Dr. Steven Holochwost, Project Director
Dr. Steven Holochwost is a developmental psychologist who works with programs designed to improve the lives of vulnerable children and youth. His research in child development examines the effects of environment, and particularly poverty and parenting, on voluntary forms of self-regulation (e.g., executive functions) and the involuntary activity of neurophysiological systems that support self-regulatory abilities. This research is directly relevant to his applied work, which examines the efficacy of educational interventions for children in poverty. The common thread running through both these lines of work is the need to understand how poverty impacts child development, and how programs that expand educational opportunities for children can mitigate those effects. Download CV.
Melissa Ceren, Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant
Melissa Ceren is a recent graduate of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she earned a B.A in Forensic Psychology and Law. Her research interests center around how arts and STEAM education can foster the socioemotional development of underserved students, including those attending New York City public schools. She is currently a Research Assistant at the American Museum of Natural History (where works under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Nadal), and previously worked as a Research Assistant in Dr. Charles Stone's Memory and Cognition Lab at CUNY and at Columbia University. Outside of the lab, she enjoys making and learning indispensable techniques of crosshatching illustrations and feeding the local wildlife on her fire escape.
Denisa Ahmetaj, Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant
Denisa Ahmetaj graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lehman College, and plans to pursue graduate study in psychology in the future. In the ReNeu Lab she primarily works on the Spatial Practice, Assessment, Coaching, and Enrichment for Innovative Teaching, or SPACE-IT project (see Projects). Outside of the lab, she enjoys reading and cooking.
Affiliates and collaborators
- Eleanor D. Brown (West Chester University)
- Mia Budescu (City University of New York)
- Jennifer L. Coffman (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
- Kelly R. Fisher (Society for Research in Child Development)
- Kristin M. Gagnier (AnLar)
- Janette E. Herbers (Villanova University)
- Iheoma U. Iruka (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
- Bart J. Klika (Prevent Child Abuse America)
- Jacek Kolacz (Indiana University)
- W. Roger Mills-Koonce (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
- Dennie Palmer Wolf (WolfBrown)
- Cathi B. Propper (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
- Sheri L. Robb (Indiana University)
- Sara R. Jaffee (University of Pennsylvania)
- Vanessa V. Volpe (North Carolina State University)
- Nicholas J. Wagner (Boston University)