Doctoral Student Spotlights

Adina Schick

Developmental Psychology

  • Adina Schick
I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
I chose the doctoral program in Developmental Psychology because of the focus on cultural processes, diversity and human development, as well as the emphasis on both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
My academic passion is:
Research and teaching (Both contexts provide excellent opportunities to learn about human development)
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
Be a full-time faculty member (maybe even at NYU ;-)
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Catching up on my sleep! (They say it's the city that never sleeps, but when you're a doctoral student, you enjoy every moment of sleep you can get!)
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Cultural Variations in Language, Literacy, & Narrative Development
I'm interested in this topic because:
I want to understand how children's language, literacy and storytelling development is influenced by their home and preschool experiences - and how culture plays a role in the process
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
As an Orthodox Jewish woman, I have always been interested in the influence of culture on development. I became interested in language development, in particular, as result of my volunteer work on the Child Language Projects research team
Professor who has influenced me the most:
Dr Gigliana Melzi
Research project I've most enjoyed working on:
My dissertation! (At least that's what I hope my answer will be once I'm done!)
Scholarly presentation of my work I'm most proud of:
My publication in Child Development (Melzi, Schick, & Kennedy, in press)
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
The way the students are always there for one another - and understand each other

Background Information

Where you grew up:
New York
Career Goals:
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
2009 US Deptartment of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Head Start Graduate Student Research Grant. Amount: $50,000 2009 Distinguished Teaching Award, Dept. of Applied Psychology, New York University. 2007 Dean 's Grant for Student Research, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development, New York University.
Other professional or service activities:
2006–present Instructor, Undergraduate Program in Applied Psychology New York University, Department of Applied Psychology 2003–present Senior Research Assistant, Child Language Projects, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University 2010-present Project Manager, Latino Family Involvement Project, Department of Applied Psychology, New York Univerity. 2009-2010 Student Representative, Doctoral Program in Developmental Psychology, New York University