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PACH Research

The PACH team is engaged in research that provides insight into the roots of and solutions to the crisis of connection. See below for our current projects. For a list of research publications connected to the PACH framework, see this page

The Listening Project

Funded by the Spencer Foundation, The Listening Project, part of PACH and the Radical Listening Project at NYU, trains middle school students and their teachers in a semi-structured method of interviewing with the goal of enhancing listening skills, empathy, trust, academic engagement and achievement as well as disrupting stereotypes and building relationships across difference. PACH currently implements the project with 7th graders and their teachers at George Jackson Academy. In 2018, they will extend their work to seven middle schools across New York City and evaluate the impact on students and teachers.  

Principal Investigators: Dr. Niobe Way, Dr. Joseph Nelson, Dr. Alisha Ali, Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Dr. David Kirkland

The Radical Listening Project

The Radical Listening Project is dedicated to the development and exploration of radical listening - listening which goes to the root of an issue and that is transformational. The project takes as it’s starting point the Listening Guide: a method of collecting and analyzing qualitative data, based on the logic of the psyche. A critical part of the project is the engagement of researchers, practitioners and activists across a diverse set of disciplines in the use of the Listening Guide as a method of both discovery and conflict resolution. Our hope is to help develop a mode of listening that challenges one to put aside categories or prior assumptions, biases and the need to defend held positions – driven by curiosity rather than judgment, by an interest in discovery rather than proof.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Carol Gilligan

The Gender Socialization Project

This project draws from a mixed method five-year study, funded by the National Science Foundation, of Black, Latino, Asian, and White families in the U.S. that was conducted as part of the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education. The second study is a ten-year study of families in Nanjing, China that was conducted by a team of researchers at NYU, University of Pennsylvania, and South East University in Nanjing. The project examines: (1) how mothers accommodate to and resist gender stereotypes in the raising of their children; and (2) the variation in such patterns by age of child, ethnicity, nationality, and socio-economic status. For more information, visit the research lab website.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Niobe Way

Resistance Among Youth

The Resistance Among Youth (RAY) project draws from a study of adolescents and their mothers conducted at the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education (CRCDE). The research examines the ways teenagers accommodate to and resist racial, gender, and sexual identity stereotypes in the construction of their identities and relationships. The study was funded by the National Science Foundation. For more information, visit the lab website.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Niobe Way

Early Childhood Development Among Syrian Refugees

As part of the Global TIES for Children Center at NYU, Hirokazu Yoshikawa and colleagues evaluate and provide input to The International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop. Their work, funded by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, focuses on bridging the “us vs. them” divide among Syrian refugees and their host communities. The research team will track effects in both groups.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa

The DE-CRUIT Program

With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, PACH members Alisha Ali and Stephan Wolfert have created and are investigating the effects of the DE-CRUIT program that uses Shakespeare to allow veterans to explore and express their traumatic experiences through written verse and to heal and grow through human connection and mutual support. This project is funded by a Research Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Alisha Ali and Dr. Stephan Wolfert

Black Male Youth Perceptions of the Police and the Role of Ethnic-Racial Socialization

Funded by NYU Steinhardt’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change, this study investigates how race and ethnic identity as well as ethnic-racial socialization shape perceptions of the police among African American, Black Immigrant, and European American males (ages 14 to 25). It also examines the psychological and physiological responses to police-related stimuli. 

Principal Investigator: Crystal Clarke, Associate Director of PACH