Here is my interactive resume for folks who do not have time to read between the lines of my Vitae.



The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)

Ph.D.  in Developmental Psychology Sept, 2018

Parents Frame Childhood for World to See in Digital Media Postings. Colette Daiute (chair), Roger Hart, Lev Manovich, Matthew K. Gold, Joan Greenbaum

M.Phil in Psychology Feb, 2016

Ankara University, Graduate School of Educational Sciences,

M.A. in Educational Psychology, 2011

Ankara University, Department of Educational Sciences.

B.A. in Psychological Counseling and Guidance, 2009


Postdoctoral Researcher at European Institute, Istanbul Bilgi University

ERC project: “Nativism, Islamophobism and Islamism in the Age of Populism: Culturalisation and Religionisation of what is Social, Economic and Political in Europe

Assistant Professor, Abdullah Gul University, Turkey, 2019 January – 2020 January 

Teaching Assistant at Graduate Center, CUNY, 2018 Spring

Teaching assistant in Ph.D. level Seminar and Practicum on the Teaching of Psychology

Research Fellow in Selim Iltus Memorial Fellowship funded by Bernard van Leer Foundation 2017 – 2018

Research Associate in New Media Lab 2016 – 2018

Research Associate in Children’s Environment Research Group (CERG) at The Graduate Center, CUNY 2014 – Continuing

Research Associate: Childhood Revisited. September 2015 to present. Principle Investigator: Dr. Roger Hart

Research Associate: Community Scorecard Approach Development for the Because I Am A Girl (BIAAG) Urban Programme in Cotonou, Benin, December 2015. In partnership with Plan International and Plan Benin.

Research Associate & Consultant: Participation of Young People in the Organizational Governance ECPAT International and EICYAC Assessment, July 2014 to November 2014. Commissioned by ECPAT International. Principle Investigator: Dr. Roger Hart

Adjunct Lecturer in Psychology Department, College of Staten Island 2013 Fall – 2017 Fall

Lectured Introduction to Psychology and Developmental Psychology classes.

Research Consultant and Program Assistant, Equitable Communities Inc. 2013-2017

Equitable Communities is a non-profit organization that supports equality in underserved communities through programs aiming to enhance children’s financial literacy.

Adjunct Lecturer in Child and Youth Studies Program, Brooklyn College Spring, 2016 Spring 

Lectured Children and Media class

Teaching Assistant at Ankara University, Educational Sciences Department 2010- 2011 Academic year

Teaching assistant in Adolescence Psychology, Educational Psychology, Youth Participation classes in undergraduate level.

Research Fellow in Ankara University 2009-2011

I worked in multinational Processes Influencing Democratic Ownership and Participation (PIDOP) Project, funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme.

Internship at Atolye Tempo (a private Psychological Counselling Center) – 2008 July  


Lastname changed from Ataman to Benevento in 2018


Benevento, A. (In review). Capturing Parents’ Aspirations via Digital Postings About Childhood.

Benevento, A. (In review). Studying Values About Childhood Using Networked Photography.

Benevento, A. (In review). How Do Children and Their Mothers Make Sense of Photographs Containing Other Children?

Benevento, A. & Okuyan, M. (2019) Significance of protesters’ words during Gezi Park protests: finding implicit meanings in sticky notes and tweets, Social Movement Studies, 18:4, 482-498, DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2018.1561258

Ober, T., Benevento, A., & Brooks, P. J. (2018). Teaching Psychology with International Perspectives in Mind. International Psychology Bulletin. Spring Issue.

Daiute, C., Kovacs-Cerovic, T., Todorova, R., Jokic, T., Ataman, A. (2017). Minority Teachers – Roma in Serbia – Narrate Education Reform. Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade.

Kimiagar, B. & Ataman, A. (2017)  Strategies for discussing and managing power dynamics in intergenerational groups. 3rd issue of Learning for Well-Being Magazine.

Hart, R, Ataman, A. & Kimiagar, B. (2016). Thematic Report: Placing Children’s Voices At The Heart of Their Organizations That Serve Them – Lessons from governance with children who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation. The Perspectives Of Children Who Have Experienced Commercial Sexual Exploitation At The Heart Of Their Organisations. ECPAT International.

