Dr. Steven Holochwost

SLI Title

Research Scientist

Bio

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.  

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Holochwost, S. J., Propper, C. B., Wolf, D. P., Willoughby, M. T., Fisher, K. R., *Kolacz, J., *Volpe, V. V., & Jaffee, S. R. (In press). Music education, academic achievement, and executive functions. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Gardner-Neblett, N., Holochwost, S. J., Gallagher, K. C., Iruka, I. U., Odom, S. L., & Bruno, E. P. (In press). Books and toddlers in child care: Under what conditions are children most engaged? Child & Youth Care Forum.

Kolacz, J., Holochwost, S. J., Gariépy, J. L., & Mills-Koonce, W. R. (2016). Patterns of joint parasympathetic, sympathetic, and adrenocortical activity and their associations with temperament in early childhood. Developmental Psychobiology, 58, 990-1001.

Wolf, D. P., & Holochwost, S. J. (2016). Music and juvenile justice: A Dynamic systems perspective. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 10, 171-183.

McClure, E. R., Chentsova-Dutton, Y. E., Barr, R. F., Holochwost, S. J., & Parrott, W. G. (2016). “Facetime doesn’t count: Video chat as an exception to media restrictions for infants and toddlers. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, 6, 1-6.

Holochwost, S. J., Gariépy, J. L., Propper, C. B., Gardner-Neblett, N., Volpe, V. V., Neblett, E., & Mills-Koonce, W. R. (2016). Sociodemographic risk, parenting behaviors, and the development of executive function in early childhood. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 36, 537-549.

Hill-Soderlund, A. L., Holochwost, S. J., Willoughby, M. T., Granger, D. A., Gariepy, J. L., & Cox, M. J. (2015). Developmental course of salivary alpha-amylase and cortisol from 12 to 36 months: Relations with early poverty and later behavior problems. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 52, 311-323.

Holochwost, S. J., Gariépy, J. L., Propper, C. B., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Moore, G. A. (2014). The Physiological response to the still-face at six months predicts attachment relationships at twelve months. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 1423-1430.

Willoughby, M. T., Holochwost, S. J., Blanton, Z., & Blair, C. B. (2014). Executive functions: Formative versus reflective measurement. Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, 12, 69-95. 

Wolf, D. P., Holochwost, S. J., Dargan, A., Selhorst, A., & Bar-Zemer, T. (2014). The Role of folk and traditional arts instruction in supporting student learning. Journal for Learning Through the Arts, 10. 

Propper, C. B. & Holochwost, S. J. (2013). Proximal risk and the development of the autonomic nervous system. Developmental Review, 33, 151-167.

Han, M., Buell, M., Holochwost, S. J., DeMott, K., & Amsden, D. (2012). Instructional quality of full-day kindergarten classrooms.  Focus on Pre-K & K, 25, 1-8.

Holochwost, S. J., *DeMott, K., Buell, M., Yanetta, K., & Amsden, D. (2009). Retention of staff in the early childhood education workforce.  Child & Youth Care Forum, 38, 227-237.

Holochwost, S. J., & Izard, C. E. (2008). Emotional responses to music: Evidence from young children.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, 581-582. 

REPORTS

Holochwost, S. J., Wolf, D. P., Fisher, K. R., & O’Grady, K. (2017). The Socioemotional Benefits of the Arts: A New Mandate for Arts Education. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Holochwost, S. J. (2016). An Evaluation of Play On, Philly! The Past Year and a Longer View. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Holochwost, S. J. (2016). An Evaluation of NJSO Champs: Findings from the 2015-2016 Season. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Holochwost, S. J. (2015). An Evaluation of Play on Philly: Findings from the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Seasons. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Holochwost, S. J. (2015). An Evaluation of NJSO Champs: Findings from the 2014-2015 Season. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Holochwost, S. J. (2015). An Evaluation of Play on Philly: Findings from the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Seasons. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Holochwost, S. J. (2015). An Expansion Plan for the Jubilee School. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Holochwost, S. J. (2014). An Evaluation of NJSO Champs: Findings from the 2013-2014 Season. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Wolf, D. P., & Holochwost, S. J. (2014). Our Voices Count: The Potential Impact of Strengths-based Music Programs in Juvenile Justice Settings.  (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Holochwost, S. J. (2013). An Evaluation of Play on Philly: Findings from the 2012-2013 Season. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Holochwost, S. J. (2013). Lives in the Balance: Children at the Intersection of Risk, Resilience, and Music. An Evaluation of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Pilot Program. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Holochwost, S. J. (2013). A Summative Evaluation of Ninos del Mundo and A Formative Evaluation of Youth Orchestra Salinas. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Wolf, D. P., & Holochwost, S. J. (2013). Students Speak: The Arts Advantage from the Youth Perspective. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Wolf, D. P., & Holochwost, S. J. (2012). Beyond the Concert Hall: An Evaluation of the Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, Boston. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Wolf, D. P., & Holochwost, S. J. (2011). Portfolio Review and Strategic Plan for the National Endowment for the Arts. (Sequestered at request of the Endowment).

