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Contact Info:
Tufts University
Eliot-Pearson Department
of Child Study and
Human Development
105 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2038
Fax: 617.627.3503

Jayanthi Mistry

Ph.D. Purdue University 1983

Research & Teaching Expertise
Cultural perspectives on child development; Development of multiple identities and navigating multiple cultural worlds, with a focus on ethnic minority, immigrant, and under-represented communities; Interpretive methods in the study of children and families; Facilitating change in educational practice through teacher-research & collaboration

Professional Activities & Awards
Tisch College Faculty Fellow – Tufts University (1995-1997)
American Association of University Women – Alice Palmer Fellowship(1996-1997)
Fulbright Lecturing Fellowship (1996-1997)
Alumni Achievement Award, Department of Human Development, M.S. University of Baroda, India (1997)
Consulting Editor, Child Development (2007-2010)
Member, Asian Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development.

Selected Publications
Mistry, J., Easterbrooks, A., Fauth, R., Raskin, M., Jacobs, F., & Goldberg, J. (in press). Heterogeneity among adolescent mothers and home visiting program outcomes. To appear in Children and Youth Services Review.

Mistry, J., Li, J., Yoshikawa, H., Tseng, V., Tirrell, J., Kiang, L., Mistry, R., & Wang, Y. (2016). An Integrated Conceptual Framework for the Development of Asian American Children and Youth. To appear in Child Development, Vol. 87.

Jacobs, F., Easterbrooks, M. A., Goldberg, J., Mistry, J., Bumgarner, E., Raskin, M., Fosse, N., & Fauth, R. (2016). Improving adolescent parenting: Results of a randomized controlled trial of a home visiting program for young families. American Journal of Public Health. Vol 106, No. 2.

Pirie, A., Goldstein-Gelb, W., Landaverde, M., Mistry, J., Kim, J., Pufall-Jones, E. & Contreras, M. (2015). When 'el intérprete' is also the 'learner': an innovative youth empowerment project for immigrant youth. Journal of Youth Development, 10(3). Winter issue.

Mistry, J. & Dutta, R. (2015). Human development and culture: Conceptual and methodological Issues. In W. F. Overton & P. C. Molenaar (Eds.), Theory and method. Volume 1 of the Handbook of child psychology and developmental science (7th ed.). Editor-in-chief: R. M. Lerner. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Mistry, J., Contreras, M., & Pufall, E. (2013). Childhood Socialization and Academic Performance of Bicultural Youth. In V. Benet-Martinez & Y.Y. Hong (Eds.), Multicultural Identity: Basic and Applied Psychological Perspectives. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199796694.013.002

Mistry, J. (2013). Integration of biology and culture in human development. In R. Lerner & J. Benson (Eds). Embodiment and Epigenesis: Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Understanding the Role of Biology within the Relational Developmental System. Elsevier Press.

Mistry, J., Contreras, M., & Dutta, R. (2012). Culture and Child Development. In Lerner, R.L., Easterbrooks, A., & J. Mistry. (Vol. Eds.) Developmental Psychology. Volume 6 of I. Siegel (Series Ed.) Handbook of Psychology (2nd Ed). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Lerner, R.., Easterbrooks, A., & Mistry, J. (2012). (Eds.). Developmental Psychology. Volume 6 of I. Siegel (Series Ed.) Handbook of Psychology (2nd Ed). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Lerner, R.., Easterbrooks, A., & Mistry, J. (2012). Introduction. In Lerner, R.L., Easterbrooks, A., & J. Mistry. (Vol. Eds.) Developmental Psychology. Volume 6 of I. Siegel (Series Ed.) Handbook of Psychology (2nd Ed). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Mistry, J. (2011). Integrative Theoretical Perspectives: Nature and Processes of Development. Invited Commentary. Human Development. 54, 44-48.

Saraswathi, T.S., Mistry, J., & Dutta, R. (2011). Reconceptualizing lifespan development through a Hindu perspective. In L. A. Jensen (Ed.), Bridging cultural and developmental psychology: New syntheses in theory and research, (pp 276-300). Oxford University Press.

Pufall, E. & Mistry, J. (2010). Navigating across cultures: Narrative constructions of lived experience. Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research. 4, 151-167.

Diez, V., & Mistry, J. (2010). Early childbearing and educational attainment in a community of mainland Puerto Rican mothers. Journal of Adolescence Research, 25(5), 690-715.

Mistry, J. & Wu, J. (2010). Complexity and Nuance in Navigating Cultural Worlds and Identities: A Response to Commentaries on "Navigating cultural worlds and negotiating identities: A conceptual model". Human Development.

Mistry, J. & Wu, J. (2010). Navigating cultural worlds and negotiating Identities: A conceptual model. Human Development, 53, 5-25.

Mistry, J., Jacobs, F., & Jacobs, L. (2009). Cultural relevance as program-to-community alignment. Journal of Community Psychology, 37(4), 487 – 504.

Goldberg, J., Jacobs, F., Mistry, J., Easterbrooks, A., Davis, C., & Vashchenko, M. (2009). Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation-2: A randomized controlled trial of a statewide home visiting program for young parents. Annual Report to the Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund. Medford, MA: Tufts University.

Mistry, J., I. Deshmukh, & Easterbrooks, M.A. (2006). Culture and Infancy. In A. Slater & M. Lewis (Eds.), Introduction to Infant Development, 2nd edition, New York: Oxford University Press.

Mistry, J. & Diez, V. (2004). Culture and childhood. In H. Goelman & S. Marshall (Eds.) Multiple Lenses, Multiple Images: Perspectives on the Child Across Time, Space and Disciplines. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.

Mistry, J., Chaudhuri, J., & Diez, V. (2003). Ethnotheories of parenting: Integrating culture and child development. In R.M. Lerner, F. Jacobs, & D. Wertlieb (Eds.) Handbook of Applied Developmental Science: Promoting positive child and family development. CA: Sage Publications.

Mistry, J. & Saraswathi, T.S. (2003). The cultural context of child development. In Lerner, R.L., Easterbrooks, A., & Mistry, J. (Vol. Eds.) Developmental Psychology. Volume 6 of I. Siegel (Series Ed.) Handbook of Psychology. Vol. 6. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Lerner, R.L., Easterbrooks, A., & Mistry, J. (2003). (Vol. Eds.) Handbook of Psychology, Volume 6: Developmental Psychology. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Mistry, J. (2001). Narratives in cultural socialization. Human Development, Vol. 44(6), 337-339.

Mistry, J. Rogoff, B. (2001). What is the meaning of meaningful purpose in children's remembering? Istomina Revisited. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 8(1), 28-41.

Goncu, A., Mistry, J. & Mosier, C. (2000). Cultural variations in the play of toddlers. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 24(3), 321-329.

Rogoff, B., Mistry, J., Goncu, A. , & Mosier, C. (1993). Guided participation in cultural activity by toddlers and caregivers. Monographs of the society for research in child development, 58(8), Serial #236.