Undergraduate Program

What They're Doing Now

The BS Program in Applied Psychology is an interdisciplinary program designed to develop students who are able to bridge psychological theory, research, and practice in a multicultural world. Many of our graduated students have pursued work in a variety of fields - learn more about what they're doing now below!

CHRISTINA MELE graduated with her BS in Applied Psychology at NYU in May 2012. As a fieldwork student, Christina volunteered at the Child Mind Institute (CMI), where she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Steven Kurtz to help implement evidence-based behavioral treatment for children diagnosed with selective mutism. During her time at CMI, Christina became interested in understanding how parents and their children verbally interact during treatment. This led Christina to analyze the verbal interactions between one mother and her child over the course of their behavioral treatment. Christina was selected to present her research findings at the Applied Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference in May 2012 and at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Research Conference in La Jolla, California in April 2013. Currently, Christina is working as a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC). She conducts structured clinical assessments with homebound older adults diagnosed with depression for a NIMH-funded study that is investigating the effectiveness of a depression care management initiative for patients receiving home healthcare services. Christina also administers neuropsychological batteries to adults diagnosed with psychotic depression for another NIMH-funded study that is examining the effectiveness of a psychopharmacological intervention designed to treat and sustain remission of psychotic depression. Additionally, Christina serves as a Project SEARCH mentor at WCMC for an adolescent diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Christina will apply to doctoral programs in clinical psychology to pursue a career dedicated to providing evidence- based treatments for children and adults diagnosed with mood disorders.


STEVEN O. ROBERTS graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology at NYU in Spring 2012. He is currently pursuing a PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Michigan. Broadly speaking, he is studying the development of children's social cognition. Recently, he was awarded the NSF Predoctoral Fellowship and the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. When not doing research, he enjoys riding his bike through Ann Arbor.



graduated from the Applied Psychology program at NYU, with a double major in Art History, and began the Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness masters program at NYU. As a graduate student, Laura completed her counseling internship at the United Federation of Teachers Member Assistance Program. In addition, throughout her graduate studies, she continued to work on both collaborative and independent research projects with Dr. Gigliana Melzi, who had served as her Field Site Supervisor while Laura was in the APUG program. In the Spring of 2012, Laura was awarded the Constant H. Jacquet Research Award from the Religious Research Association, as well as a Master’s Students Research/Creative Project Award from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development for her research on Orthodox Jewish Women’s Perceptions of Mental Illness.

Laura has presented her work at NYU, as well as at national and international conferences including SRCD, IASCL, The National Head Start Conference and Pathways 2013 International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. Upon graduating as a Mental Health Counselor, Laura was awarded the Outstanding Research Contribution in the Department of Applied Psychology and the Samuel Eshborn Award for excellence, service, and leadership in the Steinhardt community. Laura currently teaches Fieldwork classes for the APUG program, and works as a Mental Health Counselor at OHEL Children's Home and Family Services. Through her research and counseling initiatives, Laura hopes to create and implement mental health awareness and anti-stigma interventions in insular religious communities.


JACKSON TAYLOR graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Applied Psychology from NYU in 2011. After graduation, he began the Clinical Psychology PhD program at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University. Under the mentorship of Dr. J. Christopher Muran, Jackson is currently a research assistant at the Brief Psychotherapy Research Program at Beth Israel Medical Center and an Editorial Assistant for Psychotherapy Research, a leading journal in the field. He is also a member of Dr. Doris F. Chang’s Culture and Mental Health Research Lab at the New School for Social Research. Jackson’s current research efforts focus on understanding the role and impact of cultural identities in the therapeutic relationship. In his second year of doctoral studies at Derner, Jackson was selected to instruct and supervise first-year doctoral students on the essentials of diagnostic psychological assessment. His ongoing research and teaching efforts have been supported in part by grants from Psi Chi International Honors Society in Psychology. Jackson’s clinical training sites include the Derner Institute’s community outpatient clinic, an inpatient psychiatry unit at Beth Israel Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. In 2012, Jackson was awarded an Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship and commissioned as an officer in the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Navy. He looks forward to beginning his career as a Navy psychologist and providing care to our nation’s service members and their families.