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Kaya Mendelsohn | Editor-in-Chief

Kaya Mendelsohn is a senior in the NYU Applied Psychology program, minoring in Creative Writing. She is a research assistant on Dr. Shabnam Javdani’s Community and Oppression Research and Engagement (C.O.R.E.) team, helping on a project that implements a creative writing intervention to incarcerated youth. She has also worked with Alcance, an organization in her hometown of Santa Cruz, California, that helps at-risk youth find employment, enjoying the experience of working one-on-one with clients. Kaya is a member of NYU’s premier all-female a cappella group, the Cleftomaniacs. In the future, she hopes to work as a therapist for adolescents.

Hope White | Editor-in-Chief

Hope White is a senior in the Applied Psychology program. She is currently a research assistant on Dr. Shabnam Javdani’s Community Oppression and Research Engagement (C.O.R.E.) Team, which implements and evaluates interventions for juvenile justice system- involved youth. Under the mentorship of Dr. Javdani and Chloe Greenbaum, Hope is conducting an honor’s thesis on the combined influence of parenting and early puberty on Disruptive Behavior Problems in African American adolescent girls. Previously, Hope worked as a counselor at the NYU Child Study Center’s Summer Program for Kids, a behavioral treatment intervention for children who have ADHD and related disorders. In the future, she intends to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Christie Kim | Layout & Design Director

Christie Kim is a senior in the Applied Psychology program, with a minor in Web Programming and Applications. She is a member of Dr. Selcuk Sirin’s research team, having a hand in the Meta-Analysis of the Immigrant Paradox (MAP) project, research on Syrian refugee children and the media, and is conducting a secondary data analysis on immigrants’ attitudes towards psychotherapy. Christie also serves as an Intake Counselor at The Door, a youth empowerment agency in New York City, provides crisis counseling through Crisis Text Line, and supervises an academic support program at the NYU Child Study Center. Previously, she provided support and referrals as a Helpline Intern for the National Eating Disorders Association. With great interest in the relational context of couples and families, Christie hopes to pursue graduate studies in counseling psychology.

Regina Yu | Programming & Communications Director

Regina Yu is a senior in the Applied Psychology program at NYU with a minor in politics. She is currently working as an intake counselor at The Door, a Manhattan-based organization that provides young people with an expansive array of services, resources, and support. Regina has always been fascinated by psychology and plans to use her undergraduate studies in pursuit of a career in law. She hopes to work in international law with a special interest regarding human rights and social justice. Regina’s research passions include social welfare, education, and child development.

Dr. Adina Schick | Faculty Mentor

Adina Schick is a Developmental Psychologist whose work to date has focused on cultural variations in children’s language, literacy, and narrative development, with a particular emphasis on the individual and combined contributions of the home and preschool contexts on these school readiness skills. Her research has probed the role of continuity in home-school book sharing practices in supporting low-income Latino Head Start children’s emergent literacy development, and highlights the importance of promoting parents’ use of culturally-relevant practices. As a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at NYU’s Child and Family Policy Center, she worked on the creation of a Common Metric to link the three most commonly used preschool assessment tools, and helped develop and supervise the implementation of a large intervention aimed at professional development of early childhood educators throughout New York City, as well as from across New York State. Dr. Schick’s work has been funded by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, The Brady Educational Foundation, and the Brooke Astor Foundation. She received her doctorate from the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University in 2012. View Dr. Schick's full faculty profile. 

Founding Staff

Vanessa Victoria Volpe | Founding Editor-in-Chief

Jackson J. Taylor | Founding Editor, Graphic Designer 

Sibyl Holland | Founding Editor