Human Development

2014-15 Tuition

$20,800

Application deadlines

PhD: Fall only, Dec. 1. One-year MA: Fall, May 1; Spring, Oct. 1

Requirements summary

Degrees

  • M.A.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Developmental Psychology (M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Human Development and Family Studies (M.A., Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • aging and health
  • cognitive development
  • developmental psychopathology
  • ecology of human development
  • family studies and the life course
  • law, psychology and human development
  • social and personality development

The program prepares students for careers in academic life, primarily in psychology, sociology, or human development; ; in research programs of governmental agencies at various levels; and in a range of programs in community agencies and private enterprise. It does not prepare students to be clinical psychologists, school psychologists, or family life counselors.

Students develop an individual program of study and research in consultation with their Special Committee, which is chaired by a member of the members Field of Human Development but may include faculty members from other fields. All students are required to complete at least two semesters of graduate-level training in statistics and one semester of teaching. The field also requires that students complete a predoctoral research project or master's degree before taking the Admission to Candidacy examination.

All students are expected to acquire a basic background in the behavioral sciences and to master a broad base of knowledge of human development in the context of family and society. Both the M.A. and the Ph.D. degree programs require a research thesis or dissertation.

For the Ph.D. degree, two semesters of graduate-level training in statistics and some teaching experience are required. The field also requires that candidates complete a predoctoral research project before taking the Admission to Candidacy examination. The Ph.D. program ordinarily takes four years to complete.

Research facilities:
There are a number of fully equipped laboratories directed by individual faculty members who are conducting observational and experimental studies of basic processes in development. Students may also become involved in research or demonstration projects in the Family Life Development Center (child maltreatment and families under stress) and the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center (adulthood and aging).

Application:
Most successful applicants have an undergraduate major in psychology or sociology, but students of high ability may be admitted regardless of undergraduate background. All applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.

Adam Anderson -- Concentrations: cognitive development; Research interests: emotion-cognition interactions, facial and peripheral/central physiological expression of emotions
Charles Brainerd -- Concentrations: cognitive development; social and personality development; law, psychology and human development; aging and health; Research interests: cognitive neuroscience; memory and cognitive development; mathematical modeling; psychology and law
Anthony Burrow -- Concentrations: ecology of human development; social and personality development; developmental psychopathology; Research interests: ethnic minority psychology; identity processes; development and function of purpose among youth
Marianella Casasola -- Concentrations: cognitive development; Research interests: developmental psychology; cognitive development; word learning, spatial cognition, and the relation between language and thought in infants
Stephen Ceci -- Concentrations: cognitive development; developmental psychopathology; law, psychology and human development; Research interests: ecological model of intelligence; intellectual development; children and the law; forensic psychology
Richard Depue -- Concentrations: social and personality development; developmental psychopathology; Research interests: neurobiology of personality and psychopathology; psychobiology of temperament
Eve DeRosa -- Concentrations: cognitive development; Research interests: Attention and Learning, Cogntive and Behavioral Neuroscience
Rachel Dunifon -- Concentrations: Research interests: child and family policy; family structure and child well-being; parent-child interactions
John Eckenrode -- Concentrations: social and personality development; law, psychology and human development; Research interests: child abuse and neglect; early preventive interventions; stress and coping processes
Gary Evans -- Concentrations: social and personality development; Research interests: children's environments; environmental stress; the environment of poverty
Michael Goldstein -- Concentrations: cognitive development; social and personality development; Research interests: cognitive development; social and personality development; social learning, with a focus on the development of speech and language
Stephen Hamilton -- Concentrations: family studies and the life course; Research interests: adolescent development and education; transition from school to career; apprenticeship; international comparison
Valerie Hans -- Concentrations: law, psychology and human development; Research interests: psychology and law; social psychology; jury decision-making
Cynthia Hazan -- Concentrations: social and personality development; Research interests: affiliative bonding; attachment, parenting, and mating behavior; normative and individual difference processes in human social behavior
Barbara Koslowski -- Concentrations: cognitive development; Research interests: thinking and reasoning; causal reasoning; scientific thinking; theories of evidence; problem solving
Tamar Kushnir -- Concentrations: cognitive development; social and personality development; Research interests: cognitive development (early childhood); casual reasoning; social cognition/theory of mind; conceptual development/conceptual change; learning; casual modeling; computational models of learning and developmental change
Daniel Lichter -- Concentrations: family studies and the life course; Research interests: family; demography; poverty and welfare policy; rural studies
Corinna Loeckenhoff -- Concentrations: cognitive development; social and personality development; Research interests: life-span trajectories of motivation, emotion and personality; social cognition; health care choices and behaviors
Barbara Lust -- Concentrations: cognitive development; Research interests: first-language acquisition in various languages; universals in syntax acquisition; cognitive science
Jane Mendle -- Concentrations: social and personality development; developmental psychopathology; Research interests: adolescent psychopathology; psychosocial development during puberty; behavioral genetics
Anthony Ong -- Concentrations: social and personality development; Research interests: stress and emotions; resilience and life course development; ethnic minority mental health
Karl Pillemer -- Concentrations: family studies and the life course; Research interests: sociology of family, aging, and the life course; social networks; family care provision to disabled elders; family conflict and abuse
Jeffrey Rachlinski -- Concentrations: law, psychology and human development; Research interests: psychology and law; civil procedure; environmental law
Manney Reid (Weill) -- Concentrations: Research interests: social science and gerontology; experimental intervention research
Valerie Reyna -- Concentrations: cognitive development; social and personality development; law, psychology and human development; Research interests: memory; judgment; decision making
Steven Robertson -- Concentrations: cognitive development; Research interests: fetal and infant development; early behavioral mechanisms and adaptive functions; developmental psychobiology; attention, thought, and action
Sharon Sassler -- Concentrations: family studies and the life course; Research interests: social demography; union formation (marriage, cohabitation); immigrant adaptation; racial and ethnic differentiation; young adult transitions
Ritch Savin-Williams -- Concentrations: social and personality development; developmental psychopathology; Research interests: developmental processes among gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals; sexual minorities; clinical psychology
Dawn Schrader -- Concentrations: cognitive development; social and personality development; Research interests: moral psychology; metacognition; social and epistemological development; lifespan (especially adolescent) psychology; educational psychology; relational aggression
R. Nathan Spreng -- Concentrations: cognitive development; social and personality development; developmental psychopathology; aging and health; Research interests: aging, cognitive neuroscience, fMRI, intrinsic connectivity networks, multivariate statistics, neuroimaging, neurology, personality and social neuroscience
Robert J. Sternberg -- Concentrations: ecology of human development; cognitive development; social and personality development; aging and health; Research interests: development of intelligence, creativity, wisdom, styles of learning and thinking, leadership, love, hate; teaching and learning; university education
Felix Thoemmes -- Concentrations: cognitive development; social and personality development; Research interests: Quantitative methods; causal inference; propensity scores; missing data; structural equation modeling
William Trochim -- Concentrations: Research interests: research methodology; program planning and evaluation; concept mapping and conceptual modeling; quasi-experimental research designs; implementation, quality and validity of research; evidence-based practice; multivariate statistical methods
Qi Wang -- Concentrations: cognitive development; social and personality development; Research interests: autobiographical memory and self-concept in children and adults; emotion knowledge; cross-cultural research
Nancy Wells -- Concentrations: Research interests: effects of environmental on health and concentration; well-being through the life course; environmental influences on diet, physical activity and obesity; influence of the natural environment on cognitive functioning and psychological well-being
Elaine Wethington -- Concentrations: family studies and the life course; Research interests: epidemiology of mental health and illness; gender, stress, and health
Wendy Williams -- Concentrations: cognitive development; law, psychology and human development; Research interests: development, assessment, training and societal implications of intelligence and related abilities in children and adults; interrelationship of science and policy
Vivian Zayas -- Concentrations: cognitive development; social and personality development; Research interests: social cognition; relationships; attachment; self-regulation; unconscious cognition

