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Siva Mathiyazhagan, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Siva Mathiyazhagan headshot
  • Associate Director, SAFELab
  • Research Assistant Professor, School of Social Policy & Practice

Mathiyazhagan co-creates tech social work policies and social work ethical considerations for Artificial Intelligence(AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Metaverse.

Siva Mathiyazhagan is the Associate Director of Strategies and Impact at the SAFELab, University of Pennsylvania, a lecturer at the Columbia School of Social Work, Columbia University, and a RSM Assembly Fellow at The Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard 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.

Mathiyazhagan’s research focuses on a youth-led community-centered transdisciplinary approach to prevent racial bias and misinterpretation of social media posts by BIPOC youth to promote safe and inclusive off and online communities. Mathiyazhagan deploys 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.

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 (M.S.W.) and a Ph.D. in Social Work, specialized in child-centered community development from Pondicherry Central University, India.


  • B.Com., Thiruvalluvar University, 2008
  • M.S.W., Pondicherry University, 2010
  • Ph.D., Pondicherry University, 2015

Selected Publications