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The Institute of Human Development and Social Change

The Institute of Human Development and Social Change's (IHDSC) mission is to inspire, support, and amplify innovative and equity-driven scholarly research through excellence in individualized grant administration and research development, community engagement, and the promotion of evidence-based research products. By prioritizing principles of social equity, collaboration, and interdisciplinarity, we strive to stimulate social impact locally and globally.

IHDSC represents a dynamic collaboration among four NYU schools: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Faculty of Arts and Science; Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; and School of Professional Studies.

Now Announcing FY24 Seed Award Recipients!

2023-2024 IHDSC Seed Award Recipients

IHDSC is pleased to announce our recipients for the 2023-2024 Seed Awards! Learn about our awardees and their projects.

2023-2024 IHDSC Partnership Development Seed Award Cohort

IHDSC is pleased to announce recipients of the inaugural Partnership Development Seed Award! Learn about our awardees and their projects.

For Researchers

IHDSC supports rigorous research and training, cultivating research through seed awards, working groups, and individualized grant support from conception through closeout.

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For Partners

IHDSC partners with researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to conduct research, develop training, and create mutually beneficial opportunities for networking and professional development.

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Latest News & Updates

New Book from Shamari Reid: Humans Who Teach

Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning Shamari Reid asks teachers to surrender their superhero capes in his new book on love, justice, and liberation in schools.

Black High School Students Less Likely to Enroll in AP Math Courses Than White Students with Similar Academic Preparedness, Study Finds

Steinhardt researchers found that although 24% of white students in New York City high schools enroll in at least one AP mathematics course by the end of high school, only 13% of Black students do so.

IHDSC’s Collective Care Initiative Brings Together Researchers and Scholars to Reflect on Wellness and Build Community Connections

The Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) has recently launched a new initiative, Nourish & Restore: IHDSC’s Collective Care Initiative, that aims to bring members of the IHDSC community together to reflect on the experience of our workplace culture and find ways to center wellness and nurturing of our “whole selves.”

Power In Our Truths: Girls & Gender-Expansive Young People of Color on the Impact of COVID-19

This report provided fresh insight into the experiences, coping strategies, and disproportionate impact of the pandemic on the lives of girls and gender-expansive young people of color ages 14-30.

New York City Public Schools Chancellor Visits the Path Program

IHDSC’s Path Program partnership reached another milestone on Monday, January 22, 2024, when New York City Public Schools (NYCPS) Chancellor, David C. Banks, made a special visit to observe the NYCPS Specialized Program at I.S. 219 New Venture School.

Power in Our Truths: Girls and Gender-Expansive Young People of Color Speak Truth About How Videos of Police Brutality Detrimentally Affect Their Mental Health

In this report, a team of Women of Color researchers and scholar-activists partner with the Justice + Joy National Collaborative to share the perspectives and experiences of girls and gender-expansive young people of color on the impact of the virality of violent videos.

Select Projects

Global TIES for Children

Global TIES for Children is an international research center at New York University dedicated to designing, evaluating and advising on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe.


ARCADIA for Suicide Prevention takes a developmentally-informed, population-health approach to adolescent suicide. With the prediction of adolescent suicide barely better than chance, researchers focus on the places where adolescents already are (schools, primary care) and leverage trusted sources of support (peers, parents, trusted adults).


For over a decade, IHDSC and faculty from seven NYU academic units have trained incoming and advanced doctoral students from diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences.

Systems Aligning For Equity

The aim of SAFE Spaces (formerly RISC) is to examine the setting-level characteristics and processes that occur in child welfare settings and explore their association with outcomes for youth.

Recent Blogs

Beyond the Data: Humanizing Research through Photography

Photographing communities, particularly low income neighborhoods that are too often associated with negative stereotypes, come with the added responsibility of telling their authentic stories with compassion, strength, and beauty. In this blog, Hira Hasson pairs street photography with research to bring a new dimension to traditional research projects.

NYC’s Salary Transparency Law: What the Research Says

We spoke with Dr. Siwei Cheng, Associate Professor of Sociology in NYU’s School of Arts & Science and IHDSC faculty affiliate, about NYC's Salary Transparency Law's impact on labor market negotiations and improving equity in wage distributions in NYC for this On the Ground blog post.

What’s in the Water? Positive Parenting & the History of Attachment Theory

Many positive parenting practices, core to contemporary parenting programs, are derived from attachment theory. This On the Ground blog post offers insight into attachment theory and its linkage to parenting and child development.

A Message to the Mayor

We tapped the expertise of our faculty affiliates for research insights the Adams’ administration should leverage to inform decisions in New York City.

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