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Elif Bengi

Elif Bengi

Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Network
Child Mind Institute

Elif Bengi is a research assistant with the Healthy Brain Network. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University with a minor in child and adolescent mental health. At NYU, she worked with Professor Selcuk Sirin and completed the psychology honors track as a Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund recipient. Her thesis focused on the effect of parental verbal responsiveness on children’s language and social-emotional skill development. During her time at the Sirin Lab, Elif also led a project in Turkey that aimed to empower parents and children with a new library focused on stimulating babies through dialogic reading. Besides her passion for research, Elif also has experience working with both youth and adults in clinical settings including the Moodist Psychiatry and Neurology Hospital in Istanbul, where she worked with addiction and general psychiatry inpatients as a clinic assistant.

Elif is currently working toward becoming a child psychologist and hopes to pursue a PsyD in Clinical Psychology. At the Healthy Brain Network, she facilitates enrollment and data collection from participants and caregivers, while also providing support for clinicians by assisting with assessments and conducting interviews.


  • BA, Psychology, New York University