Staff

Rosemarie Perry | FLP Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Rosemarie Perry holds a B.S. degree from the University of Delaware in Neuroscience and a Ph.D. from New York University School of Medicine in Physiology and Neuroscience. As a Ph.D. student, she worked in the lab of Dr. Regina Sullivan, studying how exposure to early-life stress (particularly from an abusive caregiver) impacts the developing brain and behavior throughout the lifespan. She joined the Neuroscience and Education lab in 2016 as a postdoctoral research scientist. Her work has primarily focused on integrating human research related to the impact of poverty with a rodent model of “low resources”, which allows her to address research questions related to poverty and child outcome at multiple levels of analyses. Outside of the lab, Rosemarie is passionate about science communication to the public, and serves as Vice President and a frequent speaker for a nonprofit organization, Know Science Inc. Her Curriculum Vitae can be found here.

Meriah DeJoseph | Lab Project Manager

Meriah DeJoseph is the Lab Project Manager for the Neuroscience and Education Lab at New York University. She received her B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego and a M.A. in Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. At NEL, she primarily oversees the ECHO and 12 year follow-up data collection for the Family Life Project. Prior to joining NYU, she worked as a research assistant in an EEG lab at Columbia University, investigating attention in kindergarten children from a Bronx school post-completion of a mindfulness program. Meriah’s past research experience includes various projects that explored the neuropsychological effects of early intervention programs for children experiencing poverty-related adversity. She plans to pursue a PhD in Psychology where she can continue her work on risk and resilience in the context of early-life stress. Her Curriculum Vitae can be found here.

 
Javanna Obregon | CSRP Project Coordinator

Javanna Obregon is the Project Coordinator for the Chicago School Readiness Project (CSRP) in the Neuroscience and Education Lab. She received her master’s degree in Human Development and Social Intervention at New York University, as well as her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from New York University. Prior to her current role at CSRP, Javanna worked as a Program Specialist at the Research Foundation of the City University of New York’s Early Childhood Professional Development Institute. She was also a Research Assistant on NYU’s Latino Family Engagement and Language Development Project.

 
Deanna Ibrahim | Data Manager

Deanna Ibrahim is the Data Manager for the Neuroscience and Education Lab at New York University. She previously conducted research in social neuroscience in the Social Perception and Evaluation Lab at NYU, upon receiving a grant from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Deanna holds a B.A. in Psychology and Theatre from Muhlenberg College, where she conducted several studies in social and health psychology. Her undergraduate research on the social factors of depression has recently been published in Neuroethics. Throughout her time at Muhlenberg, Deanna also worked as the research assistant to Provost John Ramsay, conducting multidimensional institutional research projects on Muhlenberg and its peer colleges and universities. Outside of the lab, Deanna is a dance educator passionate about utilizing both psychology and the arts for positive social change. 

Rivka Narvekar | Research Financial Manager

Rivka Narvekar is the Research Financial Manager for the Family Life Project. She studied medicine focusing on psychiatric illnesses during her undergraduate years in Mumbai, India before coming to New York to study psychology at NYU. She graduated in 2016 with an MA in Psychology after completing a thesis on the influence of self-esteem and racial/ethnic regard on electoral participation. While at NYU, Rivka worked as a Research Assistant in the Applied Psychology department at Steinhardt investigating civic engagement and education in youth. She also held a position at the NYU Metro Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools where she performed several program functions including budget administration, contract management, proposal writing, database management and program publicity.

   
Lara Kyriakou | NewFAMS Project Coordinator

Lara Kyriakou is the Project Recruiter for the New Father and Mothers Study.  Her previous research experience includes the Making Pre-K Count Study, which is examining emerging math curriculum for pre-school students, as well as a primary care-based study at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia exploring the effectiveness of development screenings for infants and toddlers.  Her research interests include ways to maximize healthy development during the first three years of life, especially within marginalized communities.  Lara is also interested in examining and creating strength-based practices with which to empower parents and families who live in under-resourced communities and have high exposure to trauma. Lara holds a B.A. in Psychology from Pace University and a M.S. Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies of Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Masucci | Assistant Researcher

Michael Masucci programs, administers and analyzes psychometric tasks for the Chicago School Readiness Project, and focuses on new ways of implementing electronic data collection. In addition to his work at NEL, Michael is a clinical intern at the Center of Prevention and Evaluation (COPE) Clinic in the CUMC New York State Psychiatric Institute, where he observes and facilitates interviews and therapy sessions of participants in a longitudinal psychosis-risk research study. He also analyzes COPE data and writes manuscripts related to psychosis. Michael received his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from the George Washington University, where he concentrated in Visual Attention and Philosophy of Mind. He was awarded his M.A. in Psychology at NYU in 2015, where he focused on Clinical Psychology, completing a thesis on the relationship among psychopathology, motivation, and aesthetic experience.

Bedrich Vargas | Assistant Researcher

Bedrich Vargas has Bachelor of Arts degrees from the City University of New York, with concentrations in Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Psychology, and Hispanic Languages and Literatures. As early as the age of nine, Bedrich has been a teacher or mentor, in various roles. Since early in his career, he has made it his mission to help the underprivileged communities of New York City. His research interests predominantly stem from his own personal and professional experiences, including his work with the New York City Department of Education. As a bilingual public school teacher, Bedrich always recognized the importance of sociological inquiry, in transforming our communities, our country, and the world. Prior to working at the Neuroscience and Education Lab, he collaborated with the US Department of Education, on a national study that focused on the effects of best teaching practices.