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C. Cybele Raver

Deputy Provost; Professor of Applied Psychology

1990 …2019
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Research Interests

Dr. Raver’s program of research focuses on early learning and development in the contexts of poverty and policy. She also examines the mechanisms that support children's cognitive and emotional outcomes in the context of early educational intervention. Dr. Raver and her research team currently conduct the CSRP, a federally-funded longitudinal study of the short- and long-term impacts of preschool intervention for low-income children in Chicago. Dr. Raver also serves as a co-investigator on several other large educational evaluation studies. Dr. Raver’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation as well as by private foundations such as the Spencer, McCormick-Tribune, and MacArthur Foundations. Her research has garnered several prestigious awards from organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the William T. Grant Foundation.

External Affiliations

In addition to her work at NYU, Dr. Raver regularly advises local and federal government agencies and foundations on promoting healthy development and learning among children from birth to 3rd grade. Dr. Raver also serves on the Board of Directors of the Spencer Foundation as well as on several other boards of community agencies and initiatives. Before joining the faculty of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Dr. Raver held faculty positions at University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy Studies and at Cornell University's Department of Human Development. Dr. Raver earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Yale University.

Administrative Roles

Dr. C. Cybele Raver is the Vice Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs at NYU. Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Dr. Raver served as inaugural director of NYU's Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC). As a behavioral social scientist trained in psychology and public policy, Raver played a key role in fostering interdisciplinary research at NYU through the IHDSC.

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Research Output 1990 2019

Beyond Income: Expanding our Empirical Toolkit to Better Predict Caregiver Well-Being

The BTS Consortium PI’s, Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Child and Family Studies.

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"If they focus on giving us a chance in life we can actually do something in this world": Poverty, inequality, and youths' critical consciousness

Roy, A. L., Raver, C. C., Masucci, M. D. & DeJoseph, M., Mar 1 2019, In : Developmental Psychology. 55, 3, p. 550-561 12 p.

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national minority

Developing a neurobehavioral animal model of poverty: Drawing cross-species connections between environments of scarcity-adversity, parenting quality, and infant outcome

Family Life Project Key Investigators, Apr 2 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Development and Psychopathology. p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Animal Models
Mental Competency

Teacher–child relationships in the context of poverty: the role of frequent school mobility

McKinnon, R. D., Friedman-Krauss, A., Roy, A. L. & Raver, C. C., Feb 14 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Children and Poverty. p. 1-22 22 p.

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school grade

The chicago school readiness project: Examining the long-term impacts of an early childhood intervention

Watts, T. W., Gandhi, J., Ibrahim, D. A., Masucci, M. D. & Raver, C. C., Jul 1 2018, In : PLoS One. 13, 7, e0200144.

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Head Start
behavior problems
Executive Function