Ataman, A., Sener, T. Noack, P. & Born, M. (2016). Political Participation Beyond Borders: A Comparative Analysis of Turkish Youth Living In Home Country, Germany and Belgium. Journal of Youth Studies. doi:10.1080/13676261.2016.1254165

Ataman, A. (2016) Gençlikte Toplumsal Katılım ve Anababanın Rolü (Social Participation During Youth and Parents’ Role). Toplum ve Sosyal Hizmet Dergisi. 27 (1), 123-144.

Daiute, C., Ataman, A. & Kovacs-Cerovic, T. (2015) Minority Educators Discuss a Public Story that Challenges Social Inclusion. Language, Culture and Social Interaction. 7, 109-125. doi:10.1016/j.lcsi.2015.10.002

Ataman, A. (2015). Çocukların Psikolojik Araştırmaya Katılımı: Çocuk Hakları Çerçevesinden Bir Değerlendirme (Children’s Participation in Psychological Research: An Evaluation From Children’s Rights Perspective). Eğitim Bilim Toplum Dergisi, 51 (13), 33-45.

Ataman, A. (Trans.) (2014). Human Rights Based Urban Analysis: Children, Young People, Women and Disable People (Saral, B. & Aslan, Z., 2011) UNICEF Turkey and Youth Association for Habitat.

Ataman, A., Cok, F. and Sener, T. (2012). Understanding Civic Engagement Among Roma and Young Turkish People in Turkey. In M. Barrett & B. Zani (Eds.) Engaged Citizens? Political Participation and Social Engagement Among Young People, Women, Minorities and Migrants, special issue. Human Affairs Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly. 22 (3), 419-433. DOI: 10.2478/s13374-012-0034-z


Benevento, A. (2019). Examining Visual Narratives of Childhood by Parents. Paper presented in 6th Society of Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology Conference. 10th-11th June. Boston, MA. The United States of America.

Benevento, A. (2018). Capturing Their Aspirations: Examining Parents’ Photographs of Their Children on Social Media. Paper presented at 8th Theorizing the Web Conference. 27th-28th April. New York City, NY. The United States of America. (Video recording)

Ataman, A. (2017). Parents Frame Childhood for World to See in Interactive Digital Media. Paper presented in 47th Annual Meeting of The Jean Piaget Society: Technologies & Human Development. 8th-10th June. San Francisco, CA. The United States of America.

Ataman, A. & Okuyan, M. (2017). Finding Psychological and Cultural Meaning of The Gezi Park Protests via Sticky Notes and Tweets. Paper presented in half day symposium organized by the Graduate Center, CUNY Digital Initiatives: Activism and the Intersectional Internet: Power and Resistance, May 17th. New York, NY. The United States of America.

Ataman, A. (2016). Is Having Citizenship Necessary To Be Political? Understanding Political Participation of Immigrants From a Developmental Perspective. Paper presented in 42nd Association of Moral Education Conference, 8th-11th December. Boston, MA The United States of America.

Ataman, A. (2015). “Is Having Citizenship Necessary To Be Political? Understanding Political Participation of Immigrants”. Paper presented in Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) conference: A Road Less Traveled: Forging Links Between Psychological Science and Social Policy, 20th -21st June. Washington, DC. The United States of America

Daiute, C., Kovacs-Cerovic, T. & Ataman, A (2015). “Narrating conflicts that challenge education reform for social inclusion”. Paper accepted in Comparative and International Education Society 2015 Annual Conference: Ubuntu! Imagining a humanist education globally, 8th-13th March. Washington D.C., The United States of America.

Ataman, A. (2015). “Participating Beyond Borders: A Comparative Analysis From a Developmental Perspective”. Paper presented in Eastern Sociological Society – Crossing Borders, 2015 Annual Meeting, 26th February-1st March. New York, NY, The United States of America.

Ataman, A. and Sener, T. (2014). “Being minority vs. majority: A Comparative analysis of Turkish youth in different cultural contexts”. Paper presented in 14th Biennial Conference of The European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA), 3rd-6th September, Izmir, Turkey.

