Nava Silton

Associate Professor of Psychology

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. 


Associate Professor of Psychology







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.

Professional Experience

Breast Milk Baby Doll-Fox 5 News (March 23, 2011):


Attachment Parenting-Fox 5 News (May 11, 2012):


Pre-summer camp waxing for tweens-Fox 5 News (June 13, 2012):

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


City Pushing to Hide Baby Formula in Hospitals-Good Day New York (July 30, 2012)


Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding-Good Day New York (August 13, 2012):


Back to School-Good Day New York (August 28, 2012)


Free-Range Kids Movement-Fox 5 News (September 12, 2012):


Nanny Killing of 2 Children-Good Day New York (November 9, 2012):


Children and Technology: Educational games- Fox 5 News (December 12, 2012):


Parents Encouraging Their Children to Be Aggressive-NBC News (2-20-13):!/on-air/as-seen-on/Video-of-Young-Girls-Fighting-Probed/191946121


Angry God and Mental Illness-The Thom Hartmann Show (April 30, 2013)


“Shmacking” on College Campuses Fox 5 News (May 6, 2013)


Transformed Brave Merida Doll Fox 5 News (May 15, 2013)


Sportsmanship: The Importance of Losing-NBC News (May 30, 2013)!/news/local/Boy–4–Has-Tantrum-After-Mets-Beat-Yankees/209635311


Parents want Medical Marijuana for Their Toddler-NBC News (June 21, 2013)!/on-air/as-seen-on/Parents-Want-Medical-Marijuana-for-Toddler/212433101

Consultants for Playdates?-Fox 5 News (July 19, 2013)


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


Fathers and Surrogacy Fox 5 News (August 28, 2013)


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



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