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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 to learn more about specific research efforts occurring across the department by our distinguished faculty.  

Research Centers and Institutes

The Child and Family Policy Center

The Child and Family Policy Center works to bring state-of-the-field knowledge about how to promote children's healthy development and school success to the forefront of policymaking, program design, and practice. Faculty and researchers affiliated with the Center conduct research, technical assistance, and research dissemination activities.

Center for Research on Culture, Education, and Development

The Center for Research on Culture, Education, and Development (CRCDE) is dedicated to advancing knowledge on the intersections of human development, culture, diversity, and context in the United States and regions across the globe (Europe, Asia, East Asia, Central Asia, South America, and the Middle East).


The Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technologies in Education (CREATE) engages in research on the design, critique, and evaluation of wide-ranging advanced digital technologies for learning. Projects housed in the consortium involve interdisciplinary teams of scholars and developers who bridge basic and applied research, development, and evaluation.


The Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC)'s mission is to stimulate interdisciplinary research and influence social policy on children, youth, families, and communities in the context of a rapidly changing social world.

Metro Center

The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center) promotes equity and opportunity in education through engaged science work: applied research, program evaluation, policy analysis, community engagement, and professional assistance to educational, governmental, and community agencies serving vulnerable populations.

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools conducts rigorous studies on topics that matter to the City’s public schools. We strive to advance equity and excellence in education by providing nonpartisan evidence about policies and practices that promote students' development and academic success.

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.