Curriculum Vitae


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EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2016
Dissertation: An Analysis of the Organizational Structures of New Types of Children’s Associations in Relation to Changing Views of Children’s Capacities as Citizens
Committee: Roger Hart (Chair), Martin Ruck, Brett Stoudt

M.Phil. in Environmental Psychology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2014
Passed with Distinction

M.A. in Psychology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2013
Thesis: The Development of Young People’s Critical Inquiry of Food Justice Issues
Committee: Roger Hart (Advisor), David Chapin, Caitlin Cahill

B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007
Graduated Cum Laude

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POSITIONS

Senior Associate for Community Based Research and Data Analysis
Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, April 2017 to present

Research Associate
Institute for State and Local Governance, City University of New York, August 2016 to March 2017

Selim Iltus Quantitative Fellow
The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Department of Psychology, January 2016 to present

Project Director
Children’s Environment Research Group, Center for Human Environments, April 2011 to August 2016

Research Associate
New Media Lab, American History Project/Center for Media &Learning, August 2014 to June 2016

Adjunct Instructor
Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Children & Youth Studies Program, Department of Sociology, January 2014 to July 2014

Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow
School of Law, City University of New York, Legal Writing Center, August 2013 to May 2014

Graduate Teaching Fellow
Hunter College, City University of New York, Department of Psychology, August 2010 to June 2013

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PUBLICATIONS

Kimiagar, B. & Ataman, A. (2017). Strategies for discussing and managing power dynamics in intergenerational groups. Learning for Well-being Magazine, 3.

Kimiagar, B. & Hart, R. (2016). Children’s free association and the collective exercise of children’s rights. In M. Ruck, M. Peterson-Badali, & M. Freeman (Eds.), Handbook of Children’s Rights: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. New York: Taylor and Francis.

Hart, R., Kimiagar, B., Ataman, A. (2015). The opportunities and challenges of placing children’s voices at the heart of ECPAT: A review and recommendations for including young survivors of commercial sexual exploitation in the governance of ECPAT. Report Commissioned by the ECPAT Secretariat, Bangkok, Thailand.

Hart, R., Fisher, S., Kimiagar, B. (2014). Beyond projects: Involving children in community governance as a fundamental strategy for facing climate change. In The Challenges of Climate Change: Children on the front line. Florence: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.

Kimiagar, B. (2014). Young people and ecology. In (J. Gieseking, W. Mangold, C. Katz, S. Low, & S. Saegert, Eds.) People, Place and Space: A Reader. New York: Routledge.

Kimiagar, B., & Pahlich, B., (2012). Green policy scan: A global literature review of contributions to the on-going debate on green issues and children’s rights. Report produced in collaboration with SOS Children’s Villages Germany and the SOS Children’s Villages International Core Policy Group.

Kimiagar, B., Osler, B., Wridt, P., O’Kane, C., Hart, R., (2012). The Article 15 Resource Kit: Tools for critical self-reflection of children’s self-organized groups. New York: Children’s Environments Research Group. http://crc15.org

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RESEARCH GRANTS

The Spencer Foundation, The New Civics Initiative, Research Grant, July 2014 to June 2015. Co-administered with Dr. Roger Hart

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Research Associate
Equality Indicators Project, August 2016 to present
Institute for State and Local Governance, City University of New York
Project Director: Dr. Victoria Lawson

Selim Iltus Quantitative Fellow
Exploring the relationship between the physical environment of homes and neighborhoods and children’s well-being, January 2016 to present
In partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation and in honor of the life’s work of Dr. Selim Iltus
Principal Investigators: Dr. Brett Stoudt and Dr. Roger Hart

Project Director
Strengthening children’s associations in the West Africa Region of the World Vision Partnership, September 2015 to present
In partnership with World Vision International and country offices in Ghana and Senegal

Working Group Member (Quantitative and Youth-focused Governance Expert)
Working Group on Youth-Focused Indicators for Goal 16 Governance Targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, May 2015 to January 2016
In partnership with United Nations Development Programme and Plan International
Download brief, Critical Agents of Change – Youth-Inclusive Governance Indicators for National-Level SDG Monitoring, at cergnyc.org/archives/2781

Project Director
Community Scorecard Approach Development for the Because I Am A Girl (BIAAG) Urban Programme, February 2015 to present
In partnership with Plan International and country offices in Benin, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Togo, Uganda, and India
Principle Investigator: Dr. Roger Hart

Research Associate
Participation of Young People in the Organizational Governance ECPAT International and EICYAC Assessment, July 2014 to September 2015
Commissioned by ECPAT International
Principle Investigator: Dr. Roger Hart

Co-Principle Investigator
Analysis of the Organisational Structures and Processes of New Kinds of Rights-Based Children’s Groups and Implications for Citizenship and Civic Learning, July 2014 to June 2015
City University of New York, The Graduate Center, Department of Psychology
Funded by the Spencer Foundation, New Civics Initiative
Principle Investigators: Dr. Roger Hart, Bijan Kimiagar & Scott Fisher

