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Natalie Brito

Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology

Applied Psychology

212-998-5571

Natalie Hiromi Brito is a developmental psychologist who examines how early social and cultural contexts (e.g., poverty, multilingualism) shape the trajectory of neurocognitive development. Specifically, her research examines associations between the early home environment and the development of memory and language during the first three years of life. She has published work on learning from media, parent-child interactions, bilingualism, and how individual differences mediate brain-behavior associations during childhood. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Dr. Brito spent two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar and two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Brito has received national recognition for her work, including awards from the American Psychological Association, the New York Academy of Sciences and the Rita G. Rudel Foundation. She has also been the recipient of grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Selected Publications

  • Brito, N.H., Elliott, A.J., Isler, J.R., Rodriguez, C., Friedrich, C., Shuffrey, L., & Fifer, W.P. (2019). Neonatal EEG as a Biomarker for Later Neurodevelopmental Disorder Risk during Toddlerhood. Developmental Psychobiology. (Link)
  • Brito, N.H., Fifer, W.P., Amso, D., Barr, R.F., Bell, M.A., Calkins, S., Flynn, A., Montgomery-Downs, H.E., Oakes, L.M., Richards, J.E., Samuelson, L.M., & Colombo, J. (2019). Beyond the Bayley: Neurocognitive Assessments of Development during Infancy and Toddlerhood. Developmental Neuropsychology. (Link)
  • Brito, N.H. & Noble, K.G., for the Pediatric Imaging, Neurocognition, and Genetics Study. (2018). The independent and interacting effects of socioeconomic status and dual language use on brain structure and cognition. Developmental Science. (Link)
  • Brito, N.H. (2017). Influence of the home linguistic environment on early language development. Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Science, 1-8, (Link)
  • Brito, N.H., Piccolo, L., & Noble, K.G. (2017). Associations between cortical thickness and neurocognitive skills during childhood vary by family socioeconomic factors. Brain & Cognition, 116, 54-62. ((link)
  • Brito, N.H., Fifer, W.P., Myers, M., Elliott, A.J., & Noble, K.G. (2016). Associations among family socioeconomic status, EEG power at birth, and cognitive skills during infancy. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 144-151. (link)

Courses

Introduction to Psychology and Its Principles

Introduction to the fundamental principles of psychology, emphasizing both the unity & the diversity of a field that spans major theoretical & research areas, including biological bases of human behavior, learning, development, motivation, & social and abnormal behavior. Links between theory & classic as well as contemporary research are a recurrent theme.


Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Society & the Social Sciences
Course #
APSY-UE 2
Units
4
Term
Fall, Spring, Summer
Faculty

Professors

Natalie Brito ,
Department

Survey of Developmental Psychology

Nature of psychological development in childhood & adolescence considered & attention paid to developmental implications for adulthood & old age.Rigorous analysis of developmental theories is undertaken with emphasis on research findings & methods as reported in current literature.
Course #
APSY-GE 2271
Units
3
Term
Fall
Faculty

Professors

Natalie Brito ,
Department