Nava R. Silton, Ph.D., a Developmental Psychologist, received her B.S. from Cornell University in 2002 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2009. Silton has worked at Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, and Mediakidz, and has consulted for Netflix, Blue’s Clues & You and The Autism Seaver Center. She appears regularly on Fox 5 News as a Psychological Correspondent, and has appeared on Good Day New York, Good Day Street Talk and NBC. Nava is currently a Professor of Psychology at Marymount Manhattan College. She has written over three dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, over twenty chapters, book reviews and encyclopedia entries and has edited six full textbooks. Her first two books discuss innovative technologies for individuals with autism and other disabilities, her third delves into creativity, her fourth into family dynamics and romantic relationships, her fifth explores the constructs of happiness, gratitude, kindness, empathy and well-being and her sixth text discusses best parenting and child development practices for the 21st century.
Silton created the The Realabilities Educational Comic Book Series (www.realabilities.com), which offers 17 comics (12 on disabilities and 5 on mental health disorders) and two instructional manuals for use in classrooms across the world. The disabilities-based series, which received The Reader’s Favorite Award, has now been translated into Hebrew and Spanish and is currently being translated into Chinese and French, as well. Due to the popularity of the Realabilities Educational Series in the schools, Silton created Addy & Uno, The First Family Musical about Disabilities, Bullying and Kindness. Addy & Uno, which was nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance Award, ran Off-Broadway for over 18 months at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in Manhattan (www.addyanduno.com). Most recently, Silton created a Child Development and Parenting Podcast, entitled A Cup of Java with Dr. Nava. Finally, Nava just penned Pure. Pure was a Finalist in the Wiki Screenplay Contest, a Semi-finalist in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Awards, The NYC Screenplay Awards, The Miami Screenplay Awards, The Portland Screenplay Awards, and a Quarterfinalist in the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards. Silton is married to Dr. Ariel Brandwein and has five children; three boys and two little girls.