A world where all adolescents and young adults are supported in developing the social and emotional skills they need to be successful in school and in life.
To innovate in the creation and delivery of behavioral health services responsive to the needs of adolescents, young adults and their families and communities.
Nadia Ward, M.Ed, Ph.D.
Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise
Professor of Practice, Education Department
and Frances L. Hiatt School of Psychology
Nadia L. Ward, M.Ed., Ph.D., came to the Mosakowski Institute from Yale University, where she served as Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) and the Deputy Director of Clinical Training in Clinical and Community Psychology, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry; and the Director of Urban Education & Prevention Research and Senior Evaluation Consultant with YaleEVAL at the Consultation Center at Yale.
Her extensive work in the area of academic achievement for racial and ethnic minority students has spanned more than 20 years and has included training and consultation to universities, public school systems, and private organizations; curriculum development; program development; implementation; and community-engaged research and evaluation.
Dr. Ward has worked extensively with high-risk as well as high-achieving urban youths and their families in a variety of capacities. She has designed and evaluated academic enrichment and competence-enhancing substance abuse and violence prevention programs in school and community settings.
Additionally, Dr. Ward is a leader in comprehensive urban school reform efforts where she engages schools and communities in the development, implementation, and evaluation of systemic interventions designed to improve school climate, academic performance, and educational trajectories of low-income and minority youth.
Dr. Ward’s areas of expertise include school-based mental health, substance abuse prevention among youth, social-emotional learning, academic achievement, educational disparities, urban school reform, education policy, and school-based prevention.
Dr. Ward has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on topics related to systemic school reform, educational disparities, social-emotional learning, educational aspirations and attainment among urban adolescents, and school-based prevention. Her research has been published in recognized peer-reviewed journals. She has appeared on National Public Radio (NPR), CNN Money, and has been quoted in the New York Post, U.S. News & World Report, and SHAPE magazine. She has received numerous awards for her research, teaching, mentoring, and service to the community.
Jane and William Mosakowski Distinguished Professor of Higher Education
John O’Brien is the immediate past president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care and a national leader in advocating for the health of vulnerable populations. He formerly served as CEO of the Cambridge Health Alliance and commissioner of health for the City of Cambridge, and is a past chair of the board of the Massachusetts Hospital Association. He continues to serve on several boards of directors in the health field. He played a leadership role in helping to strengthen and catalyze the Mosakowski Institute’s work on issues of health and well-being. O’Brien holds an A.B. in economics from Harvard College and an MBA in health care administration from Boston University.
Richard Freeland, the former president of Northeastern University, is nationally known for his leadership in practice-oriented education, emphasizing the importance of connecting classroom learning with real-world experience. While at the Institute, Freeland helped Clark to design its signature Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP) initiative. He left the Mosakowski Professorship in 2009 to become Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education, a role he filled until 2015, and currently serves on Clark’s Board of Trustees. Freeland received his bachelor’s degree in American studies from Amherst College and his doctorate in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.
Shelley Grover, MBA
Department Administrator of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise
Executive Assistant to Nadia Ward
Shelley Grover, MBA, a graduate of Clark University returned to her alma mater in 2019 to join the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise.
At the Mosakowski Institute, Shelley oversees all the administrative functions as the Department Administrator, coordinating all departmental administrative functions and office activities, preparing contracts and managing budgets, project management and supervising student interns. Shelley is responsible for various Marketing aspects, including planning events and promoting the vision and mission, services and offerings of the Mosakowski Institute.
Shelley holds a BA in Psychology and an MBA with a focus in Marketing from Clark University, which lends itself to the unique work of the Mosakowski Institute, creating a strategic alignment between the Institute’s focus of developing behavioral health interventions for adolescents and young adults and the development of marketing campaigns to highlight and communicate these important goals.
William S. Mosakowski ’76 and Jane Mosakowski ’75
William Mosakowski ’76 is president and CEO of Public Consulting Group, a national leader in providing consulting services to state and local government that dramatically improve financial and operational performance.
Dr. Lee Gurel ’48
Dr. Lee Gurel ’48 is a generous and enthusiastic supporter of Clark and the Mosakowski Institute. Lee grew up in Worcester and went on to a distinguished career as a research psychologist.