NYU Steinhardt
New Faculty for 2013-2014

Dear Colleagues,

The NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development is pleased to announce the appointment of the following new faculty members in health and human development for 2013-2014.  We invite you to see the complete list of 33 new faculty appointments in our School and their full bios on our website.


Applied Psychology

Hirokazu YoshikawaHirokazu Yoshikawa

Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education Co-Director of the Institute on Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS)

Hirokazu Yoshikawa joins NYU Steinhardt from Harvard University. A community and developmental psychologist, he studies the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, and poverty reduction on children’s development. Yoshikawa is the principal investigator of a project titled, “Impacts of Early Childhood Programs on Children: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis,” funded by a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. He currently serves as co-chair of the workgroup on education of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and is the author of Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children (Russell Sage, 2011) and Toward Positive Youth Development: Transforming Schools and Community Programs (Oxford University Press, 2009). In 2011 he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as a member of the National Board for Education Sciences.

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Rezarta Bilali Rezarta Bilali

Assistant Professor, Psychology and Social Intervention 

Rezarta Bilali conducts research on the social and psychological underpinnings of intergroup conflicts and violence in settings such as Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Turkey, and the United States. She has received grants from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation, the International Peace Research Association, Psychology Beyond Borders, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

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Kesia Constantine Kesia Constantine

Clinical Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology

Kesia Constantine is a counseling psychologist who practices young adult, adult individual, and couples psychotherapy. Her clinical practice focuses on helping individuals address issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal relationships, difficult life transitions, and body image struggles, as well as managing the psychological ramifications of physical health issues. Constantine has worked at the New York Harbor Healthcare System with veterans and at New York University’s Counseling & Wellness Services.

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Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Sonja Molfenter Sonja Molfenter

Assistant Professor

Sonja Molfenter is a clinically trained speech-language pathologist who researches the physiological features of both normal swallowing and dysphagia or disordered swallowing. She seeks to understand variation within healthy and disordered swallowing, as well as the physiological features of swallowing that can predict swallowing impairment. Molfenter was recently recognized with the New Investigator Award at the 2013 Annual International Meeting of the Dysphagia Research Society.

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Master Clinicians

Darlene Monda Darlene Monda

Darlene Monda is a New York State licensed speech-language pathologist with clinical expertise in the treatment of adult neurogenic disorders and traumatic brain injury. She also specializes in voice, speech, and accent training for performing artists. Monda recently pioneered a collaborative speech therapy/ music therapy co-treatment program at Beth Abraham Health Services in conjunction with the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function.

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Alicia_MorrisonAlicia Morrinson

Alicia Morrison is a speech-language pathologist who has clinical expertise in pediatric neurogenics, traumatic brain injury, brain tumor resection, seizure disorder, tracheostomy, cleft palate, pediatric feeding, and augmentative and alternative communication. She has worked at NYU’s Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine as a senior therapist on the pediatric rehabilitation unit and as a speech pathologist at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults.

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Jose Ortiz Jose A. Ortiz

José A. Ortiz is interested in the process of communication development, bilingual language development, augmentative communication, and cognitive rehabilitation. As a clinician and clinical supervisor, he has worked with children and adults in educational, academic, and medical settings. Ortiz has previously served as a clinical educator in the aphasia group treatment program at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

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Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health

Virginia_ChangVirginia Chang

Associate Professor, Public Health

Virginia Chang is a physician and sociologist who combines perspectives from medicine, epidemiology, sociology, and demography in her research. Her work examines the relationships among obesity, mortality, and disability; the inter-relationships among health, medical technologies, and stratification; and the influence of socially structured contexts on obesity and health disparities. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Health Administration, and the American Diabetes Association.

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Melissa_FusterMelissa Fuster

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, Public Health and Nutrition

Melissa Fuster is a public health nutritionist who explores the historical, social, and cultural factors surrounding food selection and consumption. Her community-based research has focused on minority, underserved populations in the United States and Latin America. Using interdisciplinary methods, Fuster's work calls attention to the points of view of those targeted by public health, nutrition, and food security interventions. She is currently studying the historical and cultural factors affecting culinary and nutritional outcomes in the Spanish Caribbean.

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Gustavo_SetriniGustavo Setrini

Assistant Professor, Food Studies

Gustavo Setrini is a political scientist who studies globalization, agriculture, and rural development. His research examines the opportunities and constraints that global markets offer for small farmers in poor countries. In 2008, Setrini won a Fulbright fellowship to study the effects of fair trade and organic certification on farmer organizations in Paraguay, where his research has also examined the effectiveness of donor- funded, NGO-led development projects to promote sustainable agricultural techniques and integrate small farmers into global supply chains.

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Occupational Therapy

Tracy_ChippendaleTracy Chippendale

Assistant Professor

Tracy Chippendale is an occupational therapist whose clinical expertise and field of study is geriatrics. Her research focuses on interventions that enable elders to remain in their own homes or “age in place,” and includes non-pharmacological interventions for depressive symptoms, interventions to increase the healthcare workforce in geriatrics, and an examination of the relationship between neighborhood environment and falls. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, and Clinical Gerontologist.

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