Nora I.


Nora Isacoff, PhD, is a professor in the Psychology departments at both Columbia University and New York University, and a former National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow. She has many years of experience working directly with students of all ages, from elementary school through adults. Her approach focuses on identifying students' strengths and passions and helping students build on these as they learn new skills and address any weaknesses. Students leave their sessions with Nora feeling self-reliant and motivated to keep growing. Nora earned a BA (Honors) in Linguistics (University College London), a  PhD in Cognitive Psychology (Rutgers University), and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in education (NYU).

Nora has consulted for the National Institute of Early Education Research and for the Research Alliance for NYC Schools and has served as a literacy and science coach in NYC elementary school classrooms. She has published in and reviewed for top journals and academic books, lectured internationally, is the co-author of the book Data and Teaching, and is currently writing a book about cognitive science.  She is trained in Orton Gillingham (a reading and writing methodology), is certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and specializes in executive functioning, inspiring students to develop organizational skills that they will be able to draw on for a lifetime. She has helped many students craft their admissions essays for college, graduate school, and other academic programs, and brings a respect for and openness toward her students that allows for playing around with ideas, joining in true collaboration, and ultimately developing work that really makes them proud.

Education & Qualifications
  • New York University, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Education 
  • Rutgers University, PhD in Cognitive Psychology
  • Rutgers University, MS in Cognitive Psychology
  • University College London, BA in Linguistics
  • Sarah Lawrence College, Liberal Arts studies
  • Expository Writing
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • English as a Second Language
  • Homework Help & Study Skills
  • Admissions Coaching (College, JD, MBA, MD)
  • ACT
  • GRE