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Yumiko Aratani, PhD
Director, Health and Mental Health
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Yumiko Aratani, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and director of the Health and Mental Health Unit at the National Center for Children in Poverty. She specializes in public policy research related to child poverty and mental health services. As the principal investigator of multiple federally funded projects, Dr. Aratani works closely with local and state governments to evaluate policies and interventions targeting low-income families with children and identify effective policies and programs that can positively affect child development and well-being. She is one of seven scholars in the Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Network, a recently funded effort of the Office of Planning Research and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Aratani also currently works with the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as an evaluator for New York City Project LAUNCH, which aims to promote the socio-emotional development of young children in the South Bronx and Harlem. She is also the principal investigator of a study to evaluate the impact of Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) on children living in public housing communities in California, funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Dr. Aratani received her PhD in sociology from Columbia University. She holds a master's degree in education from Boston University and a BA in sociology from Tokyo Woman's Christian University.