Yumiko Aratani is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and director of the Health and Mental Health Unit at the National Center for Children in Poverty. She specializes in public policy research related to child poverty and mental health services. As the principal investigator of multiple federally funded projects, Dr. Aratani works closely with local and state governments to evaluate policies and interventions targeting low-income families with children and identify effective policies and programs that can positively affect child development and well-being. Dr. Aratani received her PhD in sociology from Columbia University. She holds a master's degree in education from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tokyo Woman's Christian University.