Maya Sacasa is a research assistant in the Autism Center at the Child Mind Institute. She graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. While attending NYU, she worked as a research assistant in the Cognitive Development Lab of Dr. Andrei Cimpian, studying the development of beliefs about intelligence, effort, motivation, and gender stereotypes in young children. During that time, Maya was awarded the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund grant for an outstanding research proposal that investigated motivational messaging in children’s biographies about famous scientists. Maya first became interested in research while working as an intern at NYU Langone Health in the Systems Genetics lab of Dr. Jef Boeke. She has also worked closely with children of all ages as a dance instructor, youth outreach coordinator, and clinical and research assistant.
Maya’s interest in developmental psychology stems from her passion for youth advocacy in underrepresented communities. She is excited to deepen her knowledge of the neurobiology of autism spectrum disorder and to contribute to the Autism Center’s efforts to improve the lives of neurodiverse people. Maya wants to work towards becoming a child psychologist and mental health advocate for young children and aims to pursue a PhD in developmental psychology.
- BA, Psychology, New York University