Wolf, D. P., & Holochwost, S. J. (2011). ArtsRising Interim Evaluation Report, Prepared for the William Penn Foundation. (Available from WolfBrown, 8A Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Wolf, D. P., & Holochwost, S. J. (2010). Building creative capital. (Available from WolfBrown 8A Francis, Cambridge, MA, 02138). 

Wolf, D. P., & Holochwost, S. J. (2009). If you are walking down the right path… (Available from Community MusicWorks, 1392 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02909).

Wolf, D.P., & Holochwost, S.J. (2008). A Second look. (Available from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012).

Landgraf, R., Meconi, V., Mann, T., & Holochwost, S. J. (2007).  A Path forward: Building a community-based plan for Delaware. Dover, DE: Governor’s Commission on Community-Based Alternatives for Persons with Disabilities.

Han, M., Buell, M. J., Holochwost, S. J., Amsden, D. J., Salt, J. D., Cuevas, T., Edwards, N. J., Sullivan, S., & Gamel-McCormick, M. (2007). Delaware full-day kindergarten evaluation and comparison of second grade students who attended full- and part-day kindergarten. Newark, DE: Available from the Center for Disabilities Studies.

Wolf, D. P., Robinson, K., Holochwost, S. J., and Wolf, T. (2007). Portrait of the artist as a young person. (Available from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012).

Jones, A. E., Bonds, A. M., Taylor, L., Klein, R. E., & Holochwost, S. J.  (2006).  Monitoring report: The Department of Human Services Institutional Abuse Investigations Unit.  Trenton, NJ: Office of the Child Advocate 

Ryan, K. M., Velez, J., Ducoff, J. A., Eisenbud, L. B., Baldoni, K., Kelly, D. P., Hancock, B., Holochwost, S. J., Zuvich, A., & Heilman, R.  (2006).  Adolescents in New Jersey’s foster care system: An assessment of case practice and recommendations for reform. Trenton, NJ: Office of the Child Advocate.  

Ryan, K. M., Logosso, K., Armstrong-Coben, A., Ganz, J. A., & Holochwost, S. J.  (2005). Office of the Child Advocate report: Needs and assets of the Comprehensive Health Evaluation Center (CHEC) program. Trenton, NJ: Office of the Child Advocate.

PRESENTATIONS

(* indicates invited presentation)

* Holochwost, S. J., & Wolf. D. P. (2016, November). Out From Between a Rock and A Hard Place: Developing Tiered Long-Term Strategies for Measuring Impact. Training presented at the national meeting of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Chicago, Illinois.

Wolf, D. P., & Holochwost, S. J. (2016, October). The Promise and Perils of Measuring for Socioemotional Learning in Evaluations of Arts Education Programs Serving Children in Under-resourced Communities. Paper presented at the national meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, Georgia.

Holochwost, S. J., Wolf, D. P., Fisher, K. R., & Gagnier, K. M. (2016, October). Alternatives to Randomized Control Designs in Program Evaluation: Lessons from the Fields of Arts and Arts Education. Paper presented at the national meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, Georgia.

Holochwost, S. J., Propper, C. B., & Wolf, D. P. (2016, October). Neuropsychological Methods: A New Direction for the Evaluation of Educational Program. Paper presented at the national meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, Georgia.

