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Wen-Jui Han
Professor of Social Work; Director, PhD Program
(212) 992-9706

Areas of Expertise

Social welfare policy, with an emphasis on children and families; effects of maternal employment and child care on children's cognitive and social and emotional outcomes; impact of welfare reform and child care subsidies on families; parental work schedules, child care use, and child well-being; and cognitive and socio-emotional outcomes of children in immigrant families


Dr. Wen-Jui Han is a professor at the Silver School of Social Work. She has an extensive background in the issues surrounding policies and services designed to enhance the welfare of children and their families with extensive research experience in the area of parental employment and child well-being and child well-being in immigrant families. Dr. Han's research focuses on: 1) the short-term and long-term effects of different dimensions of parental employment (e.g., timing, intensity, and work schedules) on child cognitive and social and emotional well-being, as well as the mechanisms and the contexts for such effects; 2) the home (e.g., family resources and language capacity) and school environments on the developmental experiences of US young children in immigrant families; and 3) the effects of family policies (e.g., family leave policy) on parents' behavior and how this might affect children's later cognitive and socio-emotional outcomes.

Her work has been published in leading academic journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Child Development, Demography, Developmental Psychology, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Research projects:

Bilingualism and Academic Social Development, funded by the Foundation for Child Development PK-3 initiative

Cognitive and Socio-emotional Outcomes of Children of Immigrants, funded by Foundation for Child Development

Nonstandard Work Schedules and Child Outcomes, funded by Smith Richardson Foundation

Maternal employment and child care on children's later outcomes (in collaboration with Dr. Jane Waldfogel and Dr. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn at Columbia University)

Effects of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) on men's and women's leave-taking usage (in collaboration with Dr. Jane Waldfogel at Columbia University and Dr. Chris Ruhm at University of Virginia)

Bilingualism and school mobility in shaping children's well-being in immigrant families