Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine
Pearl Falk Endowed Professor of Human Development, Syracuse University, Adjunct Professor of The University of the West Indies-Family Development Centre
Dr. Jaipaul L. Roopnarine (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) is a Pearl Falk Professor of Human Development, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA and an Adjunct Professor of The University of the West Indies-Family Development Centre of Trinidad and Tobago. He has thirty-five (35) years of experience conducting observational and survey studies around the world on father involvement and childhood development (e.g. India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brazil, US, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand). He (along with colleagues at Syracuse University and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine) recently conducted a national study on childrearing, mental health and family belief systems and childhood outcomes in Trinidad and Tobago.
He was a consultant to the Roving Caregivers Programme, an intervention for parents and children which was implemented in several Caribbean countries. He also assisted in revising the Guyanese national early childhood curriculum. He served as an Indo-US Sub-commission Professor of Psychology at the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India, Fulbright scholar to the University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, a Distinguished Visiting Nehru Chair at M. S. Baroda University, Gujarat, India and has also taught at Utah State University, Cornell University, The Pennsylvania State University, The City University of New York and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
A former Editor of the journal Fathering, he has published over one-hundred (100) articles and book chapters on children across cultures. His recent books Caribbean Psychology: Indigenous contributions to a global discipline (with Dr. Derek Chadee; American Psychological Association, 2015) and Fathers across cultures: The importance, roles and diverse practices of dads (Praeger, 2105) are currently available from Amazon.
Dr. Roopnarine’s research interests include Father-child relationships across cultures, Caribbean families and childhood outcomes, early childhood education in international perspective, children’s play across cultures, immigrant families and schooling in the U.S.