Department of Applied Psychology


Niobe Way

Professor of Applied Psychology

Niobe Way

Phone: 998 5563

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Niobe Way is Professor of Applied Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. She is also the co-Director of the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education at NYU and the past President for the Society for Research on Adolescence. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology and was an NIMH postdoctoral fellow in the psychology department at Yale University. Way's research focuses on the intersections of culture, context, and human development, with a particular focus on the social and emotional development of adolescents. She is interested in how schools, families, and peers as well as larger political and economic contexts influence developmental trajectories. Her work also focuses on social identities, including gender and racial/ethnic identities, and the effects of gender and racial/ethnic stereotypes on adjustment and on friendships. Way is a nationally recognized leader in the field of adolescent development and in the use of mixed methods; she has been studying the social and emotional development of girls and boys for over two decades.

Way is the author of numerous books and journal articles. Her sole authored books include: Everyday Courage: The Lives and Stories of Urban Teenagers (NYU Press, 1998); and Deep Secrets: Boys' Friendships and the Crisis of Connection (Harvard University Press, 2011). Her co-edited or co-authored books include: Urban Girls: Resisting Stereotypes, Creating Identities (NYU press, 1996); Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood (NYU Press, 2004). and Growing up Fast: Transitions to Adulthood among Inner City Adolescent Mothers (Erlbaum Press, 2001). The latter co-authored book (with Bonnie Leadbeater) received the Best Book Award from the Society of Research on Adolescence (2002). Her current research projects focus on the influence of families, peers, and schools on the trajectories of social and emotional development among adolescents in New York City and in Nanjing, China. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, The National Science Foundation, The William T. Grant Foundation, The Spencer Foundation, and by numerous other smaller foundations.

Degrees Held

  • Ed.D. Harvard University
  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley


  • The Henry Murray Dissertation Award, Henry Murray Research Center, Radcliffe College, Cambridge MA.
  • National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Behavioral Science Track Award (B/START)for Rapid Transition from the National Institute of Mental Health
  • The William T. Grant Faculty Scholars Award
  • See vitae for a complete list of awards and grants

Selected Publications

  • Way, N. (2011). Deep Secrets: Boys' Friendships and the Crisis of Connection. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.. (link)
  • Way, N. & Silverman, L. (In press). Friendships during Adolescence. In P. Kerig and M. Schulz (Eds) Adolescence and Beyond. London, England, Oxford University Press
  • Way, N. Santos, C., & Cordero, A. (2011). Friendships and Masculinities among Latino Boys. In P. Noguera, A. Hurtado, E. Fergus (Eds). Invisible No More: Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys. New York, NY: Routledge Press.
  • Niwa, E., Way, N., Okazaki, S., & Qin, D. (2011). Hostile Hallways: Peer discrimination against Asian American Adolescents in Schools. In L. Juang, D. Qin, F. Leong, & H. Fitzgerald. (Eds). Asian American Child Psychology and Mental Health. New York, NY: Praeger Press.
  • Hughes, D., Way, N., & Rivas-Drake, D. (2011). Stability and Change in Private and Public Ethnic Regard among African American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Chinese American Urban Early Adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence.
  • See vitae for complete list of publications


  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Qualitative Methods