New Fathers and Mothers Study


Clancy Blair | Neuroscience & Education Lab Director & Principal Investigator

Dr. Clancy Blair is a developmental psychologist who studies self-regulation in young children. His primary interest concerns the development of cognitive abilities referred to as executive functions and the ways in which these aspects of cognition are important for school readiness and early school achievement. He is also interested in the development and evaluation of preschool and elementary school curricula designed to promote executive functions as a means of preventing school failure.

In 2002, Dr. Blair and his colleagues at Pennsylvania State University and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for a longitudinal, population-based study of family ecology and child development beginning at birth. In his part of the project, Dr. Blair is examining interaction between early experiential and biological influences on the development of executive functions and related aspects of self-regulation. Ultimately, Dr. Blair and his colleagues plan to follow this sample through the school years and into young adulthood. Prior to coming to NYU, Dr. Blair spent ten years as an assistant and then associate professor in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State. He received his doctorate in developmental psychology and master's degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996.

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Lara Kyriakou | NewFAMS Project Manager

Lara Kyriakou is the Project Manager for the New Father and Mothers Study.  Her previous research experience includes the Making Pre-K Count Study, which is examining emerging math curriculum for pre-school students, as well as a primary care-based study at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia exploring the effectiveness of development screenings for infants and toddlers.  Her research interests include ways to maximize healthy development during the first three years of life, especially within marginalized communities.  Lara is also interested in examining and creating strength-based practices with which to empower parents and families who live in under-resourced communities and have high exposure to trauma. Lara holds a B.A. in Psychology from Pace University and a M.S. Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies of Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania.

Eric Finegood | Doctoral Student

Eric Finegood is a doctoral student in the Psychological Development program at NYU Steinhardt.  Broadly, his research interests are in exploring the psychobiological relationship between context and neural development in parents and their children.  Particularly, he is interested in the interface of biology and environment as it shapes parenting strategies and influences cognitive and social-emotional outcomes in children via stress physiological systems.  Before coming to New York, Eric received his BA at the program for Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science at the University of Michigan.  After graduating, he worked as a research technician in a neuroimaging laboratory at the University of Michigan’s Psychiatry Department, investigating functional brain changes in response to attachment-based parenting interventions provided to economically disadvantaged families.  Eric’s primary adviser at NYU is Dr. Clancy Blair.

Andy Ribner | Doctoral Student

Andy Ribner is a doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology program at NYU Steinhardt. He received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Educational Psychology and Learning Theory, Biology, and Psychology, and worked in the Cognitive Development Labs under Dr. Anna Shusterman. There, he did research on numerical and spatial development in 3-7 year olds and had a specific interest in individual differences in mathematical development across socioeconomic status. He plans to continue investigating early mathematical development across SES and its interplay with self-regulation.

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Paula Daneri | Doctoral Student

Paula Daneri is a doctoral candidate and IES-PIRT Fellow in the Developmental Psychology program at NYU Steinhardt. She received her B.A. in psychology from Duke University and spent two years doing early childhood education research at a non-profit research organization focusing on early childhood education interventions before coming to NYU. Her current research interests include the development of language and executive function in early childhood and their associations with school readiness, particularly in Latino and dual language learner populations. She is currently working with Dr. Clancy Blair on several projects examining early predictors of language and executive function, and working with Drs. Pamela Morris and Cybele Raver on a project to support the research infrastructure behind New York City's Universal Pre-K Program.

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