Dr. Waters is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University Abu Dhabi and a Global Network Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. He received his PhD from Emory University in 2013. His research focuses on the development, organization, and impact of attachment representations and representations of self/identity across the lifespan.
Dr. Köber earned her doctorate in Developmental Psychology at Goethe University in Frankfurt, working on the longitudinal study “MainLife” guided by Professor Tilmann Habermas. Additionally, she served as junior lecturer at both the American University of Paris and YMCA University of Applied Sciences. She is primarily interested in the cognitive and narrative processes which people employ to remember and share their past and to derive insights in their own personality and identity development throughout the life span.
Dr. Chloë Finet received her doctorate in Educational Sciences from the KU Leuven (Belgium) in 2018. As part of her doctorate – performed in collaboration with Leiden University – she studied the development of children who were adopted from China to the Netherlands. Currently Chloë works as a postdoctoral associate at the New York University Abu Dhabi. She will assist in longitudinal research on the development of attachment representations over time and on the associations between these representations and later adjustment.
Chris earned his Master’s in Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2015. He is primarily
interested in the significance of early-caregiving experiences on child development, parental sensitivity, and the emergence of psychopathology. He will begin working toward a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the Fall, where he hopes to further explore attachment-based cognitions and intervention.
Yoojin earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from NYU – Abu Dhabi in 2017. Her primary interests lie in the origin and development of resilience in individuals. She is currently pursuing her J.D., where she will incorporate her background in Psychology with law to advocate for restorative justice. She hopes to raise awareness of human resilience in the legal system.
Yufei Gu is a junior student at New York University - Abu Dhabi, pursuing a dual-major in Psychology and Interactive Media. She is currently conducting her Capstone Project on the relationship between infants' attachment security and the quality of interpersonal relationships in adulthood. Yufei plans to pursue her Ph.D in Developmental and Educational Psychology, focusing on the relationship between children's mental health and their academic performance.
Sangeetha is a senior student at New York University – Abu Dhabi, pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is currently conducting research for her Capstone Project on autobiographical memories and narrative identity, looking more specifically into the impact of cultural orientation on memories. Sangeetha hopes to pursue her Ph.D in Organizational Psychology, working specifically with issues relating to multiculturalism at the work place.
Rida is a third-year student double-majoring in Psychology and Literature at New York University – Abu Dhabi. She is currently interested in the autobiographical life-narratives of refugees and their relation to the self. Rida plans to incorporate current perspectives in Psychology toward a career in Special Needs Education.
Jude is a junior student at New York University – Abu Dhabi, pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is currently conducting research for her Capstone Project on the role of secondary caregiving quality (e.g., nanny care) on child attachment security. Jude hopes to pursue her Master’s degree in Abnormal Psychology, working with children who fall outside the scope of typical behavioral and cognitive development.
Brian is a second-year Psychology major at New York University – Abu Dhabi. He is currently working as a research assistant studying the thematic coherence of autobiographical narrative. Brian hopes to pursue his interests in clinical, social, or industrial psychology.