Ataman, A. and Okuyan, M. (2014). “Understanding The Gezi Movement in Turkey”. Paper accepted to 2014 Biennial Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) Conference: Social Action and Change: Opportunities, Resistance, Inertia, and Mobilization. 27th-29th June, Portland, OR, The United States of America.

Sener, T., Ataman, A. and Cok, F. (2012). “What makes difference? Perceptions of active citizenship among young people from different backgrounds”. Paper presented in 13th Biennial Conference of The European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA), 29th August-1st September 2012, Island of Spetses, Greece.

Sener, T. and Ataman, A. (2011). “Is it too late or am I too young to participate? Evaluation of young people’s civic engagement and participation in Turkey. Paper presented in 5th Conference of Emerging Adulthood, 27th-28th October 2011, Providence, The United States of America.

Ataman, A. (2011). “Evaluation of Mother’s and Father’s Effect Among Young People’s Social Participation Development”. Paper presented in 5th Conference of Emerging Adulthood, 27th-28th October 2011, Providence, The United States of America.

Ataman, A. and Sener T. (2011). “Factors that affect the level of civic engagement among young people in Turkey. Does ethnic minority status matter?” Paper presented in Annual Scientific Meeting of International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), “Cooperation and Human Societies: Towards a Multidisciplinary Political Psychology”, 9th -12th July 2011, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Sener, T., Ataman, A. and Çok F. (2011). “Processes Influencing Democratic Ownership and Participation: Turkish focus group results”. Paper presented in PIDOP Conference, “Engaged Citizens: Political Participation and Civic Engagement among Youth, Women, Minorities and Migrants”, 11th -12th May 2011, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

Cok, F., Sener, T., Bozkurt S. and Ataman, A. (2010) “Images and Experiences of Social and Political Participation of Young People in Turkey”. Paper presented in 6th Annual Conference of the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM), “Living Together – Civic, Political and Cultural Engagement among Migrants, Minorities and National Populations”, 29th -30th June 2010, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.


Benevento, A. (2019). Importance of Community Networks for Positive Youth Development. Invited speaker at 30th Anniversary Ceremony and International Conference of National Youth Policy Institute in South Korea. 4th July. Seoul, South Korea.

Benevento, A. (2019). Sosyal Medyada Çocuk İmgesinin Araştırılması ve Analizi. April 15th, 2019. Başkent Üniversitesi, Ankara Turkey.

Ataman, A. & Kimiagar, B as workshop facilitators (2016) Strengthening our child, youth and adult organizations to become more inclusive, transparent, and fair. Children as Actors Transforming Society (CATS) Conference, July 25th-Aug 2nd, Caux, Switzerland.


New Media Lab Social Justice Award – 2018

New Media Lab Dissertation Award CUNY – 2017

Doctoral Student Research Grant (DSRG), The Graduate Center, CUNY – 2016

Sylvia Scribner Fund Award, Psychology Department, The Graduate Center, CUNY -2015

Conference Presentation Award, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Spring 2015 – Fall 2015 – Fall 2016.

SPSSI Conference Travel Award for Graduate Students 2015

Jacobs Foundation Travel Grants for Young Scholars given for EARA 2014

University Fellowship. Psychology Department, The Graduate Center, CUNY 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years

Jacobs Foundations Society for The Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA) Travel Award 2011

Istanbul Bilgi University Psychology Department Grant, 2011

Graduate Study Abroad Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Turkey 2010

Honor Student, Ankara University 2005-2009


Association of Internet Researchers

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

American Psychological Association (APA) – Division 2: Teaching of Psychology


8th Pedagogy Day Organizing Committee Member at the Graduate Center, CUNY

The EARA The Student and Early Career Network (SECNet) Committee Member 2012-Continuing

Admissions Committee Student Member in Human Development Program in Graduate Center, CUNY 2014-2015.

Doctoral Student’s Council, Human Development Program Representative in Graduate Center, CUNY 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years.

Curriculum Committee Member In Developmental Psychology Program in Graduate Center, CUNY 2012-2013.

Blog Manager, American Psychological Association (APA) – Division 2: Teaching of Psychology.

Reviewed manuscripts for issues of Human Affairs Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly, Political Psychology, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Youth Studies.