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Dr. Natalie H. Brito

Director, Infant Studies of Language & Neurocognitive Development Lab

Professor at New York University


Dr. Natalie Brito is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University (NYU) and is the Director of the Infant Studies of Language & Neurocognitive Development (ISLAND) Lab. Dr. Brito earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development and Public Policy from Georgetown University. She then spent two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University and two years as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Division of Developmental Neuroscience at Columbia University Medical Center.


Dr. Brito’s research explores how social and cultural contexts shape the trajectory of brain and behavioral development, with the goal of better understanding how to best support caregivers and create environments that foster healthy child development. Specifically, her work examines links between the early home environment and the development of attention, memory, and language skills during the first three years of life.

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