Developmental Training Area

The program in Developmental Psychology began in 1999 and currently has 7 core-faculty representing research interests in cognitive development and social development, as well as emphasis in infancy through emerging adulthood. At this time, the program is directed by Dr. Ashley Groh.

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 five years and, generally, throughout their graduate training if they are in the program longer than five years.

The Developmental Division is committed to cultivating and preserving a graduate training program that embraces all forms of diversity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability status, and ideological beliefs. Our division has a strong track record of retaining and placing graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds in academic positions. We encourage students with backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in the sciences to apply, including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, first-generation college students, veterans, returning students, and those of low socioeconomic status. For information regarding how to apply, evaluation criteria, and eligibility for application fee waivers, see the Applicant Information page for our Graduate Program.

Questions about the Developmenatl Divisoin should be directed to:

  • Dr. Ashley Groh, Director,
    Developmental Psychology Program
    204B McAlester Hall

Developmental Research Labs

Lab Director Lab Location
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.
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Kristy vanMarle 100 McAlester Hall
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.
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David C. Geary 132 Psychology
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.
Ashley Groh 408 Noyes Hall
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.
Nicole Campione-Barr 209 Noyes Hall
Infant Cognition Lab
Our research examines what infants and young children know about the world around them. For example, what do they know about agents' intentions and perceptions? What do infants and young children know about social interactions? What do infants know about physical objects and substances? By finding out answers to questions like these, We hope to better understand how infants and preschoolers acquire knowledge and how this development influences cognition more generally.
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Yuyan Luo 14 McAlester Hall
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.
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Amanda Rose 403 Noyes Hall
Positive Youth Development Lab
The Positive Youth Development Lab focuses on the contributors to resilience and flourishing from late childhood to emerging adulthood. The lab's current research addresses parent-adolescent interactions and outcomes, as well as aspects of college adult reasoning and adjustment.
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Jordan Booker 205 McAlester