Nava Silton, a developmental psychologist, received her B.S. from Cornell University in 2002 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2009.Silton has worked at Nickelodeon, Sesame Street Workshop, and Mediakidz. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at Cornell University, Fordham University, Hunter College, Touro College and is now relishing her time at Marymount Manhattan College. She was a Postdoctoral Templeton Fellow at the Healthcare Chaplaincy’s Spears Research Institute from 2009-2010, and she has consulted for projects conducted by the Autism Seaver Center at Mount Sinai Hospital and at the Children’s Television Workshop.
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Her primary research interests include:
- Determining how best to enhance typical children’s sensitivity to children on the autism spectrum.
- How to teach social emotional skills to children on the spectrum.
- Looking at the interface between religion and health.
- Dating, marital relationships and parenting. Nava has served as guest speaker, programmer and emcee for more than a dozen singles events in the tri-state area over the last six years.
Silton has published over a dozen articles in the area of religion and health and has published her most recent peer-reviewed articles and edited books on most optimally accommodating individuals with disabilities in the school and at home.
Her first edited book, Innovative Technologies to Benefit Children with Autism was released in March 2014. Her second edited book, Recent Advances in Assistive Technologies to Support Children with Developmental Disabilities will be released in May, 2015. Finally, her third edited book, Exploring the Benefits of Creativity in Business, Media, and the Arts will be published in Spring, 2016. Silton has tested the first animated episode and the comic book series of Realabilities, her proposed children’s television show and is in the process of pitching the newer iteration, Addy & Uno, to the networks. Much of her work focuses on disability awareness via programming and on promoting a stop bullying platform in the schools. Additionally, Silton is a Psychology point person for Fox 5 News and NBC News, and has appeared several times on the Good Day New York Show and on the Thom Hartmann Show. Silton is also a weekly coach for Special Olympics Gymnastics, helps run Jewish learning and Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick) programs, and chairs a variety of fundraising initiatives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Nava is married to Dr. Ariel Brandwein, a pediatric ICU fellow at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and is the proud mother of two wonderful little guys, Judah and Jonah Brandwein.