Heather M. Reynolds, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education in the School for Graduate Studies. She recently finished a 3-year term on the Saratoga Springs City School District Board of Education which has informed her recent work linking researchers and local policy makers to better inform school level decisions surrounding school safety.  Her other areas of interest include examining the social and physical characteristics of the school environment that contribute to violence, bullying, sexual harassment, and dating violence prevention, and supporting new/preservice teachers. 


  • Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from University of Michigan
  • Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University
  • B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University


  • Reynolds, H. Silvernell, D. & Mercer, F. (2020). Teaching in an era of political divisiveness: An exploration of strategies for discussing controversial issues. The Clearinghouse: A Journal of Educational Issues, Strategies, and Ideas. DOI: 10.1080/00098655.2020.1762063
  • Reynolds, H. (2019, July). Reflections of a Board of Education member in a time of politicization and intolerance. Teachers College Record. Retrieved from: http://www.tcrecord.org. ID Number: 22976
  • Reynolds, H. & Astor, R.A. (2018, December). Life and death school safety choices in search of data and science. Teachers College Record. Retrieved from: http://www.tcrecord.org. ID Number: 22600
  • Reynolds, H. & Wagle, T. (2018). Utilizing program specific data to develop case studies for use with preservice teachers. In Polly, D., Putnam, M., Petty, T., & Good, A. (Eds.). Handbook of Research on Innovative Practices in Teacher Preparation and Graduate-Level Teacher Education Programs (pp. 1-20). IGI Global.
  • Reynolds, H., Wagle, T., Mahar, D., Yannuzzi, L. & Tramonte, B. (2016). Changes in residents’ perceptions of self-efficacy in a clinically-rich graduate teacher education program. Action in Teacher Education, 8(2), 137-155.
  • Reynolds, H., Yannuzzi, L., Wagle, T., & Mahar, D. (2015). A Clinically Rich Residency Track for Teaching Assistants. Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 9, 71-77.
  • Astor, R.A., Reynolds, H., Benbenishty, R., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Brom, D., Baum, N., & Shiff, M., De Pedro, K. (2011). The influence of the Second Lebanon-Israeli war on Israeli students in urban school settings: Findings of the Nahariya district-wide scre