Research and Teaching
2005 – Present Executive Director, Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives, Wilmington, DE.
Expanded to 10 schools and redesigned center based at a single school to become a national research collaborative and to include study of girls and intersectional identities. Created new girls’ team, recruited schools and developed new services, including Girls’ Audit. Emphasized Center’s expertise with research methods – including Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) - to help schools include students’ perspectives in planning and policy.
2015-16 Principal Investigator, Primary Boys Relational Teaching project.
Organized practitioner teams at 4 schools – 2 in United States, 1 in both Australia and Canada – to conduct a multi-method investigation of relational teaching approaches with boys and their families, presenting findings at conferences, creating school-based Manuals, drafting a White Paper commissioned by the International Boys Schools Coalition.
2015 Scholar-in-Residence, Scotch College, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Two week-long fellowship helping the school to develop its relational practice by observing classes, conducting focus groups, speaking to groups of faculty, parents and Governors.
2010 – 2013 Lead Researcher, Relational Teaching project, International Coalition of Boys’ Schools, Toronto, Canada.
Survey and action research 2-year project in multiple countries including 35 independent, public, charter and Catholic schools.
2008 Lead Researcher, International Coalition of Boys’ Schools, Toronto, Canada.
Principal Investigator on contracted study, Wisdom of Teaching Boys, surveying 1500 students and 1000 teachers at 18 schools from NZ, AU, UK, SA, CN and US. Outcomes included report, follow-up workshops and presentations.
2007 - 2009 Research Consultant, Moving Traditions, Jenkintown, PA.
Conducted study of boys for ‘Where Have All the Young Men Gone?”, national Campaign for Jewish Boys, with follow up action recommendations for programming. Participated as organizer and presenter at Roundtable conference, 2007, co-sponsored by University of Pennsylvania.
Drafted Framework for Working with Jewish Boys and Engaging Jewish Teenage Boys: a Call to Action.
2001 – 2005 Executive Director, Center for the Study of Boys’ Lives, Philadelphia, PA.
Built and directed a research center at a single school into a collaborative of independent schools in partnership with University of Pennsylvania, developing evidence-based theory for boys’ education. Established and managed school inquiry teams in schools. Organized and ran Research Roundtable for annual presentations of findings. Developed the Boys’ Audit for non-member schools and Raising Sons 101 for families.
2009 – Present Supervising Psychologist, The Haverford School, Haverford, PA.
Supervise counseling staff in direct student and family services. Participate on student services team. Provide clinical back-up on call. Organize and lead a peer counseling program, including training student leadership team.
2010 – 2015 Principle, Ravitch and Reichert Consulting LLP, Philadelphia, PA.
Offering a range of qualitative research services to businesses and not-for-profits. Recent clients have included Staples, Kronos and the Africa-America Institute, for whom we conducted a participatory evaluation of the Transformational Leadership Program in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
1986 - 2008 Consulting Psychologist, The Haverford School, Haverford, PA.
Consult to faculty and administration regarding student needs. Provide training and direct service to teachers, students and parents. Supervise school counselors. Offer programs for faculty development, student peer counseling, parent community development.
1998 – 2007 Consulting Psychologist, Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA.
Presented to staff, faculty and students, conducted focus group research and advised school administration regarding student life, admissions and support policies.
2005-2006 Consulting Psychologist, United World College of the American West, Las Vegas, NM.
Conducted faculty training in fostering moral community. Provided feedback from student and faculty focus groups to administrative team for programming. Provided coaching to president.
1979-85 Counselor and Psychologist, Program of Auxiliary Services to Students, Philadelphia, PA.
Provided direct and consultative services to K-8 nonpublic schools in Philadelphia School Districts 5 and 6. Developed and implemented student assistance program for early adolescent population. Offered parent seminars monthly over two year period. Supervised interns from Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic in field placements. Created in-house training course for psychologists and counselors on school consultation.
1984 - Present Independent Practice, Suite 220, One Bala Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA.
Individual, group and relationship therapy. Specializing in treatment of children, adolescents, families, addictive disorders and males, young and adult.
1994 - 2000 Founding Partner, Bala Psychological Resources, One Bala Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA.
Outpatient multidisciplinary group that offered new perspectives in treatment of men, women and families.
1991 Program consultant, Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Unit, Northwestern Institute, Fort Washington, PA.
Developed and implemented family component for Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Treatment Unit. Project involved staff training, preparation of psycho-educational materials and establishment of integrated treatment team goals.
1985 - 1987 Attending Psychologist, The Fairmount Institute, Philadelphia, PA.
Directed multidisciplinary treatment team with adolescent and adult chemical dependency patients. Provided individual and family therapy. Consulted with parent groups, schools, industry and community groups.
1976-1977 Counselor, The Family Court of the State of Delaware, Wilmington, DE.
Counseled and investigated juvenile cases for dispositional hearing. Planned for community treatment for adjudicated delinquents.
