Jayanthi Mistry, Ph.D.
is an Associate Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She earned her doctorate in Child Development from Purdue University. Prior to joining Tufts University, she worked at the Center for the Development of Early Education at Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, where she was engaged in research and program development projects for early childhood education. Since then, Dr. Mistry has maintained a commitment to developing effective collaborations with practitioners in educational and community-based human service settings. Dr. Mistry's scholarship is based on the application of cultural perspectives to children’s development and the use of interpretive and ethnographic research methods in the study of children and families. Her record of publications on culture and development include chapters in the Handbook of Child Psychology, Handbook of Psychology
and the Handbook of Applied Developmental Science,
as well as both theoretical and empirical papers in Human Development, Child Development,
and Journal of Community Psychology,
among others. In addition to her work on the RISE project, Dr. Mistry’s recent research projects have included investigations of ethnic and cultural identities among ethnic minority and immigrant youth, and an evaluation of a statewide parenting programming for young mothers.