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Natalie H. Brito

Associate Professor of Applied Psychology

Applied Psychology


Natalie Hiromi Brito is a developmental psychologist who examines how early social and cultural contexts shape the trajectory of neurocognitive development, with the goal of better understanding how to best support caregivers and create environments that foster healthy child developmentSpecifically, her work examines links between the early home environment and the development of attention, memory, and socio-emotional skills during the first three years of life. 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 within the Division of Developmental Neuroscience at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Brito has received numerous awards for her work, including recognition from the Association for Psychological Science (Rising Star Award), NYU Steinhardt (Gabriel Carras Research Award), the International Society of Developmental Psychobiology (Kucharski Young Investigator Award) and American Psychological Association (Boyd McCandless Award). She has also been the recipient of grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NICHD/NIMH).

Selected Publications



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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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 #
Applied Psychology
Liberal Arts Core
Societies and the Social Sciences

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.
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APSY-GE 2271
Applied Psychology