Education Development Center

Education Development Center, Inc.
43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453
Massachusetts 02453

Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) is a global non-profit research and development organization committed to addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity. Founded in 1958, EDC currently manages 350 projects in 35 countries, 1 500 staff and an annual funding level of approximately US$168 million (FY 2010).

EDC’s three main divisions—Health and Human Development, Learning and Teaching, and International Development—harness the power of people and systems to improve education, health promotion and care, workforce preparation, communications technologies, and civic engagement. Our projects range from seed and experimental initiatives to large-scale national and international efforts. EDC enjoys a worldwide reputation for its excellence in programme and fiscal management and for the impact of its work.

HHD’s mission is to create innovations that promote healthy human development worldwide. Our efforts span the continuum from health promotion to disease prevention, intervention, and care, especially among people in vulnerable conditions. We concentrate on major interrelated health issues such as violence, suicide, and unintentional injuries; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; mental health promotion and prevention of disorders; HIV and sexually transmitted diseases; reproductive health; and nutrition and fitness.

Since 1985, EDC’s Health and Human Development Division (HHD) has pioneered new approaches to violence prevention. HHD addresses many forms of violence: child physical and sexual abuse and exploitation; partner abuse; youth interpersonal violence; suicide; sexual assault; and hate crime. HHD has spearheaded a multidisciplinary, public health approach to violence prevention. We involve social science and education, health and mental health, and justice and law enforcement to address violence in all its forms. Through public health strategies, we aim to provide the maximum benefit for the largest number of people.

VPA Focal Person

Jerry Reed, Ph.D., MSW
Director, Center for the Study and Prevention of Injury, Violence, and Suicide
Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Education Development Center, Inc.
Health and Human Development Division
1025 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
Suite 700W
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: +1 202 572 3771
Fax:+1 202 223-4059

Dr Jerry Reed directs the Center for the Study and Prevention of Injury, Violence, and Suicide (CSPIVS) in EDC’s HHD Division. CSPIVS works to understand the causes of violence, suicide, and unintentional injuries and to develop strategies to prevent them. Major CSPIVS projects include the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the Children’s Safety Network National Resource Center for Injury and Violence Prevention. Additional CSPIVS programmes include the National Young Worker Safety Resource Center, and the Suicide Prevention Assessment and Resource Kit project, among others.

As CSPIVS Director, Dr Reed worked with WHO, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Fetzer Institute and the F. Felix Foundation to organize the 2009 Funders’ Dialogue on Global Violence Prevention in Geneva. The Funders’ Dialogue, part of the WHO 4th Milestones Meeting of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention, was an open forum meeting in which funders and experts discussed the most effective ways for the funding community to come together to advance support for the future agenda in global violence prevention.

Dr Reed’s interests include geriatrics, mental health, suicide prevention, global violence prevention and public policy, and he speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of suicide prevention. He also serves on the Board of the International Association for Suicide Prevention as Chair of the Council of Organizational Representatives.

Before joining EDC, Dr Reed was Executive Director of the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA; worked in the United States Senate on health care, mental health, aging, veteran, defense, and suicide prevention issues; served in the United States Navy; and managed quality-of-life programmes for the United States Army. Dr Reed received a Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences with an emphasis in Gerontology from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in 2007.