Project Director
Promoting Active Citizenship and Civic Participation Through Children and Youth’s Organizations in Egypt, March to April 2013
City University of New York, The Graduate Center, Department of Psychology
In partnership with Plan Egypt
Principal Investigator: Dr. Roger Hart

Project Director
Reflecting on the Contributions of Children’s Groups to Child Well-being, July to October 2012
City University of New York, The Graduate Center, Department of Psychology
In partnership with World Vision International offices in Ghana and Sierra Leone
Principal Investigator: Dr. Roger Hart

Research Associate
The Article 15 Project, A global partnership supporting children’s right and capacity to self-organize, April 2011 to April 2012
City University of New York, The Graduate Center, Department of Psychology
In partnership with Save the Children Norway, UNICEF, and World Vision International and country offices in Colombia and Nepal
Principal Investigator: Dr. Roger Hart

Co-Principal Investigator
Recycling Behaviors of the City University of New York Graduate Center Community: A Ten-Year Follow Up Assessment, February 2012 to present
City University of New York, The Graduate Center, Department of Psychology
Principle Investigators: Sruthi Atmakur, Bryce Dubois, Scott Fisher, Hannah Jaicks, Bijan Kimiagar, Jennifer Pipitone, Dr. David Chapin

Consultant (Environment and Children’s Rights Expert)
Literature Review & Internal Policy Development, May 2012 to October 2012
SOS Children’s Villages International and the Hermann Gmeiner Fund, Germany
Project Managers: Benjamin Palich & Stewart Wilms

Research Associate
Education in Emergencies, A participatory assessment toolkit for UNICEF Transitional Learning Spaces, April 2010 to May 2012
City University of New York, The Graduate Center, Department of Psychology
In partnership with UNICEF and Finn Church Aid
Principal Investigator: Dr. Roger Hart

Research Director
The Food Justice Project, A participatory action research project with young people on food and health issues in a low-income neighborhood in New York City, February 2010 to May 2011
City University of New York, The Graduate Center, Department of Psychology
Principle Investigator: Dr. Michelle Fine

Research Assistant
Childhood Revisited: Longitudinal Research on the Changing Nature of Childhood Play (A Case Study in Vermont), February 2010 to June 2010
City University of New York, The Graduate Center, Department of Psychology
Principal Investigator: Dr. Roger Hart

Research Assistant
Peer Norms Project, Peer influence, bullying, and resiliency, May 2006 to May 2009
University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Psychology
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jaana Juvonen

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Children & Youth Studies Program, Department of Sociology, January to July 2014
Adjunct Instructor (Sole Instructor, course development, lectures and assessment)
Courses taught: Perspectives on Childhood; Children of New York; Children in Crisis

Hunter College, City University of New York
Department of Psychology, August 2010 to June 2013
Graduate Teaching Fellow (Sole Instructor, course development, lectures and assessment)
Courses taught: Human Development Across the Lifespan

University of California, Los Angeles
Institute for Environment & Sustainability, September 2005 to June 2007
Undergraduate Instructor (Course Adviser: Dr. Stephanie Pincetl)
Courses taught: Education for Sustainable Living

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INVITED TALKS

Childhood and Youth Studies: Approaches and Methods, Masters in Liberal Studies Track in Childhood and Youth Studies. Prof. Colette Daiute, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, April 7th, 2016

Psychology Colloquium, Psychology Department, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, March 10th, 2016

Applied Research with Children and Youth, The “Friend Role” and Participatory Research with Children. Prof. Leigh Shebanie McCallen, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, June 4th, 2015.

Toward a World at School: Forum on Global Education, Roosevelt House, New York, New York, May 4th, 2015.

NGO Committee on the Rights of the Child, United Nations, New York, October 9th, 2014

52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development, United Nations, New York, New York, February 13th, 2014.

International Conference on Child Participation and Building Citizenship, University of Barcelona, Spain, November 8th, 2012.

Action Research and Urban Agriculture, Prof. Kristin Reynolds, New School for Social Research, New York, March 7, 2012.

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PRESENTATIONS

Conference Papers & Posters
Kimiagar, B. (March 2016) Sharing power: Lessons from Children’s Associations in the Majority World. Paper presentation at the Global Summit on Childhood, Association for Childhood Education International. San Jose, Costa Rica.

Kimiagar, B., Fisher, S., Hart, R. (March 2015) Involving Children in Community Governance as a Fundamental Strategy for Facing Climate Change. Paper presentation at the Climate Change in Context at the Graduate Center Conference. City University of New York, New York, NY

Kimiagar, B. (May 2014) Democratic and Participatory Children’s Associations Are Critical to the Mission of the United Nations. Paper presentation at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. New York, New York.

Kimiagar, B., Fisher, S., Hart, R. (October 2014) Rethinking Children’s Participation in Sustainable Development. Paper presentation at the North American Association for Environmental Education. Baltimore, Maryland.

McCallen, L., Johnson, H., Kimiagar, B. (April 2013) School-Based Promotion of Child Well-Being: Intersections of Teacher Health, Self-Efficacy, And Classroom Context. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Conference. Seattle, WA.

