Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., New York University; B.S., New York University; A.A., Rockland Community College
Research Interests: Cross-Cultural Psychology, Human Development, Contexts of Development, Parent-Child Interactions, Family Systems, Intersectionality, Gender Development
Yana Kuchirko examines sociocultural and ecological contexts of child development. Specifically, she focuses on how children's early experiences in their everyday settings (home, neighborhood, school) vary by ethnicity/race, socioeconomic status, and gender, and how features of children's everyday interactions relate to later educational outcomes. Social justice is a central facet of Kuchirko's work. Through a strengh-based perspective on research, Kuchirko seeks to challenge dominant, deficit-oriented narratives about ethnic-racial minority children's development.