Dr. Steven Holochwost

SLI Title

Research Scientist


Dr. Steven Holochwost is a Research Scientist at the Science of Learning Institute and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Education. Steven provides expertise in evaluation design, measurement development, and data analysis for SLI’s translational science projects. He is also Senior Research Scientist and Associate Principal at WolfBrown, where he directs evaluations of programs designed to improve the lives of under-served children and youth.

His applied work in program evaluation focuses on the use of mixed quantitative and qualitative methods in program evaluation and the application of advanced analytics to longitudinal data. His ‘basic’ research in early 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. The common thread running through both these lines of work is the need to understand how risk impacts child development, and how programs that expand opportunities for children can mitigate those effects. 

Over the past ten years Dr. Holochwost has worked in government, academia, and private research firms. Before joining WolfBrown, Dr. Holochwost was Associate Director of Research at the Early Learning Center and, prior to that, Senior Assistant Child Advocate with the Office of the Child Advocate for the State of New Jersey. He earned his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a National Science Foundation Fellow and a masters degre in public affairs from the Fels Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.  Click here for more information on Steven's research.