News Archive

Fall 2015


Dear IHDSC Community:

We are quite pleased to announce that Patrick Sharkey, Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU, has agreed to serve as Interim Director of the Institute for Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), effective September 1, 2015, while we finalize the national search for the IHDSC Director. As you all know, Pamela Morris, as current Director of IHDSC, will be transitioning to Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs at Steinhardt, commencing September 1.

Dr. Sharkey is well prepared to lead the Institute during this period of transition, as a long-time and active member of the IHDSC community. He is a renowned sociologist with expertise in neighborhood poverty, boasting a rich portfolio of research and a number of accolades including a recent highly acclaimed book on urban inequality. This past year, he served as Associate Director of Inequality for the Institute, increasing cross-project synergy and collaboration within the IHDSC community.

We would like to thank Dr. Sharkey for his willingness to serve as Interim Director, and are confident that the Institute will continue to prosper under his leadership.

Although the search for a permanent director continues, we are very pleased with the caliber of the individuals who have expressed interest in the position and remain highly confident that we will be able to appoint an exceedingly talented individual to this prestigious role.

Dominic Brewer, Tom Carew, and Sherry Glied


Dr. Andrea Deierlein recently received a $732,839 R00 Pathway to Independence Award (Independent Phase) grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund her project titled, "Effects of BPA and Phthalates on Adiposity and Metabolic Risk Factors in Women." The project aims to investigate the associations of exposures to BPA and phthalates during pregnancy and the development of cardio-metabolic health indicators in women during the long-term postpartum period.

Dr. Karen Adolph recently received a $222,219 supplement from the National Science Foundation to continue funding her project, "Databrary: An open video-based data-sharing system for developmental science." For more information about Databrary, click here.

Dr. Perry Halkitis recently received two supplements from the National Institute on Drug Abuse within the National Institutes of Health in the amounts of $103,680 and $6,583 to provide additional funding for a postdoctoral fellow and summer interns to work on his research project, "Syndemic Production among Emergent Adult Men." For more information about Dr. Halkitis's work, click here.

Dr. Lisa Gennetian recently received a $76,256 subaward from Columbia University, funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation. Dr. Gennetian will be working closely with Drs. Helena Duch and Kimberly Noble at Columbia University on the project, titled "Getting Ready for School: Improving Parent Engagement with an Integrated School Readiness Program," to direct the application of assessing and piloting various economic intervention strategies designed to improve parent engagement.


Dr. Lisa Gennetian's work on neighborhood effects on African American Vernacular English was recently featured in Steinhardt At a Glance.

Dr. Diana Silver's work on illegal tax stamps in cigarette sales was highlighted in a recent NYU press release.

Dr. Patrick Sharkey's work on neighborhood inequality was mentioned in a recent New York Times article.

Summer 2015


Dr. Clancy Blair recently received a $6.4 million award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for a study titled, "Stress, Self-Regulation, and Mental Health in Middle Childhood." To read more about the research study, read the press release here.

Drs. Jennifer Jennings and Sean Corcoran recently received a $447,671 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation for their project titled, "Leveling the Playing Field for High School Choice Through Decision Supports: A Randomized Intervention Study." The project uses a randomized trial in order to study the impact of providing middle school students with one of three decision supports: a general information list of proximate high schools, a personalized list of recommended schools, or an interactive internet-based tool that creates a customized list of choices.

Dr. Ed Seidman was recently awarded a £151,215 grant by the Economic and Social Research Council for his project titled, "Toward the Development of a Rigorous and Practical Classroom Observation Tool: The Uganda secondary school project." The project, which is part of the new international research center, Global TIES for Children, will capitalize on a large-scale experimental school and classroom-based intervention program undertaken in Ugandan public secondary schools by the World Bank, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Sports, and will supplement the impact evaluation by examining the instructional practices and classroom processes with live observations using TIPPS before, in the middle, and at the end of the intervention year.

Drs. Larry Aber and Carly Tubbs recently received a £150,918 award from the Economic and Social Research Council for their project, "Promoting Children's Learning Outcomes in Conflict-Affected Countries: Generating, Communicating, and Incorporating Evidence for Impact," which is part of the new international research center, Global TIES for Children. Working in partnership with the International Rescue Committee and building upon the Healing Classrooms intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the project aims to generate, communicate, and incorporate into practice rigorous evidence as to how to promote effective teaching and improve children's academic and socioemotional learning in conflict-affected contexts.

Drs. Larry Aber and Lisa Gennetian recently received a $100,000 grant from the Bezos Family Foundation for their project titled, "Behavioral Economic Strategies to Enhance Parent Language Interaction with their 0‐3 Year olds: A Partnership with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene." The project aims to assess the feasibility and applications of behavioral economic strategies to improve implementation of the planned roll-out of a social media and book distribution campaign designed to enhance early language development among infants and toddlers in income-poor communities.

Drs. Clancy Blair and Cybele Raver recently received a $100,000 grant from the Bezos Family Foundation to fund their project titled, "Attention in Infancy: A Key Neurocognitive Indicator of Toxic Stress." The purpose of the project is to develop an assessment of attention in infancy that can be used to authenticate early childhood settings and to determine the extent to which the development of attention in infancy is affected by poverty. 

Dr. Joscha Legewie was recently awarded a $13,341 New Scholars grant by the Stanford University Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI). Dr. Legewie will work collaboratively with CPI's research group on Segregation to utilize GPS measurements in order to study residential segregation.


Dr. Clancy Blair was cited extensively in a Boston Globe article about executive function.

Dr. Dana Burde received the 2015 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award for Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan. 

Dr. Dana Burde's work on education in Afghanistan and Pakistan was mentioned in Press Republican.

Dr. Virginia Chang was featured in a recent PBS News Hour story about adult obesity.

Dr. Sean Corcoran's work on diversity in NYC's specialized high schools has recently been featured in The Atlantic, Chalkbeat New York, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and an NYU press release.

Dr. Perry Halkitis recently wrote an article for The Conversation about young gay men and healthcare. Dr. Halkitis was also interviewed by APA about the AIDS epidemic.

NYU PIRT fellow Jessica Harding received the Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Graduate Student Fellowshop from APA and the Mitchell Leaska Dissertation Research Award from NYU Steinhardt.

