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A professional student services staff member assists students with their adjustment to life outside of class. This NYU staff assigns housing, plans activities, and sees to the general well-being of the student body. Being away from home and familiar surroundings can sometimes be disorienting, and the student life staff is prepared to respond to any questions or concerns which may arise throughout the semester. Our full-time professional staff is always available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on an emergency cell phone to respond to any unexpected events that may present themselves in off hours. As with all of NYU’s Study Away sites, NYU Sydney is fully integrated into the University’s Security, Emergency Response, and Health & Wellness systems.

Mal Semple


Malcolm is the Director of NYU Sydney, and Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at NYU New York. His previous NYU appointments include two years as Director of the College Core Curriculum; five years as Vice Dean, and two years as Interim Dean, of the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS); two years as interim director of the Office of Veterinary Resources (OVR); and ten years as chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). He directs the undergraduate Honors Program in Neural Science, and leads workshops on research ethics for graduate students and postdocs. Mal's research is on neural mechanisms and behavioral performance in hearing. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia. He held research and teaching positions at the University of Oxford, England, and the University of California, Irvine, before coming to NYU in 1995.

Anna Antoniak

Associate Director

Anna joined the NYU Sydney team as Associate Director after working at NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science as the Dean’s Communications and Strategic Planning Specialist. She holds an M.A. in International Education from NYU Steinhardt, where her research focused on Central Europe and the Balkans, urban education, and multicultural curriculum reform. She received her B.A. in English and French from Amherst College, where she was a Resident Counselor; Peer Advocate of Sexual Respect; and founded peer groups for parental bereavement, the campus culture around body image, and a range of volunteer initiatives supporting local underserved youth. Anna manages operations at NYU Sydney.


Assistant Director, Academic Programs

Megan Carrigy (Ph.D., University of New South Wales) is the Assistant Director for Academic Programs at NYU Sydney. Before joining NYU she was the Education Projects Manager at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

Megan was awarded the Best Doctoral Thesis Prize in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW in 2011 for her Ph.D. thesis titled ‘Performing History, Troubling Reference: Tracking the Screen Re-enactment’. She has also been awarded the Mari Kuttna Memorial Prize for Film Studies and the English Association Prize for Best Long Essay in English Literature by the University of Sydney. Her research interests include debates about referentiality in contemporary film theory; representations of the past in Australian cinema; re-enactments, remakes and pirating in the early American cinema; and the cinema of Ritwik Ghatak. Her research is published in a range of journals and books including Screening the Past and the 24 Frames series for Wallflower Press.

Megan has taught film and media studies at UNSW and at the University of Technology, Sydney. For four years, she programmed Sydney’s annual queerDOC and Mardi Gras Film Festivals, building partnerships with local and international distributors, filmmakers, festivals and community organisations.



Program Manager, Student Services

Marcus returned to Sydney after spending twelve years in the U.S. Living in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisconsin, he acquired a love for Hershey’s chocolate, snow, and cheese; however, he found nothing could replace the beaches and culture of his home city. While majoring in Mass Communication at St. Cloud State University, Marcus was introduced to his first Student Affairs role. Since then he has held positions with Residential Life, Multicultural and International Student Affairs, and Intramural Sports. As the NYU Sydney Student Services Program Manager he is looking forward to an exciting year working with students and sharing everything Australia has to offer. Marcus enjoys all forms of exercise, his morning coffee, a good debate and Thai food.


Global Wellness Counselor

As the onsite Global Wellness Counselor, Lauren is responsible for addressing the mental health and wellness needs of students studying at NYU Sydney. Lauren provides individual counselling, group therapy, clinical assessment, crisis intervention and facilitation of emergency mental health services, and also assists students in obtaining psychiatric and/or specialty psychological services as needed. Additionally, Lauren provides wellness education to students by offering presentations, events and workshops throughout the semester geared toward self-care and optimisation of psychological and physical health.

Lauren hails from Melbourne and spent several years living in Ohio before returning to Australia to enjoy the fantastic lifestyle (and gorgeous weather) in Sydney. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist and has previously worked in several settings, including hospitals, research facilities and private practice. Lauren has a special interest in the particular challenges faced by college students and is enthusiastic about assisting those traveling to NYU Sydney to acclimate to their new environment and get the most out of their experience studying abroad in Australia.


Sarah Naderi

Program and Internship Coordinator

Sarah is NYU Sydney’s Program and Internship Coordinator. An Australian native, Sarah grew up on Sydney’s North Shore. While majoring in Psychology and Linguistics at The University of New South Wales, she spent a year studying abroad at The University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining NYU Sydney, Sarah taught English to international students at Carrick Institute of Education and worked at the U.S. Consulate in Sydney as an Educational Advisor to Australian students interested in studying in the U.S. Sarah loves travelling and discovering foreign places and cultures. She is currently studying at Macquarie University for a Master’s degree in International Relations.

Yuri Ogura

Academic Programs Coordinator

Yuri is NYU Sydney's Academic Programs Coordinator. A Sydney local, Yuri completed her Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from the University of Sydney. In her final year, she ventured to Kyoto, Japan where she was lucky enough to experience life as an exchange student. Yuri then moved to London where she worked and travelled around Europe, experiencing various sites, cultures and food.

Upon returning home, she completed a Certificate IV in TESOL and has had experience teaching both local and international students. Her love for education has led to working in the tertiary sector. She enjoys reading, live music, outdoor activities and travelling.


NY Site Representative

Stephanie is the New York based site representative for NYU Sydney. During her undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University she participated in a summer program throughout Northern Queensland, Australia. Following this experience, she got the travel bug and then spent a semester abroad at University College Cork, Ireland. She is a recent graduate of NYU's International Education program, and was a Graduate Assistant with NYU Global Programs during her studies. She is excited to work with students as they prepare to study at NYU Sydney!


Program Assisant

Catherine is delighted to join the NYU Sydney Team as the Program Assistant Spring 2015. Catherine grew up in Boulder, Colorado before attending Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. She earned her B.S. in Science, Technology and International Affairs with a certificate in International Development. She likes to travel and explore other cultures. After graduating, she spent time teaching English and Economics on the Thai-Burmese border at a post-graduate school for Karen refugees. She has also worked as a Research Associate for the United States Agency for International Development's Service Learning Centre and as an intern at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Catherine loves reading, running and days at the beach. 

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