Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology
Phone: (212) 992-9739
Shabnam Javdani is a clinical and community psychologist who examines the development of, and social response to, violence and antisocial behavior. Javdani completed her doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012, and completed an APA-approved clinical internship in the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago prior to coming to Steinhardt.
Her program of research involves three interrelated components. The first examines the etiological pathways that promote disruptive/antisocial behavior in youth and adults. In particular, Javdani investigates the influence of trauma, risky dating relationships, early pubertal development, neighborhood and community resources, and genetic liability. At a more macro level, Javdani also investigates the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and how the response of these systems (e.g., policies and practices) may affect outcomes for youth and adults.
The second component of Javdani's research examines the role of gender in health disparities associated with disruptive/antisocial behavior, including self and other-directed violence, the development of Sexually Transmitted Infections, and psychopathology. In the context of this work, Javdani conceptualizes and operationalizes gender as both an individual level attribute and a social grouping category with associated gender norms and roles (e.g., Javdani examines women's subjugated roles in intimate partner relationships as a context in which health disparities may arise).
The third component centralizes the development, implementation, and evaluation of interventions for young women and men involved in, or at risk for entry into, the juvenile justice system. Javdani directs NYC ROSES, a strengths-based, youth-centered advocacy approach to target changes in youth's opportunity structures (e.g., through providing access to needed resources) and investigates the extent to which such changes are associated with promotion of positive outcomes (e.g., resilience, academic achievement) and reduction of negative outcomes (e.g., arrest/incarceration, mental health symptoms). In collaboration with the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice, Javdani also designs, implements, and evaluates group and individual-based programs at several detention and placement facilitities. These programs focus on multiple levels and target both youth and settings. Across components, Javdani's program of research is characterized by a social justice focus, with an emphasis on the application of research for the urban poor and in under-resourced communities. Javdani uses a variety of methodological approaches, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methodologies.