Dr. Michael Kieffer was chosen as an Outstanding Reviewer for 2014 for the American Educational Research Journal section on Teaching, Learning, and Human Development.

Dr. Diana Silver received a 2014-2015 Distinguished Teaching Award from NYU.

Spring 2015


Drs. Pamela Morris, Alan Mendelsohn, and Daniel Shaw (University of Pittsburgh) were recently awarded a $4,909,374 grant from NIH titled, "Integrated model for promoting parenting and early school readiness in pediatrics." The study tests an innovative primary and secondary/tertiary prevention approach to the promotion of school readiness in very young children in low-income families, through enhancement of positive parenting practices and when present, reduction of the impact of psychosocial stressors, within the pediatric primary care platform.

Drs. Dana Burde, Joel Middleton (University of California, Berkeley), and Cyrus Samii were recently awarded a $4,462,788 increase in funding from USAID for their project titled, "Assessment of Learning Outcomes and Social Effects of Community-Based Education: A Randomized Field Experiment in Afghanistan (ALSE)," which aims to deepen our understanding of the best ways to create effective and sustainable community-based education in counties affected by conflict and political instability.

Drs. Cybele Raver and Christine Li-Grining (Loyola University) were recently awarded a $3,627,940 grant from NIH titled, "Type, timing, & turbulence of poverty-related risk: Longterm evidence from CSRP." The project will evaluate the long-term impact of the Chicago School Readiness Project (CSRP) as well as examine the longitudinal role of poverty-related risks on youth's trajectories of internalizing problems and health risk behaviors.

Dr. Larry Aber was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from SRCD titled, "Promoting Children's Learning and Developmental Outcomes in Conflict-Affected Countries: Communicating and Incorporating Evidence for Impact." The funding will be used to develop a multi-stakeholder Reflection Workshop in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of the OPEQ project, a cluster-randomized, school-based intervention in the DRC. OPEQ is a collaborative effort of Global TIES at NYU and the International Rescue Committee.

Dr. Karen Adolph was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from SRCD titled, "Promoting Data Management, Sharing, and Re-use in Developmental Science." The funding will be used to hold three regional Databrary workshops to educate researchers about issues in video data sharing and to train them in best practices in video data management and reuse. In addition, Databrary will hold a series of preconference workshops at major developmental society meetings at SRCD in March 2015, CDS in October 2015, and ICIS in May 2016. 


Perry Halkitis was elected to the GMHC Board of Directors.

NYU PIRT fellow Jess Harding receives Mitchell Leaska Dissertation Research Award.

Jess Harding, Pamela Morris, and Diane Hughes' study of mother's education and children's outcomes mentioned in Deseret News.

Sandee McClowry's work with INSIGHTS discussed on the Matt Townsend Show and in an NYU press release.

Niyati Parekh's work on obesity-related cancers featured in an NYU press release.

Patrick Sharkey spoke about his work on racial inequality in urban neighborhoods at the USC Sol Price Center.

Diana Silver's study of cigarette purchasing featured in NYU press release.

Selcuk Sirin's study of discrimination-related stress in Latino youth cited in US News and in NYU press release.

Fall 2014


IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Clancy Blair, awarded $299,612 grant

Dr. Clancy Blair was recently awarded a $299,612 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund his project titled, "Origins of Early Individual Differences in Self-Regulation: A Multi-Method Study Involving Mothers, Fathers and Infants in the UK, the Netherlands and the USA." This study extends Dr. Blair's previous work on family influences on executive function and behavior control by modelling effects of paternal and maternal influences on the first two years of life.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. LaRue Allen, awarded $309,393 grant

Dr. LaRue Allen was recently awarded a $309,393 grant from the Brooke Astor Fund for New York City Education, administered by the New York Community Trust, to fund her project titled, "Precursors to Reading Readiness: Using Authentic Assessment to Individualize Classroom Instruction." This project focuses on helping Head Start teachers identify precursors specific to reading success, accurately assess children's competencies in these areas, and individualize their classroom practices to build on children's strengths and address their weaknesses.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Cybele Raver, and IHDSC Director, Pamela Morris, awarded grants

Drs. Cybele Raver and Pamela Morris recently received funding from the Institute of Education Sciences and the Spencer Foundation for their project titled "Strengthening the Research Architecture for High Quality Universal Pre-K: Leveraging the Opportunity of a Historic Expansion." This project will provide quantitative and capacity-building solutions to pressing educational issues faced by the New York City Department of Education in its efforts to dramatically expand universal pre-kindergarten opportunities for the city's preschool-aged children.


Drs. Cybele Raver, Pamela Morris, and James Kemple's work on universal pre-k programs in New York City was recently highlighted in an press release and in Capital New York.

Dr. Cybele Raver's work on family violence and children's emotional regulation was recently featured in ThinkProgress and Steinhardt At a Glance

Drs. Cybele Raver and Pamela Morris's work on universal pre-k in New York City was recently featured on WNYC.

Dr. Perry Halkitis's work on HIV, aging, and PrEP has been cited in several recent publications, including The Huffington PostAM New YorkPOZ MagazineNewsweek, and Post Star.

Dr. Joscha Legewie was recently interviewed in Steinhardt At a Glance about his work using big data to study neighborhood complaints in New York City.

Drs. Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa's book Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates was highlighted in Steinhardt At a Glance.

Drs. Perry Halkitis and Danielle Ompad's work on smoking and HIV, recently published in a special issue of Behavioral Medicine, was highlighted in Steinhardt At a Glance.

Dr. Elisabeth King was recently interviewed in Steinhardt At a Glance about her work on conflict resolution and peace-building in Kenya.

Summer 2014


IHDSC Faculty Affiliates, Drs. Chris Flinn and Daniela Del Boca, awarded $375,000 grant

Drs. Chris Flinn and Daniela Del Boca were recently awarded a $375,000 grant by the NSF for their project titled, "Collaborative Research: Household Decision-Making and Child Development." The goal of the research is to broaden understanding of the cognitive development of children using a modeling framework that allows us to incorporate direct measures of investment activity by parents, children, and schools in the production of the child’s cognitive ability from birth through adolescence.

IHDSC receives second award from IES to continue the IES-PIRT program

IHDSC is pleased to announce the second award from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to fund the Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (PIRT) Program. The second phase of the IES-PIRT program will be headed by Drs. Pamela Morris, Director, andJames Kemple, Deputy Director, and will offer two- or three-year training fellowships to 27 doctoral students over the course of five years. For more information on the IES-PIRT program, please visit our website here.


Dr. Perry Halkitis's work on PrEP was cited in a Wall Street Journal story titled, "Cuomo's Plan For HIV Drug Draws Critics."

Dr. Pamela Morris's work on early childhood was cited in an NPR story titled, "Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better."

Dr. Laurie Brotman has been selected as the inaugural Bezos Family Foundation Professor of Early Childhood Development. She was also recently selected as the recipient of the 2014 Helen Bull Vandervort Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the Human Ecology Alumni Association at Cornell University, College of Human Ecology.


IHDSC faculty affiliated give briefing on universal pre-k to New York City officials

A group of IHDSC faculty affiliates gave a briefing to the New York City Mayor's Office and Department of Education on April 9, 2014, to address Mayor De Blasio's Universal Pre-K Initiative. The NYU group consisted of Drs. Pamela Morris, Cybele Raver, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, and Laurie Miller Brotman, who met with NYC officials Richard Buery, Michael Ognibene, Matt Klein, Mindy Tarlow, Saskia Thompson, Josh Wallack, and Sophia Pappas. The briefing was part of a larger group of IHDSC-affiliated faculty working in early childhood research, including Drs. Lawrence Aber, LaRue Allen, Clancy Blair, Elise Cappella, James Kemple, and Susan Neuman.

Researches meet to discuss science of parenting interventions

IHDSC director Dr. Pamela Morris co-organized a meeting with Dr. Ajay Chaudry, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Human Services Policy, HHS/ASPE, on June 11, 2014, to discuss the science of parenting interventions. The meeting, which brought together researchers and federal agency representatives, sought to address a series of high-level policy questions about interventions aimed at improving parenting, the science that undergirds them, and platforms for scalability.

Spring 2014


IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Larry Aber, awarded $500,000 grant

IHDSC faculty affiliate Dr. Larry Aber was awarded a $500,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to fund "Making Sense Out of Variation in Impacts of Poverty Reduction Strategies: The Role of Secondary Analyses," a project to reanalyze data from experiments designed to increase women's economic empowerment and children's development, with the goal of improving efforts in low- and middle-income countries.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliates, Drs. Perry Halkitis and Farzana Kapadia, awarded $3,162,772 grant

IHDSC faculty affiliates Drs. Perry Halkitis and Farzana Kapadia were awarded a $3,162,772 grant from NIDA/NIH as a continuation of their cohort study on young gay and bisexual men, titled "Syndemic Production among Emergent Adult Men." Read more information on the study.


IHDSC Director, Dr. Pamela Morris, highlight in New York Times article

An article in The New York Times, "A Study Seeks to Determine What Makes Prekindergarten Successful," highlighted IHDSC Director Dr. Pamela Morris's work on a prekindergarten curriculum intervention. Read the article.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Perry Halkitis, cited in POZ Magazine

IHDSC faculty affiliate Dr. Perry Halkitis's work on HIV in men who have sex with men was highlighted in two recent articles in POZ Magazine, "Condomless Sex Rises Among Gay Men," and "Against All Odds."


IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. James Kemple, gives testimony

IHDSC faculty affiliate Dr. James Kemple delivered testimony on educational research to the Institute of Education Sciences titled, "Educational Research: Exploring Opportunities to Strengthen the Institute of Educational Sciences." Read the testimony.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Hiro Yoshikawa, gives testimony

IHDSC faculty affiliate Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa delivered testimony to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on universal prekindergarten, titled "Supporting Children and Families through Investments in High-Quality Early Education." Read the testimony.


IES-PIRT Fellows, Sarah Cordes and Meghan McCormick, finalists for dissertation award

Sarah Cordes and Meghan McCormick were identified as finalists for the 2014 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship.

IES-PIRT Fellow, Meghan McCormick, awarded fellowship

Meghan McCormick was awarded an APA Elizabeth Munsterburg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship.

IES-PIRT Fellows, Allison Friedman-Krauss and Meghan McCormick, receive research awards

Allison Friedman-Krauss and Meghan McCormick both received Spring 2014 Mitchell Leaska Dissertation Research Awards.

Fall 2013


A Message from IHDSC Director, Dr. Pamela Morris

Dr. Pamela Morris joins IHDSC as Director this year. She gave a speech at the Fall 2013 Welcome Reception on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. To read her speech, please click here.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliates and Students Present at APPAM

Several IHDSC faculty affiliates and NYU IES-PIRT doctoral fellows will be presenting at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management conference, which will take place between November 7-9, 2013, in Washington, DC. For a complete listing of IHDSC faculty affiliates, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows who will be presenting at APPAM, click here.

IHDSC Announces Dr. Perry Halkitis as Associate Director of Health and Human Development

As part of our effort to increase cross-project synergy and collaboration, we are in the process of identifying areas of research within IHDSC that could benefit from thematic leadership. To that end, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Perry Halkitis, Professor of Applied Psychology, Public Health, and Population Health, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Global Institute of Public Health, will be taking on a new role at the Institute of Human Development and Social Change as Associate Director of Health and Human Development. In this role, Dr. Halkitis will lead the Health and Human Development portfolio within the Institute. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Halkitis in his new role.

Dr. Halkitis also directs the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), a research institute housed within IHDSC, where he conducts research on HIV/AIDS and MSM. His work has been published widely in peer reviewed scholarly journals as well as popular press and media. He has recently published a book titled The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience, which examines strategies for survival and coping employed by long-term survivors of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

If you or any of your colleagues are interested in being a part of the Health and Human Development area at IHDSC, please contact

New Developments, Staffing, and Upcoming Events

IHDSC Director, Pamela Morris, announces new developments, staffing, and upcoming events for the Fall 2013 semester. Read her full letter.


IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Dana Burde, awarded $2,799,228 grant

IHDSC faculty affiliate, Professor Dana Burde, along with collaborators Professors Cyrus Samii and Joel Middleton, was recently awarded a $2,799,228 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to conduct a study of community-based education (CBE) in Afghanistan.  The study received additional funding from the Danish International Development Agency and seeks to understand questions of "sustainability" of international assistance by examining the transition from NGO to government administration of CBE.  The project includes a training component designed to further the abilities of staff from the Afghan Ministry of Education in conducting rigorous educational research. Profs. Burde, Middleton, and Samii conducted an initial session on research methods and field experiments in Abu Dhabi late last year. A number of NYU Abu Dhabi students joined the group for a special panel presentation on education in the region and reported on the event here. Professor Burde and Amy Kapit, an advanced PhD candidate, conducted the second course, Qualitative Methods Research, in Kabul, Afghanistan from December 8th-10th, 2013, with 18 participants from the MoE and NGOs and with logistical support from the Canadian government.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. James Macinko, awarded $100,000 grant

IHDSC faculty affiliate James Macinko was recently awarded seed funding by NYU Poly for $100,000 for a grant titled, "Systems science approaches to understanding variation in state alcohol and traffic policies." Dr. Macinko, along with co-PI Maurizio Porfiri (NYU Poly), will use this funding to generate pilot data for a research study to develop and apply methods from systems science to explore new ways of understanding public health policy problems and their potential solutions.


IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Perry Halkitis, cited in news publications

Dr. Perry Halkitis's research on AIDS has been cited in several recent news publications, including The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Blade, The Bay Area Reporter, and New Republic.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliates, Drs. James Macinko and Diana Silver, highlighted in recent press release

Drs. James Macinko and Diana Silver's work on state policy and alcohol was recently highlighted in NYU News press release.

IES-PIRT Fellow, Sarah Cordes, runner up for graduate student award

IES-PIRT fellow, Sarah Cordes, was first runner up for the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) Graduate Student Paper Award, a competition that is held annually in conjunction with the North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). This contest encourages the participation of young scholars by providing a forum for paper presentation and discussion by senior scholars in the field of regional science.

Her paper was titled, "Do Charter Schools Ruin Local Public Schools in Poor Neighborhoods? Evidence from New York City."

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Perry Halkitis, wins award for recent publication

The Aids Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience, a recent publication by IHDSC faculty affiliate Dr. Perry Halkitis, was awarded the New York State Department of Health World AIDS Day 2013 Commissioner's Award.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Niyati Parekh, featured in popular media publications

Dr. Niyati Parekh's research on the biological risk factor in obesity-related cancers has been covered widely in several popular press outlets, including: The Huffington PostScience Daily, and Fox News.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Niyati Parekh, featured in recent press release

Dr. Parekh's work studying biological risk factors in obesity-related cancers has been highlighted in a recent press release published by NYU. This research is funded by a grant awarded by the American Cancer Society. To read the press release, please click here.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa, featured in recent press release

Dr. Yoshikawa was recently featured in an NYU press release for his work with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a research initiative set up at the request of the United Nations Secretary-General. In conjunction with the Network, Dr. Yoshikawa published a report titled, "The Future of Our Children: Lifelong, Multi-Generational Learning for Sustainable Development." For more information about Dr. Yoshikawa's work, please read the press release here. To read the report, please click here.

Summer 2013


Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the Provost and the Deans of FAS, Wagner, and Steinhardt, I am pleased to announce that Pamela Morris, Professor of Applied Psychology, has been appointed director of the Institute for Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), effective September 1, 2013. 

Dr. Morris is well prepared to lead IHDSC in its next stage of development. Before coming to NYU in 2009, she spent a decade as a research scientist at MDRC, where she conducted cutting edge research on the impact of both antipoverty policies and early childhood programs on children’s development. At NYU, Dr. Morris directs the Psychology and Social Intervention doctoral program in Steinhardt’s Department of Applied Psychology, has run several major grants through IHDSC, and recently directed NYU’s pre-doctoral interdisciplinary research training program in education science, funded by the Institute for Education Sciences.

Dr. Morris succeeds the founding director of IHDSC, Cybele Raver, who accepted an appointment as Vice Provost last year.  I would like to thank Richard Arum, who served as interim director of IHDSC over the past year, for his outstanding leadership during this period of transition.

IHDSC is a joint initiative of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; the Wagner School of Public Service; the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and the Office of the Provost. With a total portfolio of over $30 million in active federally and privately funded research grants, IHDSC is the largest interdisciplinary research center on the NYU Washington Square Campus and supports more than 40 faculty affiliates from the social, behavioral, and health sciences in performing cutting edge research to study how complex social forces such as globalization, technology, and immigration affect human development.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Morris on her new appointment.

Mary Brabeck, Ph.D.
Gale and Ira Drukier Dean


IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Pamela Morris, awarded $299,997 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation

Dr. Pamela Morris, Professor of Applied Psychology, (with co-PIs Lisa Gennetian, NBER, and Heather Hill, University of Chicago) was recently awarded a $299,997 grant by the William T. Grant Foundation for a project entitled, “Income Instability, Family Processes, and Youth Development.”  While income level has been consistently linked to family and youth well-being, little is known about the effects of the stability of family income. Morris and her colleagues will utilize quantitative and qualitative data from an existing randomized control trial of a conditional cash transfer program, Opportunity NYC-Family Rewards (the main Family Rewards study is sponsored by the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity and is being conducted by MDRC).  Morris and colleagues will leverage data from this study to examine if and how income instability affects family processes and youth outcomes. 

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Elise Cappella, awarded $40,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation

Dr. Elise Cappella, Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology, was recently awarded a $40,000 grant by the Spencer Foundation to fund a project titled, “Impact of School Transitions on Youth Adjustment: Development Trajectories and School Processes in a National Sample.” The project will use a nationally representative and longitudinal dataset in order to (1) determine the effect of middle grade school transitions on 8th grade academic achievement and psychological adjustment; (2) identify developmental trajectories of academic achievement and psychological adjustment and establish if trajectory membership is associated with child demographic features, school grade spans, and school structural characteristics; and (3) examine the moderating role of school instructional and social processes on the relation between middle grade school transition and youth outcomes.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Karen Adolph, awarded $3,655,339 grant from NIH

Dr. Karen Adolph, Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, along with Rick Gilmore, Associate Professor of Psychology at Penn State University, and David Millman, Director of Digital Technology Library Services, were recently awarded over $6 million from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, to build Databrary, a web based library for open sharing of video data. The project aims to increase transparency and speed the rate of discovery in the behavioral and development sciences by enabling authorized researchers to search, browse, download, and re-analyze raw video data and related information from previous studies, while protecting the privacy of individuals who participate in their research. The project also involves enhancing a flexible tool for analyzing behavioral data, called Datavyu, and developing Labnanny, a tool for data management and organization. See the press release here.

