Maury's Nation's clinical research focuses on understanding and preventing violence and bullying among school-age children. His specific interests are bully and victim typologies, and the short- and long-term consequences of peer harassment. His community research is focused on understanding community and neighborhood qualities/characteristics that promote positive health and mental health outcomes. In 2016 he received a $5 million grant from the National Institute of Justice to fund a five-year partnership between the Nashville Mayor's office, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Vanderbilt University to conduct The Nashville Longitudinal Study of Youth Safety and Wellbeing. Through the study, an interdisciplinary team of researchers, educators, city government and juvenile court staffers, police and youth development workers will develop a dataset to better inform decision-making with a goal of positively impacting the climate for youths in Nashville.

Media Appearances

  • Study: Nashville students less likely to have positive relationships with adults as they age

    As Nashville public schools students grow older, they are less likely to say they have a positive relationship with an adult outside of their home or school. Vanderbilt researcher Maury Nation said in a news release that any student saying they don't have a positive relationship with an adult outside their home or school is troubling. “Having trusting and supportive relationships with adults provides multiple benefits to adolescents and is one of the best predictors of success for young people," Nation said, who is leading the research study.

    December 30th, 2019

  • Social, emotional safety critical to students’ success

    Dr. Maury Nation, an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University, recently received a $5 million grant from the Department of Justice to research the safety and well-being of Nashville’s youth. “This is a complex issue that involves much more than just what happens in a classroom,” he said.

    July 27th, 2017

  • Talk it out: Restorative justice techniques help school communities rethink approaches to discipline

    “Most kids don’t like the aftermath of a fight. To the degree that they have skill sets and opportunities to solve things in other ways, they’re open to them,” said Maury Nation, a Vanderbilt University researcher studying such alternative discipline techniques in schools.

    February 16th, 2015


Ph.D., The University of South Carolina

B.A., Georgia State University


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