Samantha Berkule Johnson

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Samantha Berkule Johnson joined the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College in 2011. After attending Cornell University for her undergraduate studies in human development, she received her doctorate in developmental psychology from Yeshiva University.

Dr. Berkule’s parent-child research interests include infant and child development, specifically parent-child interactions, maternal sensitivity, maternal depression, attachment, early reading, and parenting interventions. She is a researcher and trainer for the Video Interaction Project (VIP), a pediatric primary care-based, relationship-based intervention which aims to enrich parent-child interactions and enhance school readiness at New York University School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center in Pediatrics, with which she has worked since 2005.

Dr. Berkule is a ZERO TO THREE Leaders for the 21st Century Fellow.

Dr. Berkule has taught at Yeshiva University, Lehman College, New York University School of Medicine, and Manhattanville College prior to joining the faculty at MMC. She teaches the following courses: General Psychology, Developmental Psychology: Child Development, Developmental Psychology: Adolescent and Adult Development, Attachment Across the Lifespan, and the first year New York City Seminar Big Love in the Big Apple: Romantic Attachment in New York City.

Dr. Berkule is an FAA-certificated private pilot and lives in New York City. 


Associate Professor of Psychology







B.S., Cornell University

M.A., Yeshiva University

Ph.D., Yeshiva University

Recent Work

Selected Publications (*denotes co-first authorship)

Berkule Johnson, S., Arevalo, J., Cates, C.B., Weisleder, A., Dreyer, B.P., & Mendelsohn, A.L. (2016). Perceptions about parental engagement about Hispanic immigrant mothers of first graders from low-income backgrounds. Early Childhood Education Journal, 44(5), 445-452.

Mendelsohn, A.L.*, Berkule Johnson, S.B.*, Cates, C.B., Weisleder, A., Seery, A., Kinsner, K., & Dreyer, B.P. (2016). Video Interaction Project Program Manual.

Cates, C.B., Weisleder, A. Dreyer, B.P., Berkule Johnson, S., Vlahovicova, K., Ledesma, J., & Mendelsohn, A.L. (2016). Leveraging healthcare to promote responsive parenting: Impacts of the Video Interaction Project on parenting stress. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Canfield, C.F., Weisleder, A., Cates, C.B., Huberman, H.S., Dreyer, B.P., Legano, L.A., Berkule Johnson, S., Seery, A., & Mendelsohn, A.L. (In Press). Primary care parenting intervention effects on use of physical punishment among low-income parents of toddlers. Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, 36(8), 586–593.

Berkule, S.B. Learning Disorders. In R. Cautin & S. Lilienfeld (Eds). (2015) The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, New Jersey. 

Morrow, L.M., Berkule, S.B., Mendelsohn, A.L., Healey, K.M., & Cates, C.B.  (2013). Learning through Play. In R. Reutzel (Ed). The Handbook of Research-Based Practice in Early Childhood Education. The Guilford Press: New York.

Cates, C.B., Dreyer, B.P., Berkule, S.B., White, L.J., Arevalo, J.A. & Mendelsohn, A.L. (2012). Infant communication and subsequent language development in children from low-income families: The role of early cognitive stimulation. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 33(7), 577-585.

Mendelsohn, A.L., Huberman, H.S., Berkule, S.B., Brockmeyer, C., Morrow, L.M., & Dreyer, B.P. (2011). Primary care strategies for promoting parent-child interactions and school readiness in at-risk families: Early findings from the Bellevue Project for Early Language, Literacy and Education Success (BELLE). Archives of Pediatrics &    Adolescent Medicine 165(1), 33-41.

Mendelsohn, A.L., Dreyer, B.P., Brockmeyer, C.A., Berkule, S.B., & Morrow, L.M. (2011). Fostering early development and school readiness in pediatric settings. In D. Dickinson & S.B. Neuman (Eds). Handbook of Early Literacy Research: Volume 3. The Guilford Press: New York.

Tomopoulos, S., Dreyer, B.P., Berkule, S.B., Fierman, A.H., Brockmeyer, C., & Mendelsohn, A.L. (2010). Infant Media Exposure: Adverse Effects on Toddler Development. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 164(12), 1105-1111.

Berkule, S.B., Dreyer, B.P., Huberman, H.S., Klass, P.E., & Mendelsohn, A.L. (2010). Sources   of parenting information in low socioeconomic status mothers. Clinical Pediatrics, 49(6), 560-568.

Green, C.G., Berkule, S.B., Dreyer, B.P., Fierman, A.H., Huberman, H.S., Klass, P.,     Tomopoulos, S., Yin, H.S., Morrow, L.M., & Mendelsohn, A.L. (2009). Maternal literacy   and associations between education and the cognitive home environment in low-income families. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 163(9), 832-837.

Berkule, S.B., Dreyer, B.P., Klass, P.E., Huberman, H.S., Yin, H.S., & Mendelsohn, A.L. (2008). Mothers’ expectations for shared reading following delivery: Implications for reading activities at 6 months. Ambulatory Pediatrics, 8(3), 169-174.

Berkule, S.B., Dreyer, B.P., Huberman, H.S., Fierman, A.H., & Mendelsohn, A.L. (2007). Attitudes about shared reading among at-risk mothers of newborn babies. Ambulatory Pediatrics, 7, 45-50.


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