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Nava R. Silton, Ph.D

Marymount Manhattan College
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Press Releases

"Realabilities" Video Series (April 22, 2013): A Stop Bullying Effort: Marymount Manhattan College Professor and Three Students Create Statistically Effective Bullying Prevention. Marymount Manhattan College. New York, N.Y.




Creator: Children’s Television Program: Addy & Uno
(currently in the “pitch” and research stage). New York, N.Y.

News Psychology Report, Fox 5 News (July 2, 2015)MEDIA EXPERIENCE 

Breast Milk Baby Doll (March 23, 2011)
A new doll from a toy company based in Spain purports to teach young girls how to breast feed.


Time magazine breastfeeding cover image sparks debate (May 11, 2012) 
Time magazine’s latest cover, which features an attractive 26-year-old mother breastfeeding her toddler son, sparked strong reaction Thursday, with industry experts calling it everything from a cheap shot to a “desperate” move.


Pre-summer camp waxing for tweens (June 13, 2012)
Jill Greenspan of Livingston, N.J., plans to take her 11-year-old daughter, Taylor, to Warren-Tricomi’s Plaza Hotel salon next week for a $250 hair taming treatment.


Colorado Mass Shooting, Fox 5 News (July 20, 2012)


City Pushing to Hide Baby Formula in Hospitals (July 30, 2012)
Starting Sept. 3, New York City will start keeping tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use in order to encourage more breast feeding, reports the NY Post.


Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding (August 13, 2012)
Child psychologist Dr. Nava Silton and La Leche League of New York representative Helen McCullagh talk about the pros and cons of breast feeding. This comes after the Bloomberg administration says it is pushing hospitals to push breast feeding over bottle feeding.


Back to School (August 28, 2012)


Free-Range Kids Movement (September 12, 2012)
School has just been dismissed and the Ancient Playground in Central Park is bustling with children and their watchful parents. But some parents aren’t keeping such a close eye.


Psychologist Weighs in on Suspected Nanny Killing of 2 Children (November 9, 2012)
Developmental psychologist Dr. Nava Silton weighs in on the suspected killings of two young children allegedly by the nanny. Police believe Yoselyn Ortega, 50, stabbed a 6-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy at a building called La Rochelle on West 75th Street, just of Columbus Avenue.


Children and Technology: Educational games? (December 12, 2012)
What games are really educational for your kids?


Parents Encouraging Their Children to Be Aggressive (February 20, 2013)
A YouTube video of young girls being forced to fight each other has surfaced, and it’s now the center of an NYPD investigation. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.


Angry God and Mental Illness-the Thom Hartmann Show (April 30, 2013)
Dr. Nava Silton, Marymount Manhattan College joins Thom Hartmann. Most religious people believe in a kind, caring and nurturing image of God.


“Shmacking” on College Campuses (May 6, 2013)
First there was “Girls Gone Wild” now there is “I’m Shmacked,” a website where college students post videos of their drunken escapades.


Transformed Brave Merida Doll (May 15, 2013)


Sportsmanship: The Importance of Losing (May 30, 2013)
This year’s Subway Series was too much to take for one little Brooklyn boy. The 4-year-old child had a tantrum that his father caught on camera and posted online. Andrew Siff explains how it’s turned into a valuable lesson about losing.


Parents want Medical Marijuana for Their Toddler (June 21, 2013)
A New Jersey family believes medical marijuana will help their toddler with her epilepsy. Checkey Beckford reports.


Consultants for Playdates? (July 19, 2013)
Some wealthy New York City parents are so concerned about getting their children into prestigious private schools that they are shelling out big money to have the kids attend mock play dates.


Adolescent Girls and Math-Fox 5 News (August 6, 2013)


Fathers and Surrogacy, Fox 5 News (August 28, 2013)There is nothing like being a dad. Those stroller rides, the shoulder carries, or on this afternoon, for Steven Harris and his son Ben, 6, a conversation about what to wear.


Recess, Sports and Sportsmanship, Fox 5 News (October 9, 2013)


Childhood Obesity and Halloween, Fox 5 News (October 30, 2013)


Tuberculosis in the NICU, NBC News (October 30, 2013)
A Manhattan hospital says an employee in its maternity ward tested positive for tuberculosis, potentially exposing newborns to a disease that was the leading cause of death in the United States more than a century ago. Checkey Beckford reports.


