Esohe Osai

Esohe R. Osai, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of practice in Applied Developmental Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Osai earned her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan. In her doctoral thesis, she explored school engagement among urban youth, using the concept of purpose to understand outcomes for African American high school students. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Esohe was a high school teacher in Detroit. She also has a B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Michigan and a Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Osai operates as a community-engaged, scholar practitioner with an interest in how communities and schools can support positive development and wellbeing for children and youth. She has developed a school-university partnership called Justice Scholars, through which high school students receive a college preparatory experience and the opportunities to explore issues related to social justice. Through Justice Scholars, over 150 University of Pittsburgh credits have been earned by students at Westinghouse Academy in Homewood. Dr. Osai's research interests center on the development of psychosocial capacities in children and adolescents. She privileges a positive strengths approach in her community engaged praxis and looks to identify innovative and practical solutions to challenges in schools and communities.

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

Osai, E. (2020-2022) Justice Scholars Operations. Grantor: The Pittsburgh Foundation $175,00
Osai, E. (PI), Caldwell, K., Donaldson, K., Giazzoni, M., Haynik, R. Huguley, Skukan, L., Wallace, J. (2019-2021). Justice Scholars Expansion. Grantor: University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Seed Award, $50,000

Recent Publications

Osai, E.R. Huguley, J.P., Giazzoni, M., & Wallace, J.M. (in press). Developing Justice Scholars: A social justice intervention to support educational equity for urban-residing students. Children & Schools.
Esohe Osai


University of Pittsburgh
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230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260