Developmental Science

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The Developmental Science Area trains students in theory and research related to the processes of change across the lifespan. Our students gain broad competence in developmental psychology and explore in depth one or more areas of specialization.

The areas of specialization include cognition (e.g. attention, memory, problem-solving, executive functions), infant social-cognition, neuropsychology (e.g. using methods such as fMRI, event-related potentials, or patient studies), educational applications, infant memory and visual development, and comparative developmental and evolutionary psychology.

Our research examines issues of development from infancy to adulthood into old age, in normal and atypical populations (including non-human primates).

Our faculty members have well-funded and internationally recognized research programs. Students have the opportunity to complete research practica in faculty labs and outside settings. Our graduates work as academics in universities and applied research contexts such as hospitals, school boards, and community service agencies.

For more information about the program including requirements and faculty research interests, please visit Developmental Science.

For questions about the Developmental Science Area, please contact the Area Coordinator Dr. Thanujeni (Jeni) Pathman. For admissions queries, please email

To apply online, please visit How to Apply.