Selcuk Sirin's Research Lab

Research Assistants

Current Research Assistants

   
 

Patrice Ryce is a doctoral student in the School Psychology Program. She
served as the Project Director for the Longitudinal Immigrant Families and
Teachers Study (LIFTS) and has also been involved in data analysis for
NYCASES. Her research interests are family-school partnerships and mental
health in schools. Patrice defended her dissertation examining
school-based family involvement among immigrant families in December 2011.
She is currently on her full-time clinical internship at Astor Services for
Children and Families in the Bronx and will graduate in 2012. Patrice can
be reached at pryce@nyu.edu

  Taveeshi Gupta is a doctoral student in the Psychological Development program. Prior coming to NYU, she completed her B.A. and M.A. from University of Delhi, India. Her research interests are gender identity development, parent socialization and influence of stereotypes on adolescents in international contexts. Taveeshi has worked with Dr. Sirin since 2007 and is currently co-directing the NYCASES project. She can be contacted at taveeshi.gupta@nyu.edu
 

Jessica Cressen is a doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology
program in the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt. She
received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Buckell University, where
she graduated summa cum laude in 2009. She currently works as a research
assistant for NYCASES under the mentorship of Dr. Selcuk Sirin. She is
broadly interested in the social, emotional, and academic development of
adolescents, as well as the development of various identities (e.g.,
racial, ethnic, gender, academic, religious) among urban youth. She is
currently working on a project exploring the stability of ethnic
self-identification among immigrant-origin high school students, and
another examining the relationship between discrimination-related stress
and mental health outcomes among the Latino youth in the NYCASES sample.
She can be contacted at jmc836@nyu.edu

David Hittson is a 3rd year Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student in the Applied Psychology Department of NYU-Steinhardt. His interests include Mood Disorders and Therapy and how they interact with culture across contexts.

Josephine Palmeri graduated with a B.S. in Applied Psychology from NYU
Steinhardt in May of 2012. She currently works with Dr.Sirin on his Meta
Analysis of the Paradox project. She also conducted an honors research
project using data from NYCASES which examined acculturative stress and
risk-taking behaviors in first generation immigrant adolescents. Her
research interests include adolescent mental health and development, as
well as parent-child relationships.

Sammy Ahmed is a senior in the Applied Psychology program and a research assistant on The Meta-Analysis of the Immigrant Paradox Project (MAP). He is currently conducting an empirical study focusing on the “Immigrant Paradox” under Dr. Selcuk Sirin’s mentorship. His research interests lie at the intersection of psychology and medicine, with an emphasis on the psychological and socio-cultural triggers for disease.

Joey LaBadia earned his BA in psychology from Eugene Lang in 2010 and is currently a research assistant on The Meta-Analysis of the Immigrant Paradox Project (MAP). He also worked as a case manager at the Center for Human Development and Family Services. 

Alfredo Navoa is an undergraduate research assistant on The Meta-Analysis of the Immigrant Paradox Project (MAP). His research interests include Latino intragroup marginalization and mental health and academic outcomes. He is currently working on an honors project under the mentorship of Dr. Sirin.

Andrew Greene is a undergraduate student in the Applied Psychology program at NYU Steinhardt. He received his AA in Deaf Studies from LaGuardia Community College and currently is a research assistant on the Meta- Analysis of the Immigrant Paradox Project (MAP), under Dr. Selcuk Sirin guidance. He is also a co founder of a community based organization( H.O.L.L.A) and his research interest includes understanding the social settings at risk youth from the inner cities find themselves in and creating interventions which promote resilience.

Kara Duca is an undergraduate student in the Applied Psychology program.
She is currently working on both the Meta-Analysis of the Immigrant Paradox
project (MAP) and the NYCASES project under the mentorship of Dr. Selcuk
Sirin. Her research interests include the development of ethnic identity
and self-esteem among urban adolescents, as well as the influence of
acculturation-related stressors on mental health outcomes.

Savanna Keator is an undergraduate student in the Applied Psychology
program. She is currently working on Dr. Sirin's Perceptions of
Psychotherapy study. Her research interests include the efficacy of therapy
across different cultures and the role of bereavement therapy as it
pertains to different types of losses.