Spring 2013


IHDSC is pleased to announce the IHDSC Seed Grant awardees for the 2012-2013 round of funding

For more information, click here.

IHDSC welcomes new Faculty Affiliates

IHDSC is pleased to welcome Dr. Gabriel Abend, Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Virginia Chang, Associate Professor of Public Health, as new faculty affiliates. Dr. Abend is currently researching neuroscientific conceptions of morality, love, and religion on an international scale. Dr. Chang is studying the obesity paradox, mortality and morbidity.

IHDSC announces Spring 2013  New Findings and Emerging Questions from across the Disciplines

More information will be announced later in the semester. Click here for updates.


IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Virginia Chang, Associate Professor of Public Health

Dr. Virginia Chang was awarded a $300,000 grant from the American Diabetes Association for her project titled, "The obesity paradox: a population-based examination of mortality and morbidity." The study will examine the possibility that obesity may confer a survival advantage once certain diseases have been established, termed the "obesity paradox," using a population-based sample to study the association between obesity and mortality and morbidity in persons with cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.


IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Dr. J. Lawrence Aber, named University Professor and Inaugural Willner Family Professor in Applied Psychology and Public Policy

Dr. Aber was recently appointed a University Professor and the inaugural Willner Family Professor in Applied Psychology and Public Policy. This professorship was established with a gift from Dr. Albert Willner, who graduated from NYU in 1939. We congratulate Dr. Aber for his achievements. To read the press release, click here.

Fall 2012


IHDSC is pleased to announce a call for applications for Fall 2012 Seed Grants

The University recognizes that scholars who take up the challenge of conducting multidisciplinary research need support to jump-start new programs of inquiry. IHDSC has therefore been charged by the University to support junior and senior tenure-track or tenured faculty as investigators to bridge multiple domains of expertise and cross disciplinary boundaries. This is the eighth RFA that intends to support seed projects meeting IHDSC’s mission. For descriptions of past grantees, please click here.

We look forward to supporting the development of innovative, multidisciplinary research projects through this award structure. The deadline for applications is December 21st, 2012. All applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee. Award decisions will be made by January 31st, 2013.

To download the RFA, please click here.

IHDSC announces applications for 2013-2014 NYU PIRT fellowship

NYU will be funding a PIRT fellowship beginning in the academic year 2012-2013. For information on the fellowship program and application instructions, click here.

New IHDSC Research Project Websites Launched

As part of the IHDSC website redesign, we have been working closely with IHDSC faculty affiliates and research staff to develop independent websites for labs and research projects. Two new project websites have just been launched: Dr. Lawrence Aber's OPEQ project and Dr. Clancy Blair's Tools K project.

IHDSC Announces Launch of Redesigned Website

Dear IHDSC affiliates,

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new IHDSC website. To view it, please click here.

We worked with designer Elizabeth Candela to revamp the Institute's web presence and increase usability. New features include an Upcoming Events calendar and News and Announcements headlines posted prominently on the homepage to provide easier access to information about the Institute's activities and accomplishments. More user-friendly navigation systems have been implemented as well and we will continue to work on implementing more refined and intuitive navigation.

Another exciting aspect of the redesign is working with PIs to create individual websites for their research projects and labs that are visually connected to the design of the main IHDSC website but also independent. Examples include Dr. Clancy Blair's ABC Project and Dr. Richard Arum's Connecting Youth Project. We will be working with more PIs to create new websites and increase visibility of the many innovative projects that are affiliated with the Institute. Please contact Eric Zhang at for more information about how to create a project website. Also, please feel free to contact us with any input and suggestions on how to continue to improve the website.


IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, J. Lawrence Aber, Distinguished professor of Applied Psychology and Public Policy

Dr. Lawrence Aber was awarded a $250,000 grant from the NoVo Foundation to fund a research project titled “Impacting teacher performance and children’s academic and socio-emotional learning in the DRC.” The research is in conjunction with the International Rescue Committee's OPEQ intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which involves training and coaching teachers to implement a new curricula that integrates reading and mathematics with social-emotional learning. The project will evaluate OPEQ's impact on teachers' motivation and performance and children's educational and wellbeing outcomes.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Gabriel Abend, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Gabriel Abend was awarded a $148,763 grant from the Faraday Institute at St Edmund's College, Cambridge University. The grant, titled “The Neuroscience of Morality, Love, and Religion: An International Comparison,” will examine the production and communication of neuroscientific research on morality, love, and religion in the UK, France, USA, and Argentina. The project will use participant observation and interviews as well as content analysis of scientific publications and newspaper and magazine articles in order to investigate how these conceptualizations vary across the four countries and how they are communicated in the public sphere.

IHDSC Interim Director, Richard Arum, Professor of Sociology and Education

Dr. Richard Arum was awarded $2,400,000 by the MacArthur Foundation for continued support of his Connecting Youth: Digital Learning Research Project. The Connecting Youth Project is a multi-method study of youth, educators, and organizations that are participating in a set of educational programs using digital media developed by the Institute of Play, the Hive Network, and collaborative partners in Chicago and New York City. The purpose of Arum’s research is to document activities and outcomes associated with these programs, use the findings to provide ongoing feedback to these implementing organizations for formative program improvement, as well as publish scholarship to improve academic and public understanding of the potential role of digital media in supporting youth development and educational outcomes.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Karen Adolph, Professor of Psychology and Neural Science

Dr. Karen Adolph was awarded a $2,443,500 grant from NSF to fund a project titled “Databrary: An open video-based data-sharing system for developmental science.” The goal of the project is to create the infrastructure to enable open sharing of video-based data in a web-based repository called Databrary. The Databrary project will bring together a user/contributor community of developmental scientists to create standards for data access and quality, as well as train a new generation of users to engage with an unprecedented set of tools for discovery and research.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliates, James Macinko, Associate Professor of Public Health and Health Policy, and Diana Silver, Assistant Professor of Public Health

Drs. James Macinko and Diana Silver were awarded a $1,039,500 R01 grant from NIH. The grant, titled “Understanding the diffusion and impact of state alcohol and traffic policies,” will study state legislations to assess how multiple alcohol and safer driving policies may work in concert--or in opposition--to reduce deaths and injuries over time. The project is expected to yield insights that may be applicable to other types of public health laws that states enact, such as those related to smoking or nutrition. Pat Shrout, Professor of Psychology at NYU, and Maurizio Porfiri, Associate Professor at NYU Poly, are also involved in the project.

