Shai Fuxman, a behavioral health expert and senior research scientist, leads initiatives that promote the positive development of youth—particularly youth from marginalized communities, including LGBTQ youth and youth with disabilities. He has extensive experience in social and emotional learning (SEL), youth development, school-based trauma-informed care, and substance misuse prevention. He also has expertise in program evaluation, cultural competence, and quantitative and qualitative research.

Through his leadership of EDC’s SEL & Mental Health Academy, Fuxman is providing intensive professional development to help Massachusetts educators, schools, and districts promote students’ SEL and mental health. Across the Commonwealth, he is creating teams of change-makers who will establish multi-tiered systems of SEL and mental health support.

As a Prevention Solutions@EDC training and technical assistance specialist, Fuxman supports state agencies and community-based organizations nationwide. He conducts research and presents trainings on substance misuse prevention, including strategic planning, program evaluation, and opioid misuse and overdose prevention.

Fuxman is fluent in Spanish, Hebrew, and English. He holds an MEd and EdD in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University.