Kimiagar, B., Fisher, S., DuBois, B. and Jaicks, H. (July 2012) Putting the Public Back in Public Environmental Engagement. Poster presentation at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kimiagar, B., Tang, J., Fox, M. (November 2010) Nothing About Us Without Us: Children and Youth as Current and Future Stakeholders. Pace University, New York, New York.

Kimiagar, B. (September 2010) The Food Justice Project: Youth Transforming Foodways through Community Participation. Poster presentation at the North American Association for Environmental Education. Buffalo, New York.

Kimiagar, B., Spatzier, A., Galvan, A. and Juvonen, J. (April 2008) Does the Need to Fit-In Promote Mean Behaviors in Adolescence? Poster presentation at the Western Psychological Association Conference. Irvine, California.

Spatzier, A., Galvan, A., Kimiagar, B., and Juvonen, J. (March 2008) What Becomes Cool?: Differences in Peer Group Norms Across Transition to Middle School. Poster presentation at the Society of Research on Adolescence Conference. Chicago, Illinois.

Conference Panels & Workshops
Tools for Strengthening Child and Adult Organizations to Become More Inclusive, Transparent and Fair. Children as Actors for Transforming Society, Initiatives of Change, Caux, Switzerland, July 26 - August 1, 2016.

Addressing Urban Inequities in Childhood. Equity for Children, The New School, New York, New York, April 28, 2016.

Tools for Strengthening Child and Adult Organizations to Become More Inclusive, Transparent and Fair. Children as Actors for Transforming Society, Initiatives of Change, Caux, Switzerland, July 27 - August 2, 2014.

Fostering Student-based Media: A Look at the Opencuny.org Academic Medium. John Jay College for Criminal Justice, New York, New York, December 2, 2011.

From First Doc to First Job: Building Bridges to a Successful Career. All-Psychology Research Day, New York, New York, April 16, 2010 (panel moderator).

Owning Our Learning Institutions: Discussion on Student-Led Courses. California Student Sustainability Coalition Conference, San Francisco, California, October 25, 2008 (panel moderator).

Take the Green Challenge: Transforming your Ecological Footprint. Women’s Leadership Conference, West Hollywood, California, March 21, 2008 (panel moderator).

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AWARDS & HONORS

• Dean K. Harrison Dissertation Research Fellowship, July 2015
• Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Travel Research Award, August 2015
• Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center, Awarded annually from August 2009 to July 2014
• Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Graduate Student Paper Award, May 2014
• William B. Stapp Award, North American Association for Environmental Education, October 2013
• PSC CUNY Environmental Watchdogs Award, March 2011
• North American Association for Environmental Education Student Award, September 2010
• Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Student Award, July 2010
• Western Psychological Foundation, Student Scholarship, April 2008
• UCLA Psychological Research Opportunity Program, January 2007
• Honors List, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005 - 2007

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UNIVERSITY & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Conference Leadership
• Conference Organizer, Nature, Ecology & Society Colloquium, CUNY, August 2009 to August 2014
• Conference Organizer, Psychology Pedagogy Committee, CUNY, February 2010 to December 2011

University & Professional Governance
• Student Representative, Academic Appeals Committee, CUNY, June 2013 to June 2016
• Student Representative, Executive Committee, Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology, August 2011 to August 2012
• Chair, Student Committee, Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology, August 2011 to August 2012
• Chair-elect Student Committee, Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology, January 2011 to August 2011
• At-Large Representative, Doctoral Students’ Council, CUNY, May 2010 to May 2011
• Admissions Committee, Environmental Psychology Program, CUNY, December 2009 to May 2013
• Executive Committee, Psychology Student Leadership Council, CUNY, September 2009 to May 2011

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CERTIFICATES, LANGUAGES & SKILLS

Certificates
• Human Subjects Research, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
• INEE Minimum Standards for Education, Inter-Agency Network for Emergency Education
• Skin and Scuba Diving Certification, County of Los Angeles, Underwater Unit
• Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, Los Angeles Area Council

Languages
• English, native language
• Spanish, heritage language

Skills
• Statistical data analyses using SPSS
• Qualitative data analyses using ATLAS.ti
• Website and digital asset management using WordPress
• Reference management using Zotero and multiple cloud computing resources
• Inclusive, gender sensitive and child-centered workshop facilitation and democratic decision-making in mixed-age and gender groups
• Extensive aquatic experience, including first responder and SCUBA training

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MEDIA APPEARANCES

Ruck, M. & Kimiagar, B. (2015). The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Protecting and Promoting Children’s Rights Around the World. Featured on Society for Research on Child Development. 29 Oct., 2015. http://srcd.org/blog/2015-10-29-united-nations-convention-rights-child-protecting-and-promoting-childrens-rights?destination=node/451

Seager, C. (2014). Seen but not heard: Does it matter what children say about climate change. The Guardian. August 15, 2014. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/aug/15/children-climate-change-talks-unicef-report-2014?CMP=new_1194

Bryce, E. (2012) After a Year of Adoptions, Orphaned Lots Bloom. The New York Times. October 12, 2012. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/17/after-a-year-of-adoptions-orphaned-lots-bloom/?_r=0NYTime blog on green spaces

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