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Applied Psychology

Since 1989, the Department of Applied Psychology has been home to some of the best minds and boldest thinking in the fields of psychology and counseling. Unlike other psychology programs that are very focused on theory, simply for theory, Applied Psychology focuses on understanding, impacting on and informing lived experience in the specific settings and cultural contexts.

The Applied Psychology faculty do very solid, integrative, and theoretical work, by using varied methodologies but our interest is always in the question – how does this matter for real people? Individually, in the family context, and in communities in the U.S. and globally.

When you come to and come through any of our programs, you’re going to be the kind of scholar that can answer the question – how does culture manifest itself in relation to the questions that I’m asking. You’re going to be introduced to methodologies that will allow you to answer those questions in fine-tuned and thoughtful ways. You’re going to be able to apply that knowledge in a way that really transforms people’s lives globally.


Applied Psychology

The interdisciplinary Applied Psychology program develops students who can bridge psychological theory, research, and practice in a multicultural world.

Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness

A combination of graduate course work and clinical training will prepare you for a career as a professional clinical counselor.

Counseling Psychology

Build on your knowledge of counseling psychology and prepare for a career as a psychologist in community agencies, clinics, hospitals, or private practice.

Developmental Psychology

Prepare for a career as a professor, researcher, or human services professional, or a director or evaluator of mental health and health promotion programs.

Human Development and Social Intervention

The Human Development and Social Intervention program prepares students to pursue careers as research project directors, research coordinators, and more.

LGBT Health, Education, and Social Services

Prepare to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and/or to work on LGBT issues in educational, health, research, counseling, and community-based settings.

Psychology and Social Intervention

Prepare for a career as a social scientist, with strong quantitative training and exposure to interdisciplinary methods to examine setting-level phenomena.

School Counseling

Get the education and clinical training to become a professional pre-K–12 school counselor, working in schools, colleges, and community agencies.

News and Events

Transitions to School: What Helps Children Succeed? Essentials for Success in Preschool and Beyond

A child who repeats the first grade is more likely than any others to drop out of school. The most effective way to prevent this is to intervene early, and to ensure that the child is ready and able to cope with the transition into elementary school. We also have to be sure that the school is ready for the children as that run through the school doors for the first time. The setting needs to be prepared to meet the developmental needs of children who come there to learn.

Some Children Find It Harder to Understand What Strangers Are Saying

New research finds that children with poorer language skills are at a disadvantage when given tasks or being spoken to by strangers because they cannot, as easily as their peers, understand speech from people they do not know.

Steinhardt Student Makes a Difference: YiLin Lee (BS ’20), Applied Psychology

YiLin is working as a Program Assistant with the GO Project, a nonprofit educational organization that provides academic and social support to children performing under the state grade level.

Contact Us

NYU Steinhardt
Department of Applied Psychology
246 Greene Street, 8th floor
New York, NY 10003

Tel: 212-998-5555