Who we are

Executive Team

Larry AberLawrence Aber (Co-Director) is Willner Family Professor in Psychology and Public Policy at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and University Professor at New York University, where he also serves as board chair of its Institute of Human Development and Social Change. An internationally recognized expert in child development and social policy, Dr. Aber’s basic research examines the influence of poverty and violence, at the family and community levels, on the social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive and academic development of children and youth. He also designs and rigorously evaluates innovative programs and policies for children, youth and families (e.g. violence prevention, literacy development, welfare reform, and comprehensive services initiatives), and has been an adviser, board member or executive for numerous international organizations dealing with at-risk children and youth. Currently, Dr. Aber is conducting research on the impact of poverty and HIV/AIDS on children’s development in South Africa (in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council), and on school- and community-based interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (in collaboration with IRC).

Hirokazu YoshikawaHirokazu Yoshikawa (Co-Director) is the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at NYU Steinhardt and a University Professor at NYU. He is a community and developmental psychologist whose research in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries focuses on the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, and poverty reduction on children’s development. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Workgroup on Early Childhood Development and Education of the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the research network providing input to the Secretary-General on the development and implementation of the post-2015 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s, the successor to the Millennium Development Goals). In that work, he leads the work to include early childhood development in the SDG’s.  Dr. Yoshikawa has served as an adviser and board member for a number of national and international education- and childhood development-related organizations. In 2012, he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as a member of the U.S. National Board for Education Sciences, and in 2014, he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Education.

Carly TubbsCarly Tubbs (Associate Director for Program, Conflict-Affected Countries) is broadly interested in looking at the pathways through which rapid, macro-level changes in economic, political, and technological systems impact children's development. Her current research, supported by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), focuses on two main areas of inquiry: 1) understanding how, for whom, and in what contexts interventions to improve access to and quality of education in conflict-affected countries work; and 2) developing research methodologies to conduct better descriptive, implementation, and evaluation research in conflict-affected countries. Carly has also collaborated with the World Bank, the International Rescue Committee, Human Rights Watch, the NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, and the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research in order to impact policy and practice discussions about these issues at national and international levels. Carly is an advanced doctoral student in the Psychology and Social Intervention program at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She holds a a B.A. in comparative literature from NYU, from which she graduated summa cum laude, and an M.A. in psychology from NYU, from which she graduated with honors.

Alice WuermliAlice Wuermli (Associate Director for Program, Low-income Countries) focuses her research on socio-emotional, cognitive and behavioral correlates of stress, self-regulation, and developmental/neural plasticity in at-risk populations in low-income countries. Specifically, her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms through which interventions effect change, how stress physiology mediates/moderates intervention effectiveness, and how changes in neurobiological markers inform questions of dose-response. From 2009 to 2012 she worked at the World Bank where she lead and collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of senior scholars on how economic crises affect children and youth. She is founding partner and managing director of a global research network focused on human developmental intervention science in low- and middle-income countries (HDIN.org). Alice is currently a doctoral student in Human Development at the University of California, Davis. She holds a MA in International Development/Development Economics from American University in Washington, DC, and a BA in International Affairs and Governance from the University of St. Gallen, in Switzerland. For more information click here.


Marian Haji-Mohamed (Assistant Director for Administration) manages the strategic development and execution of Global TIES for Children’s operational activities. More specifically, she oversees the development of the Center’s communications strategies and management of Center finances, recruitment, and events. Previously, Marian served as a Human Resources Generalist at the NYU Stern School of Business managing the full-cycle recruitment of the school’s technical staff.  She has also worked as an International Program Assistant at NYU Steinhardt’s Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs, and as an Independent Contractor/Consultant with the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID). Marian holds a B.S. in International Business and Marketing from Georgetown University where she graduated cum laude, and an MPA in International Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from NYU Wagner. 



Core Faculty

  • Edward Seidman, Ph.D
    Professor and Director,
    Psychology and Social Intervention Program
    Department of Applied Psychology, New York University, New York
  • Dana Burde, Ph.D
    Assistant Professor of International Education, New York University, New York
    Affiliate, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University
    Editor-in-Chief, Journal on Education in Emergencies.

Research Affiliates

External Collaborators