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Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at Steinhardt, Applied Psychology

Applied Psychology


Hirokazu Yoshikawa is the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at NYU Steinhardt and a University Professor at NYU, and Co-Director (with J. Lawrence Aber) 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 also conducts research on culture, sexuality and youth and young adult development in the context of GSAs (gender and sexuality alliances) with Paul Poteat, Jerel Calzo, and others. 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 (with Alice Wuermli); the first experimental evaluation of an unconditional cash transfer for families with young children in the United States (with Greg Duncan, Kimberly Noble, Lisa Gennetian, Katherine Magnuson, and Nathan Fox); and the Listening Project, a project to empower youth and adults to engage in in-depth questioning and listening at scale to address the societal crisis of connection (with Niobe Way, Joseph Nelson, Alisha Ali and David Kirkland). His recent books include Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality (with Ajay Chaudry, Taryn Morrissey, and Christina Weiland, 2021, 2nd edition, Russell Sage) and Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children (2011, Russell Sage). In 2020 he served on the Biden / Sanders Unity Task Force on Education. He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Education, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 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.

Selected Publications


Chaudry, A., Morrissey, T., Weiland, C., & Yoshikawa, H. (2021). Cradle to kindergarten: A new plan to combat inequality (2nd edition). New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Yoshikawa, H. (2011). Immigrants raising citizens: Undocumented parents and their young children. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.Shinn, M., & Yoshikawa, H. (2008). (Eds.). Toward positive youth development: Transforming schools and community programs. New York: Oxford University PressSELE.


  • Yoshikawa, H., Wuermli, A., Britto, P.R., Dreyer, B., Leckman, J., Lye, S., Ponguta, L.A., Richter, L., & Stein, A. (2020).  Effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on early childhood development: Short- and long-term risks and mitigating program and policy actions. Journal of Pediatrics, 223, 188-193. Full text available at: 
  • Kabay, S.B., Weiland, C., & Yoshikawa, H. (2020).  Public-sector costs of the Boston public prekindergarten program.Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness. 
  • Wuermli, A.J., Yoshikawa, H., & Hastings, P. (in press). Supporting adolescent mothers and their young children in conflict-affected contexts. Development and Psychopathology.
  • Sommer, T., Schneider, W., Chor, E., Sabol, T.J., Chase-Lansdale, P.L., Brooks-Gunn, J., Yoshikawa, H., Morris, A., & King, C. (2020).  The effects of a two-generation educational intervention on young children’s attendance in Head Start. Child Development. 
  • Rojas, N.,Yoshikawa, H., Morris, P., Kamboukos, D., Dawson-McClure, S., & & Brotman, L. (2020). The association of peer behavioral regulation with school readiness skills in preschool.  Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 51, 153-163.
  • Rojas, N.,Yoshikawa, H., Gennetian, L., Rangel, M.L., Melvin, S., Noble, K., Duncan, G.J., & Magnuson, K. (2020). The experiences of an unconditional cash transfer among low-income mothers of infants: A mixed-methods study.  Journal of Children and Poverty, 26, 64-84. 
  • Poteat, V.P., Calzo, J., Yoshikawa, H., Ceccolini, C., Rosenbach, S., Marx, R., & Lipkin, A. (2020). Greater engagement in Gender-Sexuality-Alliances and GSA characteristics predict youth empowerment and reduced mental health concerns. Child Development.
  • Waddoups, A., Yoshikawa, H., & Strouf, K. (2019).  Developmental effects of parent-child separation.  Annual Review of Developmental Psychology, 1, 387-410. 
  • Zhang, C., Fong, V.L., Yoshikawa, H., Way, N., Chen, X., Lu, Z., & Deng, H. (2019). Maternal or paternal grandmother? The transformation of patrilineal practice in grandparent care in urban China among families with infants.Journal of Marriage and Family. 
  • Joo, Y. S., Magnuson, K., Duncan, G. J., Schindler, H. S., Yoshikawa, H., & Ziol-Guest, K. M. (2019). What works in early childhood education programs? A meta–analysis of preschool enhancement programs. Early Education and Development.
  • Poteat, V. P., Calzo, J. P., Yoshikawa, H., Rosenbach, S. B., Ceccolini, C. J., & Marx, R. A. (2019). Extracurricular settings as a space to address sociopolitical crises: the case of discussing immigration in gender-sexuality alliances following the 2016 US Presidential election. American Educational Research Journal, 0002831219839033.
  • Ponguta, A., Maldonado-Carreño, C., Kagan, S.L., Yoshikawa, H., Mateus, A., Aragon, A.C., Nieto, A.M., Guerrero, P.A., Rodriguez, A.M.R., & Motta, A. (2019). Adaptation of the Measuring Early Learning Quality and Outcomes (MELQO) framework to assess the quality of early childhood education settings in Colombia. Zeitschrift zur Psychologie, 227, 105-112. 
  • Whipps, M.D.M.,Yoshikawa, H., & Demirci, J. (2019). Latent trajectories of infant breast milk consumption in the United States. Maternal and Child Nutrition. 
  • Leyva, D., Tamis-LeMonda, C.S., & Yoshikawa, H. (2019). What parents bring to the table: Associations between maternal behaviors in a grocery game and first-graders’ academic skills in a low-income sample. Elementary School Journal.
  • Chase-Lansdale, P.L., Sabol, T.J., Sommer, T.E., Chor, E., Brooks-Gunn, J., Yoshikawa, H., King, C., & Morris, A. (2019). The effects of a two-generation human capital program on low-income parents of young children.  Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Chong, E. S. K., Poteat, V. P., Yoshikawa, H., & Calzo, J. P. (2019). Fostering youth self-efficacy to address transgender and racial diversity issues: The role of gay-straight alliances. School Psychology Quarterly.
  • Murphy, K.M., Yoshikawa, H, & Wuermli, A. (2018). Implementation research for early childhood development programming in humanitarian contexts.  Proceedings of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1419, 90-101.
  • Yoshikawa, H., Wuermli, A.J., Raikes, A., Kim, S., & Kabay, S.B. (2018).  Achieving high quality early childhood development program and policies at national scale: Directions for research in global contexts.Social Policy Report of the Society for Research in Child Development, 31(1), 1-36.
  • Yoshikawa, H., Suarez-Orozco, C.S., & Gonzales, R.G. (2017).  Unauthorized status and youth development in the United States: Consensus statement of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27, 4-19.


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Explores the nature, causes and consequences of racial-ethnic, social, and economic inequalities in children’s lives and how policies affect inequalities in children’s health, education, and economic well-being. Students examine philosophical rationales for policy action; historical trends that influence inequalities in development; the role of science and participatory/democratic processes in increasing the effectiveness of programs and policies affecting children; and challenges to improving programs and policies, thereby reducing inequalities.
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