Tama Leventhal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University
Tama Leventhal is Associate Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She is a developmental psychologist who has spent her career in policy and applied academic settings. She received her degree (with distinction) from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her primary research focus is the role of neighborhood contexts in the lives of children, youth, and families; related work centers housing. She was a Co-Investigator on most of the leading neighborhood studies. She was an Adolescence Investigator for Phase IV of the NICHD Study of Child Care and Youth Development and is following this cohort into their 20s. Leventhal was formerly a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Postdoctoral Urban Scholar, a William T. Grant Scholar, and a Foundation for Child Development Changing Faces of America’s Children Young Scholar. She was Co-Director of the MacArthur Network on Housing and Families with Children and is currently Co-Director of the Housing and Children’s Healthy Development study.