February 2019 Spotlight, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Ph.D.

This month, we are delighted to introduce Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa (Hiro.yoshikawa@nyu.edu) as our member in spotlight. Hirokazu Yoshikawa 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 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 and Lego Foundation funded partnerships of Sesame Workshop with the International Rescue Committee and BRAC to provide early childhood programming for Syrian refugee families in the Middle East and Rohingya refugee families in Bangladesh; 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).

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1) What drew you to do work on Asians, Asian American children and youth, or another topic that is important to you now? who was an important mentor to you in this work, or an influential particular study in the field or in a related field?

I was personally drawn to doing work on Asian Americans and public health from my interests in addressing the intersection of the HIV / AIDS epidemic, sexuality, and immigration issues early in my career.  I was lucky to learn from peers, CBO collaborators, mentees and senior faculty associated with UCSF’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and the Asian / Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS in mixed-methods work in public health and prevention – people such as Lisa Bowleg, David Chae, John Chin, Héctor Carrillo, Rafael Diaz, Barbara Marin, Patrick Wilson, and others. Through this mentorship I learned to do my first qualitative studies on culture, intervention and health and well-being.

2) A short paragraph describing a particular recent finding, current study, or recent publication and what makes you excited about it.  

A very new initiative I’m excited about is a collaboration with Sesame Workshop, BRAC, and the International Rescue Committee on the provision of early childhood development programs and policies for Rohingya refugee populations in Bangladesh and Syrian refugee populations in the Middle East.  At NYU’s Global TIES for Children Center we will be leading the research and evaluation aspects of these large-scale initiatives.  This work will be a tremendous learning experience to work with wonderful NGO’s and partners at the intersection of the fields of early childhood development and humanitarian response.

3) Your thoughts about your experiences with the Asian Caucus.

It was an honor to serve as Chair of the Asian Caucus a few years ago and in that role work to establish the Tri-Caucus of SRCD. The Asian Caucus is a wonderfully collaborative and supportive context for scholars interested in Asian and Asian-American child and youth development and is now increasingly visible and collaborative on issues of equity, justice, culture, ethnicity in developmental science.

4) Any upcoming talks or presentations?

The Comparative International Education Society meetings in April.

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