Steven Holochwost

Organization/Affiliation (no abbreviation): 
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Short biography and a description of your interest(s) in music and health: 
Dr. Holochwost is a developmental psychologist who works with programs designed to improve the lives of vulnerable children and youth. His research in child development examines the effects of environment, and particularly poverty and parenting, on voluntary forms of self-regulation (e.g., executive functions) and the involuntary activity of neurophysiological systems that support self-regulatory abilities. This research is directly relevant to his applied work, which examines the efficacy of interventions for children in poverty, with a particular interest in the effects of music-based interventions. The common thread running through both these lines of work is the need to understand how poverty impacts child development, and how programs that expand educational opportunities for children can mitigate those effects.

He currently serves as Director of Research for Youth & Families at WolfBrown and is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Lehman College, which is part of the City University of New York. He is a co-Director of the Research on Equity via the Arts in Childhood (REACH) Lab, an National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab.
Collaboration Interests: 
Research, advocacy