Selcuk R. Sirin

Associate Professor of Applied Psychology

Selcuk R. Sirin

Phone: (212) 998-5364

Curriculum Vitae/Syllabi:

Dr. Selcuk R. Sirin’s research primarily focuses on the lives of immigrant and minority children and their families and ways to increase professionals' ability to better serve them. Dr. Sirin conducted a major meta-analytical review of research on socioeconomic status and he co-produced the Racial and Ethical Sensitivity Test (REST) and accompanying training program for school professionals. He also served as the Research Coordinator for the Partnership for Teacher Excellence project at NYU in collaboration with New York City School of Education. His most recent research focused on immigrant youth in general, Muslim American children and adolescents in particular. Dr. Sirin's book with Dr. Michelle Fine, entitled "Muslim American Youth: Understanding Hyphenated Identities through Multiple Methods" was published from the NYU Press. He recently co-edited, with Aida Balsano, a special issue of Applied Developmental Science focusing on immigrant Muslim youth in the West. Dr. Selcuk R. Sirin is the recipient of Teaching Excellence Award from Boston College, Young Scholar Award from the Foundation for Child Development for his project on immigrant children, and Review of Research Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) given in recognition of an outstanding article published in education.

Currently, Dr. Sirin directs the following research projects in his research lab.

New York City Academic and Social Engagement Study (NYCASES) is a three-year longitudinal study of urban youth through high school. The study will identify the degree to which individual, family, and school characteristics predict the changes in educational outcomes of youth throughout their high school years, from 10th grade to 12th grade. The first wave of data were gathered in Spring 2008 semester with a cohort of 517 10th graders. This project is funded by NYU Challenge Grant and the Spencer Foundation.

The Longitudinal Immigrant Families and Teachers Study (LIFTS) is a three-year examination of parent and teacher perceptions of first graders with immigrant parents. The goal of this study is to understand how parent and teacher practices and values influence their perception of children’s academic achievement and psychological well-being. The first wave of data was gathered during the Spring 2007 with a cohort of 191 first graders. This project is funded by the Foundation for Child Development.

Meta-Analysis of Immigrant Paradox . Why do new immigrants tend to have more positive developmental and educational outcomes than those who are more acculturated to the United States? Dr. Sirin has designed a meta-analysis with Dr. Amy Marks (Suffolk University) to answer this much debated question immigrant paradox. Once completed in the next two years the project will not only provide the first meta-analytic review in the literature, but it will also identify critical moderators of acculturation-outcomes relations such as the role of ethnic origin (e.g., Asian vs. Latino), developmental phase (e.g., early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence and young adulthood), and research methodology (e.g., the type of acculturation measure and outcome measures). This project is funded by Jacobs Foundation.

NYU-Bahcesehir Collaborative Research Project is an international collaboration to build research capacity and to create an opportunity for Turkish and American students and faculty to better understand each other’s cultures through research and scholarship. Specifically, this 3-year projectwill reach these goals through four components:

  1. NYU Research Methods Worshops at Bahcesehir
  2. Exchange Programs
  3. Scholarly Meetings
  4. NYU-BU Youth Research Project

The project is built on a three-year preliminary work that Dr. Selcuk Sirin has led in each of these domains over the past three years. During this period Dr. Sirin had conducted his own pilot study on school climate, carried out three cultural exchange programs, and organized a series of scholarly meetings both at NYU and at Bahceshir University in Turkey. With the launching of NYU-Bahcesehir Collaborative Research Project, the previous programs will continue with a new focus to build research capacity through a series of research methods workshops.


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