The developmental psychology observation lab space on campus is now open and welcoming participants.
The Teaching, Learning & Development Lab at NYUAD is looking for mothers and children (ages 3 to 5) from Arab cultural backgrounds to learn about early childhood social-emotional development.
The study will take place in person at NYUAD Play Lab and takes approximately 1-1.5 hours. All participants will receive 150 AED for completion of the study and stickers for the participating child.
Please watch one of the videos below to learn more about the study
NYUAD Play Lab Visit [Arabic]
NYUAD Play Lab Visit [English]
If you are interested in participating, please fill out one of the following forms:
Suchodoletz, A. v., Fullmer, S., & Larsen, R. A. A. (2022). Associations between parenting stress and children’s academic engagement when schools were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic: Risk and protective factors. Open Education Studies, 4(1), 187-205.
Cosso, J., Suchodoletz, A. v., & Yoshikawa, H. (2022). Effects of parental involvement programs on young children’s academic and social-emotional outcomes: A meta-analysis. Forthcoming in the Journal of Family Psychology.
The lab presented at the following conferences:
Dr. Christopher Bryan and Tessa McNaboe presented their research at the 6th Annual Graduates Research Showcase on May 24, 2022. Dr. Christopher Bryan was awarded one of the top prizes for his poster abstract in this year's Research Showcase.
Antje von Suchodoletz gave a talk at NYU Abu Dhabi’s World Children’s Day Lecture at Dubai EXPO2020. The event was co-hosted by the Dubai Cares EXPO Pavilion.
Our work Mahasneh, R., Suchodoletz, A. v., Larsen, R. A. A., & Dajani, R. (2021). Reading for pleasure among Jordanian children: A community-based reading intervention, published in the Journal of Research in Reading, was awarded the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Award for Education Research 2020-2021. The award is presented by the Al Faisal Without Borders Foundation in collaboration with the Faculty of Education at Qatar University.
Tessa McNaboe has joined the Teaching, Learning and Development Lab as a PhD candidate in the Global PhD Fellowship Program in Psychology at NYUAD and NYU Steinhardt, her research interests are in exploring the mechanisms contributing to critical early childhood developmental outcomes as well as examining the effects of programs and interventions on early childhood. Welcome, Tessa!
The Teaching, Learning and Development Lab Research Assistant Shanzey Altaf will be moving out of her full time role in the lab to pursue further academic qualifications after a successful two years leading our Eyes@home project. Wishing her great success and we will hope to continue collaborating internationally through her further endeavours.
We welcome Aleksandrina Dimova (Lexi) to the lab in her new role as lab coordinator and project manager for the Eyes@Home project. Lexi previously worked with us in a student assistantship and we are delighted to welcome her back.
Antje von Suchodoletz and Christopher Bryan were awarded a Research Grant from the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research to investigate stress processes in expatriate teachers across rural and urban regions in the United Arab Emirates. The research aims to identify risk and resilience factors that may help explain the role that stressors may play in altering expatriate teachers’ effectiveness.
Dr. Antje von Suchodoletz has been successful in publication for a further three research article related to the lab's research:
Christopher Bryan joined the Teaching, Learning and Development Lab a post-doctoral associate and will primarily work on projects investigating teacher stress processes. Welcome, Chris!
Shanzey Altaf and Antje von Suchodoletz presented research from the lab at the 2021 Virtual Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development:
Abstract submissions were accepted for presentation at the 2021 Virtual Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) to be held in April 2021. The papers explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s development and family functioning.
Antje von Suchodoletz, together with Caterina Gawrilow, University of Tuebingen, and Jan-Henning Ehm, DIPF Frankfurt, was awarded a SEED grant from the IDeA (Individual Development and Adaptive Education) Research Center, Frankfurt/M., Germany, to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on kindergarten teachers’ subjective stress experience in German early childhood education centers.
Antje von Suchodoletz, together with Caterina Gawrilow from the University of Tuebingen, was awarded a research grant from the Foundation “Little Scientists’ House” (Germany) to investigate the effectiveness of a professional development intervention (called KiQ program) on teachers’ and preschool center directors’ interactions with children, parents and teachers (learn more about this new project under Research: Current Projects and Research Focus).
A manuscript was recently accepted for publication documenting a cross-contextual and cross-linguistic comparison of features of speech among German and US-American mothers with their 24-months old children and of children’s language production.
Antje von Suchodoletz (together with Pauline Slot, Catherine Gunzenhauser and Delshad Shroff) presented two papers entitled “Young Indian girls’ language skills in English and first-grade outcomes in a foreign language school context” and “Testing the stability of the unitary structure of executive function in young girls from India” at the joint conference of the developmental psychology and educational psychology sections of the German Psychological Society (paEpsy) in Leipzig.
A manuscript was recently accepted for publication that tested the effects of the deliberative mindset and implemental mindset on college students’ motivation to learn. The publication reflects a successful collaboration between researchers from NYUAD, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi campus, and Zeppelin University, Germany.
A manuscript was recently accepted for publication that explored a bidirectional model between various core components of executive functions and fluid intelligence over the preschool period in a sample of 150 children from Kosovo.
Antje von Suchodoletz gave a keynote entitled “Predictors and consequences of teachers’ stress” at the 2nd International Conference on Children’s Health, Rights, Well-Being and Education, held June 1-2, 2019, in Prishtina, Kosovo.
Antje von Suchodoletz gave a pre-conference workshop on “The potential role of biophysiogical measures in the study of child development and health” at the 2nd International Conference on Children’s Health, Rights, Well-Being and Education, held on May 31, 2019, in Prishtina, Kosovo.
A manuscript was recently accepted for publication that explored the perspectives of mothers from three communities (Muenster, Germany; Chennai, India; New York City, USA) regarding their role in play activities with their toddlers.
Antje von Suchodoletz (together with Rana Dajani, We Love Reading and Hashemite University, and Randa Mahasneh, Hashemite University) presented a paper entitled “Exploring a newly developed measure to assess children’s school interest in Jordan” at the Annual Conference of the Comparative & International Education Society in San Francisco.
A manuscript was recently accepted for publication that examined teacher-child interactions in kindergarten classrooms in the United Arab Emirates.
Antje von Suchodoletz received the Global TIES for Children’s NYU Abu Dhabi Faculty 2019 Seed Award for the project entitled "Exploring the feasibility of physiological measures in the study of caregiver-child interactions in humanitarian and fragile settings", together with Dr. Rana Dajani, Founder, and Director of We Love Reading and Professor at Hashemite University Jordan. The project aims (1) to test physiological measures in the study of caregiver-child interactions in humanitarian and fragile settings, and (2) to investigate caregiver-child synchrony (or asynchrony) as physiological covariation.
Antje von Suchodoletz presented a paper entitled “Associations between effortful and automatic aspects of self-regulation in kindergarten children” at the Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology Conference 2019 in Singapore. The paper received the Best Paper Award.
A manuscript was recently accepted for publication that investigated teachers’ stress in the context of lower-middle-income countries:
Shanzey Altaf joined the Teaching, Learning, and Development Lab as a research assistant. Welcome, Shanzey! Her focus will be in the Eyes@Home project, studying parenting and joint attention during mother-child interactions across different cultures.