Please click here to read the press release.


IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Marjorie Rhodes, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Marjorie Rhodes recently published an article in The Huffington Post titled, "How Generic Language Leads Children to Develop Social Stereotypes." She discusses her work with Dr. Sarah-Jane Leslie (Princeton University) on the role of generic language in child development. Their study, which was funded in part by an IHDSC seed grant, used a fictional group of people called Zarpies to research how children's thinking developed when presented with generic vs. non-generic language and has further implications for the study of human psychology and the creation of stereotypes. To read the article, please click here. The published article is also available here.

Spring 2012


IHDSC Seed Funding Fall 2011

IHDSC is pleased to announce that eight IHDSC Faculty Affiliates were selected to receive Seed funding for innovative and interdisciplinary pilot research. For more information, please click here.

IHDSC Announces Interim Director

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to announce the appointment of Richard Arum as interim director of the Institute for Human Development and Social Change.  Richard has the full support of the IHDSC Governance Board, the Deans of FAS and Wagner, the Provost and the Vice Provost for Research.  I agree that this is an excellent appointment and ensures the Institute’s solid leadership following Cybele's appointment as Vice Provost at NYU.     

Richard Arum has been involved with IHDSC from its inception.  He has maintained a tremendously strong track record of interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects, and has been awarded major research grants from funders such as the MacArthur and Gates Foundations.  He has had a key role in establishing the Research Alliance for NYC Public Schools.  Arum has also held several key senior leadership roles within the University and in his field, including service as Chair of the Department of Humanities and the Social Sciences, Deputy Director of IHDSC's IES-PIRT doctoral training program and Program Director for education research for the Social Sciences Research Council.  Richard has recently been acknowledged in Education Week as one of the university-based academics who is most frequently cited.  He has contributed substantially to public debates about schools and schooling.  Please join me in offering Richard congratulations and gratitude for assuming this leadership position. 

Thanks much.  


Mary Brabeck

Gale and Ira Drukier Dean

CHIBPS Co-Sponsoring Group Relations Conference

The Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) at NYU will be co-sponsoring a group relations conference titled Sexual Identity: Authorization and Leadership in a World of Differences on March 2-4, 2012. For more information, please visit the website here:

IHDSC Announces Spring 2012 Speaker Series Schedule

For more information, please click here.


IHDSC Faculty Affiliates, Clancy Blair and Joshua Aronson, Applied Psychology

A new paper co-authored by Drs. Clancy Blair and Joshua Aronson at NYU has been accepted by American Psychologist, APA's flagship journal. The paper, titled "Intelligence: New Findings and Theoretical Developments," looks at new findings in the study of the biology of intelligence.

Fall 2011


IHDSC Advisory Board member, Perry Halkitis, Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Health

Dr. Perry Halkitis' work with CHIPBS (Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies) was mentioned in an article published on EurekAlert! The article, titled "Odds for detecting HIV varies by method, new study finds," discusses the effectiveness of different methods for testing HIV among African American men.

To read the full article posted on the EurekAlert! website, click here.

IHDSC Welcomes New Staff Member and Says Farewell

We would like to welcome Dotun Ogunwale as the new Financial and Operations Manager of IHDSC! Dotun holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration. Dotun has worked at MTA New York City Transit and City College of New York before joining NYU.

We would like to welcome Lisa Steiger as the new Pre-Award Administrator of IHDSC! Lisa holds a B.A. in Reconciliation Studies from Bethel University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in International Development Education at NYU.

We would also like to say farewell to Chris Barker, former Financial and Operations Manager, Kimber Bogard, former Associate Director of IHDSC, and Lindsay Juarez, Project Manager for IHDSC Faculty Affiliate Joshua Aronson. We wish them the best of luck in all of their future plans!

IHDSC Announces Fall 2011 RFA for Seed Funding

The Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) is pleased to announce a call for applications.  IHDSC’s mission is to stimulate and support theoretically and methodologically advanced interdisciplinary research on basic developmental processes, the complex interplay between developing systems and changing contexts, and the application of research to the design and evaluation of intentional change strategies at the program and policy levels.  The Institute brings together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in collaborative relationships among New York University’s School of Arts and Sciences, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. This call for applications provides fiscal “seed” support to faculty for multidisciplinary research.

The University recognizes that scholars who take up the challenge of conducting multidisciplinary research need support to jump-start new programs of inquiry. IHDSC has therefore been charged by the University to support junior and senior tenure-track or tenured faculty as investigators to bridge multiple domains of expertise and cross disciplinary boundaries.  This is the eighth RFA that intends to support seed projects meeting IHDSC’s mission.  For descriptions of past grantees and a link to download the full RFA, please visit

We look forward to supporting the development of innovative, multidisciplinary research projects through this award structure.  The deadline for applications is December 9th, 2011.  All applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee. Award decisions will be made by January 9th, 2011. 

The RFA is not intended to provide support for ongoing or developed research projects.  If you have questions regarding the ways in which your scholarly work fits within the mission of the Institute, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your concerns.  We look forward to learning more about your work.


IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Pamela Morris, Professor of Applied Psychology

On behalf of IHDSC, we would like to congratulate Dr. Pamela Morris, who was just awarded a grant projected to be over $1M over two years, by ACF.

Dr. Morris' project, titled "Moderators, Mechanisms, Methods, and Measurement in the Head Start Impact Study: Informing Head Start of the Future," will create a center to conduct secondary analysis of data from the Head Start Impact Study (HSIS). These analyses will extend HSIS findings to address a key question it left unanswered: how are features of Head Start centers associated with variation in program impacts on key child outcomes of cognitive functioning, social-emotional skills, and health status? Dr. Morris and her team (including Co-PIs Howard Bloom, MDRC, and Hiro Yoshikawa, Harvard, and Co-Is Larry Aber and Cybele Raver, NYU, and Lindsay Page, Harvard) will study how Head Start impacts vary by a specified set of program, child, and family characteristics. In addition, they will study selected mechanisms (or mediators) by which Head Start produces its impacts, with a particular emphasis on the quality and dosage of Head Start services.