  

 

 Past Research Assistants

  Dalal Katsiaficas is a doctoral student in Psychological Development and graduated from NYU in 2007 with a B.S. in Applied Psychology. She has worked on the MAIN,  NYCASES, and LIFTS studies as a research associate. Her research interests include identity development and negotiation in socio-political context. She can be contacted at dalal@nyu.edu.
  Vanessa Victoria Volpe graduated with a B.S. in Applied Psychology from Steinhardt in May of 2011. During her years as a research assistant for Dr. Sirin, she worked on the PICS, NYCASES, and MAP research teams. She also conducted her own research on hyphenated identity and religious diversity in Turkey as part of the Dean's Research Travel Colloquium to Istanbul in January of 2010. Her research interests include the social and collective identity development of adolescents and emerging adults in marginalizing contexts. She will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in the Fall of 2011.
   Sukhmani Singh is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology. She earned her B.A from City College of New York in Psychology. Research interests are adolescent religiosity, youth identity negotiation and development in adverse circumstances. She has done work on the NYCASES project.
  Ha Yeon Kim is a Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology in Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development at New York University. She has an M.A. in Child Development from Seoul National University. Her research interests include the role of English proficiency and classroom interactions in the academic adaptation of immigrant children and adolescents and culturally sensitive school and classroom climates.
  Gina Shedid is a Master's student in the Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness program. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the American University in Cairo. Her research interests include multicultural counseling, acculturation and well-being of immigrants and refugees, and psychosocial interventions in international development work. She is worked on NYCASES and PICS and can be reached gs1294@nyu.edu.
  Arda Guven graduated from the Applied Psychology Program in 2010. She worked on the LIFTS and NYCASES projects from 2008-2010.
   Sophia Skolnick is a student in the Applied Psychology Undergraduate Program at NYU. She served as the data manager on the NYCASES project. She can be reached at sls536@nyu.edu.
Christoper Albino is an undergraduate majoring in Applied Psychology. He is interested in understanding individual motivations behind behavior. He worked on the NYCASES and MAP projects.
  Madeeha Mir is a senior research assistant alum who worked in the lab for 4 years. She is a 5th year Counseling Psychology doctoral candidate. She received her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of West Florida. Her research interests include acculturation and psychological well-being among South Asian and Muslim communities; ethnic identity and multicultural counseling. Contact: madeeha@nyu.edu Contact: madeeha@nyu.edu
  Brian Collins is doctoral student in Multilingual/Multicultural studies. Prior to coming to NYU, Brian researched language competence and psychopathology in bilingual populations at Harvard Medical School and was a former bilingual educator in the Boston Public Schools. His research interests include the study of immigrant children and the intersection of language and psychological development. He is the project director for PTE and REST & has worked on the NYCASES project. He can be reached at bac321@nyu.edu
  Mohamed Soliman is a Masters student in the Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness Program. Prior to coming to NYU, Mohamed completed his B.A. in Psychology at George Mason University. Mohamed also developed and co-manages a dual language learning center, catering to the diplomatic community in Washington D.C. He is interested in the identity development and negotiation of immigrant youth, particularly in the contexts of religion/spirituality, ethnicity, and education. At NYU, he has worked as a research assistant on various teams studying adolescent substance abuse, emerging AIDS/HIV issues in urban settings, child development. On Selcuk Sirin's team, he worked on the NYCASES project.
  Kyung-hyun Kwon is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology. She received her M.A. in Counseling from Michigan State University. She is currently working as a psychology extern at outpatient psychiatric unit at Bellevue Hospital Center and at department of psychology at Barnard College. She had worked as a counselor for international graduate students at Michigan State University and for recent immigrants and refugees at Lansing Community College, Michigan. Research interests are acculturative stress and psychological well-being among international students and qualitative study on college adjustment issues among Asian international students. She worked with Brian on the PTE project. Contact: kyunghyun.kwon@nyu.edu / 517-862-9220
  Christine Cheng Christine Cheng graduated from the Applied Psychology Undergraduate Program at NYU in 2008. Her interests include working with immigrant populations, promoting multicultural awareness and research in the academic settings. She can be contacted at cwc281@nyu.edu
  Natalie Zuckerman graduated from NYU in the spring of 2008 with a B.S. in Applied Psychology. During her time there she worked on Dr. Sirin's lab studies identity formation and school engagement among immigrant youth. She also conduct her own research on perceived discrimination and civic engagement among immigrant adolescents. As part of the Dean's research travel colloquium she travelled to Ghana with a group of students and professors to examine education in the context of change and to research the effect of emerging crises on the educational system. Natalie is passionate about discovering ways to increase civic engagement, especially among youth. In her future she hopes to pursue a career in community psychology and public policy.
  Heather Yeghnazar She worked on the NYCASES project and can be contacted at hyeghnazar@yahoo.com
Priya Gopalan is a student in the Applied Psychology Undergraduate Honors Program in Steinhardt from CCTOP (Community College Transfer Opportunity Program). Assisting in the Longitundinal Immigrant Families and Teachers Study (LIFTS) team and NYCASES.