Thomas S. Weisner, PH.D., Co-Founder
Dr. Weisner’s research includes studies in Kenya, Hawaii, and the U.S. He has studied sibling caretaking of children, families with children with
disabilities, countercultural families and children, working poor families and children, and early literacy in Head Start programs and families, among
other studies. He is the co-author of Higher Ground: New Hope for the Working Poor and Their Children (2007) (with Greg Duncan and Aletha Huston); co-editor
of Making it work: Low-wage employment, family life and child development (with Hiro Yoshikawa & Edward Lowe), (2006); editor of Discovering successful
pathways in children's development: New methods in the study of childhood and family life(2005); and co-editor of African families and the crisis of
social change (with Candice Bradley and Phil Kilbride) (1997). In addition, he has published some 150 research papers, chapters, and reviews.
Dr. Weisner is an internationally-recognized leader in the systematic application of mixed methods in the social sciences. His research interests
are in culture and human development, medical, psychological and cultural studies of families and children at risk, mixed methods research, and
evidence-based policy studies. Working for decades with multi-disciplinary groups, Dr. Weisner has made major contributions to the development of
methods for the study of families and children. He has developed the Ecocultural Family Interview for understanding the everyday routine of family
life – a mixed methods approach
Dr. Weisner received his B.A. in Anthropology from Reed College (1965) and Ph.D. from Harvard University (1973). He is currently Professor of
Anthropology, Departments of Psychiatry (Semel Institute, Center for Culture and Health), and Anthropology, at UCLA.