Peri Ozlem Yuksel-Sokmen / Developmental Psychology

Graduate Student Researcher
January 2012 – July 2014

Project: Medea’s Map of Colchis
NML Award: The New Media Lab Digital Dissertation Award (April 2013)

Peri Ozlem Yuksel-Sokmen

Peri Ozlem Yuksel-Sokmen joined the Ph.D. Program in Developmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010 after receiving her BA from CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a teaching and research fellow at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, under the supervision of her advisor, Dr. Patricia Brooks. Ozy also collaborates with the Infant Studies Unit at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR). Here, she explores how perinatal risk factors impact the development of early interaction.

At the New Media Lab, Ozy is working to create an interactive teaching tool, called Medea’s Map of Colchis about her life-long project which has now become her dissertation research: Studying Early Language Development among Lazi Children. As a native speaker of Lazuri she has conducted field work in the provinces of Rize and Artvin, along the East Black Sea coast of Turkey where mountain of tongues still await her.

She was also interviewed by Spiegel TV (October, 2013) about her research on endangered languages in affiliation with the Endangered Language Alliance.