Dr. P. Thandi Hicks Harper

Dr. Hicks Harper has extensively studied and continues to research, explore and evaluate Hip-Hop’s influence within youth popular culture. She is the lead program developer of the Hip-Hop 2 Prevent Substance Abuse and HIV program (H2P) and her doctoral dissertation examined the role of Rap music video for pedagogy. Her 1983 master’s degree thesis is the first worldwide to examine Hip-Hop’s ability to facilitate learning and retention. Dr. Hicks Harper’s Hip-Hop Developmenttm Theory of Change and Practical Application represents the foundation for the H2P curriculum. H2P is currently on the U.S. DHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Practices and Programs and this 2016 H2P program as well. Dr. Hicks Harper keynotes, lectures and conducts professional development workshops and seminars nationwide and globally, and is President and CEO of the Youth Popular Culture Institute (YPCI). She teaches at Howard University in the School of Education’s Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies.

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