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Applied Psychology

Research is at the core of our mission in the Department of Applied Psychology. Applied Psychology faculty are engaged in efforts to produce discoveries and scholarship that deliver real benefit to New York City, the nation, and the world.

Explore the research labs in the department, or visit the links below to learn more about specific research efforts occurring across the department by our distinguished faculty.  

Research Areas


Faculty collaborate and apply their expertise to trans-disciplinary, debates on theory, policy and practice in relation to how learners develop and the impact of learning environments on developmental and educational outcomes, with the intent to increase access to quality educational experiences to children, families, teachers, and leaders locally and nationally.

Human Development

Faculty in the department conduct research on fundamental issues in adolescent & child development, gender & social identities, language development, and mental health disorders to increase scientific knowledge in these areas and to help solve social problems.

International Contexts

Faculty research activities include designing, evaluating and advising on programs and policies related to immigrant issues, inter-group/ethnic conflict, and low and middle-income countries to improve the lives in the most vulnerable regions across the globe.

Social Contexts

Our faculty conducts research on a wide range of ecologies while placing a strong emphasis on understanding and assessing social settings, systems, and policies, to influence social policy so that people have increased access to high-quality services.

Social Justice

Faculty in this area research the various forms of diversity and structural inequality among individuals, institutions, communities, and societies, in an attempt to understand the pathways through which such disparities emerge, as well as the promotion of educational and societal strategies for ameliorating them.