Karol Silva, Ph.D.

Scientist
Human Factors
Philadelphia

Dr. Karol Silva is a developmental psychologist who specializes in work related to the impact of social context, cognitive states, and human development on decision-making and behavior. She has published on the effects of cognitive fatigue on decision-making, impulsivity, and reward-seeking behavior of young adults. She has also published on the influence of romantic partners, peers, and peer groups on risk-taking tendencies of adolescents and young adults. Dr. Silva has also done work related to family systems and the influence of parenting practices and behaviors on development. Dr. Silva has more than 10 years of experience as a researcher with proven expertise in a variety of statistical techniques and experience with a several empirical methodologies including behavioral testing, randomized controlled studies, daily diary data collection and analysis, focus groups, and qualitative and mixed-methods data analysis. She also has experience in intervention development and evaluation, which can be applied to evaluations of consumer products. Prior to obtaining her doctorate, Dr. Silva worked as public health researcher and published on patterns of prescription drug misuse and abuse in young adults.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology, Temple University, 2017
  • M.P.H., Public Health, Brown University, 2009
  • B.A., Psychology, Rutgers University, 2007
  • Eugene Walker Postdoctoral Fellow Award, Society of Pediatric Psychology, 2019

    Outstanding Trainee Research Award, Society of Pediatric Psychology, 2019

    Biomedical Postdoctoral Program Award, University of Pennsylvania, 2019

    Loan Repayment Award, National Institute of Health, 2018-2020

    Dissertation Completion Grant Award, Temple University, 2017

    Tuition Scholarship Award, Brown University, 2007-2009

    Henry Rutgers Honors Scholar, Rutgers University, 2007

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish

Publications

Silva K. The Teen Brain. In K.R., Ginsburg, & Z., McClain (Eds.), Reaching teens: Strength-based communication strategies to build resilience and support healthy adolescent development (2nd ed). Chicago, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Silva K, Chein J, Steinberg L. The influence of romantic partners on male risk taking. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 2020; 37: 1405-1415.

Silva K, Miller VA. The role of cognitive and psychosocial maturity in type 1 diabetes management. Journal of Adolescent Health 2019; 64: 622-630.

Duell N, Icenogle G, Silva K, Chein J, Steinberg L, et al. A cross-section examination of response inhibition and working memory on the Stroop task. Cognitive Development 2018; 47: 19-31.

Silva K, Patrianakos J, Chein J, Steinberg L. Joint effects of peer presence and fatigue on risk and reward processing in late adolescence. Journal of Youth & Adolescence 2017; 46: 1878-1890.

Silva K, Chein J, Steinberg L. Adolescents in peer groups make more prudent decisions when a slightly older adult is present. Psychological Science 2016; 27:322-330.

Silva K, Schrager SM, Kecojevic A, Lankenau SE. Factors associated with history of non-fatal overdose among young nonmedical users of prescription drugs. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2013; 128: 104-110.

Presentations

Silva K, Torres RJ, Friedrich E, Fisher Thiel M, Ford CA, Miller VA. Associations between parental beliefs about adolescence, parent-teen communication, and psychological well-being. Oral platform presentation, Society of Pediatric Psychology annual conference. New Orleans, LN, 2019.

Silva K, Miller VA. Parenting and the development of impulse control: The mediating role of negative affect. Poster presentation, Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting. March Baltimore, MD, 2019.

Silva K, Chein J, Steinberg L. Cognitive fatigue increases risk-taking and reward sensitivity without affecting ability to learn from negative consequences. Poster presentation, Society for Research on Adolescence annual meeting. Baltimore, MD, 2016.

Silva K, Shulman EP, Chein J, Steinberg L. Peers increase adolescents’ exploratory behavior and sensitivity to positive and negative feedback. Poster presentation, Association for Psychological Science conference. New York City, NY, 2015.

Prior Experience

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2017-2020

Graduate Researcher, Temple University, 2013-2017

Research Assistant, Drexel University, 2010-2012

Program Coordinator, Miriam Hospital, 2008-2009

Research Assistant, Healthcentric Advisors, 2007-2008

Research Fellow, Institute of Health, Healthcare Policy, and Aging Research, 2006-2007

Academic Appointments

Lecturer, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, 2018-2020

Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Health, Drexel University, 2018

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Psychology, Temple University, 2012, 2016

Professional Affiliations

Society of Research in Child Development

Society of Pediatric Psychology

Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Journal of Cognition and Development

Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Journal of Research on Adolescence

Drug and Alcohol Dependence

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology, Temple University, 2017
  • M.P.H., Public Health, Brown University, 2009
  • B.A., Psychology, Rutgers University, 2007
  • Eugene Walker Postdoctoral Fellow Award, Society of Pediatric Psychology, 2019

    Outstanding Trainee Research Award, Society of Pediatric Psychology, 2019

    Biomedical Postdoctoral Program Award, University of Pennsylvania, 2019

    Loan Repayment Award, National Institute of Health, 2018-2020

    Dissertation Completion Grant Award, Temple University, 2017

    Tuition Scholarship Award, Brown University, 2007-2009

    Henry Rutgers Honors Scholar, Rutgers University, 2007

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish