Shari Kessel Schneider



Shari Kessel Schneider has more than 20 years’ experience in public health, survey research, evaluation, intervention development, and training and technical assistance, with a focus on adolescent populations and risk behaviors. She directs EDC’s MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey, which is administered biennially to more than 40,000 students in grades 6–12 to monitor trends in health and risk behaviors including opioid and other substance misuse and to examine emerging adolescent health issues. She also provides technical assistance to school districts in using student survey data to inform educational efforts, prevention programming, and policymaking.

Schneider’s research, presentations, and publications focus on public health challenges affecting youth, including opioid and other prescription drug misuse, social media and cyberbullying, smoking initiation and policies affecting youth smoking, and underage drinking and distracted driving. She is consulted by the media for her insights into adolescent behavior and related public health trends and how data can drive more effective programs and practices to improve adolescent physical and mental health.

Schneider holds an MSPH from the Harvard University School of Public Health.

"Protecting children online isn’t just about learning an app or monitoring your child’s cell phone, it’s about communication—expressing your concerns, establishing rules, and talking with your child about how to be a good digital citizen."

Speaking Highlights

Social Media and Cyberbullying: Implementation of School-Based Prevention Efforts and Implications for Social Media Approaches

Co-presentation of abstract, American Public Health Association Conference
Boston, MA

Bystander Intervention Behaviors Related to Cyberbullying in a Regional Census of High School Students

Presentation of abstract, American Public Health Association Conference
Boston, MA

Perceptions of Risk and Driving under the Influence of Marijuana and Alcohol among a Regional Census of High School Students

Presentation of abstract, APHA Conference
Boston, MA



What Happened When a Town Raised the Smoking Age
Huffington Post, June 23, 2015

To Cut Teen Smoking, Raise Tobacco Sales Age
New York Times
, June 17, 2015

Parents, Don’t Sit on the Cyber-Sidelines
Huffington Post, October 15, 2013

 “Bullying in 2012: Fighting Fear with Facts
Huffington Post, February 16, 2012

Teen ‘Sexting’ Common and Linked to Psychological Woes
U.S. News and World Report
, November 2, 2011


Selected Publications

Kessel Schneider, S., Buka, S. L., Dash, K., Winickoff, J. P., & O’Donnell, L. (2016). Community reductions in youth smoking after raising the minimum tobacco sales age to 21. Tobacco Control, 25(3): 355-359.

Kessel Schneider, S., O’Donnell, L., & Smith, E. (2015). Trends in cyberbullying and school bullying victimization in a regional census of high school students, 2006-2012. Journal of School Health, 85(9): 611–620.

Donham, R. & Kessel Schneider, S. (2014). Drugs, depression, and dating violence: Partnering with schools to collect and use data on adolescent risky behaviors. The Foundation Review, 6(4): 18-2 .

Kessel Schneider, S., O’Donnell, L., Stueve, A., & Coulter, R. (2012). Cyberbullying, school bullying, and psychological distress: A regional census of high school students. American Journal of Public Health, 102(1), 171–177.

Selected Resources


This report presents highlights and findings from EDC’s administration of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey to 24,355 high school students in 26 Massachusetts communities in 2014.

Resource libraries

This resource library contains reports, analyses, surveys, and fact sheets developed as part of EDC’s administration of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey from 2006 to 2014.