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Elise Cappella

Vice Dean for Research, Professor

Applied Psychology

(212) 992-7685

Elise Cappella is Vice Dean for Research and Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt’s School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is co-Director of NYU’s Institute of Education Sciences Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program dedicated to training the next generation of education scientists and leaders. Dr. Cappella’s research focuses on understanding and promoting social-emotional and academic learning and behavioral and mental health among students in pre-k to 8th grade. In partnership with school districts and community organizations serving students of color from low-income families, she studies school and afterschool climate, teaching practices, peer relationships, and social and behavioral interventions for students with emotional or behavioral difficulties. Dr. Cappella’s research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, Spencer Foundation, Institute of Education Sciences, and Foundation for Child Development. The ultimate goal of her work is to enable more education settings to create equitable opportunities for positive development for students with diverse strengths and needs. Dr. Cappella is a former fourth grade teacher with a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Programs

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.

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Courses

IES-Pre-doctoral Interdisciplinary Training Seminar on Causal Inference in Education I

In keeping with recent federal Institute of Education Sciences funding for an interdisciplinary predoctoral training program, this graduate seminar focuses on experimental and quasi-experimnetal approaches to causal inference in education sciences. Through both internal research presentations from NYU faculty and presentations by outside research scientists, seminar topics will include introduction and consolidation of students' advanced understanding of the concepts of internal, external, construct, and statistical validity.
Course #
APSY-GE 3901
Units
1
Department
Applied Psychology

Practicum in Intervention-Research of Policy-Research II

Provides students with experiences in the realities of integrating action & research in real-world settings. Emphasizes engaging in change efforts & helping to develop & evaluate them. The two semester experience occurs in a setting that is primarily action-oriented, rather than research-oriented, & involved hands-on intervention development, implementation, & evaluation.
Course #
APSY-GE 2828
Units
3
Department
Applied Psychology

Practicum in Intervention-Research or Policy-Research I

Course #
APSY-GE 2827
Units
Department
Applied Psychology

Social Intervention in Schools and Communities

Course #
APSY-UE 1270
Units
Department
Applied Psychology