Siva Mathiyazhagan

Associate Director

Dr. Siva Mathiyazhagan is the Associate Director of Strategies and Impact at the SAFELab, Columbia University. He strategies and facilitates local-global partnerships to scale SAFELab innovations and research projects to accelerate the impact with local communities and transnational tech-social work researchers.

Dr. Siva’s research focuses on youth mental health and suicidal expressions on social media using a hybrid version of qualitative indigenous research methodologies and Contextual Analysis of Social Media (CASM) to understand youth expressions on social media in native/regional languages to prevent emotional extremisms.  

Dr. Siva Mathiyazhagan is the Founder-Director of the youth-led non-profit Trust for Youth and Child Leadership (TYCL) International, based in India and the USA. He serves as a TYCL representative to the United Nations. He is an independent global social work researcher and development consultant.  He has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and a PhD. in Social Work, specialized in child-centered community development from Pondicherry Central University, India.