1995 - 2005 Project Director, Peaceful Posse, Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility, Philadelphia, PA.
Created violence prevention and youth development model recognized by PA Attorney General and National Crime Prevention Association as "promising" and provided management, clinical supervision, strategic planning, training, grantsmanship for adolescents in high risk urban settings. Raised over $2 million from national and local foundations, government agencies. Created Training Institute for Peaceful Posse model, conducted long-term training for youth workers.
1993 - 1998 Co-chair, Psychosocial Taskforce, Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility. Philadelphia, PA.
Provided leadership for multidisciplinary group engaged in study and writing projects to train speakers on proactive approaches to violence.
1998 Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, Philadelphia, PA.
Engaged as outside expert for national colloquy on “Intentionality in Mentoring”. Provided synopsis on boys’ development.
1980-1982 Community Organizer/Educator, Cardinal's Commission on Human Relations, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.
Designed and implemented community response to racial tension in Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Reichert, M.C. & Hawley, R.H. (March, 2014). I Can Learn From You: Boys as Relational Learners. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Educational Press.
Reichert, M.C. & Hawley, R.H. (2010). Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys. Strategies That Work – and Why. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass/Wiley.
Bloom, S. & Reichert, M.C. (1998). Bearing Witness: Violence and Collective Responsibility. New York: Haworth Press.
Reichert, M.C. & Nelson, J. (2012). Reproduction, resistance and hope: The promise of boys’ education. Thymos, Journal of Boyhood Studies.
Reichert, M.C., Nelson, J., Heed, J. Yang, R. & Benson, W. (2012). “A place to be myself”: The critical role of schools in boys’ emotional development. Thymos, Journal of Boyhood Studies.
Reichert, M.C. & Hawley, R. (2011). The primacy of relationship in boys’ education. Thymos, Journal of Boyhood Studies, 5(1), Spring, 36-51.
Reichert, M.C. & Ravitch, S.M. (2010). Defying normative male identity: the transgressive possibilities of Jewish boyhood. Youth and Society, September 2010; vol. 42, 1: pp. 104-130.
Kuriloff, P, Reichert, M., Stoudt, B. & Ravitch, S. (2009). Building research collaboratives among schools and universities: Lessons from the field. Mind, Brain and Education, 3 (1), 34-44.
Reichert, M.C. & Hawley, R. (2006). Confronting the ‘Boy Problem’. A new approach for schools. Teachers College Record. October 25, http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12813.
Reichert, M. C., Stoudt, B. & Kuriloff, P. (2006). Don’t love no fight. Healing and identity among urban youth. The Urban Review, 38(3). 187-209.
Reichert, M.C. & Kuriloff, P. (2004). Boys’ selves: Identity and anxiety in the looking glass of school life. Teachers College Record, 106 (3), March, pp. 544-573. http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11527, Date Accessed: 12/6/2005 6:42:30 PM.
Kuriloff, P. & Reichert, M.C. (2003). Boys of color, boys of class: Negotiating the academic and social geography of an elite independent school. Journal of Social Issues, 59 (4), November.
Stoudt, B. G., Kuriloff, P., Reichert, M.C. & Ravitch, S.M. (2010). Educating for Hegemony, Researching for Change: Collaborating with teachers and students to examine bullying at an elite private school. In R. Gaztambide-Fernandez & A. Howard (Eds.), Ahead of the Rest: Class Privilege and Educational Advantage in the United States. Rowman and Littlefield.
Reichert, M.C. & Ravitch, S.M. (2010). “Everything that makes us human”: Identity, bonding and resilience in Jewish boyhood. In H. Brod & S. Zevit (Eds.), Brothers’ Keepers. New Perspectives on Jewish Masculinity. Harriman, TN: Men’s Studies Press.
Reichert, M. C., Kuriloff, P. & Stoudt, B. (2009). What can we expect of boys? Strategies to help schools hoping for justice. In W. Martino, M. Kehler & M. Weaver-Hightower (Eds.) The Problem with Boys: Beyond Recuperative Masculinity Politics in Boys’ Education. NY: Routledge.
Reichert, M.C. (2007). Including boys in our conversation about gender and justice. In A. E. Ginsberg & M. Gasman (Eds.) Gender and Educational Philanthropy: New Perspectives on Funding, Collaboration and Assessment, 117-132. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Reichert, M.C. Bravado. In Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural and Historical Encyclopedia. Kimmel, M. & Aronson, A. (Eds.), Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio, 2004, pp. 107-8.
Reichert, M.C. Rethinking boys’ lives: New ideas for schools. In W. Martino & B. Meyenn, (Eds.), Teaching Boys: Issues of Masculinity in Schools. Buckingham, England: Open University Press, 2001.
Reichert, M. C. Disturbances of difference: Lessons from a boys’ school. In M. Fine & L. Weis, Eds., Construction Sites: Excavating Class, Race and Gender Among Urban Youth. New York: Teachers College Press, 2000.
