Howard Spivak, MD
Howard Spivak, MD

Board Member


Howard Spivak, MD, recently stepped down as the Principal Deputy Director of the National Institute of Justice at the US Department of Justice. A world-class expert in violence and violence prevention, Dr. Spivak previously served as the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has held positions as Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health at Tufts University School of Medicine and Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He was an early pioneer in recognizing violence as a public health problem, co-founding the first public health youth violence prevention program in the nation in the City of Boston. He has published numerous articles on youth violence and violence prevention and is co-author of two books on youth violence, “Murder Is No Accident” and “Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice.” He most recently co-edited a just-published book: “Gun Violence Prevention: A Public Health Approach.”

Dr. Spivak trained as a pediatrician, practicing pediatrics and adolescent medicine in several urban health care programs in the City of Boston. He is married and currently living in Brookline, MA. He has two adult children, one grandson, and a soon-to-be-born granddaughter.


Howard has an ACE score of 5