Steven Holochwost

Career Studies

Steven Holochwost is a research scientist at Johns Hopkins University’s Science of Learning Institute, where his work focuses on the effects of environment (particularly poverty and parenting) on voluntary forms of self-regulation in childhood and the involuntary activity of neurophysiological systems that support self-regulatory abilities. He is also the director of research for youth and families at WolfBrown, an organization which examines the efficacy of educational interventions for children in poverty. His work is centered around the need to understand how poverty impacts child development, and how programs that expand educational opportunities for children can mitigate those effects.

Dr. Holochwost has worked in government, academia, and private research firms. Before joining WolfBrown, he was associate director of research at the Early Learning Center and senior assistant child advocate with the Office of the Child Advocate for the State of New Jersey.

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.