My academic path has been intentionally interdisciplinary. I completed my undergraduate work in linguistics, my PhD in cognitive psychology, and my postdoctoral fellowship in education. Both my teaching and research are deeply informed by this interdisciplinary approach, asking questions and using methodology from a variety of perspectives. My research has focused on lexical and conceptual representation, both from a basic research stance as well as in translation to education. In addition to teaching graduate-level Cognitive Psychology at NYU, I have taught or am currently teaching in the psychology departments at Rutgers University, Columbia University, Hunter College, and Brooklyn College. I also teach Jewish studies at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah and work privately with students who have special learning needs. I spend my spare time studying voice, singing in a chorus, and taking my dog, Sophie, to Prospect Park.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
- 2004 PhD in Cognitive Psychology (Rutgers University) Graduate certificates in Cognitive Science and Perceptual Science
- 2011 MS in Cognitive Psychology (Rutgers University)
- 2008 BA (honors) in Linguistics (University College London)
New York University, Steinhardt School, Department of Teaching & Learning
McDonald, J.M., Isacoff, N.M, & Karin, D. (2018). Data and Teaching: Moving Beyond Magical Thinking to Effective Practice. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Isacoff, N.M., Karin, D., & McDonald, J.M. (2018). “Teaching to the Test and Other Signs of Practical Slippage” In N. Barnes & H. Fives (Ed.), Cases of Teachers’ Data Use. New York, NY: Routledge.
Avenia-Tapper, B. & Isacoff, N.M. (2015). “Explicitness in Science Discourse: A Gricean Account of Income-Related Differences.” Language and Education. DOI:10.1080/09500782.2015.1088547.
Isacoff, N.M. & Stromswold, K. (2014). “Not All Lexical Access Tasks Are Created Equal: Lexical Development between Three and Five.” First Language, 34(1), 43 – 57.