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FPG Lecture Series Welcomes Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa

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Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa as the fourth speaker in our 2018-2019 lecture series Child Development in a Global Context.

Improving Early Childhood Development Among Syrian Refugees in the Middle East Refugee Response Region

Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa, PhD, is the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at NYU Steinhardt and a University Professor at NYU, and Co-Director of the Global TIES for Children center at NYU. He is a core faculty member of the Psychology of Social Intervention and Human Development and Social Intervention programs at Steinhardt. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Metropolitan Center for Equity and the Transformation of Schools and the Institute of Human Development and Social Change at NYU. He is a community and developmental psychologist who studies the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, and poverty reduction on children’s development. He conducts research in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries. He has also conducted research on culture, sexuality and youth and young adult development in the contexts of HIV/AIDS risk and prevention and is currently conducting research on GSAs (gender and sexuality alliances) in Massachusetts. His current projects also include leading the research and evaluation for the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change funded partnership of Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee to provide early childhood programming for Syrian refugee families in the Middle East; the first experimental evaluation of an unconditional cash transfer for families with young children in the United States; and the Listening Project, a Spencer Foundation funded project evaluating a middle-school-based intervention in New York City schools to train students and teachers in transformative curiosity (interviewing and listening). His recent books include Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality (with Ajay Chaudry, Taryn Morrissey, and Christina Weiland, 2017, Russell Sage) and Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children (2011, Russell Sage). He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Russell Sage Foundation, and on the Advisory Boards for the Open Society Foundations Early Childhood Program and the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report. In 2018 he was elected to the American Academy of Political and Social Science as a James S. Coleman Fellow. He has received two awards for mentorship of ethnic minority students from the American Psychological Association. He obtained his PhD in clinical psychology from NYU.

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