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Jennifer Astuto

Clinical Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology

Applied Psychology

(212) 992-9483

Jennifer Astuto is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology and Director of the Human Development & Social Intervention Master's Program in Applied Psychology at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development.

Dr. Astuto is a developmental psychologist who examines how civic engagement, school readiness, and learning develops and is supported for children living in ethnically and racially diverse and/or immigrant communities. Professor Astuto received her doctorate in developmental psychology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, her master’s degree in Mental Health & Counseling from NYU Steinhardt and her bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Science at NYU.

By conducting basic and applied research Astuto examines the unique and critical role of play in children’s lives. Cultivating strong partnerships with the communities she works in, Astuto and her team generate empirically driven knowledge that is culturally relevant and socially just. Astuto aims to produce actionable research and develop collaborations that are used to empower and strengthen the lives of young children through education and policy. She uses various methodological approaches, including RCTs, multi-level modeling, interviewing and ethnographic methods. Astuto’s most recent research, supported by the Spencer Foundation, employs a multi-method design aimed to develop a measure of civic engagement for young children. To learn more about her work visit playLabNYU

Programs

Human Development Research and Policy

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

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Courses

HDSI Integrative Seminar

An integrated seminar for masters students working on independent study projects under the supervision of a faculty member. The seminar focuses on the process of psychological research and its application. Includes discussion of issues, problems, and questions related to field and research experiences. Student’s research projects culminate in an individually-produced comprehensive paper or capstone project.
Course #
APSY-GE 2335
Units
Department
Applied Psychology

Project Research Seminar I

Course #
APSY-GE 2837
Units
Department
Applied Psychology

Project Research Seminar II

Course #
APSY-GE 2838
Units
Department
Applied Psychology

Special Topics in Applied Psychology: Workshop in Research Development

Course #
APSY-GE 2686
Units
Department
Applied Psychology