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Niobe Way

Professor of Applied Psychology

Applied Psychology

(212) 998-5563

Dr. Niobe Way is Professor of Developmental Psychology and the founder of the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity at New York University (PACH). She is also past President of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) and co-director of the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education at NYU. Her work focuses on the intersections of culture, context, and human development, with a particular focus on social and emotional development and how cultural ideologies influence developmental trajectories. The Listening Project, her current project with Joseph Nelson, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, David Kirkland, and Alisha Ali, aims to foster curiosity and connection in and outside of middle school classrooms across New York City. In addition, she created and teaches a core course for undergraduates at NYU called The Science of Human Connection. The course describes her theoretical and empirical framework developed over three decades and discussed in her latest co-edited book The Crisis of Connection: Its Roots, Consequences, and Solution (NYU Press). Dr. Way has also authored nearly a hundred journal articles and books, including Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection (Harvard University Press) and Everyday Courage: The Lives and Stories of Urban Teenagers (NYU Press). Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and numerous foundations including The National Science Foundation, The William T. Grant Foundation, The Einhorn Family Charitable Trust Foundation, and The Spencer Foundation. She is a contributor to Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and her research is regularly featured in mainstream media outlets (e.g., New York Times, NPR, Today Show, NBC). Examples include Two Cheers for Feminism! and Guys, We Have A Problem: How American Masculinity Creates Lonely Men.

Selected Publications

  • Way, N. (2011). Deep Secrets: Boys' Friendships and the Crisis of Connection. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.. (link)
  • Way, N. & Silverman, L. (In press). Friendships during Adolescence. In P. Kerig and M. Schulz (Eds) Adolescence and Beyond. London, England, Oxford University Press
  • Way, N. Santos, C., & Cordero, A. (2011). Friendships and Masculinities among Latino Boys. In P. Noguera, A. Hurtado, E. Fergus (Eds). Invisible No More: Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys. New York, NY: Routledge Press.
  • Niwa, E., Way, N., Okazaki, S., & Qin, D. (2011). Hostile Hallways: Peer discrimination against Asian American Adolescents in Schools. In L. Juang, D. Qin, F. Leong, & H. Fitzgerald. (Eds). Asian American Child Psychology and Mental Health. New York, NY: Praeger Press.
  • Hughes, D., Way, N., & Rivas-Drake, D. (2011). Stability and Change in Private and Public Ethnic Regard among African American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Chinese American Urban Early Adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence.


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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Developmental Psychology

Prepare for a career as a professor, researcher, or human services professional, or a director or evaluator of mental health and health promotion programs.

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Adolescent Development

Physical, intellectual, social, and psychosexual of adolescent development. Attention to youth from diverse racial/ethnic and sociocultural backgrounds. Applications and implications for schooling and for prevention and intervention programs directed at psychosocial problems in adolescence are discussed.
Course #
APSY-UE 1272
Applied Psychology

Developmental Research Seminar: Theories of Culture and Context

Advanced study of theories and empirical research relating of the intellectual, social, and emotional development in children and adolescents.
Course #
APSY-GE 3021
Applied Psychology