Using Media to Promote Social Change In Conflict-Affected Countries: An Interview with Rezarta Bilali

Rezarta Bilali, assistant professor of psychology and social intervention, studies the social psychological underpinnings of intergroup conflict and violence in international settings.  Her research has been supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation, the International Peace Research Association, Psychology Beyond Borders, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She […]

Afterschool Program Environments Linked to Academic Confidence and Skills

Afterschool programs with positive, responsive, and organized environments can have academic benefits for students, finds a new NYU Steinhardt study. Young people growing up in urban, low-income communities spend significant time in publicly funded afterschool programs. Unlike schools, which grow increasingly segregated and involve more individual instruction as children grow older, afterschool programs are spaces […]

On Movie Night, Undergraduate Applied Psychology Students Discuss “My Depression”

Elizabeth Swados was an NYU professor whose dark, unconventional musicals earned her respect and acclaim in theatre circles.  Her documentary, “My Depression,” dove deep into the artist’s lifelong struggles with mental health and was the topic of a special movie screening for Department of Applied Psychology students on October 19th. The event was hosted by Amanda Holda, […]

What North Carolina and Pennsylvania Families Are Teaching Us About Stress and Our Environment

A small sample of saliva can hold a treasure trove of data: levels of the “stress hormone” cortisol, exposure to secondhand smoke, and even a person’s DNA. When combined with information about a child’s home, school, and neighborhood, these measures can unlock an understanding about how stress and other environmental factors influence children’s health. Experiences […]

Steinhardt Study Finds Child’s Home Learning Environment Predicts 5th Grade Academic Skills

Children whose parents provide them with learning materials like books and toys and engage them in learning activities and meaningful conversations in infancy and toddlerhood are likely to develop early cognitive skills that can cascade into later academic success, finds a new NYU Steinhardt study. The study, published online in the journal Applied Developmental Science, […]

NYU Class Collaborates with Cooper Hewitt to Increase Accessibility

Art, accessibility, and technology converged this spring in the Cooper Hewitt Co-Lab, an interdisciplinary course through the NYU Ability Project focused on reimagining the collection of the Smithsonian’s design museum for museumgoers with disabilities. Luke DuBois, co-director of the Ability Project and associate professor of Integrated Digital Media at Tandon, learned from Caroline Baumann, director […]