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Our dynamic research harnesses interdisciplinary strengths and community connections toward advancing the science of human lives in context and enhancing wellbeing for people and society.

Recent Highlights

Supporting New York City’s Early Childhood Educators in a Global Pandemic: Challenges, Innovations, and Implications for Professional Learning

Researchers from NYU Steinhardt partnered with the NYC Public Schools’ Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) to examine professional learning (PL) experiences of New York City (NYC) early childhood educators during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-2021).

Covid Pandemic May Have Changed the Gut Bacteria of Infants, Research Finds

Findings by Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology Natalie H. Brito have implications for physical and mental health at life’s early stages.

Research Centers

Research centers support intellectually vibrant communities of scholars working across disciplines and with policy and practice partners to understand and address society’s pressing social problems.

Center of Health and Rehabilitation Research

The Center of Health and Rehabilitation Research generates and disseminates scientific knowledge to improve human health, functioning, participation, and quality of life among individuals, groups, and communities.

Center for Practice and Research at the Intersection of Information, Society, and Methodology

Center for Practice and Research at the Intersection of Information, Society, and Methodology (PRIISM) builds capacity for researchers within academia and beyond to collect data, build inferential models and predictive algorithms, and communicate findings.

Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technologies in Education

Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technologies in Education (CREATE) supports various technologies that support research and conducts research on the design and evaluation of advanced digital technologies for learning.

Institute of Human Development and Social Change

The Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) aims to break new ground through support of rigorous research/training across social, behavioral, educational, policy, and health sciences. IHDSC cultivates intellectual community and research-practice-policy partnerships focused on race and inequality, education and child development, health and wellbeing, and legal system involvement.

Learning Analytics Research Network

Learning Analytics Research Network (LEARN) combines expertise in advanced data science methods with skill in the research and development of innovative learning approaches to support the university in becoming a living learning system.

Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools

Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools advances equity and excellence in education, connecting to legacies of justice work through critical inquiry and research, professional development and technical assistance, and community action and collaboration.

Music and Audio Research Laboratory

Music and Audio Research Laboratory (MARL) brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to explore and advance our understanding of the intersection between music, sound, technology, and science.

Research Alliance for New York City Schools 

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools strives to advance equity and excellence in education by providing nonpartisan evidence about policies and practices that promote NYC students' development and academic success.

Areas of Work

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Arts and Humanities

Culture sustains communities. Our scholarship considers the cultural dynamics of globalization; the history of media, fashion, and food; and the intersection of emerging technologies, education and the visual and performing arts, and democracy. Steinhardt’s vibrant, interdisciplinary work builds understanding of the past and present toward sustainable communities of the future.

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Scholars examine the urgent problems facing education today. We build knowledge of school systems, teaching and learning, digital and advanced technologies, therapeutic approaches, and inequities in local and global contexts. Through partnership, we expand equitable education opportunities and outcomes for students in pre-kindergarten through post-secondary schooling.

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Fundamental to human thriving is health. We study multilevel determinants of health across cultures and contexts and explore innovative, effective ways to prevent and address health problems and promote health equity. Through basic, applied, and translational research, our partnered research teams advance knowledge and improve wellbeing across the human lifespan.


Social Science

Our social scientists advance understanding in critical areas: migration and immigration; social movements and collective action; justice and welfare systems; child and adolescent development; global media and politics; and more. With robust theories and methods and creative interconnections, scholars generate and use social science evidence to better human lives.

Other Research Entities

Child and Family Policy Center works to bring state-of-the-field knowledge about how to promote children's healthy development and school success to the forefront of policymaking, program design, and practice.

Multinational Institute of American Studies (MIAS) is a six-week program for visiting international scholars.

Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy conducts research on the creative and developmental processes of music therapy, as well as offers training and resources for current and prospective music therapists.

Center for Research on Culture, Education, and Development (CRCDE) is dedicated to advancing knowledge on the intersections of human development, culture, diversity, and context in the United States and regions across the globe.

Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy seeks to define and assess the critical challenges colleges and universities presently face.