Congratulations to Dr. Morris!

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Clancy Blair, Professor of Applied Psychology, and IHDSC Director, Cybele Raver, Professor of Applied Psychology

On behalf of IHDSC, we would like to congratulate Drs. Clancy Blair and Cybele Raver, who were just awarded a grant projected to be over $1M over five years, by ACF.

The aim of Drs. Blair and Raver's project, titled "The ABC intervention in Early Head Start Programs: Reducing the effects of toxic stress for children in poverty," is to implement and evaluate an evidence-based parenting intervention (Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch‐Up, ABC) for children and families facing high levels of adversity with partnering Early Head Start grantees in New York City. Proposed data collection will include state‐of‐the‐art assays of a select number of biomarkers as well as extensive observational and direct assessments of self‐regulation for which the research team has a high level of expertise. Proposed analyses include deployment of advanced statistical techniques, including structural equation modeling and hierarchical linear modeling. Results from this research are expected to advance applied developmental neuroscience while also substantially contributing to the field’s knowledge base regarding the role Early Head Start can play in supporting parenting and buffering children from the negative effects of toxic stress.

Congratulations to Drs. Blair and Raver!

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Niyati Parekh, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Public Health

We would also like to congratulate Dr. Niyati Parekh, who was recently awarded a grant by the American Cancer Society. Dr. Parekh's project, titled "The Cancer, Insulin Resistance, and Lifestyle (CIRCLE) Study," will investigate the separate and combined impact of blood markers, genetic factors, and diet related to insulin and glucose metabolism in the development of obesity-related cancers (all cancers combined and for the three most common cancers in the US: colon, breast and prostate). The ultimate purpose of this research is to identify individuals among whom management of abnormalities in insulin or blood sugar levels, recommending healthier diets, or genetic screening, will serve as potential cancer prevention tools, in an attempt to reduce the expected burden of new cancers in a very large at-risk population of obese and overweight American adults.

Congratulations to Dr. Parekh!


IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Florencia Torche, Associate Professor of Sociology

Dr. Florencia Torche was highlighted in an article on Futurity, titled "Pregnancy stress may mean fewer boy babies." The article discusses her study of the effects of stress on pregnancies. To read the full article, click here.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Pamela Morris, Professor of Applied Psychology

Dr. Pamela Morris' Head Start study was featured on NYU Steinhardt At a Glance. The project will examine the impact of Head Steart programs on children's developmental outcomes. For more information about the study, please click here. To read the announcement, click here.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Clancy Blair, Professor of Applied Psychology

Dr. Clancy Blair's Tools of the Mind curriculum was featured in a WNYC story. To learn more about the project and listen to the full story, click here.

Spring 2011


IHDSC Advisory Board member, Perry Halkitis, Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Health

NYU Professor and IHDSC Advisory Board member, Perry Halkitis and Sean CahillManaging Director, Public Policy, Research and Community Health, Gay Men’s Health Crisis recently wrote an editorial in The Huffington Post about the importance of scientific research in making advances towards HIV and AIDS prevention. The editorial, entitled "Re-Centering Science in the Fight Against AIDS", was written in the context of the 30th year of the AIDS epidemic, and is available online at:

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Fabienne Doucet, Assistant Professor of Teaching & Learning

Convening a group of experts on Haiti from a variety of academic backgrounds, Assistant Professor Fabienne Doucet and NYU’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) organized a day-long conference to advance knowledge on rebuilding Haiti and on how to protect vulnerable populations in post-disaster contexts.

The conference brought together mental health experts, educators, psychologists, anthropologists, legal experts, and more to share their knowledge of the challenges Haiti faces following the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010.  The speakers generated dialogue around issues of protecting women and children following the disaster, rebuilding Haiti’s educational system, conducting ethically sound research in post-disaster contexts, and using research to inform sustainable reform in Haiti and elsewhere.

For more information, please see the Haiti Conference page here and the press release here.

Stephanie Jones, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Dr. Stephanie Jones from Harvard University was invited to present findings from her research with IHDSC Director, Cybele Raver, IHDSC Advisory Board Chair, Larry Aber, and Dr. Joshua Brown, Fordham University, at an SRCD Sponsored Executive Branch Policy Briefing: New Findings on Approaches to Improving Children's Social and Emotional Learning: Implications for Academic Performance and Behavior.

IHDSC Director, Cybele Raver, Professor in Applied Psychology

Cybele Raver and colleagues were invited to present recent research findings that were just published in a special issue of Child Development, "CSRP's Impact on Low-Income Preschoolers' Preacademic Skills: Self-Regulation as a Mediating Mechanism", to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and to be a part of a Congressional Briefing.

IHDSC Advisory Board member, Perry Halkitis, Professor of Applied Psychology and Associate Dean for Research & Doctoral Studies at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Perry Halkitis was recently invited to serve on the Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).


IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Pamela Morris, Professor of Applied Psychology 

Professor Pamela Morris will be collaborating with MDRC as a lead investigator on a study to test the effects of the Opportunity NYC-Family Rewards program on the fundamental changes in the family setting and in children's motivation that are presumed “mechanisms of action” of the program. The study seeks to enhance the experimental evaluation of Opportunity NYC-Family Rewards program, a conditional cash transfer program, by collecting information on children and parents that will help explain whether and how impacts of the intervention were (or were not) achieved, and to understand the effects on other outcomes not collected as part of the core effort. Professor J. Lawrence Aber is also a co-PI on the project. Opportunity NYC-Family Rewards is an initiative of Mayor Bloomberg’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO).

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, LaRue Allen, Professor of Applied Psychology

[Brady Education Foundation] A Unified Assessment System to Inform Early Care and Education (ECE) Professional Development and Instructional Practices in New York City (Phase I)

Phase I of this project will search for a common metric that links across all ECE child assessment instruments currently being used by New York City agencies to track children's progress and inform classroom instruction. By co-developing a common child assessment metric system that feeds back into the professional development systems across all City agencies, New York City will have a tool to improve school readiness and work to close the achievement gap before children reach kindergarten. The Principal Investigator is Dr. LaRue Allen of the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, LaRue Allen, Professor of Applied Psychology

Professor LaRue Allen received a grant from the Edith Glick Shoolman Children’s Foundation to conduct a series of Forum meetings on measurement and accountability in early childhood. The meetings will tap into the expertise, and incorporate the voices of practitioners, scientists and policymakers to have a productive conversation of where the field could move to improve the educational chances of young children.

