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Dr. Tara M. Mandalaywala

Department of Psychology
New York University

Email: tmandalaywala@nyu.edu
Phone: (212) 998 -7902

PhD, Comparative Human Development, The University of Chicago
MA, Comparative Human Development, The University of Chicago
AB with distinction, Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Duke University


My research takes a comparative approach to investigating the effects of experience on the development of social cognition and behavior in human and non-human primates.  In particular, I examine how diversity in early life experience affects long-term health outcomes using a comparative approach and methods from behavioral endocrinology and developmental psychology.

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at New York University in the Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab of Dr. Marjorie Rhodes.  My postdoctoral research uses salivary bioscience methods to examine how the development of beliefs about race and social status modify physiological stress and immune systems to lead to social status-linked health disparities between minority and majority race individuals in the United States.

I received my PhD in 2014 from the Department of Comparative Human Development working in the Behavioral Biology laboratory of Dr. Dario Maestripieri where I examined the effects of early life experience on the development of attentional bias to threat and stress physiology in free-ranging infant rhesus macaques on the island of Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico.

For more details, please see my CV.

You can also follow me on Twitter @tmandalaywala.