Meet the Team
Nadia L. Ward, M.Ed., Ph.D., came to Clark University in 2019 to direct the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and focus on developing behavioral health interventions to support adolescents and young adults with a particular emphasis on boys and young men of color.
Prior to her transition to Clark Dr. Ward spent 25 years at 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.
Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise
Professor of Practice, Education Department
and Frances L. Hiatt School of Psychology
MAAX Program Coordinator
Shelley Grover, MBA, a graduate of Clark University returned to her alma mater in 2019 to join the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise as the Department Administrator and Executive Assistant to Nadia Ward, Director of the Institute.
Shelley is a Marketing professional with a decade of successful experience in digital marketing, including web and social, content marketing, and producing marketing assets including promotional material and direct marketing emails, for a wide-range of industries.
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, 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 is charged with project management and handling inquires related to The MAAX Program.
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.