Learning Outcomes for the PhD Program in Human Development

  • Make an ongoing and substantial contribution to the discipline by demonstrating accomplishments in research
  • Demonstrate advanced research skills
  • Demonstrate good citizenship in the academic community in the areas of research, teaching, service, and leadership
  • Demonstrate ethical and responsible conduct of research


Indicators and Evaluation Plan for the PhD Program in Human Development

Learning Outcome and Indicators

Evaluation Plan

Make an ongoing and substantial contribution to the discipline by demonstrating accomplishments in research

·         -  Journal articles

·         - Other publications

·         - Conference presentations

·         - Proposals submitted

·         - Fellowships and awards

·         - Initial job placement

Track overall graduate student research productivity by aggregating data from the required annual student reports to the Graduate Review Committee

 

Phase in a survey of initial and 5 year job placements (full implementation is not expected within until 3-4 years from now)

Demonstrate advanced research skills

·         -  Synthesize existing knowledge and critically evaluate existing work

·         - Acquire state-of-the-art knowledge of research methodologies and other technical skills

·         - Develop strong writing skills for communicating in the discipline

·         - Demonstrate ability to translate research to practice, programs, or policy

Track completion of substantive courses, methodological training, and degree milestones by aggregating data from the required annual student reports to the Graduate Review Committee

 

Survey A-exam practices in the department; survey over a 3-4 year period

Demonstrate good citizenship in the academic community in the areas of:

·         - Research

·         - Teaching

·         - Service

·         - Academic leadership skills

Track teaching and research evaluations, academic citizenship activities, and external professional activities by aggregating data from the required annual student reports to the Graduate Review Committee

Demonstrate ethical and responsible conduct of research

Track completion of responsible conduct of research and other research compliance programs

 

Learning Outcomes for the One-Year MA Program in Human Development

  1. Demonstrate readiness for PhD and other advanced studies by completing an empirical masters thesis
  2. Learn advanced research skills
  3. Demonstrate ethical and other professional skill development

Evaluation Plan for the One-Year MA Program in Human Development

  1. Track completion of empirical masters thesis within one year of matriculation (percent completing in a timely manner)
  2. Track completion of statistics and research methods courses (two courses are required)
  3. Track completion of human subjects and other responsible conduct of research training (100% completion of appropriate training)
  4. Phase in (over three years) a survey of placement within one year of graduation (percent in graduate school, professional school, or employment)