Reichert, M.C. (2016). Unlocking boys’ potential. Educational Leadership, 74 (1), September, 2016, 22-26
Reichert, M.C. (2015). Relational strategies to engage boys. The need for reflective practice. Independent School, Summer, 48-52.
Reichert, M.C. & Hawley, R. (2009). Reaching Boys: An international study of effective teaching practices. Phi Delta Kappan, 91(4), December 2009/January 2010: pp. 35-40.
Reichert, M. C. On behalf of boys : Notes from the field. Independent School, Spring, 1997.
Reichert, M. C. Coping and Resistance in a Catholic Ghetto, Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, 1984.
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
2017 Invited Panelist, “Stuck in the Man Box: Young Men, Identity, and Why It Matters,” Presentation at United States Institute of Peace jointly sponsored by Promundo and Axe, Washington, DC.
2016 Invited Panelist, “What’s Going on In Boys’ and Girls’ Lives Today?” at White House Council on Women and Girls Conference: Helping our Children Explore, Learn, and Dream without Limits: Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Media and Toys. Washington, DC.
2015 “Building Better Schools for Boys: Ensuring Relational Success.” Invited workshop at International Coalition of Boys’ Schools annual conference, Cape Town, South Africa.
2013 “Girls and Boys in School: Lessons for Being Together from Being Apart”, Invited Keynote at Conference on Coordinate Education held at National Cathedral School, Washington, DC.
2013 “I Can Learn From You”, professional development workshop for Toronto, Ontario schools, held at Royal Saint George’s School.
2013 “For Whom the Boy Toils: the Primacy of Relationship in Boys’ Learning”, invited Explore Presentation at IBSC annual conference, Richmond, Virginia.
2012 “Pedagogy for Boys – What Works and Why,” Invited Keynote for British Regional IBSC Conference, Windsor, UK.
2012 “Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys”, Invited keynote for South African Regional IBSC Conference, Pietermaritzburg, SA.
2011 “Educating the 21st Century Child”, Presentation at Educators’ Summit, New York University, New York, NY.
2011 “Raising Boys for the New Millennium”, Invited presentation for New York University Faculty and Staff, New York, NY.
2011 “Relational Teaching with Boys”, Invited presentation at International Boys’ Schools Conference, City of London School, London, UK.
2010 “Engaging Boys’ In Learning: Strategies that Work – and Why”. Keynote address at the annual Southern Regional Education Board’s High Schools That Work conference, Louisville, KY.
2010 “Relational Teaching Workshop”, Presentation offered at the International Coalition of Boys’ Schools annual conference, Haverford, PA.
2009 “Reaching Boys”. Invited Workshop at National Conference of Single Sex Public Schools, Baltimore, MD.
2009 “Excavating the Hidden Gender Curriculum in Schools: Participatory Action Research as a Disruptive and Regenerative Force in Education”, Symposium presented at 7th Gender and Education Association Conference, University of London, March 26.
2008 “Let’s Hear It for the Boys! Nurturing public boys’ schools of distinction”, panel presentation at National Conference of Single Sex Public Schools, Philadelphia, PA.
2008 “Doing Justice to Boys’ and Girls’ Lives”, Invited plenary workshop at NAIS Summer Diversity Institute, Colorado Springs, CO.
2008 “Beyond the Discourse of Gender Difference: Moving to Schools of Possibility”. Presentation at NAIS annual conference, New York, NY.
2007 “Moving Beyond the Discourse of Gender Difference to True Discovery”. Presentation at TABS annual conference, Boston, MA.
2001 “Children, Violence and Healing”, Presentation to first year medical students, Temple University Medical School.
2001 “Children, Trauma and Healing”, Invited keynote address for Cabrini College conference on community health.
2000 “Trauma and Violence in Boys’ Development”, Presentation for AIHA training visit for healthcare professionals from Russia and Ukraine, Philadelphia, PA.
1999 “Boys Development and Experiential Education”, All-Staff training, North Carolina Outward Bound School, Asheville, North Carolina.
1999 “Trauma and Children”, Temple University Medical School course on social ethics, Philadelphia, PA.
1999 “Working with Boys in Clinical Contexts”, Invited workshop for Philadelphia Society of Clinical Social Workers, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.
1998 “Boys to Men: Breaking the Cycle of Violence”, Presentation at International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference, Washington, D.C.
1998 “The Success of African-American Males”, Panel Presentation at National Association of Independent Schools Conference, New York City.
LICENSES, BOARDS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Licensed Pennsylvania Psychologist
Licensed Delaware Psychologist
Member, American Psychological Association
Member, Pennsylvania Psychological Association
Member, Board of Directors, Promundo
Member, Board of Directors, Partnership for Male Youth
Steering Committee Member, Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Member, Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity (PACH), New York University.