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Selcuk Sirin

Selcuk Sirin


Applied Psychology


As an applied psychologist, I use empirical research methods to better understand the needs of children and families, and to arm professionals and policy makers with this knowledge so as to better address the needs of the most vulnerable. The goal that unites all of my work is to enhance the lives of marginalized children using development in context as a general framework. I focus on immigrant children in New York, Muslim youth in the US, refugees in Turkey and Norway, and students at risk in US schools.

I have published my work in top journals, such as Child DevelopmentDevelopmental PsychologyReview of Educational Research, and Pediatrics, in an effort to inform scholars, practitioners, and policy makers about marginalized children. I have also made a concerted effort to get my work to a wider audience both locally and globally, as I believe strongly in “giving scientific knowledge away.” I have served on several policy committees such as the National Academy of Sciences, the Urban Institute, and the Migration Policy Institute. I have collaborated with UNESCO and Save the Children, in their efforts to improve the lives of refugee children.

Please visit my lab's web page for most recent work and volunteering opportunities.

For those from Turkey here is my Turkish web page: 

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Selected Publications

*graduate, or **undergraduate student at time of publication

​​​​​​Sirin, S. R., & Sin, E. J.* (2023). Meta-Analysis on the relation between acculturation and academic performance: Testing the immigrant paradox. Educational Research Review. 

Lee, C.*, Sirin, S. R., Choi, E.*, & Sin, E.* (2023). Meta-Analysis of Acculturation and Suicide-Related Outcomes: A Test of the Immigrant Paradox, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 

Sirin, S. R., Choi, E.*, & Sin, E. J.* (2022). Meta-analysis on the relation between acculturation and alcohol use among immigrant youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 70(3). 361-377.

Sirin, S.R., Choi, E.* & Tugberk, C.* (2021).  The Impact of 9/11 and the War on Terror on Arab and Muslim Children and Families. Current Psychiatry Reports 23, 47 (2021).

Ryce, P.*, Sirin, S.R., Rogers-Sirin, L., Sin, E.*, & Palmieri, J**. (2021). The role of internalizing mental health problems in substance use trajectories for minority adolescents. International Journal of Mental Health Addiction, 19, 2031-2044.

Sirin, S. R., Sin, E.J*, Clingain, C*., & Rogers-Sirin, L. (2019). Acculturative stress and mental health: Implications for immigrant-origin youth. Pediatric clinics of North America, 66(3), 641–653.

Sirin, S. R., Plass, J. L., Homer, B. D., Vatanartiran, S., & Tsai, T. (2018). Digital game-based education for Syrian refugee children: Project Hope. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 13(2), 1-6.

Sirin, S. R., Rogers-Sirin, L., Cressen*, J., Gupta*, T., Ahmed**, S., & Novoa**, A. (2015). Discrimination related stress effects on the development of internalizing symptoms among Latino adolescents. Child Development, 86(3), 709-725.

Sirin, S. R., Gupta, T.*, Ryce*, P., Katsiaficas, D.*, Suarez-Orozco, C., & Rogers-Sirin, L. (2013). Understanding the role of social support in trajectories of mental health symptoms for immigrant adolescents. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 34(5), 199-207.

Sirin, S. R., Ryce*, P., Gupta*, T., & Rogers-Sirin, L. (2013). The role of acculturative stress on mental health symptoms for immigrant adolescents: A longitudinal investigation. Developmental Psychology, 49(4), 736-748.

Sirin, S. R. (2005). Socioeconomic status and academic achievement: A meta-analytic review of research. Review of Educational Research, 75(3), 417-453.



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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Research Methods in Applied Psychology II

In-depth look at specific quantitative and qualitative methodologies in the social sciences discussed and application of methodological understanding gained in previous research methods course, including: developing skills in coding and analyzing data, assessing and improving reliability of measures, and presenting results. Students also learn about special problems of design and measurement when research extends beyond the individual.
Course #
APSY-UE 1137
Applied Psychology

The Development of Immigrant Origin Youth

This course is designed to introduce students to research on the adaptation of immigrant origin youth. The course will concentrate on psychological, anthropological, sociological, and educational contributions to the study of immigrant children and adolescents. We will review the growing presence of immigrant youth in public schools in the United States and other post-industrial societies. We will consider a variety of stressors involved in the process of immigration along with the concomitant repercussions on the martial dyad, family relationships, and on the children themselves. We will explore the relevant literature on community forces, marginality, and minority status. We will consider the new research efforts to describe the various pathways immigrant children take in (trans)forming their developing identities. Lastly, we will examine the critical role of the educational experience on the adaptation of immigrant youth.
Course #
APSY-GE 2527
Applied Psychology