Hide Yamatani Professor



2033 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Hide Yamatani earned his PhD, MSW, and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Yamatani is a professor and the chair of the School’s Promotion and Tenure Committee, the coordinator of upcoming MSW/MBA Joint Degree Program, and the chair of the Center on Race and Social Problem’s Community and Evaluation Research. His record of School and University-wide administrative responsibilities include former director of strategic planning and quality assurance, associate dean for research, director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship Program in Policy and Evaluation, and advisory member of the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). His research specialization includes assessments of community issues and problems, organizational development, and program evaluation.  His recognition awards for distinction in program evaluation includes "Hide's Court" – a playground dedicated to children of addicted mothers in his name (Hill District Community Collaborative, 1998); and along with members of the Heinz Endowment, Highmark Health, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Yamatani has been presented with the “Community Builders’ Award” for his distinguished evaluation practice (Community Empowerment Association, Inc., 2014).


Selected Funded Grants 

  • Principal Investigator: Hide Yamatani. Evaluation of Allegheny County Jail Collaborative: Cost Benefit Analysis and Assessment of Recidivism by Race. Allegheny County Department of Human Services and the Human Service Integration Fund.
  • Principal Investigator: Hide Yamatani. The Faith Factor in Effective Models of Multi-Sector Collaboration:  Pew Foundation.
  • Principal Investigator: Hide Yamatani. Organizational Performance Optimization and Evaluation: Professional Family Care Services, Inc.
  • Principal Investigator: Hide Yamatani. Child Welfare Worker Caseload Optimization Study. Allegheny County Children, Youth, and Families.
  • Principal Investigator: Hide Yamatani. Evaluation of the HOPE VI Oak Hill Community Revitalization Program. US Department of Housing.
  • Principal Investigator: Hide Yamatani.  Evaluation of Collaboration Based Drug and Alcohol Programs for Addicted Mothers with Young Children (Hill District, Homewood/Brushton and McKees Port Community Collaborative). United Way of Allegheny County.
  • Principal Investigator: Hide Yamatani. The Garfield Employment and Community Assessment Study. Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development.
  • Principal Investigator: Monongahela River Communities Household Assessment: Economic Impact of Steel Mill Shutdown. Pittsburgh Foundation.

Selected Publications

Yamatani, H., Feit, M. & Mann, A., (In press 2015). Descriptive Profile of Senior Residents and Family Members Living in a Large City Housing Complex. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.

Yamatani, H., Teixeira, S. & McDonough, K (2015). Employing People with Disabilities: A Preliminary Assessment of Start-up Initiative. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10911359.2015.1028261

Byrdsong, T.R., Devan, A. & Yamatani, H. (2015). Suggested Paradigm For Violence Reduction: A Community-based Public Health Approach. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15433714.2014.997090

Spjeldnes, S., Yamatani, H., & McGowa, M. (2015). Child Support Conviction and Recidivism: A Statistical Interaction Pattern by Race. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.12(6). 628-636.

Spjeldnes, S. Jung, H. & Yamatani, H. (2014). Gender Differences in Jail Populations: Factors to Consider in Reentry Strategies. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 53 (2).

Yamatani, H., & Feit, M. (2014- in press book chapter). The Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970: Retrospective Assessments of Disparate Treatment and Consequential Impact.

Feit, M., & Yamatani, H. (2014- in press book chapter). Drug Abuse Trend: A Profile of Current Abusers.

Yamatani, H., Mann, A., & Feit, M. (2013) “Avoiding Type III, IV, and V Errors through Collaborative Research. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. 10(4).

Mann, A., Spjeldnes, S., & Yamatani, H. (2013). Male County Jail Inmates: A Profile and Self-Reported Human Service Needs by Race. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. 10(4).

Yamatani, H. Feit, M. & Mann (2013). Contemporary Social Policy Analysis Methods: An Incorporation of Ethical Principals and Implementation Processes. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 23(7).

Byrdsong, T.R. Mitchell, A.B. & Yamatani, H. (2013). Afrocentric Intervention Paradigm: An Overview of Successful Application by a Grassroots Organization. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 23(8).    

Yamatani, H. (2012). The Program For Offenders: Comprehensive Evaluation and Cost/Benefit Analysis of a Community Corrections Facility. National Institute of Corrections, US Department of Justicehttp://nicic.gov/Library/026637

Spjeldnes, S., Jung, H., Maguire, L. & Yamatani, H. (2012). Positive Family Social Support: Counteracting Negative Effects of Mental Illness and Substance Abuse to Reduce Jail Ex-inmate Recidivism Rates, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 22(2).

Yamatani, H. & Solveig, S. (2011). Rescuing US Criminal Justice System: An Efficacy of Collaborative Social Service System. Social Work 56 (1).   

Jung, H. Spjeldnes, S. & Yamatani, H. (2010). Recidivism and Survival Time: Racial Disparity Among Jail Inmates. Social Work Research.  20(4).

Yamatani, H., Engel, R. & Spjeldnes, S. (2009). Child Welfare Worker Caseload: What’s Just Right? Social Work , 54 (4).