Assistant to Richard Lerner, Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science
Administrator – IARYD
Lori has been at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development since 2013, assisting Professor Richard M. Lerner. She comes originally from Anchorage, Alaska, where she earned her B.A. in Journalism and Public Communication from the University of Alaska – Anchorage. In addition to managing Rich’s complex schedule and ensuring that he remains informed, on task, and always on time, Lori is also Rich’s on-hand tech support and manages IARYD’s website. She has produced or co-produced a number of virtual events for Rich and for IARYD since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. In her role as IARYD Administrator, she additionally supports the Deputy Director with scheduling, travel and administrative tasks, as well as supporting the technology needs of lab members, overseeing space and facilities, and continuing to support the team as we work in a hybrid lab. Before joining IARYD, she made time in her life to spend several years traveling around the globe. Personally, Lori is an avid reader, a gamer and an artist. But more than anything she is passionate about the importance of eliminating the stigma surrounding discussion of mental health and mental health disorders.
IARYD Managing Director
Heidi is the Managing Director at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development. She oversees all administrative aspects of the Institute including grant management, grant writing and reporting, personnel administration, project management. Heidi joined the Institute in November 2006. She came from New York University, where she was the Associate Director for the Master of Science in Publishing, a graduate program that prepares students for careers in book, magazine and digital publishing. Her career at NYU spanned 12 years and included time at the School of Education as Project Manager for a professional development program for New York City school teachers and at the Office of the Dean for Science, where she was a grant administrator. Before living in New York, she was a program coordinator for a Ph.D. program at Harvard Medical School. Heidi holds a B.A. in English/Communication Arts from Emmanuel College in Boston and an M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Management from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. She volunteers at a therapeutic riding farm, loves to ride horses, and has completed five marathons.
IARYD Managing Editor
Jarrett Lerner is a graduate of Tufts University, and now serves as the Managing Editor of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, where he oversees the Publications Department and manages the journal Applied Developmental Science. In addition, Jarrett writes and illustrates children’s books.