2018-2019 IHDSC Seed Award Recipients

Recipients of the 2018-19 Seed Awards

Every year, IHDSC provides support for NYU faculty to conduct multidisciplinary research on human development and changing social contexts. A central goal of the Seed Awards is to bridge the longstanding disconnect between research in human development across the lifespan and policies and practices that affect children, youth, adults, and families. Read more about previously funded projects.

We are proud to announce the grantees of the 2018-2019 IHDSC Seed Award competition!


Designing Frameworks for Multimedia Use in Informal STEM Programs for Young Learners

Through in-depth interdisciplinary expert interviews and case studies, this study aims to develop a framework of actionable design principles and examples that help STEM programs create or curate effective and engaging multimedia presentations for younger learners in informal science learning settings.


Community Neuroscience: Examining Dyadic Brain Activity during Natural Social Interactions Across Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

Natalie H. BritoThe main goal of this project is to characterize the brain mechanisms that support social communication and language learning across families from a wide range of sociodemographic backgrounds. This is a collaborative effort between Dr. Brito (NYU ISLAND Lab) and Sunset Spark, a Brooklyn community-based not-for-profit whose mission is to help immigrant families use science and technology within their lives.


Peer Professionals to Increase Capacity to Treat ADHD
Anil Chacko

The project focuses on improving engagement, adherence and culturally sensitivity of a paraprofessional, peer-delivered psychosocial intervention to improve the lives of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who reside in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. The ultimate goal of the work it to increase capacity of the service system to support the development of children with ADHD in these communities.


High Variability Phonetic Training as a Mechanism for Improving Underlying Reading Skills in School-Age Children
Susannah Levi and Daphna Harel

Individuals with dyslexia often show poor perception of the sounds of language. This project tests whether speech perception training can result in improved higher-level phonological processing skills known to underlie successful reading.

  • PI: Dr. Susannah Levi (pictured left), Associate Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
  • Co-PI: Dr. Daphna Harel (pictured right), Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics

Helping Oneself by Helping Others: Testing the Feasibility of a Narrative Intervention for Chinese American Cancer Survivors
William Tsai

In partnership with the Hamilton-Madison House, the proposed study will examine the feasibility of a psychosocial intervention, which harnesses the benefits of helping others through writing, for Chinese American cancer survivors.