Program: PhD in Developmental Psychology
Year entered Program: 2018
Research Interests: Immigrant-origin youth, Refugee children, Racial/ethnic discrimination, Sociocultural context, Mixed-Methods
Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Selcuk Sirin
Elysia Choi is a doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology program at NYU Steinhardt working with Dr. Selcuk Sirin. Elysia is broadly interested in how the sociocultural context affects the socioemotional and identity development of immigrant-origin youth and refugee children. She is currently working on projects regarding racial/ethnic teasing in immigrant-origin high school students in New York and developing a new school readiness measurement for Syrian refugee children. Prior to the program, Elysia completed her B.A. in Psychology at NYU where she worked with Dr. Marjorie Rhodes to understand how creationist beliefs affect the development of essentialism and social categories in younger children. Afterwards, she worked as a lab manager at University of Pennsylvania for Drs. Deena and Michael Weisberg. At Penn, she focused on the development of scientific thinking skills in younger children and community science projects with high school students local to the Galapagos Islands to promote scientific thinking skills.