Hirokazu Yoshikawa is Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
He is a developmental and community psychologist who conducts research on the development of children in the U.S., China, and Chile.
focuses on the effects of public policies, particularly those related to parental employment, poverty and early childhood care and education, on children of diverse ethnic and immigrant backgrounds.
is currently working on a cluster-randomized experimental evaluation of Un Buen Comienzo, an initiative in Chile to strengthen preschool children's language, literacy, and health through a two-year teacher professional development program.
is also a PI of the Center for Research on Culture
, Development and Education.
received the Boyd McCandless Award for early career contributions to developmental psychology, from Division 7 of the American Psychological Association
(APA), and received three other early career awards from divisions of the APA
He serves on the Board on Children, Youth and Families of the National Academy of Sciences, the Scholars Selection Committee of the William T. Grant Foundation, and the Board of Zero to Three.
regularly consults to NGO's and foundations, such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank
, and UNICEF
, regarding early childhood development and programs.
He has edited two recent volumes, Making it Work: Low-Wage Employment, Family Life, and Child Development (Russell Sage, 2006, with Thomas S. Weisner and Edward Lowe) and Toward Positive Youth Development: Transforming Schools and Community Programs (Oxford, 2008, with Marybeth Shinn), which received an award for best edited volume from the Society for Research in Adolescence.
also co-edited a recent issue of New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, entitled "Beyond the Family; Social Contexts of Immigrant Children's Development" (2008, with Niobe Way).