Steven Holochwost

Career Studies

Dr. Steven Holochwost is a research scientist at Johns Hopkins University’s Science of Learning Institute, where he examines the effects of environment, particularly poverty and parenting, on voluntary forms of self-regulation and the involuntary activity of neurophysiological systems that support self-regulatory abilities. He is also a principal and director of research for youth and families at WolfBrown, where he leads evaluations of programs designed to improve the lives of vulnerable children and youth. Both his applied evaluation work and his basic research examine how risk adversely impacts child development, and how educational programs that expand opportunities for children can mitigate those effects. 

Dr. Holochwost has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 20 evaluation studies that assess the impacts of arts education programs on children and youth at risk. His areas of specialization include the use of mixed quantitative and qualitative methods in program evaluation and the application of advanced analytics to longitudinal data.

Dr. Holochwost earned his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a National Science Foundation Fellow. He also holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the Fels Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in music theory and composition from Rutgers University, where he studied with Charles Wuorinen. His music is available on Albany Records.

Dr. Holochwost joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2018.