At present, the Developmental program is only interested in admitting students with interests in cognitive development. The program maintains a close working relationship with the Cognitive Psychology program, which provides many opportunities for training and cross-area collaboration.
The primary mission of the Ph.D. program in Developmental Psychology is to educate and train students for academic careers in research and teaching in psychology. We involve students in ongoing research projects from their first entry into the program, and we expect that they will evolve their own programs of research by the end of their graduate careers. Students generally work closely with one faculty member in a mentoring relationship, but may also pursue collaborative research with other faculty and students.
Current areas of research focus on perceptual and cognitive development in infancy and childhood, including such topics as object perception, physical reasoning, intermodal perception, categorization and conceptual development, language development, and sex differences. In addition, because developmental issues are central in many areas of psychology, we maintain close collaborative ties with faculty in other programs within our own department, such as cognitive, clinical, and social, as well as faculty in other departments, such as Educational Psychology and Health & Kinesiology. Our faculty members have received grants from major federal agencies and private foundations, and regularly publish in leading journals in the field.
Students in the Developmental program have access to the developmental labs, consisting of a reception area for parents and children, several testing rooms, and areas for data coding and analysis. The testing rooms are equipped with computers, video equipment, and specialized equipment needed for specific methodologies in infant and child development. Cognitive, social, and clinical laboratories and resources are also available for collaborative projects with other researchers.
The Developmental program supports a speaker series that each year brings to campus faculty members from other universities. This series provides exposure to different perspectives on the field and the opportunity to network with professors at other institutions.
|CORE FACULTY||RESEARCH INTEREST||ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2016-2017|
|Davidson, Emily||Social development, Development of self-concept and self-esteem in children, influence on the development of drug use and abuse in young adults.||No|
|Wilcox, Teresa||Infant Cognition, Object Representation, Physical Reasoning, Neural basis of cognitive development|