Who we are

Co-Directors

Lawrence Aber is the 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 Yoshikawa 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. 

Research & Administrative Team (alphabetical by last name)

DOUHA BOULARES
Administrative Assistant,
3EA

LINDSAY BROWN
Director of Impact Evaluation,
3EA

ROXANE CAIRES
Project Associate,
3EM


MARIAN HAJI-MOHAMED
Associate Director,
Research Administration 



NIKKI HILL
Operations
Associate



HA YEON KIM
Associate Director for Research in Conflicted-Affected Countries


MAYARI MONTES DE OCA
Statistical Analyst
3EA


PAUL OBURU
Research Associate Professor
Project Director, EQUAL


JOYCE RAFLA
Project Associate,
EQUAL 


SIMA SHABANEH

Research Associate,
3EA


CARLY TUBBS DOLAN
Director of Measurement
& Metrics, 3EM

ALICE WUERMLI
Associate Director for Program in Low-Income Countries

 

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.

NYU Research Affiliates

External Collaborators

  • Jere Behrman, Ph.D
    William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sharon Wolf, Ph.D 
    Assistant Professor, Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dana Charles McCoy, Ph.D
    Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education