Tracy Harachi is a social work scholar whose projects and publications seek to understand the familial and environmental processes that influence and impact youth, particularly the impacts of migration and to develop or evaluate preventive interventions that support the healthy development of youth within an ecological and global context.
In addition to studies examining youth development, her interests in migration have evolved into a greater area study focused on Cambodia where she is presently helping as partnership director to establish the first social work education program in that country. This focus area has engendered a number of learning opportunities, which include study abroad courses, global field learning, independent coursework and research with colleagues at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Dr. Harachi has also been involved extensively as a scholar-advocate regarding criminal deportations, particularly the removals of Cambodian Americans.
She is a former NIDA Services Research Review Committee-F member and Society for Prevention Research board member. She co-developed a summer internship program that sought to increase prevention science research opportunities for under-represented undergraduates and is keen to mentor graduate students who will support diversification of the academy. She was awarded the Community, Culture, and Prevention Science Award in 2005 by Society for Prevention Research (SPR), Friend of Early Career Preventionist Network Award in 2006 by SPR, and in 2011 received the University of Washington Outstanding Public Service Award. In addition to her position with the School of Social Work, Dr. Harachi is an adjunct associate professor for the UW Department of Global Health.