Gagnier, K. M., Fisher, K. R., & Holochwost, S. J. (2016, May). Translating Science of Learning Research into Practice: A Model for Scientist-Practitioner Partnerships to Develop Evidence-Based Practices for the Community. Poster presented at Bringing Cognitive Science Research to the Classroom, Washington, D.C.

Gardner-Neblett, N., Holochwost, S. J., Gallagher, K. C., Iruka, I. U., Odom, S. L., & Pungello, E. P. (2016, April). Guided versus Independent Play: Which Better Sustains Attention among Infants and Toddlers? Poster presented at the national meeting of the Society for Research in Educational Effectiveness, Washington, D.C.

* Wolf, D. P., Holochwost, S. J., & Hill Bose, J. (2015, December). The Long-term Yields of Sistema-Inspired Programs for American Orchestras. Paper presented at the national meeting of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, New York.

Holochwost, S. J., Propper, C. B., Wolf, D. P., Willoughby, M. T., Fisher, K. R., Kolacz, J., & Volpe, V. V. (2015, November). Music Education, Academic Achievement, and Executive Functions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Chicago, Illinois.

* Holochwost, S. J., Propper, C. B., Wolf, D. P., Willoughby, M. T., Fisher, K. R., Kolacz, J., & Volpe, V. V. (2015, November). Music Education, Academic Achievement, and Executive Functions. Paper presented at the meeting of the Risk and Resilience Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Welden Smith, E., & Holochwost, S. J. (2015, April). Engaging our Neighbors: Evaluating Local Outreach. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums, Atlanta, Georgia.

Brown, E. D., Anderson, K., Garnett, M. L., Holochwost, S. J., Ackerman, B. P., & Laurenceau, J. P. (2015, March). Income Poverty, Instability, and Cortisol for Young Children.  Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Hill-Soderlund, A. L., Holochwost, S. J., Willoughby, M. T., Granger, D. A., Gariépy, J. L., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Cox, M. J. (2015, March). Trajectories of Salivary Alpha Amylase and Cortisol in Early Childhood: A Dual-Process Latent Growth Curve Model.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

Holochwost, S. J., Gariépy, J. L., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & *Kolacz, J. (2015, March). Physiological Self-Regulation in Early Childhood: A Definition and Methodological Approach to its Representation.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

*Kolacz, J., Holochwost, S. J., Nehler, C. G., Gariépy, J. L., & Hill-Soderlund, A. L., (2015, March). Biological Underpinnings of Temperament in Early Childhood: The Role of Joint Activity of Physiological Systems.  Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

*McClure, E., Chentsova-Dutton, Y., Barr, R. F., Parrott, W. G., & Holochwost, S. J. (2015, March). Wave to Nana! How Infants and Remote Relatives Connect Using Video Chat.  Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Wolf, D. P., & Holochwost, S. J. (2014, October). The Effects of a Music Program on the Behavior of Youth in Secure Detention: A Systems Perspective. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, Colorado.

* Holochwost, S. J. (2014, May). Music Education and Executive Functions. Paper presented at the University Community Collaborative, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Holochwost, S. J., Propper, C. B., & Gariépy, J. L. (2014, April). Cumulative Risk, Parenting, and the Development of Executive Functions in Early Childhood. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development’s Special Topics Meeting on Strengthening the Connections Among Child and Family Research, Policy, and Practice, Alexandria, Virginia. 

Holochwost, S. J., Fisher, K., Kolacz, J., *Volpe, V. V., & Propper, C. B. (2014, April). Making the Case for Music Education: Benefits to Executive Functions and Transfer to Academic Domains. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development’s Special Topics Meeting on Strengthening the Connections Among Child and Family Research, Policy, and Practice, Alexandria, Virginia. 

* Wolf, D. P. & Holochwost, S. J. (2014, February). The Promise of Collaborative Evaluation within Sistema-inspired Programs: Evaluating for Outcomes.  Paper presented at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Take a Stand Symposium, Los Angeles, California. 

