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Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

Jayanthi Mistry


Jayanthi Mistry


Phone 617-627-2038
105 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Ph.D., Purdue University 1983

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

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • Alumni Achievement Award, HDFS Department, M.S. University, India (1997)
Selected Professional Activities: 
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Adolescent Research (2016-current)
  • Associate Editor, Applied Developmental Science (2015-2017)
  • Consulting Editor, Child Development (2007-2010)
  • Fulbright Lecturing Fellowship (1996-1997)
  • American Association of University Women, Alice Palmer Fellowship (1996-1997)
  • Tisch College Faculty Fellow, Tufts University (1995-1997)
Selected Publications and Presentations: 

Reddy, J., Mistry, J. & Jacobs, F. (2017). Rapid Repeat Birth: Interpretations about Parenting among Multiparous Adolescent Mothers. Journal of Adolescent Research.

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. Child Development, 87(4), 1014-1042.

Mistry, J., Easterbrooks, A., Fauth, R., Raskin, M., Jacobs, F., & Goldberg, J. (2016). Heterogeneity among adolescent mothers and home visiting program outcomes. Children and Youth Services Review, 65, 86-93.

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.

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.

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.