When Bullied Children Turn to Plastic Surgery for Help, Fox 5 News (November 15, 2013)
Dr. Frederick Lukash is with the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. He specializes in operations for children and teens, everything from pinning back ears to removing moles.


Encouraging Girls to Look Beyond the Princess Fantasy, Fox 5 News (November 20, 2013). 
You never know who you’ll end up sauntering down the sidewalk in New York City. But when I got to talking to this group of Oklahoma high school seniors and a few of their moms it was really no surprise that all but one fantasized about being princesses when they grew up.


Controversy Over Child’s Seat with Mounted IPad, Fox 5 News (December 4, 2013)
If you own an iPad, you know how great they can be for shopping, doing research, or just plain entertainment. Well, how about an iPad for your infant. Believe it or not, it exists.


The Problem with New Years’ Resolutions, Fox 5 News (January 1, 2014)


Post-holiday Blues and Depression, Fox 5 News (January 6, 2014)
January 6th is now known as the most depressing day of the year.


A Virtual Girlfriend on your Nintendo DS, Fox 5 News (January 22, 2014)
In the movie “Her,” Joaquin Phoenix’s character falls in love with the operating system voice on his computer. Apparently something close to this is happening in real life in a video game called Love Plus for your Nintendo DS game player. The game has three virtual girlfriends you can choose and program their personalities and moods and talk to them.


Is Children’s Obsession with Selfies a Problem, Fox 5 News (January 28, 2014)


Are secret spending habits as bad as cheating? Fox 5 News (February 17, 2014)
Apparently, a lot of couples are not being honest with each other about the money they’re spending. And experts said that could lead to divorce.


Views on corporal punishment, Fox 5 News (February 19, 2014)


Women and the B-Word (Bossiness), Fox 5 News (March 10, 2014)


Bullying and Popularity, Fox 5 News (April 1, 2014)


Childhood Memory Fox 5 News (April 8, 2014)


Mumps Outbreak and the MMR Vaccine, NBC News (April 17, 2014)


Male and Female Voice and Attractiveness, Fox 5 News (April 18, 2014)


Anonymity and Google, Fox 5 News (April 29, 2014)


Triggers and Literature in the Classroom, Fox 5 News (May 24, 2014)


Feminine Movement against the Male California Shooter, Fox 5 News (May 27, 2014)


Addiction to the Sun (based on a research article in Cell), Fox 5 News (June 20, 2014)


Ring Size, Wedding Size and Divorce, Fox 5 News (October 8, 2014)


Talking to Children about Sex, Fox 5 News (October 15, 2014)
Parents having “the talk” — you know, the one about the birds and the bees — with their kids can be somewhat uncomfortable even awkward. But we have gotten better. New research shows we are not nearly as embarrassed as we used to be.

Violence on the Subway, Fox 5 News (November 10, 2014)


Coping with Stress Before the Holidays, Fox 5 News (December 10, 2014)


Music and the Brain, Fox 5 News (December 16, 2014)


Creating Lasting New Years Resolutions, Fox 5 News (December 26, 2014)


The Importance of Pretend Play, Fox 5 News (December 30, 2014)


The Challenge of Forging Friendships as Adults, Fox 5 News (January 13, 2015)


The Dangers of Publicly Shaming Children, Fox 5 News (February 5,2015)


The pros and cons of homework, Fox 5 News (March 6, 2015)


Childhood Suicide, NBC News (March 6, 2015)


Childhood Narcissism (March 10, 2015), 5 & 10 PM


 Sharenting: Are parents Oversharing on Social Media? (March 17, 2015)


When is it Too Early to Wear Make-up? (March 24, 2015), 5 PM


CutforZayn: Cutting among Adolescent Fans (March 27, 2015), 10 PM  


 Lying to Children (March 31, 2015), 10 PM


Academic Redshirting (April 28, 2015), 10 PM


Post-partum Depression in New Fathers (May 19, 2015), 10 PM


Expressing Grief on Social Media (June 4, 2015), 5 PM


News Psychology Report, Fox 5 News (July 2, 2015)



Disobedience and Later success, Fox 5 News (July 28, 2015), 10pm


News Psychology Report, Fox 5 News (August 5, 2015), 10pm


10 Year Old Charged on Two Counts in Two Days, NBC (August 13, 2015), 11pm


Affluenza, Good Day New York, Fox 5 News (December 29, 2015)


Why People are Obsessed with Predicting the Future (Febuary 15, 2016), 5pm