IHDSC Advisory Board member,  Perry Halkitis, Professor of Applied Psychology and Associate Dean for Research & Doctoral Studies at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Professor Perry Halkitis was just awarded a Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research Program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the amount of $76,756 over two years.  This award will provide funding for one of his exceptionally talented doctoral students, Melvin Hampton, to work on the parent grant, Syndemic Production Among Emerging Adult Men (#R01 DA025537) within Halkitis’s Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS).

Hampton, a Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology, will continue his work at CHIBPS as a Research Associate under Halkitis’s mentorship, allowing Hampton to build a high level of empirical and clinical expertise in areas of drug abuse and HIV behavioral research.  Hampton will be participate in data collection, subject interviews, research dissemination at conferences, and due to his experience as a clinician, provide pre- and post-test HIV counseling as needed.  We extend many congratulations to both Halkitis and Hampton for their receipt of this award.

IHDSC Advisory Board Chair, J. Lawrence Aber, Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Policy

J. Lawrence Aber was selected by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to design and oversee an evaluation of a social and emotional learning intervention in schools in conflict-affected, Democratic Republic of Congo. This is part of a larger project funded by USAID to improve equitable access to quality basic education in North Kivu, South Kivu and Katanga provinces for more than 499,000 girls, boys, young women and young men.

Fall 2010

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, LaRue Allen, Professor, Applied Psychology Receives $185,000 Pew Charitable Trusts Grant

Dr. Allen is Raymond and Rosalee Weiss Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU as well as a Visiting Scholar at the American University of Paris. The Pew grant will support Allen and colleague, Jennifer Astuto to examine the efficacy of a nationally recognized home visitation program, the Parent Child Home Program, in decreasing school readiness gaps among poor and non-poor children, as well as identify the strengths and weaknesses of this service delivery approach within ethnically diverse communities with an eye towards culturally- relevant model adaptations.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Diane Hughes, Professor, Applied Psychology Receives $481,389 National Institutes of Health Research Grant

Dr. Hughes is well-known for her work on ethnic differences in parenting processes, identity, and youth adjustment. The NIH grant will fund the collaborative work of 10 members and 4 affiliates of the Study Group on Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (SGRCE) to aggregate data from 11 datasets that contain large samples of participants from five ethnic groups (European American, African American, Chinese-origin, Mexican American, and American Indian). Under the leadership of Hughes, the group will evaluate a conceptual model that specifies interrelationships between parenting and youths' adjustment.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Matthew Wiswall, Assistant Professor of Economics was Selected to Receive an IHDSC Seed Grant

Dr. Wiswall received a IHDSC Seed grant, which will allow him employ the Panel of Income Dynamics dataset to examine relationships among parental time allocation in wage and non-wage activities, income, household labor choices and child outcomes. The title of the study is "Household Choices and Child Development."

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Larry Wu, Professor of Sociology Receives $688,896 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, National Institutes of Health Research Grant

Dr. Wu is the Director of the Center for Advanced Social Science Research and Deputy Director of the Institute for Human Development and Social Change at New York University. He is one of the nation's leading scholars on nonmarital fertility, with his work in this area having received funding from NICHD, NSF, the William T. Grant Foundation, and the ASPE. This NIH grant award will fund Wu and colleagues to build on their previous studies of the dynamics of nonmarital fertility by examining processes underlying a premarital first birth and observed changes in union/marital status.

IHDSC Director and Professor in Applied Psychology, Cybele Raver Selected to Work with Northwestern University on MacArthur Foundation-funded Housing Study

Dr. Raver, a nationally recognized expert in children's emotional and behavioral self-regulation, will work with her team at NYU to review, select, and pilot measures of family processes and child outcomes in preparation for the launch of a larger survey and experimental data collection effort encompassed in the study entitled, "How Housing Matters for Children."

Spring 2010

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Clancy Blair, Receives $3.5 Million Institute of Education Sciences Research Grant

Blair, Professor in Applied Psychology, received $3.5 million from the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences to experimentally evaluate the an innovative curriculum known as Tools of the Mind. Tools is grounded in the Vygotskian theory of development in which teachers scaffold children's learning with the aim of improving self-regulation abilities, particularly executive functions, as a means to increase academic learning and achievement. Self-regulation building activities are embedded in literacy and math instruction and in language and social-emotional competence building exercises.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Pamela Morris, Receives William T. Grant Supplement

With existing William T. Grant funding, Morris, Associate Professor in Prevention and colleague, James Riccio, are addressing the question of how conditional cash transfers (CCTs) to low-income families affect family social processes, child expectations and motivations, and long-term mental health and behavioral problems. Money is distributed to program participants based on improved health and/or changes in the amount of time parents dedicated to household management versus time at work. The Foundation is funding an add-on to the original study that allows the researchers to focus on how the program impacts family routines and child management.

IHDSC Faculty Affiliate, Patrick Sharkey, was Selected as a William T. Grant Scholar

Patrick Sharkey, Assistant Professor in Sociology, received a prestigious William T. Grant early career research award, which will allow him to implement a five-year research and mentoring plan that will expand his skills and knowledge in a new discipline, content area, or method. The title of Sharkey's grant is "The Impact of Acute Violence and other Environmental Stressors on Cognitive Functioning and School Performance."

Fall 2009

C. Cybele Raver, professor of Applied Psychology and director of NYU’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the National Institute of Health for a longitudinal study entitled "Testing CSRP's impact on low-income children's outcomes in 3rd-5th grade: A 5-year Follow-up." This grant will be administered through IHDSC.

The principal aim of the Chicago School Readiness Project (CSRP) is to improve low income children’s readiness for school by looking at their socioemotional adjustment through a set of classroom-based interventions in their Head Start year. The grant from NIH will allow the team to address whether there are long-term benefits of the CSRP intervention on children’s emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes as they enter a critical period in their educational trajectories, their 3rd and 5th grade years. The project is also supported by a 3-year grant from the Spencer Foundation.

Raver leads the research team that includes Michael Reynolds from the National Opinion Research Consortium (NORC)/University of Chicago, Christine Li-Grining from Loyola University and Stephanie Jones from Harvard University.