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Aviv Landau, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Aviv Landau Headshot
  • Co-Director, SAFELab
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, School of Social Policy and Practice

Landau is social worker researcher and a public interest technologist in the fields of artificial intelligence, health disparities, ethics, social media, and underserved communities.

Aviv Y. Landau is the Co-Director of SAFElab and a postdoctoral research scientist at UPenn’s School of Social Policy and Practice under the guidance of Prof. Desmond Patton. 

His research focuses on developing and implementing interdisciplinary computational and social work approaches. Landau’s main topics of interest are, health disparities, child abuse and neglect, ethical artificial intelligence, social media, social justice equity, natural language processing, developing clinical decision support systems, and qualitative methodologies.  

In his research on child abuse and neglect, Landau developed ethical recommendations for implementing machine learning-based models for detecting child abuse and prioritized the reduction of racial bias while developing a phenotype for child abuse and neglect.  

Landau worked for several years as a social worker in Israel with youth from diverse and marginalized backgrounds such as immigrants, LGBTQs, and school dropouts. Landau received his B.S.W, M.S.W, and Ph.D. from the University of Haifa, Israel. 


  • B.S.W., University of Haifa, 2010
  • M.S.W., University of Haifa, 2015
  • Ph.D., University of Haifa, 2018