State Child Restraint Laws Leave Many Unprotected, Research by Public Health Faculty Finds

Child restraint laws across many states have gaps that leave unprotected passengers highly vulnerable to vehicle-crash injuries, a study by researchers at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development has found. The findings, which appeared recently in the journal Social Science and Medicine, show that many child restraint laws lag behind existing research […]

Sumie Okazaki of Department of Applied Psychology, Named William T. Grant Fellow

Sumie Okazaki, a professor in the Department of Applied Psychology, has been named a distinguished fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation.  The fellowship program offers researchers an opportunity “to immerse themselves in the worlds of policy and practice” by providing support for a research project. Okazaki will receive $152,000 to study how two different […]

Inside NYU Steinhardt: Visiting Professor Carlos Chirinos on the Power of Radio to Transform Lives

“Radio is a sound salvation,” wrote singer-songwriter Elivis Costello.  Carlos Chirinos, a visiting instructor of music business, studies the ways that music and media industries are contributing to the economic and social development in Africa and Latin America.  We spoke to him about the power that radio has to affect social change. Your background is […]

The Role Foundations Play in Higher Education Reform Is Topic of Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy Forum

The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at New York University hosted a public forum titled, “Private Dollars for Public Purposes: Are Foundations Setting the Agenda for Higher Education Reform?” in October.  Three panelists considered whether the dominance of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation is sidelining disparate voices on important policy […]

Educational Video Games Can Boost Motivation to Learn, NYU Steinhardt, CUNY Study Shows

Math video games can enhance students’ motivation to learn, but it may depend on how students play, researchers at NYU Steinhardt and the City University of New York have found in a study of middle-schoolers. While playing a math video game either competitively or collaboratively with another player—as compared to playing alone—students adopted a mastery […]

Month-Long Festival Offers Students and Alumni Immersion in Chinese Language and Culture

The New York Chinese Character Festival celebrated the end of its first-ever, month-long festival with closing ceremonies at NYU’s Kimmel Center on November 3rd.  More than 500 people in the New York area took part in a variety of events that included a scavenger hunt, a hands-on demonstration from a chopstick master, Chinese character photo […]

Steinhardt Researchers and Autistic Adults Aim to Bolster Self-Advocacy and Self-Esteem in Autistic Adolescents with New Web Site

Researchers at NYU  Steinhardt have teamed up with three autistic adults to launch a web site that provides resources aimed at instilling self-advocacy and self-esteem skills among adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The site,, is part of the “Keeping It Real” project, a partnership between NYU Steinhardt’s ASD Nest Support Project and three autistic […]

An Interview with Phil Galdston, Steinhardt’s Songwriter-in-Residence, on Songs for Kids Facing Social Challenges

Songwriter-in-Residence Phil Galdston, co-author of the Vanessa Williams hit “Save the Best for Last,” has written or produced songs on 13 albums that won or were nominated for GRAMMY awards. Over the course of his career, he’s worked with stars from from Beyoncé to Chicago, Celine Dion to Sheryl Crow, Aaron Neville to Esperanza Spalding—and has […]