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Thomas Weisner

Thomas Weis­ner, PhD, Pro­fes­sor, Depart­ments of Anthro­pol­ogy and Psy­chi­a­try & Biobe­hav­ioral Sci­ences; Direc­tor, Cen­ter for Cul­ture & Health,  UCLA  |  Web­site  |  Pub­li­ca­tions  |  Con­tact: tweis­er­ATu­claDOT­edu

Bio: Thomas S. Weis­ner, PhD, is Pro­fes­sor of Anthro­pol­ogy, Depart­ments of Psy­chi­a­try (NPI Semel Insti­tute, Cen­ter for Cul­ture and Health) and Anthro­pol­ogy at UCLA. His research and teach­ing inter­ests are in cul­ture and human devel­op­ment; med­ical, psy­cho­log­i­cal and cul­tural stud­ies of fam­i­lies and chil­dren at risk; mixed meth­ods; and evidence-informed pol­icy. He is Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Cul­ture & Health at UCLA, and the Field­work and Qual­i­ta­tive Data Lab­o­ra­tory. The Lab has devel­oped a range of sup­ports for mixed meth­ods, includ­ing the soft­ware Dedoose, and the Eco­cul­tural Fam­ily Inter­view. He is cur­rently col­lab­o­rat­ing (with Andrew Fuligni and Nancy Gon­za­lez) on a study of the daily activ­i­ties, fam­ily respon­si­bil­i­ties and oblig­a­tions, and aca­d­e­mic and behav­ioral out­comes of 425 Mexican-American teens and par­ents in Los Ange­les. He is co-PI on a qual­i­ta­tive follow-up study of over 200 young adults diag­nosed 16 years ear­lier with ADHD. He is cur­rently sup­ported by the Cul­ture, Brain, and Devel­op­ment Men­tal Health pro­gram of FPR in a study of fam­i­lies with chil­dren with Autism in India in part­ner­ship with the NGO, Action for Autism, in New Delhi, India (Tamara Daley, co-PI).  He con­tin­ues to study impacts of fam­ily sup­ports on chil­dren and fam­i­lies, based on a lon­gi­tu­di­nal random-assignment exper­i­men­tal study over 8 years of a suc­cess­ful sup­port pro­gram for working-poor par­ents (with Greg Dun­can, Aletha Hus­ton, Hiro Yoshikawa, Bob Granger and oth­ers). He has also col­lab­o­rated in a lon­gi­tu­di­nal study of fam­i­lies with chil­dren with devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties (with Ron Gal­limore, Bar­bara Keogh).  He has done lon­gi­tu­di­nal field research (through 1992) in West­ern Kenya and Nairobi, on sib­ling care­tak­ing of chil­dren, and on the long-term con­se­quences of urban migra­tion for chil­dren and fam­i­lies, as well as stud­ies of sib­ling care­tak­ing and school com­pe­tence among Native Hawai­ians (with Ron Gal­limore) and Latina youth in Cal­i­for­nia (with Patri­cia East).  Weisner has been a Fel­low at the Cen­ter for Advanced Study in the Behav­ioral Sci­ences, a mem­ber of the MacArthur Foun­da­tion research net­work on suc­cess­ful path­ways in mid­dle child­hood, past Pres­i­dent of the Soci­ety for Psy­cho­log­i­cal Anthro­pol­ogy, is a Senior Pro­gram Advi­sor to the William T Grant Foun­da­tion, is on the Board of Child­Fund Inter­na­tional, and is on the Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil of the Soci­ety for Research in Child Development.  He is the co-author of Higher Ground: New Hope for the Work­ing Poor and Their Chil­dren (2007) (with Greg Dun­can and Aletha Hus­ton); co-editor of Mak­ing It Work: Low-Wage Employ­ment, Fam­ily Life and Child Devel­op­ment (with Hiro Yoshikawa & Edward Lowe), (2006); edi­tor of Dis­cov­er­ing Suc­cess­ful Path­ways in Children’s Devel­op­ment: Mixed Meth­ods in the Study of Child­hood and Fam­ily Life (2005); and co-editor of African Fam­i­lies and the Cri­sis of Social Change (with Can­dice Bradley and Phil Kil­bride) (1997). His B.A. in Anthro­pol­ogy is from Reed Col­lege (1965) and Ph.D. from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity (1973) in Anthro­pol­ogy and Social Relations.