Nava R. Silton, Ph.D., has worked at Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, and Mediakidz. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at Fordham University, Hunter College, and Touro College and is now relishing her time at Marymount Manhattan College. She was a Postdoctoral Templeton Fellow at the Spears Research Institute at the Healthcare Chaplaincy from 2009-2010, and she has worked as a consultant for projects conducted by the Autism Seaver Center at Mount Sinai Hospital, at the Children’s Television Workshop and at Netflix.
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, and looking at the interface between religion and health. 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.
B.S., Cornell University
M.A., Fordham University
Ph.D., Fordham University
Peer-Review Journal Articles
Silton, N.R., Lutjen, L.J., & Flannelly, K.J. (2013). It pays to forgive: Aging, forgiveness, hostility and subjective health, Journal of Religion and Health.
Galek, K., Flannelly, K.J., Ellison, C.G., Silton, N.R., & Jankowski, K.B. Religion, meaning and purpose in life and mental health. Psychology of Religion and Health.
Silton, N.R., Flannelly, K.J., Galek, K., & Ellison, C.G. (2013). Beliefs about God and mental health among American adults. Journal of Religion and Health.
Silton, N.R. & Fogel, J.(2012). Enhancing positive behavioral intentions of typical children towards children with autism. Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies, 12 (2), 139-158.
Silton, N.R., Flannelly, K.J., Galek, K. & Fleenor, D. (2012). Pray tell: The who, what, where, and how of prayer. Journal of Pastoral Psychology, DOI 10.1007/s11089-012-0481-9.
Flannelly, K.J., Ellison, C.G., Galek, K., & Silton, N.R. (2012). Belief in life-after-death, beliefs about the world, and psychiatric symptoms. Journal of Religion and Health, 51 (3), 651-662.
Flannelly, K.J., Emanuel, L.L., Handzo, G.F., Galek, K., Silton, N.R., & Carlson, M. (2012). A national study of chaplaincy services and end-of-life outcomes. BioMed Central Palliative Care, 11 (10), 1-6.
Silton, N.R., Flannelly, K.J., Milstein, G., Vaaler, M.L. (2011). Stigma in America: Has anything changed? Perceptions of Mental Illness and Dangerousness on the Desire for Social Distance: 1996 and 2006. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease,199(6), 361-366.
Silton, N.R., Flannelly, K.J., & Flannelly, L.T. (2011).Towards a theory of holistic needs and the brain. Journal of Holistic Nursing Practice, 25 (5), 258-265.
Silton, N.R., Flannelly, K., Jacobs, M., Ellison, C., & Silton, F. (2011). The association between religious beliefs and practices and end-of-life fears and concerns. Review of Religious Research,53, 357-370.
Lutjen, L.J., Silton, N.R., & Flannelly, K.J. (2011). Religion, forgiveness, hostility and health: A structural equation analysis. Journal of Religion and Health, 51(2), 468-478.
Silton, N. R., & Fogel, J. (2010). Religiosity, empathy, and psychopathology among young adult children of rabbis. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 32 (1), 1-15.
Silton, N. R., Flannelly, K., Asekoff, C., Klein, D., Taylor, B. & Silton, P. (2010). Shema, Vidui, Yivarechecha: What to say and how to pray with Jewish patients in Chaplaincy. Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy, 16, 149-160.
Jankowski, K., Silton, N. R.,Galek, K. & Montonye, M. (2010). Complementary alternative medicine practices used by religious professionals. Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy, 16, 172-182.
Flannelly, K.J., Galek, K., Kytle, J. & Silton, N. R. (2010). Religion in America – 1972-2006: Religious affiliation, attendance, and strength of faith, Psychological Reports,106 (3), 875-890.
Galek, K., Silton, N. R., Vanderwerker, L.C., Handzo, G., Porter, M., Montonye, M.G., & Fleenor, D. (2010). To pray or not to pray: considering gender and religious concordance in praying with the ill. Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy, 16 (1), 42-52.
Burton, L., Pfaff, D, Bolt, N., Hadjikyriacou, D.,Silton, N. R., Kilgallen, C., Cofer, J., & Allimant, J. (2010). Effects of gender and personality on the Conners Continuous Performance Test. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology,32 (1), 66-70.
Burton, L., Pfaff, D, Bolt, N., Hadjikyriacou, D.,Silton, N. R., Kilgallen, C., Cofer, J., & Allimant, J. (2010). Relationships of Smiling and Flirtation to Aggression and a Prenatal Androgen Index. Evolutionary Psychology, 9 (1), 28-37.
Zukauskas, P., Silton, N. R., & Baptista Assumpção, F. (2009). Temporality and Asperger Syndrome. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 40 (1), 85-106.
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