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Health, Safety, & Well-Being

WestEd helps clients and other stakeholders foster equitable, safe, trauma-informed, and healthy environments. We promote deep engagement in learning and working, positive development and resilience, and physical, social, and emotional wellness.

Our research and evaluation studies, professional development and technical assistance, and resources help strengthen the capacity of schools, communities, and service agencies to support their students, families, and other constituents in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to succeed  — especially those in the most challenging circumstances.

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Making a positive difference in the field

  • Natalie Walrond

    Natalie Walrond

    Director, Resilient and Healthy Schools and Communities

    Natalie Walrond serves as director of the National Center to Improve Social & Emotional Learning and School Safety housed at WestEd. In this role, she works nationally to build state and local capacity to integrate evidence-based approaches to social and emotional development and school safety with academic teaching and learning. She brings expertise in a range of whole child initiatives such as trauma-informed practices and implementing data-driven cycles of instructional improvement.

  • Thomas Hanson

    Senior Managing Director

    Thomas Hanson, Senior Managing Director, conducts rigorous research on the effectiveness of programs, products, and practices intended to improve student outcomes. He conducts evidence-based research for the California Healthy Kids Survey, a comprehensive youth risk behavior and resilience data collection service available to all California local education agencies.

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    Anthony Petrosino

    Director, Justice and Prevention Research Center

    Anthony Petrosino serves as Director of the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center, focusing on high-quality research to identify solutions that promote positive community and school environments. He is also Associate Director of the Health & Justice Program and Senior Research Fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy.