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Hirokazu Yoshikawa is the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Academic Dean at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a developmental and community psychologist who studies the development of young children in the United States and in global contexts. He 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.
He received four early career awards from divisions of the American Psychological Association. He has been a member of the Board on Children, Youth and Families and the Committee on Family and Work Policies of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation.
Dr. Yoshikawa received his PhD from New York University.