* Wolf, D. P. & Holochwost, S. J. (2014, February). A Collaborative Evaluation across Sistema-inspired Programs: Building the Field.  Paper presented at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Take a Stand Symposium, Los Angeles, California. 

*Gariepy, J. L., & Holochwost, S. J. (2014, January). Attachment Disorganization and Vagal Tone. Paper presented at the University of North Carolina Developmental Lunch Series, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

*Gariepy, J. L., & Holochwost, S. J. (2013, November). Child Heart Regulation and Parenting Style in Infancy: Relations to Attachment Quality and Organization at 12 Months. Paper presented at the Infant Development Center, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Holochwost, S. J., & Wolf, D. P. (2013, October). The Use of Multilevel Modeling in the Evaluation of Arts Education Programs: Lessons from the Nations in Neighborhoods Project. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Washington, D.C. 

*Wolf, D. P., & Holochwost, S. J. (2013, October). More than Measuring. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society, Providence, R.I. 

Holochwost, S. J., Hill-Soderlund, A. L., Propper, C. B., & Gariepy, J. L. (2013, May). Linear and Quadratic Growth Curves Model Basal Levels of Physiological Activity in Early Childhood. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

*Holochwost, S. J. (2013, May). Cumulative Risk, Parenting Behaviors, and Executive Functions. Paper presented at investigator meeting at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

*Holochwost, S. J. (2013, April). The First Thousand Days – Setting the Foundation. Introductory remarks presented at The Edward Zigler Society of Research in Child Development Biennial Policy Pre-Conference, Seattle, Washington.

Holochwost, S. J., Gariépy, J. L., Propper, C. B., Mills-Koonce, W. R., & Moore, G. A. (2013, April).  The Physiological Response to the Still-face Paradigm at Six Months Predicts Attachment Relationships at Twelve Months.  Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington.

Holochwost, S. J., Gariépy, J. L., Baldasara, R. E., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Propper, C. B., & Kolacz, J. (2013, April).  Cumulative Risk and HPA-Axis Function in Early Childhood.  Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington.

Holochwost, S. J. (2013, February). Risk, Self-Regulation, and Education in Early Childhood.  Teaching presentation to the Department of Psychology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

*Holochwost, S. J., Kolacz, J., & Gariépy, J. L. (2011, September).  The Development of Self-Regulation in Early Childhood.  Paper presented at the University of North Carolina Developmental Lunch Series, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Holochwost, S. J., Gariépy, J. L., Propper, C. B., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Calkins, S. D., Moore, G. A., & Wang, F. (2011, March).  Individual Differences in Cardiac Reactivity and Regulation at Six Months is Related to Attachment Classification at Twelve Months.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Holochwost, S. J., & Gariépy, J. L. (2011, March).  The Consolidation of the Relative Stress Hyporesponsive Period in Human Development: Evidence from a Longitudinal Sample.  Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.

Holochwost, S. J., Han, M., Buell, M. J., & Amsden, D. (2009, August). Which Child is Left Behind? The Relationship between Kindergarten Curriculum and Outcomes for At-Risk Children.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Holochwost, S. J., & Graves, B. L. (2008, April). Behavioral Assessment in Early Childhood. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children, Dover, DE.

Holochwost, S. J. (2007, July).  Community-Based Alternatives for Persons with Disabilities.  Paper presented to the Governor’s Commission on Community-Based Alternatives for Persons with Disabilities, Dover, DE.

Eisenbud, L. B., & Holochwost, S. J. (2005, February). The Viability of the “Healthy Families America” Program as a Model for Home Visiting Programs.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health (NJAIMH), Morristown, NJ.

Holochwost, S. J. (2004, April).  Cultural Policy and Music Composition.  Paper presented at the 30th annual Social Theory Politics and the Arts Conference (STP&A), George Mason Univeristy, Arlington, VA.

Holochwost, S.J. (2004, February).  Cultural Policy and Music Composition.  Paper presented to the Woodrow Wilson School Symposium on Cultural and Arts Policy, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. 

Holochwost, S. J. (2001, August). Musical Ability in Williams syndrome.  In Separability of cognitive functions: What can be learned from Williams syndrome? National Science Foundation Symposium on Williams syndrome, University of Massachusetts at Amherst