B.A., University of Michigan
J.D., Boston University Law School
M.S., Ph.D., Arizona State University
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Civil & Human Rights and Legal Studies
Dr. Yalda received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan, her law degree from Boston University Law School, and her Masters and Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. She practiced Indian law in Arizona and New Mexico for about 15 years and served as Program Director of Four Rivers Indian Legal Services before becoming a trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Dr. Yalda taught at Arizona State University for a decade before joining the GVSU faculty in 2004.
Dr. Yalda’s scholarship reflects her commitment to social and procedural justice. Recent research primarily involves community partnerships with local courts and social service agencies, including research on adult drug treatment courts, juvenile court risk assessment procedures, assistance to unrepresented litigants, services to the homeless and working poor, and child welfare removal and family preservation. Dr. Yalda is the creator of the Just Kids School S.A.F.E.T.Y. Project, an anti-bullying program that has been piloted in Arizona and Michigan.
Dr. Yalda currently serves as the Chair of the GVSU Human Research Review Committee (Institutional Review Board). She previously served as the College of Community and Public Service Planning and Assessment Coordinator and served on a number of unit and university committees, including the Human Research Review Committee, Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Committee (including as chair), the University Assessment Committee, the GVSU North Central Accreditation Self-Study Subcommittee, and the GVSU Strategic Visioning Committee/Executive Committee. Dr. Yalda currently serves as a member of the national Juvenile Assessment Task Team, the West Michigan Conference of UMC Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries, and Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 Task Force 2. She has received numerous university, community, and statewide awards recognizing her contributions, including the Michigan Academic Advising Association Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award and an award from the Assyrian American Club of Flint, Michigan.