr. De Vos has been involved in numerous large-scale evaluations, both in the U.S. and abroad. His approach to research and evaluation emphasizes responsive methodology, frequently combining both quantitative and qualitative methods. Dr. De Vos is committed to the collection of reliable, valid and timely data for decision makers. He joined the MSPP faculty in 1987 and teaches Statistics.

Dr. De Vos is the Director of Evaluation for the Department of Pediatrics and a Senior Research Scientist in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center.  He and his colleagues comprise a multidisciplinary group committed to addressing those conditions that threaten the health and well being of children and adolescents but which defy or extend the disease model of illness.  Their mission is to improve treatment for children and families who are suffering and to enhance prevention for youth and families at risk. 

Prior to his post at Boston University, Dr. De Vos directed the Pediatric & Adolescent Health Research Center (PAHRC) at Tufts-New England Medical Center.  Previously, he was the Director of the Center for Violence & Injury Prevention at Education Development Center (EDC), an international, non-profit R&D organization that bridged the worlds of research, policy and practice. Earlier in his career, Dr. De Vos was the research director for the family violence program at Children’s Hospital-Boston, and before that, he served Massachusetts as the Director of Research and Evaluation for the (then) Executive Office of Human Services. 

In addition to his MSPP appointment, he is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and a Lecturer in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Evaluation Association, the American Public Health Association and the American Statistical Association. Dr. De Vos earned his undergraduate degree from M.I.T. (physics and anthropology) and his doctorate from Harvard University.

Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise. [John Tukey, Annals of Mathematical Statistics, 33 (1962)]

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.  But in practice, there is. [Jan van de Snepscheut, also attributed to Yogi Berra]

“Data! data! data!” he cried impatiently. “I can’t make bricks without clay.’” [Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Copper Beeches by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle]

Updated 10/1/08

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