RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Infant Cognitive Development, Memory Development, Bilingualism
Natalie Hiromi Brito, PhD, is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University Medical Center and will be an Assistant Professor in the Applied Psychology Department at NYU beginning Fall 2017. She received her PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development and Public Policy from Georgetown University in 2013. Dr. Brito’s research focuses on understanding how early experience shapes the trajectory of neurocognitive development. She has published work on learning from media, parent-child interactions, socio-emotional training for teen parents, and how early experience with multiple languages influences memory. She is currently the lead investigator on several studies systematically measuring SES, proximal mediators (home linguistic environment & maternal cortisol), brain function (resting EEG), and cognitive skills in the first two years of life.