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Steven Day

Research Associate Professor

Steven Day


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Room 548-H

325 Pittsboro Street

Campus Box 3550

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 929-962-6433

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Steven Day is a research associate professor at the UNC School of Social Work with an emphasis on program evaluation and intervention research. He has consulted with foundations, advocacy groups, government agencies, and service providers about measuring the effectiveness of programs to improve the lives of children. He is co-author of the book Intervention Research: Developing Social Programs (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Steven has a special interest in developing children’s social skills to promote friendship and reduce bullying. He has been a part of the Making Choices program, creating an intervention program of social skills lessons for children in elementary school. He is also an advocate for arts-based programs for children and adolescents, He has been an evaluation consultant to arts programs for children and adolescents including the YouthArts program, a delinquency prevention research project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Department of Justice, where he found that children thrive when they learn to do music, theater, dance, writing, performance, and studio arts. He has a master’s degree in Urban Studies and City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Degrees and Licenses

MCP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, urban studies and planning
BA, Oberlin College, economics

Primary Program

Office of Strategic Research Priorities

Research and Professional Interests

Program Evaluation
Intervention Research
Delinquency Prevention
Social Development of Children
Arts-based Intervention

Other Projects


Family Support Network of North Carolina

Recent Publications

Strengthening the social information-processing skills of children: A controlled test of the Let’s Be Friends program in China

Implicit Racial/Ethnic Bias among Healthcare Professionals and its Influence on Healthcare Outcomes: A Systematic Review

Making a difference in medical trainees’ attitudes toward Latino patients: A pilot study of an intervention to modify implicit and explicit attitudes

Social information-processing skills and aggression: A quasi-experimental trial of the Making Choices and Making Choices Plus programs

A primer for the design of practice manuals: Four stages of development