Developmental Science Program

The Developmental Science (DS) graduate training area is dedicated to training today's students as future developmental scientists and scholars in psychology. Our faculty and current graduate students are engaged in research in a variety of areas (See a summary of our faculty research interests under Forms and Documents below). The DS graduate concentration aligns with faculty who study aspects of human functioning that change in important and substantive ways across a multitude of ages. We investigate topics such as speech and language perception, communication, learning, memory, emotion, self-regulation, executive functioning, personality processes, family systems, and developmental psychopathology. We use techniques from gene modeling, electrophysiology, and eye tracking to detailed observational studies of infants, children, adolescents, and their families. We conduct research with diverse populations, and embrace a wide range of conceptual and methodological perspectives across multiple levels of analysis. In addition to research training, DS graduate students gain experience in teaching undergraduate recitation sections, laboratories, and courses. Graduate students also are integral in the training and mentorship of undergraduate research assistants in our labs.

Contact the area director or any of our training and affiliated faculty (listed below) if you would like to learn more.

Please click here to view a video of DS faculty talking about their research programs.

Please click here to view a video of Jordan Booker, a recent graduate of our Developmental Science graduate program, talking about his experiences in our program.

GRE Scores Waived for Fall 2023 AdmissionsFor applicants to the Developmental Science training program, GRE scores will be neither required nor accepted.  All applicants are evaluated holistically.