Past Lab Members
Nick is interested in the effects of stressors associated with socioeconomic status, and how they pertain to psychological and physiological well-being. As a research assistant at the ISLAND lab, Nick hopes to see how the knowledge attained regarding infant development can inform better policy-making.
Makenzie finds great value in community service and advocacy work. For years, she has been highly involved with The Family Resource Network of New Jersey - an organization devoted to supporting individuals and their families who are living with epilepsy, autism, intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities, and chronic illnesses. Further, Makenzie was a Behavior Assistant in a contained classroom with four students on the autism spectrum. With this being her first experience in a research lab, Makenzie is very excited for the opportunity and looks forward to understanding how stress in a child’s early home environment impacts their cognitive development.
Akshar values community partnerships and has previously dedicated his skills and knowledge to support various NYC public schools and youth organizations as a peer health educator, after school tutor, and youth mentor. Additionally, he attends to pediatric ED patients as a volunteer at New-York Presbyterian Hospital. He aspires to continue his support of children, their families, and educational healthcare initiatives as a pediatric surgeon.
After she graduates, she hope to pursue graduate studies in the field of clinical psychology. Ayo is continuing with ISLAND after being a NYU QUEST scholar this summer.