Dr. Steven John Holochwost’s interests focus around factors that mitigate the effects of risk on child development, and what programs and policy may do to foster the presence of these factors. One of these factors is access to high-quality arts education, and as such Dr. Holochwost’s work with WolfBrown has centered on projects with children, including Community Music Works, From the Top, and Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections.
Dr. Holochwost earned his Ph.D. in developmental psychology, with a minor in neurobiology, as a fellow of the National Science Foundation in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining WolfBrown, Dr. Holochwost was Associate Director of Research at the Early Learning Center and, prior to that, Senior Assistant Child Advocate with the Office of the Child Advocate for the State of New Jersey. He holds a master’s degree from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, and has received grants, awards, and fellowships from the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University, the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University, the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and the Society for Research in Child Development.
Dr. Holochwost is also a composer, and earned his doctorate in music theory and composition under Charles Wuorinen. His work is available on the Albany Records label, and has received awards from the National Association of Composers, the Fisher Foundation, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).