Specialized graduate training in Developmental Science can be pursued through any of our graduate training areas (Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognition, or Clinical Science) or through our Individualized Graduate Training Track. Once accepted into the graduate program, students and their mentors design individualized, student-centered programs of study that best fit the student's interests and future career objectives. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact potential faculty mentors for further information about applying to the program.
The Developmental Science Research Group is closely aligned with the Developmental Psychopathology Research Group, which focuses on understanding the origins, course, and mechanisms of adaptive and maladaptive developmental trajectories and pathways. Students with interests in developmental psychopathology should contact potential mentors for more information about opportunities for graduate study.
Unique coursework and proven success
Unique coursework: Our distinctive coursework gives students strong training in 21st century developmental science and provides the foundation for a theory-based understanding of development that bridges laboratory experiments and real-world problems. Our innovative proseminar organizes developmental science by core mechanisms (e.g., learning, endogenous activity, caregiver-mediated learning) rather than by domain, to stress similarity in mechanisms across neural, motor, social, perceptual, and cognitive development. Students can also take courses in developmental cognitive neuroscience, applied developmental science, and a variety of content areas.
Proven success: Our graduates have a track record of success. Each year our students present at national conferences and publish first-authored papers. Our students have also won national awards such as the Society for Research in Child Development Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, the Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award in Social Sciences, and the American Psychological Association Dissertation Award in Developmental Psychology. This success translates into first-rate postdoctoral training opportunities and tenure-track positions at excellent universities.
An active research community: Researchers in the Developmental Science Research Group have a proven track record of success, consistently garnering significant grant funding and publishing many research articles each year. We are the only program nationally with back-to-back winners of the APA’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of Developmental Psychology (with three such awards total).
Resources: Our students have access to the latest methodological innovations including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), advanced developmental psychobiology techniques, infant looking and listening procedures, automated eye-tracking, immersive virtual reality technology, and cutting-edge computational techniques.