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Tessa McNaboe

PhD in Developmental Psychology Student


Program: PhD in Developmental Psychology

Year entered Program: 2021

Research Interests: Parent-child interactions; Socio-cultural context; Early childhood development; Social-Emotional Development; Parental Stress

Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Antje von Suchodoletz & Dr. Selcuk Sirin

Research Description/Bio: 

Tessa McNaboe is a first-year doctoral student in the Developmental psychology program at NYU Steinhardt and a Global Fellow at NYU Abu Dhabi. Tessa is broadly interested in supporting child development and well-being in the context of stress and crisis and discovering social-emotional strategies that children and parents use to mitigate or buffer stress responses. She plans to investigate this by exploring the physiological and psychological mechanisms contributing to critical early childhood developmental outcomes (e.g., social-emotional and executive function skills). Tessa is also interested in caregiver-child dynamics, specifically the interaction between positive caregiving practices and children’s psychosocial development.

Tessa holds a B.A. in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. She completed an Honors Thesis with Dr. Cheryl Durwin researching the effects of teacher autonomy on child emotion regulation outcomes in the context of stereotype threat. Before NYU, she worked as a postgraduate associate at Yale University in the Yale Child Study Center. At Yale, Tessa worked in an applied lab investigating the effects of social-emotional learning interventions on early childhood outcomes. Guided by the allostatic stress model, she was particularly focused on the interaction between teacher stress and child social-emotional outcomes.