As Deputy Provost, Cybele Raver advises and represents Provost Fleming in key decision-making for all academic, faculty and research affairs. Raver supports the Provost in ensuring highest caliber academic quality for all units by planning for and benchmarking success in meeting strategic goals over time. Raver also serves as the Provost's designee in the Office of the Provost when the Provost is unavailable or off-campus. Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Dr. Raver served as inaugural director of NYU's Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC). As a behavioral social scientist trained in psychology and public policy, Raver played a key role in fostering interdisciplinary research at NYU through the IHDSC.
Dr. Raver’s own program of research focuses on early learning and development in the contexts of poverty and policy. Dr. Raver’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation as well as by private foundations such as the Spencer, McCormick-Tribune, and MacArthur Foundations. Her research has garnered several prestigious awards from organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the William T. Grant Foundation.
In addition to her work at NYU, Dr. Raver regularly advises local and federal government agencies and foundations on promoting healthy development and learning among children from birth to 3rd grade. Dr. Raver also serves on the Board of Directors of the Spencer Foundation as well as on several other boards of community agencies and initiatives. Before joining the faculty of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Dr. Raver held faculty positions at University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy Studies and at Cornell University's Department of Human Development. Dr. Raver earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Yale University.