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Developmental Psychology

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Developmental Psychology is the study of systematic psychological change across the lifespan. It is the study of how we become the people we are – how we learn about our physical and social worlds, how we develop our personalities and sense of self, and how we acquire language and the ability to communicate with those around us.

The Developmental Psychology graduate program has a strong focus on cognitive, social-cognitive, and language development in infancy and childhood, periods of rapid developmental change. We use a range of experimental methods to produce cutting edge research that creatively explores the minds of some of the most fascinating humans.

We offer two programs in the Developmental Area:

Go to Future Graduate Students for information regarding programs, funding and awards, application instructions, and admission requirements. 

List of Labs

The Lab for Infant Development and Language and the Developmental Learning Lab together form the Infant Studies group.


Last updated: Oct 6, 2016

Developmental Core Faculty

Other faculty doing developmental research

Tara McAuley (Clinical)
Elizabeth Nilsen (Clinical)
Roxane Itier (Cognitive Neuroscience)