BELLE Project Team

Alan L. Mendelsohn, MD
Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Benard P. Dreyer, MD
Co-Investigator
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Carolyn Brockmeyer Cates, PhD
Project Director/Co-Investigator
Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Samantha B. Berkule, PhD
Director of VIP Implementation and Dissemination/Co-Investigator
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics- Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Assistant Professor of Psychology- Marymount Manhattan College

Harris Huberman, MD
Co-PI, Building Blocks

Suzy Tomopoulos, MD
Co-PI, Media Studies
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

 Adriana Weisleder, PhD    

 

Adriana Weisleder, PhD
Associate Project Director/Co-Investigator
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Adriana is a developmental psychologist and a postdoctoral fellow in the T32 Program for Primary Care Research at NYU School of Medicine.  Her research uses innovative speech analysis technology to investigate how infants’ natural home environments, particularly parent-child interactions, facilitate the development of early language and cognitive skills. Her long-term goal is to apply her expertise in developmental psychology and in infancy research to the development and evaluation of interventions that promote school readiness in at-risk children.

 Jenny Arevalo

   


Jenny A. Arevalo
Child Development Specialist
Video Interaction Project

Jenny received her BA in Psychology from New York University. She previously was a Junior Research Scientist for the NYU Center for Research on Culture, Development and Education. She has also worked as a Research Associate for the NYU School of Medicine: Belle Project. Currently, she is the Parent-Child Specialist for the Belle Project in Bellevue Hospital. She is interested in furthering her career in Psychology and continuing her work with under-resourced families and education. Her interests are embedded within the family dynamic and its impacts on children’s cognitive, social and emotional development.

Jennifer Ledesma

     

Jennifer Ledesma
Research Associate

Jennifer earned her BA in Psychology from Hunter College. She started her work with underprivileged families at New York University’s Steinhardt Center for Research on Culture, Development and Education. She is currently a Research Associate at the BELLE Project and plans to continue her education in child development. Her research interests include cultural differences in parenting styles and its impact on children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. In addition to this she is also interested in early language development and literacy. 

 Lisa White    


Lisa J. White

Research Associate

Lisa graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a double major in Spanish and History, and a minor in psychology. She started as a Research Assistant for the BELLE Project in 2010. Her specific interests include the bilingual language development of Latino preschoolers and implications for early education, in addition to the use of play within the preschool classroom. She will be pursuing a doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology at the University of Miami starting in the fall of 2012.

 Kristina Vlahovicova      


Kristina Vlahovicova
Research Associate

Kristina graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. She has worked in the field of adolescent development research and youth programming and education, and joined the BELLE Project in October of 2011. She is most interested in bi-culturalism and its impact in social and emotional development.