Nava R. Silton

Nava R. Silton, Ph.D. received her B.S. from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University. Silton has worked at Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, and Mediakidz. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at Fordham University, Hunter College, Touro College and began a tenure-track line in the Department of Psychology at Marymount Manhattan College in the fall of 2011. She was a Postdoctoral Templeton Fellow at the Spears Research Institute at the Healthcare Chaplaincy from 2009-2010 and she has conducted research at the Autism Seaver Center at Mount Sinai Hospital and at Sesame Street Workshop. Her primary research interests include determining how best to enhance typical children’s sensitivity to children with disabilities, how to teach social emotional skills to children on the spectrum and looking at the interface between religion and health. She is currently producing a children’s television show, with a stop bullying platform as a primary focus.

Publications

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Child, Adolescent, and Adult Development
Nava R. Silton. © 2022. 315 pages.
The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic impacted individuals, families, communities, states, and countries in ways that were never expected. A closer study of how the...
Employing Disability Simulations and Virtual Reality Technology to Foster Cognitive and Affective Empathy Towards Individuals With Disabilities
Nava R. Silton, Edrex Fontanilla, Marisa Femia, Kathryn Rouse. © 2022. 17 pages.
The chapter will begin by defining empathy and theory of mind (ToM), key constructs for showcasing the importance of simulations and immersive experiences to help typical...
“What If Goodness Ruled the World?”: Utilizing a Comic Book Series and Puppet Musical to Promote Empathy, A Disabilities Awareness and Stop Bullying Platform in and out of the Schools
Nava R. Silton, Patrick Riley. © 2021. 29 pages.
This chapter describes how the Realabilities Comic Book Series and the Addy & Uno Off-Broadway Musical feature five characters with disabilities, who harness the special...
Kindness Makes a Difference: Assessing the Efficacy of Addy & Uno, an Off-Broadway Musical, and the Realabilities Educational Comic Book Series Curriculum in Enhancing Children's Kindness, Empathy, and Interest in Their Peers With Disabilities and Mental Health Disorders
Nava R. Silton, Patrick Riley, Amanda Anzovino. © 2021. 31 pages.
High quality interventions, which employ an extended contact model, wherein stories, roleplaying, and other appealing informational media are used to promote more positive...
Exploring Best Child Development Practices in Contemporary Society
Nava R. Silton. © 2020. 305 pages.
Parents and teachers require a greater understanding of child development and of evidence-based research practices for how to best raise successful, emotionally intelligent...
Key Ingredients for Fostering Emotional Intelligence in Children
Nava R. Silton, Amanda Anzovino. © 2020. 21 pages.
This chapter delves into the history of emotional intelligence, from early allusions in the 1920s to contemporary times. It describes the various facets and components of...
Kindness Makes a Difference: Assessing the Efficacy of Addy & Uno, an Off-Broadway Musical, and the Realabilities Educational Comic Book Series Curriculum in Enhancing Children's Kindness, Empathy, and Interest in Their Peers With Disabilities and Mental Health Disorders
Nava R. Silton, Patrick Riley, Amanda Anzovino. © 2020. 39 pages.
High quality interventions, which employ an extended contact model, wherein stories, roleplaying, and other appealing informational media are used to promote more positive...
Parenting in Dyads With an ASD-Child: An Overview of the Challenges and Intervention Perspectives Through Attachment Theoretical Framework
Giulia Perasso, Nava R. Silton, Jacopo De Angelis. © 2020. 31 pages.
This chapter provides an overview of the complex experience of parenting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) from an attachment-based perspective. The role of parental...
Scientific Concepts Behind Happiness, Kindness, and Empathy in Contemporary Society
Nava R. Silton. © 2019. 321 pages.
Significant progress has been made in the study of human psychology in recent years. However, the human pursuit of happiness through the use of scientific methods has yet to be...
Employing Disability Simulations and Virtual Reality Technology to Foster Cognitive and Affective Empathy Towards Individuals With Disabilities
Nava R. Silton, Edrex Fontanilla, Marisa Femia, Kathryn Rouse. © 2019. 17 pages.
The chapter will begin by defining empathy and theory of mind (ToM), key constructs for showcasing the importance of simulations and immersive experiences to help typical...
“What If Goodness Ruled the World?”: Utilizing a Comic Book Series and Puppet Musical to Promote Empathy, A Disabilities Awareness and Stop Bullying Platform in and out of the Schools
Nava R. Silton, Patrick Riley. © 2019. 29 pages.
This chapter describes how the Realabilities Comic Book Series and the Addy & Uno Off-Broadway Musical feature five characters with disabilities, who harness the special...
Exploring the Benefits of Creativity in Education, Media, and the Arts
Nava R. Silton. © 2017. 458 pages.
The use of imagination can lead to greater outcomes in problem solving, innovation, and critical thinking. By providing access to creative outlets, productivity increases in...
Realabilities: Opening New Vistas to Enhance Knowledge, Attitudes, and Intentions towards Peers with Disabilities
Nava R. Silton. © 2017. 40 pages.
Children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be victimized by bullying than their typical peers (Carter & Spencer, 2006). Since half of all preschool children...
Family Dynamics and Romantic Relationships in a Changing Society
Nava R. Silton. © 2017. 439 pages.
As society changes and develops, personal relationships can be significantly affected by evolving cultures. By examining amorous and familial bonds in the present era, a...
I Want to Know What Love Is: The Ingredients of Liking, Attraction, Dating, and Successful Marital Relationships
Nava R. Silton, Alicia Ferris. © 2017. 27 pages.
This chapter delves into the intricacies of liking, attraction, online dating, successful marriage and the roots of divorce to better explicate the rich, but complex development...
The Coming Out Experience of Individuals Who Identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender
Jonathan Marmo, Nava R. Silton. © 2017. 13 pages.
This literature review will explore the relationships of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and their fears of how their relationships will be...
Realabilities: The Development of a Research-Based Children's Television Program to Address Disability Awareness and a Stop-Bullying Platform in the Schools
Nava R. Silton, Senada Arucevic, Rebecca Ruchlin, Vanessa Norkus. © 2016. 22 pages.
This chapter explores Realabilities, a video-based children's television program featuring unique characters, each with a distinct disability. Beyond utilizing video...
Recent Advances in Assistive Technologies to Support Children with Developmental Disorders
Nava R. Silton. © 2015. 424 pages.
The greatest advantage of modern technology is its ability to improve the lives of all. In particular, new technologies have the potential to greatly mitigate cognitive, motor...
Innovative Technologies to Benefit Children on the Autism Spectrum
Nava R. Silton. © 2014. 343 pages.
More than ever, emerging technology is assisting individuals with autism in a variety of ways. However, many parents, schools, and special education professionals are not aware...
Realabilities: The Development of a Research-Based Children’s Television Program to Address Disability Awareness and a Stop-Bullying Platform in the Schools
Nava R. Silton, Senada Arucevic, Rebecca Ruchlin, Vanessa Norkus. © 2014. 21 pages.
This chapter explores Realabilities, a video-based children’s television program featuring unique characters, each with a distinct disability. Beyond utilizing video technology...
Benefits of Video and Eye Toy Gaming for Children with Autism
Nava Silton, Ann Higgins D’Alessandro. © 2010. 26 pages.
The purpose of this chapter is to illustrate how video games, which incorporate eye toy technology, can be utilized to teach social learning to children with autism directly...