Who We Are

Clancy Blair

Clancy Blair, Principal Investigator

Clancy Blair is a developmental psychologist who studies self-regulation in young children. His primary interest concerns the development of cognitive abilities referred to as executive functions and the ways in which these aspects of cognition are important for school readiness and early school achievement. He is also interested in the development and evaluation of preschool and elementary school curricula designed to promote executive functions as a means of preventing school failure. In 2002, Blair and his colleagues at Penn State University and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for a longitudinal, population-based study of family ecology and child development beginning at birth. In his part of the project, Blair is examining interaction between early experiential and biological influences on the development of executive functions and related aspects of self-regulation. Ultimately, Blair and his colleagues plan to follow this sample through the school years and into young adulthood. Prior to coming to NYU, Blair spent ten years as an assistant and then associate professor in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State. He received his doctorate in developmental psychology and a master's degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996.

Aida AlikalficProject Coordinator

Aida received a B.S. in Psychology from the University at Buffalo in May 2008, and is a graduate of the NYU Applied Psychology department, M.A. in Educational Psychology, January 2010. She is currently the Project Coordinator for the Tools of the Mind - Kindergarten Study. Past research experience includes the “Incredible Years Study” at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center.

Diana Andrade

Diana AndradeLab Manager

Diana received her B.A. in Psychology from New York University in May, 2010. She previously worked as project coordinator for the Adolescent Development Project at the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education at NYU. Diana started her position as Lab Manager in August, 2012. She is currently pursuing a M.P.A. at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.