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Stephen Braren

PhD in Developmental Psychology Student


Program: PhD in Developmental Psychology

Year entered Program: 2016

Research Interests: Stress, Socioeconomic Status, Neurophysiological Synchrony, Dynamic Systems Theory and Analysis

Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Clancy Blair and Dr. Natalie Brito

Research Description/Bio: 

Stephen’s research uses methods from neuroscience and psychology to study how stress in the parent-child relationship influences development and health, especially among low-income families. Specifically, he is interested in how neurophysiological synchrony between the parent and child can transmit or buffer stress. Prior to NYU, he earned a B.A. in Psychology and Public Policy from Hunter College of the City University of New York where he worked with Dr. Peter Serrano researching the neurobiology of learning and memory. He has also collaborated on research with Dr. Elizabeth Phelps at NYU, Dr. Jon Kaas at Vanderbilt University, and Dr. Eduardo Vianna at LaGuardia Community College. Outside academia, he works at Social Creatures, an applied research non-profit organization promoting social connectedness among at-risk children and families. Previously, Stephen worked as a musician, composer, and recording engineer. He continues to pursue artistic endeavors, integrating research on the mind, brain, and sound to compose music designed to regulate cognition, emotion, and physiology for supporting health and well-being.

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