Dr. Sokol has spent over 25 years in the fields of psychology and education, both secular and Jewish. In addition to dual-ordination as a rabbi and cantor, he is a licensed psychologist and board certified pediatric neuropsychologist with a high degree of expertise in child development and learning. He has his BA Summa cum Laude from Brandeis University, MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins University and MSM from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Dr. Sokol spent a dozen years as a clinician and professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School before moving to Hebrew College where he spent seventeen years as a professor of Jewish education, rabbinics and cantorial arts. At Hebrew College, Dr. Sokol founded both the Cantor-Educator Program and the Special Education Program, served as Dean of the School of Jewish Music, and the inaugural Korman Professor of Jewish Special Education. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, Wexner Fellow and recipient of the American Psychological Association Young Psychologist Award. In 2014, he was awarded the Benjamin Shevach Award for Jewish Educational Leadership by Hebrew College in recognition of his distinguished career and contributions to the field.
While reflecting on his professional path and current work at MWJDS, Dr. Sokol remarked: “To some degree my earlier career as a researcher and professor led me naturally to MWJDS. In this community, I am truly able to combine all my passions and talents, helping to nurture simultaneously the cognitive and spiritual development of children and adolescents. The work is immensely gratifying. Despite the overuse of the term, I really believe that MWJDS is a unique community. It respects the needs of the individual while never losing sight of its broader educational mission. I feel very fortunate to have found a home here, both for myself and for my children.”
Dr. Sokol is married to Dr. Francene Reichel Sokol and has two sons, Benjamin (currently a senior at Gann Academy) and Samuel (currently an 8th grader at MWJDS).