Developmental Training Area

The program in Developmental Psychology emerges from the strong developmental interests of many faculty in the existing areas and will consist of at least 6 core-faculty and a large number of affiliated faculty from Psychological Sciences and other departments. At this time, the program is directed by Dr. Yuyan Luo.

The major emphasis of our program is research training. Graduate students engage in research with their primary advisor beginning in their first semester in the program and take supporting coursework. They gain a strong background in statistics and research methodology, in addition to social and cognitive development. The department provides financial support to students (tuition waiver plus a monthly stipend) through research, teaching assistantships or fellowships. Students are supported for at least four years and, generally, throughout their graduate training if they are in the program longer than four years. Questions should be directed to

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Faculty and Labs

Nicole Campione-Barr
Family Relationships & Adolescent Development Lab
We conduct research on parent-adolescent and adolescent sibling relationships and their interplay within the broader family system as well as their impacts on adolescent adjustment.
David C. Geary
Evolution and Cognitive Development
Primarily, our lab does longitudinal research on development of mathematical cognition in children, and associated learning disabilities. Our studies in evolution currently focus on sex differences in vulnerability to stressors.
Ashley Groh
Family and Child Development Lab
Research conducted in our lab focuses on the legacy of children's early experiences with parents for social and emotional development across the life course.
Yuyan Luo
Infant Cognition Lab
Infants’ understanding about self-propelled objects and agents; infants’ knowledge of physical objects and substances
Amanda Rose
Peer Relations Lab
The research conducted by the peer relations lab is aimed at learning about the friendships and other peer relationships of children and adolescence. There is a particular focus on gender differences in these relationships and on how these relationships impact psychological adjustment.
Kristy vanMarle
Developmental Cognition Lab
Our lab investigates infants' and young children's early understanding of number, time, and space. We are interested in learning what infants know about the world around them and how their knowledge changes over time.